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Virtual Coffee Newsletter, January 2024

Ready, Set, Goals! πŸ’

Hey Friends!

2023 was a whirlwind year, for good and for bad, but the strength and energy of this community shone through it all. We're looking forward to a bright 2024, and starting it off with a goal-setting theme for January!

πŸ’ž Kindness and Gratitude

Spotlighting some of the kindness happening in our community.

"Been loving the group pomodoro sessions in the #co-working-room! Definitely help my ADHD brain get/stay in flow state!"


"I spent all day in bed yesterday due to a migraine. Today, I didn't really want to do anything, but I saw we needed a room leader for today's coffee. Grudgingly, I volunteered. I had a great time and was immediately lifted out of my horrible mood. Thanks so much to everyone that started and helps keep VC running. My life would be a much darker place without all of you."


"I started a four month contract at EA this week as a Technical Writer! This group has helped me feel more confident navigating a career in tech, so thank you all so much."


πŸ“† What's happening at Virtual Coffee

December Recap

πŸ’‘Monthly Theme & Challenge: Creative Community!

Keeping up a VC tradition, our December focus was on making, sharing, and creativity. We baked, crocheted, sewed, built with Legos, photographed, and everything in between. If you enjoyed it, you can join in the fun all year in the #making-stuff channel!

January: Goal Get It!

πŸ’‘Monthly Theme & Challenge: New Year, New Goals!

Setting goals is a pretty well-worn practice for January, but New Year's resolutions are notoriously hard to keep. This month's challenge is about setting better goals that will serve you all year long, then building the habits and tools to help you achieve. Check out the VC Monthly Challenge page or Ayu's blog post for more inspiration and info!

Some of our Coffee Table groups and Slack channels will have special sessions and posts focused on the theme, including a goal-setting workshop in #tech-interview-study-group on January 8 and some creative goal tracking activities in The Pack Hunt.

In past years, our January theme has been "Month of Learning", and we'd love to see folks setting goals to learn new tech stacks, data structures and algorithms, RegEx wizardry, or tech interviewing skills. But this community is more than tech! The goals to find more work/life balance, improve your 5K time, or be a better ally are all just as worthwhile. Whatever goals you set for this year, VC members are ready to support you and cheer you on.

β˜•πŸͺ‘ Coffee Table Events

πŸ“… Weekly Async Events

β˜• Official Virtual Coffee Events

Note: These are the currently scheduled times for these events at the time of this publication. Please check the official VC #announcements Slack channel, or other noted channels, for any updates and links to event rooms. For the full list of events, check out our events page.

πŸ†• New Career Focus Channels Alert

We've added three new private channels β€” Senior+, Mid-level, Early-career β€” to our Slack for peer-to-peer conversation, because we know that it's good to be able to support and nurture conversations specific to your career level. If you're interested in joining the one you identify with most, DM Bekah on Slack.

πŸ“ Survey

The end of the year survey will be ready soon. We ask you take a couple of minutes to fill it out so we can continue to improve this community and make it a space that provides value to our members.

🀝 Volunteering at VC

We're very excited to continue open membership with the support of our active volunteers! All our active volunteers have an invite to send out to someone interested in joining Virtual Coffee. If you're interested in joining the volunteer team, check out some the roles here!

✨ Member Content Highlights

Our members are making the internet a better place with their words and wisdom!



πŸ† Member Wins

"My blog reached 10K+ views!"


"I finally broke a million post views on!"


"Woohoo! Bekah's New Maintainers Resources making it into Favorite Series of the year on DEV! Congrats!!!"


"I deleted over 20,000 emails and freed 16% of my inbox."


"I've been really into both scrollytales and clis for a while now... and now I'm iterating faster and faster! The hard work is paying off."


"Just submitted the final draft of my final article for Stoplight, and I think it’s one of the best articles I’ve ever written. My editor agrees!"


πŸ‘€ What our members are up to

πŸ’» Open Source Projects

If you're a member and you’d like to give a Lunch & Learn or Workshop, you can submit your idea here.

Have a question, suggestion, or want to nominate someone’s act of kindness or blogpost? Email us at

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