When I read the word, “honest”, in the title, I immediately assumed that it was going to be a bad review about the meet up. I was surprised when you only mentioned a few bad things because I was expecting worse. Anyway, one of the things that I keep forgetting after organizing the meet ups for almost 4 years now is the struggle of first timers in the Ruby meet ups, specifically, how to acclimate them to the community.
One of the things I like about the Ruby community is that it’s small enough to the point where everyone knows everyone. Not literally, of course, but you get the idea. It’s great when you know the people who frequently go to the meet ups because it becomes more of a social event that you look forward to go to every month to catch up with your friends and less of an obligation that you need to go through just to become a better developer. Sadly, the downside of this is that it can be overwhelming to a newbie who just wants to get involved with the community because it is SO hard to talk to new people especially when they’re in groups.
Thanks for this write-up. It sounds strange, but I’m also a socially-awkward potato despite being the community manager, so I keep forgetting about my duties and not talk to the newbies especially when I see a lot of them. This post reminded me that it’s my responsibility to make everyone be social to each other. I hope you really had a good experience and that you’ll show up at future meet ups.