Hanging up my hat after this year’s NodeConf Adventure.
I’ve been conflicted about this for a while. NodeConf has been an important and constant part of my life since 2010 and I’ve been running small community events since 2009.
While these events have been incredibly rewarding they are also a big drain on me mentally and physically. Last year I stopped running speaking events, putting NodeConf US and JSFest on an indefinite hold. That left only NodeConf Adventure.
In 2009 I did an event called CouchCamp. That’s how I discovered Walker Creek Ranch, a magical summer camp in the Marin Headlands. Since then I’ve run an event for Node.js there every year. While much more attention is paid to the speaking events I’ve run these events have been much more important to me and to the community, especially in the earlier days of Node.js.
I didn’t think I’d ever stop doing these events.
Over the last year Node.js has undergone tremendous changes and I’ve had to change a lot along with them. As Node.js continues its unprecedented growth it is becoming clear that my time, all of my time, is best spent supporting the community through my work in the Node.js Foundation.
NodeConf is much bigger than me. Each year more events are run all around the world by organizers from local communities. There’s now a loose governance structure around NodeConf run by these organizers. The future of Node.js community events are in good hands.
That said, I’d encourage everyone who’s been to Walker Creek, who’s been to an event I’ve run in the past, who loves this community, to join me for one last trip into the woods :)