Archive for January, 2009

Meetup and Me

Being totally new to an to an area is difficult.  It’s difficult for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is not having connections to people.  Although it took me a long time to realize it about myself, I thrive off of having people around.  I enjoy listening, learning, and just talking with people that I know well, or am meeting for the first time.

When you are new to an area, opportunites to meet and talk to people seem limited.  It’s really easy to feel isolated.  However, it’s also an opportunity.  It’s an opportunity to do things that you wouldn’t have “normally” done when you are in your comfort zome.

For me, Meetup has been an amazing resource for becoming more comfortable in my new location.  I’ve found people with common interests and genuine desires to learn.

Last week, I took the plunge and started my own Meetup on Rich Internet Applications.  We had our first meeting on thursday.  There were 3 people in total.  Not exactly a huge turnout, but I’m encouraged that there is some level of interest.  It is great that I can meet a couple people who I would have no way of meeting otherwise and have a two hour long discussion about a topic that i love.

I’m definitely a newly minted big fan of meetup, and i’m looking forward to many more meetups in the future.

Happy New Year! Goals for 09

I’ve been thinking about doing a post like this for a little while now, but finally found the time to get around to it.  a little late, but it’s the thought that counts.

08 was a really big year for my personal life.  I got married and moved across the country.  I’ve started making new friends in a new place and tried to challenge myself to expand beyond my social comfort zone.  It is my hope that 09 is as big for my professional life as 08 was for my personal life.  Therefore my 09 goals are mostly of a professional nature.  I hope to come back to this post in a year and see that I’ve accomplished what i list here.

  • Deep involvement in a volunteer activity, ideally with an international organization
  • Create at least one product that has active and passionate users
  • Build a local product team
  • Run an active RIA user group
  • Do another century bike ride
  • Read more: ~A book a month, broaden topics beyond technical ones :)

some of these goals are loftier that others, but I hope that writing them down will help to keep me on task and focused on what is important for this year.  I just want to add to the ‘goes w/o saying’ category: Keeping in better touch with my family and supporting sarah through her internship this summer regardless of where it is.

Happy 2009 everyone!