I so enjoyed writing this piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education about why I love and value academic conferences--and how you might approach them so that you will, too.
Looser, Devoney. “Why I Love Academic Conferences." The Chronicle of Higher Education. 22 April 2015. http://chronicle.com/article/Why-I-Love-Academic/229515/
Prof. Devoney Looser (aka Stone Cold Jane Austen).