Virtual Coworking with Dave

As a freelancer, I miss the sound of other people working. As I live in a fairly small city, finding other like-minded people to cowork with has been difficult. So, I’ve made a virtual coworking space with a modern online chatroom (Discord) that follows the philosophy of my blog. I also livestream my work sessions daily to provide a sense of community.

My virtual coworking experiment started in August 2016, and we now have people from around the world checking-in regularly. I think the virtual coworking format works well for people who don’t mind typing in a chat room, typically computer-bound solo workers who have home offices. We have an upbeat and supportive atmosphere maintained by an eclectic group of people doing all kinds of jobs.

The Chat Room

Since we are co-WORKING, the chat room prioritizes work first, with socializing happening as people take breaks. We keep the energy positive by celebrating each others completed tasks.

The chat room is structured so you can pick the level of social engagement that fits your mood. If you want to be extremely focused on banging out tasks, hang out in the #work_log channel. If you want some noise around you, join either the Quiet Work or Noisy Work voice channels, or pop up at the Water Cooler and see if anyone needs to socialize a bit. A description of all the text and voice chat channels is in the #welcome channel upon logging-in to the chat room.

Discord Chat Room You are welcome to lurk by setting your status to “invisible”, but the experience is better if you interact with us even a little bit. It takes time to get to know people, but it’s as easy as just saying “hi” a few times. We’re not a clique-y bunch of people.

Livestreamed Work Sessions

I also stream various activities on YouTube, sharing the unedited experience of doing my work. I’m told it works great as background noise while doing your own stuff. Also, I think it’s sometimes helpful to see someone else struggle through a challenge and work through it, especially when you are facing difficulties of your own.

Dave's YouTube Channel There are several types of streams that I do:

Whats Up Dave is my “starting the day” program on weekday mornings, addressed to my friends. I typically start the stream with “show and tell”, then get into planning the day. This is sometimes followed by a preliminary work session.

Virtual Coworking streams cover work sessions, with topics ranging from javacript development to graphic design to cooking to clutter-busting. There are playlists for each topic.

I also stream the occasional video game from my PC.

NOTE: The live stream is always called LIVE RECORDING IN PROGRESS; I rename them and put them into the appropriate playlist archive after recording. I usually announce when I’m livestreaming in the Discord #livestream channel.

 

Links to Virtual Coworking

1. DS | COWORKING CAFE

davidseah.com/join-ds-cowork

Discord is a modern chat client with voice support, and is free. Join our chat room by clicking the link above. Create a Discord user account then visit http://discordapp.com to sign-in,

 

2. YouTube Coworking Videos

The Virtual Coworking Playlist archives past livestreams, which are good for background noise. Browse my channel for other topical videos (e.g. doing graphic design).

 

3. YouTube Coworking Livestream

davidseah.com/live

Check the DS|COWORKING #livestream channel to see when I’m about to stream. You can also get notifications by subscribing to the channel on YouTube.