Yesterday, as I had announced here, I was a speaker at the first WordCamp event in Portugal, sharing my very personal experience with blogging platforms and the role that blogs play in my life. I would like to start by thanking the organization once again for inviting me!
I guess my experience, and that of so many people that do not have any computing or web design skills and yet have their own personal space in the blogosphere, embodies the motto of WordPress, shared during the event by Scott Berkun: “Democratizing publishing”.
As I had foreseen I was out of my comfort zone on that stage. And as I had expected the talk did not resonate with everyone, which is ok.
I guess expectations on my talk were high and on that point let me leave you with a comment (sort of a lesson learned yesterday) both from my perspective as a speaker and as a conference planner: organizers of conferences or other events should manage expectations on the talks and the speakers with some balance, for the sake of the event itself and also for the comfort of the speakers.
The event was a success for a first WordCamp organized in such a short time, with an interested audience with mixed interests and levels of “geekness” 🙂
Having spoken at some events already and attended several others, let me share with you a strange (and rather sad) phenomenon I witnessed yesterday: I returned to my seat after my talk only to find that some had preferred to comment on the looks of the female speaker (myself) and how she chose to spend her free time. I find it astonishing (and deeply sad) that in the 21st century a woman cannot go up on a stage and receive the respect she deserves as a human being. Fortunately that kind of behaviour was the exception and not the norm but somehow I could not let it go by.
On a really positive note, I had the chance to catch up with some really cool and good hearted people and to meet some great folks for the first time! A real oxygen for the soul 🙂 Thank you all for making me feel so welcomed, you know who you are.
And now getting ready to go home. Next week promises to be really challenging and side projects need to enter into cruise mode!
PS – mucha suerte para el WordCamp Sevilla en Octubre 🙂