I've been blogging and involved in the Tableau community for 10 years as of this year. My first conference was in 2011 and it took me a couple of years to go from 'learn all the things' to 'learn, create, and contribute'.
10 years ago (as of September, I think), I remember being so excited that charts could be beautiful and informative, that I wanted to write about it. Since that time, I was a featured author, a 7x Tableau Ambassador until I stepped down, one of the first women podcasters in the dataviz space, founded a global conference, and helped create data+women (& d+w dc). It's been a lot. Throughout these ten years, I transitioned from away from blogging and vizzing. I created a Mother's Day card & comic pages in Tableau and as time went on, I lost my passion for visualizing data for fun.
Enter this year's Iron Viz Feeder. I was inspired to visualize my Ulta purchases. I wrote about the inspiration in my LinkedIn newsletter on how I used Miro to help me with my process.
I also had a really great conversation with Lindsay Betzendahl recently and I mentioned--it's like starting all over.
Between the feeder and that conversation, I made a decision. I think 10 years in is a great time to get back to what I did ten years ago; viz & blog. A lot has changed over the years. I won't be involved in the hustle culture (#chronica11ychILL) & I'll be making vizzes for me--so some of them won't be best practice or the best way to viz something. One observation that I have about my 10 years of vizzing is that I've become less creative. So I'm on a mission to regain a little creativity.
Here's to going back to the future.