Great article, Zell! I think your advice in terms of meetups and getting yourself out there, showing what you’ve been up to etc. really applies very much also to other professions such as Designers!
I have to make an effort myself to go to some more of these events — sometimes it’s just hard when you’ve got a family/kids to look after in the evenings! Anyway, I highly recommend everyone having a look at meetup.com for interesting events in their area!