Well, well, well. Who would have thought I would give this another go after pouring my heart a few years ago in a blog post? But I did! And nothing terrible happened!
I've had a silly idea of something I wanted to build for a long time, and I was daydreaming of turning it into a talk. While at Pixel Pioneers earlier in the summer, I asked Jeremy, Michelle and Andy for their opinion on my "elevator pitch", and they encouraged me to go for it. Later on, Hidde gave me excellent feedback on my written pitch. (Thank you!)
I applied around and was excited to have been invited to give it at the State of the Browser (which happened last month) and at FFConf (which is due to occur in less than a month). Another event is lined up for next year, but an official announcement still needs to be made.
I was incredibly nervous at the State of the Browser. It was my first talk in so many years, but the audience was incredible, and it was lovely to see so many familiar and friendly faces cheering me on. It went well. I even dared to watch the video! I now only hope that it gets even better each time.
I'm very nervous but looking forward to FFConf. It's literally the conference that started a journey of inspiration and acceptance in the tech community I chose to belong. I hope to contribute to people feeling as happy at the end of the day as I felt all these previous years as an attendee. And there are still tickets available!
I don't know where else I will give this talk - or if. But I will convert it to a blog post sometime next year. Regardless, I've updated my speaking page.
PS.: How cool is it that I could link a bunch of people here to their personal websites?