It has been 25 days since my last post and that is way tool long to keep a consistent blog. I can think of a lot of excuses and reasons that it took this long for this post, but then I would be fooling myself. So let’s try to make this a weekly thing from now on.
The last 25 days have been very exciting and today I want to stress the importance of going to a loal meetup group if you are an aspiring web developer. Because of that single fact, my whole prospect for the future has suddenly rotated 180 degrees.
I went to my first Utrecht.rb(Ruby User group in Utrecht, Netherlands) hacknight on the 7th of may. A couple of days before the meetup I got in contact with another member of the group and we ended up driving there together and I am now working together with him, helping each other build their app ideas. So in relation to my last post about building something real, I am now building something really real and working together with someone on a ‘team’, which ofcourse is AWESOME and really makes everything even more ‘real’. This also made me focus on one app for now to really get a grip on developing and managing a real world application. This has now turned my idea into a real life project.
The next thing that blew my mind is that I got an email with a pretty serious work offer and I got accepted and am now getting paid to write ruby (well, at least modify and edit ruby code). So I am now actually learning ruby on the job. I got the invitation solely because I was a member of the local ruby user group. And I haven’t even attended one of this groups meetups at all.(but this is because I always teach drums when they meet).
So if you are hesitating to go to a local meetup, please don’t! It is sooo worth it! I guess some people are scared to put themselves out there, but in my opinion and experience it is almost always not grounded. I had a great time at my first hacknight, although I didn’t get much real hacking done, but I did get a job and a ‘partner in crime’ from these user groups.
So stop reading and visit meetup.com to check out local user groups in your area!