Hi. My name is Matt Steele and I'm a Web Developer living in Denver, Colorado.

I work for Q Digital Studio specializing in both ExpressionEngine and Statamic CMS development.

I also work as a contractor through my company Western Code.

On the weekends I organize a local JavaScript meetup called the Denver Code Club.

If you'd like like to work together, please get in touch.

Matt Steele

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Lessons Learned From Organizing a Meetup

Today marks the final day of the Denver Code Club's 10 weeks of jQuery projects. I organized the meetup shortly after moving to Denver late last year. My thought at the time was that I was moving to a new city where I didn't know anyone, and what better way to meet fellow developers than by beginning my own study group? I had never organized anything like this before, but I can now say that I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

We started by spending 8 weeks on Javascript, and then worked with jQuery over the following 10 weeks. After 18 weeks of getting up early on Saturday mornings, I'm looking forward to taking a few weeks off and concentrating my own side projects. Maybe even sleeping in a little. 

What have I learned?

1. You'll find your people

Meetup.com's motto is 'Find Your People' and I certainly have. Out of the 100+ people that are members of the Denver Code Club, there's a core group of about 7 or 8 people that consistently show up every Saturday morning. These are my people. This core group comes from all walks of life; there's both young and old, both Men and Women, and both absolute beginners and experienced developers. Together we've found something that binds us and that's the ongoing quest to learn more about writing code. This is my favorite part of the study group.

2. You can't please everyone

When I began the group I tried to make the experience perfect for everyone that showed up. Over the last 18 weeks I've learned to let go of that idea and come to the realization that I need to just focus on what works for me. Since everyone learns differently, I've lost some people that required more direction. 

Some people learn by

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