I’ve always been passionate about helping people learn more about DNN and use it in new and creative ways. I noticed that Sean Gahan was giving a presentation at the Central California .Net User Group in Fresno, CA. (They told me this area is also called Clovis.) I immediately contacted the, because I was hoping that they might be streaming the user group meeting. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case, but they invited me to speak.
It’s been a LONG time since I began and last updated the “participate” blog series. A lot of things have changed since then. I am at a new company. Shaun Walker moved on too. Joe Brinkman is now leading community. Charles Nurse took over as the Chief Architect. The DNN core is now much more open for contributions, and so many more changes. Regardless to your personal opinions, there is a bright future for DNN. Part of this is the introduction of working groups, one of which is the Training working group that I am leading – and I need your help. Nay… The COMMUNITY needs your help!
It may surprise you to hear that in such a populated region such as London to hear that there has never been a DotNetNuke user group there. That’s right! There isn’t an area in the United Kingdom that is considered to be more metropolitan. It’s also considered to be a leading global city in numerous areas such as arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, research and development, and more. Yet DNN hasn’t reached their techie scene. That’s changing! The very first user group meeting that focuses on DNN will be held there in just a couple of short weeks.
This blog post isn’t about another one of my presentations. Actually, I just wanted to let you know about a .Net user group that is having a DotNetNuke presentation given in the New York area on October 4, 2012. DNN is rampant across the east coast of the US, but it’s not often I hear about a DNN presentation in the New York area.
If you’ve never been there, you should know that Tampa Bay is an incredible city. It may not look large depending on where you’re from, but it’s home to Busch Gardens, New York Yankees spring training, former Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers, NHL champion Lightning, the Rays, and it’s also where the best Punisher movie was filmed (in my opinion). This city was also home to the first ever Day of DotNetNuke in 2009, which has since spread to Orlando, France, Canada, Chicago, and Charlotte. I am very happy to be able to say that I am once again bringing DotNetNuke back to this great city in a meeting on August 23, 2012.
I have to be honest… I lived in Florida most of my life. With one exception, the only times I’ve been to South Florida were to speak at code camps, or for wrestling tournaments. (I was a pretty good wrestler when I was in high school.) I am continuing the trend on August 28, 2012 when I come to the FLA.Net West Palm Beach .Net User Group to talk about DotNetNuke. It’s very exciting for me to return to Florida in such a beautiful area, and I appreciate this user group welcoming me.
If you have not heard of Adam Humphrey, I wouldn’t be surprised. While he is an excellent DotNetNuke community member, much of his participation is under the radar. However, he is in my opinion one of the better designers that our community and ecosystem have. He is most importantly, the owner of Adammer.com, which is the flagship company that he does most of his work out of.
Some of you may be already running your DotNetNuke user group meetings. If that is the case, let this be a refresher or a guide. For the rest of us, this is meant as a reference to help you plan out your first meeting, or the ongoing logistics of future meetings. If you’re doing the right things, holding the meeting should be the least amount of work for a user group leader every month. It should begin to run itself…
Yesterday I wrote a blog that introduced you to 4 new user groups that are having their first meetings very soon. At the end of the blog there was also a question, “Do you want to start your own user group?” As a result, I got a very good question that is very common. “What’s the best way to find out if there is any interest for a user group in our area?”
User groups in general are great. They do for the average person what few other venues and mediums can… They connect people in meaningful ways. Sure, you can log onto your favorite social network and find people with similar interests, but you have to build a relationship first. That takes time. At a user group, everyone is there for the same reason. They all want to learn more about the overall topic. Once you share a slice of pizza or a drink with your fellow user group members, you have quite possibly built a meaningful relationship for life.