I have to stop having kids around Codemash time, or rather, roughly 9 months before Codemash time.
Every year I attend I usually write a follow up blog post saying how it rejuvenates my love for the profession each year. I have missed 2 incarnations of Codemash in its history due to my 2 beautiful daughters being born within months of the event (read: WORTH IT), but this year was a little different. This time I wasn’t able to attend, but I still had that same fire ignited inside me as the years that I was there.
What happened? Well two things.
1. I was able to send a young and talented developer in my place that had never been.
2. The twitter feed.
Let’s start with #1. I found that ”prepping” someone that was as excited to go as I was the first time made me feel like I was there again. Make sure you do this, listen to this speaker he/she is great, participate in an open space, eat lots of bacon (he was paleo, so he liked this part), MEET PEOPLE, etc. etc. In the week upcoming the event, we talked about it everyday.
So, all of the reasons that love Codemash so much were still present, even in its absence, including the interaction with the most important part, the people (only this time it was strictly via Twitter).
Unless something happens around April again, I will see you all next year!