Need Feedback on Speak Out with your Geek out

Speak Out with your Geek Out began with a single drop of creativity. Today, from where I sit, I’m floating happily along in an ocean of laughter, smiles and friendship. For that? I thank you muchly. (See: the answer to why is a raven like a writing desk.)

The majority of the responses have been overwhelmingly positive. There have been a few critical conversations that highlighted deeper issues within the community but that is to be expected from an event that got a lot of attention. Speak Out got a signal boost earlier in the week which amplified people’s knowledge about it. Geek Dad on Wired.com blogged about it, John Kovalic from Dork Tower drew a strip about it, Matt Forbeck interviewed me for GeekDad and Jennisodes podcast hosted me for a special chat.

In my mind, what has happened here can and should happen again. Many people would like this to be an annual event. There have been other conversations about going above-and-beyond what this event is. For that? I need your help.

Everything that was done: interviews, comic, writing, hosting, logo, etc. was donated or done on a volunteer basis in an extremely short span of time. Please keep that in mind when you’re answering my questions. You can either comment below or answer these on your blog and link to them in the comments.

(1) Do you feel Speak Out was a positive experience? Why or why not?

(2) Would you like this to be an annual event?

(3) Did you understand participation was voluntary? That there was a reason why “geek” was never defined?

(4) Is there anything that can be done differently for next year?

(5) If your answer to (4) was yes, how would you feel about a Kickstarter to help fund those goals?

3 Responses to Need Feedback on Speak Out with your Geek out
  1. Brent

    I posted my feedback over at my blog; you can read it here: http://renaissancedork.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/speak-out-with-your-geek-out-feedback/

    I said it in the post, but it bears repeating: thank-you to Monica and everyone else who volunteered their time and effort to make the event such a success. I hope you are all suitably proud of the accomplishment. And if you need any help for next year, please let me know what I can do.

  2. [...] become a regular event, and it seems the event creator, Monica Valentinelli, agrees.  To that end she h... renaissancedork.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/speak-out-with-your-geek-out-feedback
  3. Matt

    A great Idea, but one that I only stumbled across today (four days too late).

    I would love to be a part of it next time, there will be a next time I’m sure. I am myself tying to reclaim geek pride on my blog 73GeekStreet
    http://wp.me/P1azDg-m



Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

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