2018-07-31 Contemplating Barcamp

Just another day in the semi-charmed life of Miss SugarCookie here. Last night the kids and I arrived home from our quick little road trip at about 7:15pm. My brain and body were too tired to drive much Of anything so I basically sank into my bed, had an hour long conversation with my sweetie, and then promptly fell asleep. I woke this AM after 8 and a half hours of sleep. It was delicious.

Today the kids go to their dads house and I’m going to kick things into high gear to try and catch up on some much needed work hours. I also ordered books for this semester and those should arrive this week and I have to get to reading. Of course I’ll have to balance all that out with exercise and spending QT with Jim and some friends in town from Texas.

Oh hey.. and here’s another thing going on this week which I am giving serious consideration to. Barcamp! What’s Barcamp? Well it really doesn’t have anything to do with bars or camping, unless you count the welcome party which IS at a bar the day before the conference (or … er… unconference).

Unconference? Yeah.. I’m not a fan of conferences. I think the only value I ever got out of any conference I’ve attended was the opportunity to travel. Don’t even get me started on conferences I’ve had to speak at. At my last job that was sort of part of my expected job duties. I absolutely hated it (public speaking about my product and having to socialize with people I barely know).

However, I don’t actually hate public speaking. It makes me nervous for sure, but I kind of like the rush. I’ve attended barcamp and watched other speakers for years and have often thought about signing up to do a talk myself. The Barcamp unconference is a venue where people in the area gather and some give “talks” about what they are passionate about. The presentations are 25 minutes each and there really aren’t any rules around what the topics are. There are 4 distinct tracks to try and categorize talks.. creative, technology, entrepreneurial, and kitchen sink. That last one is a free for all and the reason I say you can pretty much talk about whatever you want.

Anyway.. the event is early this year (August 4th – this Saturday!) at the Kaneko art space in downtown Omaha. That means if I’m going to finally pull the trigger and do a talk, I have about 4 days to figure that out. And by figure that out, what I mean to say is decide what my talk is about and actually put together some valuable content. And by valuable content what I mean is something that might be of use to other people and not just me getting up on a soapbox about something and shooting my mouth off. Though that could be entertaining too. 😂

In case anyone is in the Omaha area and has interest in attending, here’s a link.. https://barcampomaha.org/

We’ll see if I can come up with something or chicken out like every other year. 🐣🐣🐣🐣🐣 Oh the suspense.

But first… gotta get back to AWS and put some serious work hours in.

Time Will Always Tell,
~Miss SugarCookie

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