The blogpost before this one was the first in many months. In the intro of said past blogpost was that I made a resolution to be more consistent with my blogging a year ago. Ironically, that article was supposed to come out a month earlier than it actually did. I finished writing the content for it in a day and thought that it’d be up for the interweb to see in the next – but it wasn’t.
It’s been a while since I’ve found the time to write. Funnily, last year’s resolution was that I’d post “one blogpost a month” and here I am a year later just starting to write one article. Goes to show how much New Year’s Resolutions make an impact. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯But, nevertheless, with the year of hiatus I definitely have enough content to go around if ever I do end up blogging again and this is one of the ideas I’ve had for a while. Startup Weekend has been a big part of my life ever since I joined my first one in 2012 and I’ve done my best to pass on that spirit to the communities I volunteer at.
I just want to be clear(er) and say that these are my thoughts and my opinions on how I, as a volunteer community builder, consider taking a break from volunteer work to avoid a burnout. Other volunteers might have their own methods, preferences, and opinions but I hope to create a discussion on how our communities here in the Philippines see volunteering and how inactivity doesn’t necessarily mean the loss of passion.
As much as we’d like to partake in the noble endeavor of creating opportunities for the community, it all boils down to one thing: money. Or more specifically, the acquisition of resources. Without a venue, where will the event happen? Without speakers, where will you get content? Without marketing, how will you get participants?
Community members have been asking me this question as of late and I’ve been wondering about the sudden interest. A few assumptions came to mind: (1) that community members are starting to be proactive and are forming niche groups on their own, and (2) are now either motivated or frustrated enough of the state of existing opportunities and decided “F*ck it, we’ll get up our asses and make our own.” – both of which are possibilities that I find beautiful.
I haven’t been to a lot of meetups lately but when I heard SlingshotPH was doing an echo event in Cebu I was super excited.
Government and I have been in a love-hate relationship ever since in my years as a community builder (and I guess many of you know why). Despite my bittersweet feelings, the insights I’ve gained from some of the best mentors I’ve met within their team drove me to believe that there is a part of our government that is fighting for change and, through SlingshotPH, I wanted to know who those people were and how we can help support them in their push for a better innovation ecosystem.
Yes, this is a new blog; and yes, it’s title isn’t something as corny as Ashlinspiraiton.
I’ve been gone from the blogosphere for quite some time now. A year, give or take. And disconnecting myself from my obligations to churn out blogposts experience after experience made me reflect on what type of content I wanted to create compared to what I was currently serving. I wanted a space where I could share what I’ve learned, that challenges me to delve deeper than what was revealed – not a documentation of the mundane blow-by-blow program flow I seemed to be stuck in as of late.