I’ll be the first to admit that tweeting doesn’t come naturally to me. In fact, for several years I was a member of the Twitter-hating sect of society—fueled by a disdain for the overzealous shortening of words and the mystery/overuse of certain hash tags (Twitter needs to create some kind of internal hash tag explanation feature).

Fast forward to 2012 and to hate Twitter is to be digitally antisocial, at least in the eyes of today’s digital elite. Sure, recently getting a smartphone did help (who wants to post Tweets solely from a desktop? You can post tweets via texts but that doesn’t do much for interactivity) and the inanity of hash tags grew on me (hence the title of this post).

To make a short story even shorter–in honor of Twitter, of course—I’ll be tweeting during the New York Press Club’s Annual J-Conference this Saturday from NYU as a much-needed, personal exercise in social media. I plan to be there at the start of registration (8:30 a.m.) to the end of the conference (2 p.m.) to capture every relevantly interesting photo, video or quote.

Send your questions my way! Or let me know if you plan on going!

I implore you to follow me here:

Here’s the hash tag: