August 24, 2017
They had me at the Code of Conduct.
Write/Speak/Code prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort…
Like, I’d read the CoC. But something in the way Rebecca passionately presented it, sold me in the first twenty minutes of the conference.
The Write/Speak/Code Conference promotes itself as an “intensive 4-day conference designed to polish your skills and fully own your expertise through writing, speaking, and open source.” And yet I still believed this would resemble the conferences I’m used to attending.
One day down, and I can fully admit I was wrong.
Day 1 is all about writing and specifically focuses on constructing bios and building blogs.
From the time we sat down? We worked.
Like hand cramped worked.
Multiple pages of notes worked.
For the first half of the day, the goal was to have our first bio (or revamp an existing one) done by lunch. I am not great at talking about myself, so this seemed like it would be a challenge. We tackled this in sections: What are your areas of expertise? What things could you teach? Things like that.
Things I had never actually sat down and pondered for two minutes to find out more about myself.
I had a bio (albeit it a mini one) by lunch! After lunch, we talked blogging in much the same way — mini brainstorming sessions designed to limit overthinking and distraction. At one point, we had to come up with 20 blog post topics, which I wasn’t able to do. BUT, I was able to come up with 14 topics, and two of them can have multiple implementations. Heck, I was so inspired I’m writing this post.
Lastly, we learned how to get feedback throughout both of these exercises. Positive, non-self deprecating, constructive feedback. Which is harder than it sounds. But it something that I (and the other conference participants) will just have to keep working on.
I cannot wait to finish day 2. I feel more empowered than I have in a while, as well as renewed. Why haven’t I done this before…