[trigger warning] I Understand What It Is That I Am Fighting For

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I have had something on my mind for months now – ever since I decided to “come out of the closet” and post about reporting an incident (and the outcome) to the OpenStack Foundation – and that is how do I mix the unrelated combination of technology and tripleo and openstack with these very personal experiences that I’m having at the moment.

Further, that Brock Turner case happened and talking about waking up in the tub and having / dealing with / recovering from PTSD – it’s all very triggering.

What if someone comes here because of a google search for openstack tripleo leander to read about articles related to that, but stumble upon unexpected triggers.


There’s a side of me that thinks, this is all part of who I am. Take it or leave it. No apologies.

But another part of me that is a community manager and developer advocate and cares deeply about the OpenStack and TripleO and RDO communities. And the Django Girls and Fedora communities. And the women in STEM communities. And helping people get started in the programming world.

And that part of me would like to create a resource or blog or app or something focused on Those Articles that Those Kind Of People would find interesting and relevant.

Without triggers.

To that end, I ran out and created another blog, https://rainleander.wordpress.com/ and a twitter account AND I immediately hated the name (cause that’s how I roll).

My thought is that I’ll write the technology articles and posts and such over there (or somewhere) and have it populate to here as well (maybe?) or only put summaries / cross linking articles over here or something. But I also have Drie Artists and Project Do which I write on NEVER, so I’m wondering how much I’ll *actually* write in each space.

And then there’s the Dancing Engineer TV and Fierce Women Radio that were going to start April FIRST but then actually May FIRST but still haven’t happened cause LIFE and the aforementioned triggers – when will I have time for those?


So here’s where you come in.

I’m writing this up and putting this out there because I honestly want your opinion. Should the tech stuff get its own space on its own domain? If so, what domain? Would you like to help with the videos or podcasts? Wait, really?!? OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I’m listening.

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5 Replies to “[trigger warning] I Understand What It Is That I Am Fighting For”

  1. I vote for keeping everything together. I think the combination of all these things is what is you, and that is what makes it all fascinating.

    1. This is what I’m hearing form everyone who is speaking up… it resonates. I’d love to hear from someone who votes for Separation of Church and State, too.

  2. I agree, keep everything together. You shouldn’t have to hide or split up different things that are you. *hugs*

    1. *hugsess* I think it’s more about archiving the tech content in its own bubble but I appreciate the sentiment.

  3. One is personal; one is professional. I’m voting for separation because otherwise the boundaries get squishy– I think security dictates privacy, circumspection, too. *hugs*

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