>кухниate to do this, and more so are sorry about the late notice, but BarCampLA 8 is going to be postponed a couple months.
We’re looking at the possibility of January, we’re just making sure we can find a date with the least amount of conflicts that makes sense.
But I’m sure what you’d all really like to know is, “Why is BarCamp postponed?”
There are a lot of reasons, the big ones currently being resources, economy, and time. When it comes to us, the organizers, it’s been an
interesting time of year. I myself have been slaving away on work and projects to pay my bills. In addition, im currently in the middle of
moving to a new place, which has taken time from BarCamp planning. Similarly, our own Jeremy Kitchen recently just closed on/bought a
brand new home, and has been handling that craziness and moving with his busy work schedule being a kick ass network jedi of sorts for the
fine folks over at Dreamhost. In addition, Bronwyn has been focused on going back to school while working full time as well, big props to
her on that! We brought on Alex, who’s done a great job at our planning meetings as well as managing some of the flow of things we
needed to do, and Shannon is still our resident food-ninja, and is quite the ace at it.
As crazy as our schedules were, we had some great momentum in making this happen, but in the end, lack of being able to grab a decent venue
was what did us in. We contacted many prospective venues, but each time got responses of either ‘we’re not interested right now, check
back in the future’, responses involving not wanting to do it due to economical/financial reasons, it not being the particular venue’s
‘conference season’ and this not being available, or that weekend already being set aside for something or booked already for that venue.
So what does this mean?
Some really great things, actually. It means you, the attendees and BarCampLA community, will be getting a much better BarCamp experience
than what we would have been able to provide you with the original November dates. Our respective schedules and free time should be
rebounding soon, and we are dedicated to making this BarCampLA better than any previous BarCampLA to date. Bigger, better venue than before, more spaces and options, and other bits of feedback we’ve gotten from all of you on the BarCampLA mailing list, are all in the works.
There’s also one big change happening we wanted to let everyone know about..
Starting with the next one, we will be switching BarCampLA back to being once a year. The first BarCampLA was put together with the intent of being once a year, much like most BarCamp’s across the US, and the world. Part of the initial organizers from the first one decided ‘hey, this is awesome, I want to do another one, let’s get started now!’, and thus they created BarCampLA2, 6 months later.There’s a lot that goes into organizing BarCampLA, and a 6 month schedule invites burnout all too easily, not just for the organizers, but the attendees as well sometimes, which makes it harder for everyone to get excited for it and keep that passion. Switching to the normal once a year schedule will allow us to make the conference bigger, better, and more valuable to everyone and bring more excitement to it.
We would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on everything, including the new changes. Post on the mailing list,
@reply us on twitter, or just comment here on the blog. We’re here for you, our BarCampLA community, with open ears.
Thanks for your support, everyone!
-Chris, Kitchen, Bronwyn, Alex, Shannon, Your BarCampLA Team