Virtual Coworking with Dave

As a freelancer, I miss the sound of other people working. Because my home town is too small to support a real coworking community, I’ve made this virtual coworking space that readers of my blog can visit and work.

The coworking chat room started in August 2016, and today we have people from around the world checking-in regularly. I think the chat works well if you are comfortable typing conversationally and are online all day working solo. We strive to create an upbeat and supportive atmosphere.

The Chat Room

This is a working chat room, so it’s organized to prioritize work, with increasing levels of distraction available for when you need it. We do like to celebrate when people finish something they’ve been working on.

Quick Chat Room Tips

  • 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.
  • You are welcome to lurk by setting your status to “invisible”, but I encourage you to just say “hello” every once in a while.

Discord Chat Room

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.

 

 

Links to Virtual Coworking

1. DS | COWORKING CAFE

davidseah.com/join-ds-cowork or https://discord.gg/rzYwKVv

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. If you need to re-enter an invite code, use this one: rzYwKVv

 

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

 

4. Patreon Supporters

The coworking chatroom is also an extension of my public design work in the productivity tools / personal development space. If you have been using my work for a while or just want to help support what I’m building, consider following along on Patreon!

» Check out Dave Seah on Patreon