Virtual Coffee Newsletter, February 2021
What we've been up to and where we're going in February!
January was a pivotal month for Virtual Coffee. Not only did we launch our newsletter and podcast, but we saw record growth and made lots of plans for the future, so we hope you stay tuned 💖
💞 Community Kindness
Spotlighting some of the kindness happening in our community.
- Lucia wants to thank Justin Noel for his generous React tutoring and Bogdan for showing her around upgrading Heroku via the command line!
- We want to thank our friends for all their hard work: Lucia Cerchie for offering to document Virtual Coffee processes, Marie Antons for organizing the tech-interview-study-group channel, and Mike Rogers and Dominic Duffin for organizing the game night channel.
- Shout out to Kevin Truong for doing a mock interview session to help Chad practice and provide feedback.
📆 What's happening at Virtual Coffee
- We wrapped up our month of learning
- New members: 30+ new members
- Had over 300 downloads of our podcast
💡 Monthly Challenge: Month of Sharing!
Our challenge this month focuses on sharing your knowledge, expertise, and creative endeavors through audio and video content. We're encouraging all our members to participate in our brownbag and lightning talk events as well as sharing podcasts, and youtube channels.
- Nick Taylor: Open Source, Live Streaming, and Structured YOLO
- Marie Antons: From Chef to Tech
- Tori Crawford: Interviewing -- If it's broke, fix it
Brownbags are members-only events and the link will be dropped in the #announcements channel in slack prior to the event.
- February 2, 12:00pm EST -> Graphs & Networks, Trees & Heaps, Part 1, @Dominic Duffin
- February 5, 12:30pm EST -> Algorithms & Problem Solving with Graphs & Trees, Part 2, @Dominic Duffin
- February 10, 12:00pm EST -> Contrasting Accessibility with Color Contrast, @Todd
- February 15, 12:00pm EST -> How to Build a WordPress Theme, @Andy Stitt
- February 17, 1:00pm EST -> Pair Programming: Starting with Virtual Coffee, @Lucia Cercie
⚡ Lightning Talks
February 26, Times TBA
Organized by @Karen Dickenson
- February 24, 12:00pm EST, Atomic Habits by James Clear will wrap up reading/discussion
- Up Next: Radical Candor by Kim Scott (being kind and clear in communicating)
Member Blog Post Highlights
Some of our member posts we loved in December
- Database Design and the GDPR, by Vic Vijayakumar
- Choose your own adventure to break into web development, by Andy Stitt
- Rails Image Helper, by Chuck Smith
I’m listening to the VC podcast and getting such warm fuzzies! I’m so glad to have found this place, much love to all of you! 💖
This community. I feel like I'm 10x the person I was since I joined, 100% because this group is so supportive.
What our members are up to
- Mike Rogers was recently featured on the “Rails With Jason” podcast
- Todd Libby launched his podcast Front End Nerdery, Episode 1 is with the “Godfather of web standards”, Jeffrey Zeldman
- Nick Taylor and Dan Ott are pairing up for a live-stream, on February 3rd, at 1:00pm EST. You can check it out here.
Open Source Projects We Love!
- VirtualCoffee.io, our Virtual Coffee community site - Dan Ott - 11ty