I was hoping to get this email out before anyone inquired about this month's meeting, but that obviously didn't happen. This Thursday should be our first meeting of 2014, but I have decided not to hold the meeting.
RSCG has been going on for a little over 5 years now, and in that time we have had a lot of good discussions and a ton of good laughs. Over the last 6 months or so the attendance at the meetings has been relatively weak, and I know it is because I have not been putting in the time that I need in order to prepare for the meeting, have good topics proposed, drive discussions, line up folks with content, etc... All of the things required to really get people excited about the meetings. I have been putting in a half-hearted effort, and because of that RSCG is flailing. It pains me to see RSCG limp along like this.
I felt like we were at this same spot exactly three years ago, and I put out a call for help from the community to bring more content to the meetings. There was a great response and RSCG ran strong for the next two years. At this point, I'm not putting out a call for content, I'm looking for someone to (in the short term) completely take over the meetings and try to breathe some new life into the group. Over the long term I want a partner (or several) who are as invested in the group as I am, and can help drive discussions, content, find presenters, etc...
Do you want to take over RSCG?
I need a break for a bit, and if no one steps up, then I think that this will probably be the end of RSCG. I'd certainly be sad to see it go, but RSCG was founded because we felt like there was a lack of groups in Richmond which really catered to experienced software developers and the topics that were interesting to us. In the intervening years a number of great groups have popped up covering a wide variety of topics. I would recommend checking out some of these new groups like RVA Data Hackers (http://www.meetup.com/RVA-Data-Hackers/
), RVA.js (http://www.meetup.com/rva-js/
), and Richmond MongoDB user group (http://www.meetup.com/Richmond-MongoDB-User-Group/
Thanks again everyone for all of the great meetings we have had over the last 5 years. I hope to see you all at a future RSCG meeting.