Meetups are hard…

Moving things around

I decided I wanted to continue blogging even though i’ve spent a lot of time training for the triathlon in May. Here is what my calendar looks like these days:

I recently moved some things around to attend two meetups this week. Meetup is a website where you can find events happening in your area based on your interest. I found two consecutive events this week and figured i’d sacrifice some morning hours for the evening gatherings this past Tuesday and Wednesday.

The first was very intimate, a few people gathered around a long table at a local diner. Talk varied but had moments of deep intellectual thought about programming and complexities in Big O notation. Many things were way over my head and I felt out of my league most of the time. Many of the participants had many more years experience than I did. As the time passed topics began to widen and I left feeling a bit overwhelmed and tired. On a positive note I shared my website and someone left a very kind comment!

The following night I attended an event a block away from where I work. The location was a large hall with red brick and designer light bulbs. Fold out chairs in the center, a bar with free beer and a table of baked snacks and other various finger foods. It was sponsored by AT&T and a local businesses. This was a “tech” meetup, so anything mildly related to a computer was fair game. The speakers talked about their services, products, and programs.

I walked out of the building feeling like I had a lot of time to make up for. It’s important to be reminded this is only an illusion. Programming is made up of many simple rules, one upon the other, to create amazing things. Once these rules are learned you are positioned to be like any other programmer, at any meetup. Building friendships and getting to know other programmers comes with time and patience.

So I hope one day to speak at an event. I’ll talk about some highly technical topic, or program, or my story on how I became a programmer.

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