Figuring out what stories are worth telling

With less than two weeks until WordCamp Lancaster, I was hoping to have my presentation mostly done this past weekend. However, because I had a few other projects to work on, I’m not as far along as I’d hoped.

One of the most difficult things for me to decide is what stories to tell. The technical parts of a talk are easy, but there are dozens of stories to choose from. What makes it harder for me is not knowing which ones will have the most impact, and be the most relevant to my topic.

For this talk, I’ll be sharing a few stories about┬ámy struggles and failures over the last few years while doing freelance web development. My hope is that people will learn from my mistakes, and I think it helps people feel encouraged to know when other people are having a difficult time. While there is a lot to learn from failure, sometimes it’s just comforting to feel like you’re not the only one.

At this point, I do have a general outline and a few ideas for specific stories which just need to be fleshed out with more detail. I should have my slides done this weekend, so I can begin practicing and be ready for March 4th.

Will I see you there?