If you're watching a few repositories on GitHub, then you're probably familiar with that sinking feeling that sneaks up on you when you realize that it has been over 10 days since you processed notifications, and there are well over 400 conversations that you need to catch up on.
It used to be that I had to respond to most of those. Delightfully, this is no longer the case. 193 of my notifications told me that someone else had merged a pull request in an Exercism repository. Useful, helpful, lively conversations are happening in the GitHub issues and pull requests, even when I disappear for a bit.
Thank you for that. Thanks for keeping the lights on, the people happy, and the pull requests flowing, even when the day-to-day noise prevents me from checking in.
Say "Hi" in Person
You all should meet each other. It's inspiring to meet other people who have similar interests.
The easiest way to meet in person is at meetups in your local community. If there are any. Chances are pretty good though, these days, though. If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and go to one of these things.
If you're an old hat at going to these things, find someone who hasn't gone and be their buddy. Make sure that they're treated well at their first event.
I'm counting on you!
Selfishly, I'd love to meet you all. I'll be at a bunch of events next month, and if you happen to be at these, please come over and introduce yourself.
Due to time constraints I won't be able to schedule lunches and dinners and coffee shop visits, but I will try to make it to meetups and other community events scheduled around the same time. If you know of any great community events, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I read every email (though, sadly, I can't respond to everything).