Monday, October 12, 2020

Live Blogging for #PNSQC2020: Back in the Saddle Again

It has been far too long since I've had a chance to get in and do a live blogging session of an event. Usually, that is one of the ways that I take notes and focus on the conferences that I attend. This year has been different. I haven't attended any conferences or online events beyond hour-long meetups. I've also felt less motivated this go around because 2020 has not been a very inspiring year. Not in ways that I have felt positive about. I realize there is no learning without getting out there. There is no growth or development without discomfort, determined focus. and discipline. Thus, I'm climbing back into a favored role.

This year, the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference is a virtual event. I'm in my home office waiting for a Zoom meeting to begin. I've helped develop the conference content as a reviewer of papers and presentations. This is a role I have participated in for many of the past ten years (my first time attending PNSQC was in 2010). Even when I couldn't attend the conference, I've still assisted in the paper review process. I have had more direct involvement with this conference than any other over the past decade. Much of the fun is direct interaction with other conference attendees and volunteers. There are many people I look forward to seeing at this conference. To not have that level of interaction is frustrating. I am certain I'm not the only one to feel that way.

Still, I plan to make the best of it and use this as a means to break the funk I've been feeling about blogging. If nothing else, this gives me a great reason to reflect. It also allows me to think, contemplate ideas in real-time, and capture them to look back on later.

If you've enjoyed these missives in previous years, I hope you will join me over the next couple of days.

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