I’ve been running around trying to find my place in the community not quite situated yet. This past Monday I attended a community social event where all the community leaders in the area got together and discussed upcoming plans for the year. It was a lot of fun and surprisingly interesting. I thought there would be a lot more people in attendance of this event. I always assumed this area had so many more people. That I would be this tiny itty bitty fish in a very large pond. It didn’t really feel that way at all. I guess for one it’s because I was one of two SharePoint people in attendance. Also, there were only about 5 other girls. I thought there would be more girls, but 5 or 6 girls is about 5 or 6 more girls than the Kansas City area ever had in attendance at one of these events. The coolest thing in the world that hey discussed was women in tech events. They want to do something for young girls. I really hope we can get something together, because I’ve wanted to get more young girls involved in technology in high school and college (maybe even younger). I want them to know that this is a field where everyone can thrive. Just because there are more guys does not mean there isn’t room for girls by showing them how the rest of us are doing in the technology community. That was not the only thing discussed there is another event I am helping someone out with in the works for the area. I am going to heavily immerse myself in helping that person plan this event. It’s funny I leave one area to start doing almost the same thing in another area. Anyway, check back on my blog and I’ll be posting more details in the upcoming months. Also, I will probably post some progress as it occurs. Right now I’ve decided I’m attending NY Silverlight, NY SPUG, NY Dev SPUG (when it starts), Princeton SPUG, and Central Jersey .Net. These are all pending topics and if I still have train money to attend all the events. It gets incredibly expensive, but I really enjoy attending these events. I see something really cool with Silverlight or SharePoint and something just clicks. Plus on the friend front it’s not huge, but I’m trying to force myself socially to gain a few of these in the area. I miss all the cool people I knew in Kansas City. Right now I still haven’t found anyone local I could just hang out with easily. I miss all my old friends. Everything is so spread out and different. Time will present me more opportunities. Things just don’t happen overnight.