2022 in Review: Public Speaking

One conference talk, a couple podcasts, and — unexpectedly — a bit of YouTube-ing.

Assumed audience: People who like reading year-in-review summaries. (I always assume that’s mostly just me, a few years in the future!)

A bit of context: For many years now, I have made it my habit to write up one of these summaries. In this case, I have tried to make it a bit more digestible by breaking into smaller chunks. You can find them all at the root of this little series’.

Public speaking of all sorts remains an important part of the work I want to do — writing and speaking are complementary, rather than replacements for each other — and 2022 was a decent year for speaking for me.

I set out with a goal of giving two conference talks, and I was on track to do just that… and then Russia invaded Ukraine, leading to the cancellation of TypeVille in Poland. I was quite disappointed about that cancellation — that trip would have been a ton of fun — but it was 100% the right call, and that mild disappoint is of course nothing compared to the horrors of war faced by Ukrainians. I would still like to find a venue for the talk I was prepping for TypeVille, Types as Tools for Thought”: I think the material is good and worth getting out into the world.1 I did still give one talk at EmberConf: The Road to TypeScript.

I hosted no podcasts this year, but I did appear on two podcasts this year:

Finally, I also published a number of videos to YouTube — something more or less totally new for me! Some of those came out of work: whenever I’m doing or explaining something for open source that I think can benefit others, I am trying to record it and publish it, like in Wacky Tricks We Use in Publishing TypeScript Types (in Ember.js) or some of the streaming I have done.

The biggest video I published was Work tracking with Obsidian embeds, a complement to my post Writing Down What I Do  —  In Obsidian. It’s small by YouTube standards (about 3.4k views as of this writing), but that is pretty decent traction given I have very few subscribers and no regular posting habit. I plan to do more of both of those kinds of things in the future: again, they complement the writing work I do here.


  1. I would also like to get that same material written up as an essay. An essay form would have very different strengths and weaknesses than a conference talk, and — critically — would be different from just having a transcript of the talk. I think that basic approach and format, of paired essay and talk, is one I would like to explore a lot more in the next half decade. ↩︎