Well, it’s January of 2023, which means it’s time to finally release my retrospective for 2022.
2022 marks a time of coming out of the 2-year+ COVID pandemic, with mask mandates in many counties in my state of Colorado ending earlier this year.
2022 was a year of highs: connecting with our communities in-person again through speaking at conferences, and some lows: loss of a new job and loss of a beloved family member. But there’s also reason for hope in the new year. So, let’s do it ….. time for me to go over the lessons I’ve learned from 2022: Speaking, Community, and Hope in a Post-COVID World Continue reading →
I know, I know. It’s February now, isn’t my end of year blog post a bit late? True, but some important things happened in 2021 that are worth mentioning, so here goes ….
As we’re entering the third year of the global pandemic, a common theme that a lot of folks feel is hopelessness. A lot of things feel out of our control. I too have felt discouraged. But I’ve also been fortunate to not have contracted COVID yet (being vaxxed and boosted might have helped 🙂 ), or lost anyone close to me to COVID. I certainly don’t want to dismiss the trauma that many people have experienced over the past two years. Rather, what I’ve tried to do myself in this time is to focus on changing the things that I can control, instead of focusing on the things I cannot control. Understanding that every person’s situation is different, I encourage you to make a positive change in whatever area of your life you can control. Continue reading →
2020 has been a difficult year for many people. So, why would I write an article about seizing opportunities when right now there are fewer of them to go around? And the problem is exacerbated for folks who belong to one or more marginalized groups. Is it wrong to even be talking about this?
Well, that depends. For me, I’m defining opportunities as:
Being able to help / give back to others if you are in a position to do so. And, when life changes on you, adapt to new opportunities as they arise. The following are some lessons to help you take advantage of opportunities in the new year! Continue reading →
The year 2020 has forced many former in-person tech events and conferences to go online. As a technologist who regularly speaks and teaches at tech events, I’ve also had to make adjustments. Earlier this year, I taught an online open source workshop that was attended by over 100 people. While that event was successful, I thought I needed to plan a bigger event next time to meet the needs of even more people. Instead, circumstances led me to go in the opposite direction …. to teach a much smaller, hands on online open source workshop. Here’s what I learned not only about teaching workshops online, but specifically about teaching smaller workshops online. Continue reading →
We’re living in a unique time right now, trying to build community while social distancing and fighting the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to teach an open source workshop to the Women Who Code Mobile track community. This might have been just another online event, when I first signed up to put it together 2 months ago before the quarantines started, but it quickly turned into something so much more ….. Over 260 people registered for the webinar, over 100 actually joined, and the Slack channel for the workshop had 73 members …. By the time it was all over, I had merged / closed 20 pull requests. Continue reading →