From Anne Clelland, co-founder of She Chooses(TM):
6:39 A.M. I’ve spent many early hours already this morning trying to write about the business of mobile application development. I’m feeling lots of feelings as I write and I’m struggling with how to organize the content into blog-optimized, 300-word chunks.
When I struggle like this, I ask myself, “Why are you writing this? What do you really want?”
What do I want? Colleagues. Co-creators. The company of other women with whom to create mobile apps and to do mobile app business.
Why can’t I have that? Because I don’t know any women mobile app developers. I only know one mobile app developer personally - who is male - and I’ve heard of only half a dozen others in my area, also male. They already have jobs. And my idea is to create mobile apps for women. I’m thinking women might be well-suited for that.
What’s my idea of a solution for a lack of women mobile app developers in my locale? Make them! Create opportunities for us to co-teach and co-learn with each other how to be mobile app developers and to be in the mobile app business together!
But women are busy. They have jobs or children or both. Somehow, though, this could work...
There ought to be a proposal for that! Yep, I’ve written one.
I’m running the proposal by some people and getting their ideas. In the meantime, what I’m trying to write, based on six months in the mobile app development business - which is limited, I think, but offers more insights than no experience - is best practices for mobile app development, the best that I've been able to derive so far, so that women can become mobile app developers and enter the business more quickly and efficiently than I did, and less problematically. I’m hoping that if I share the results of my trial-and-error learning, women can have fewer trials and errors than I did, and more success more quickly.
What are the "lots of feelings"? Fear of being judged for what I want. Fear of being considered lacking in some way - knowledge, realism, savvy, toughness.
What's the worst thing that can happen? I get judged! I get criticized and ridiculed! Ah, well. That's happened before.
What's the very worst thing that can happen? At least from my point of view? I dream a dream and don't try to make it a reality.
Here we go! If you're a woman in the Blacksburg, Virginia area and want to learn how to be a mobile app developer, or are even remotely interested in finding out if you might possibly want to learn, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now I'll know what to write about mobile app development because I know why I'm writing it. I want company!