There have been times in my life when I’m somewhere and think, “oh my gosh. I’m here. How did this happen? Do I really want to be here?” Usually they turn out fine — and sometimes better than fine.
I suspect tomorrow will be one of those times. I’m going to a BarCamp event in DC. From what I understand it is an event where people go to learn from each other. People suggest topics and then groups of people brainstorm about them. Or something.
I’ve got a few worries about the day. First of all, it looks like the majority of BarCamp goers are young. Like really young. And smart. They all know much more than I do about anything I know anything about. And there will be A LOT of them. 441 according to the list of attendees. I recognize three names from the list of 441 attendees. And one of the three names is mine.
According to the directions, I’m to show up at 9:00 am and go to a basement. Then wait for an agenda to be made. Then go to sessions. PowerPoint is banned in order to make the sessions more interactive. Then eat lunch. Attend more sessions. Then go drink beer.
So, if I were several years younger, much brighter, not introverted, possibly male I might be really looking forward to this, instead of dreading it.
Oh wait! I see a session suggestion on accessibility. Ok, maybe this will be more fun than I thought!
Wish me luck.
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Good luck! It sounds interesting but exhausting (spoken from a non-young person’s point of view).
I’ve never heard of anything like that! It sounds great! Where do you learn about these events?
See you tomorrow?
I heard about this particular Barcamp from Twitter, but was encouraged to attend by a teacher for MCPS who I contacted on an issue about school websites.