So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

Posted almost 2 years ago

Hey fellow Rubyist,

Yesterday was my last meet-up as a Montreal.rb organizer. After 4.5 years of taking care of our group, it’s time for me to pass the torch.

I remember so much from all the time I spent volunteering for Montreal.rb. The group grew during my tenure and we frequently had new faces, an achievement that I’m really proud of. We also had great projects like Railsbridge and Office Hours. Those are proof of our dynamic community here in Montreal. I would like to thank everyone who attended one of our events, those who spent time helping me organize Montreal.rb, and especially those who had the courage to give a talk.

Does that mean that Montreal.rb will die? I don’t think so. I’m leaving because I believe our community is ready to grow without me supporting it on my shoulders. I’ll be honest here: organizing Montreal.rb takes a lot more time than what you would think. If you like our group and you want to see it survive, please get involved. Do not let only one person be responsible for our group, it’s really hard to do. You don’t need to spend as much time as I did - organizing 1 meet-up here and there is enough to help the organizers.

What is next for me? Where will I get involved next? Honestly, I don’t know. I’m working and having fun at Sharethebus – we are hiring btw :) – that’s a start. I’ll maybe have time to do some open source, who knows?

Anyhow, I’ll see you at the next Montreal.rb meet-up where I’ll be only an attendee – a first since 2011.

Take care of our group for me,

Martin