In Spring of 2019, I offered a set of live workshops, the BuildingBlox Workshop Week, in a local hotel conference room. This was meant as an experiment to see if I could run workshops without a sponsoring event or venue. While it was a mixed success, the BuildingBlox name remained when I began offering my virtual workshops, again without a sponsoring event or venue.
I began teaching workshops with a camera and projector over a decade ago, well before most other teachers were doing anything similar. As technology improved, I streamlined my teaching setup — and when the pandemic hit in 2020, I was well situated to use a similar setup to move my workshops into the virtual space.
After some growing pains, I have finally expanded my workshop offerings and structure to truly take advantage of the virtual workshop medium. Even though the pandemic is winding down and more in-person events are being scheduled, I'm committed to helping everyone access the knowledge I can offer by continuing to hold virtual workshops.
If you've taken my virtual workshops from 2020 thru 2022, you'll notice some changes in 2023 and beyond.
First and foremost, you'll notice the prices have increased. Bottom line: my previous prices were based on faulty math, and it took an intervention from a trusted friend for me to realize it. If you're interested in the story behind the old and new prices, you can read about it on my blog.
Second, you'll notice that each workshop has a portal page to which your enrollment gives you access. This page is a one-stop shop for all the info you need before, during, and after the workshop, and will even house the video recording when it's done.
Third, the recordings are now available not only to those who enrolled (whether or not they came to the workshop), but to anyone who wants to purchase access to them, either before or after the workshop date. Over time, there will be a solid library of workshop recordings available at all times.
However, recordings will only be available for one year from the date of the workshop, regardless of when you purchase access. When a new workshop on the same topic is held, the previous recording will be removed from the store (although it will still be accessible to those who purchased it, until it expires).
Thank you for your interest in my work and workshops; I hope to see you in one soon!
Alasdair Post-Quinn, “Softwear Engineer,” Fallingblox Designs