Tomorrow morning, I'm jumping on a flight to San Jose to attend/participate two days of girl on geek action, or rather, geek girl action.
I'm super excited, because there are some familiar names and lots of new ones. I'm really excited to learn from everyone! But I am also a little disappointed. My original dream was to bring a crew of LA Geek Girls to represent! I sent out emails and tried to rally the troops, but things didn't work out. There's one other woman (Lynn) who is going, but everyone else I emailed can't make it. In fact, only two people responded to my invite.
I wonder why that is the case. Do they not care about women's representation in the geek scene? Do they have day jobs they can't get away from? Do they not have disposable income to attend? Are they too busy with other things in their life? Do they hate me and not want to have anything to do what something I am affiliated with?
I'm sure the reasons are valid, but it comes down to priorities and what they are willing to make happen. I don't fault anyone for not responding. (I myself have emails I have been meaning to reply to since August - sorry to those waiting on a response!) And I myself an extremely busy. (In the next 7 days I am attending 3 unconferences, all three of which I have contributed a large chunk of my time to helping organizing, although not the lead organizer in any of them, thanks gods!) Ultimately, we are each limited in what we can do. And that is part of the challenge of living, and living out your dreams.