Welcome! 👋

This week brought a lot of networking opportunities for folks, with Community Matters Conference and Refresh 19. It also brought a number of conversations about networking online, with commentary from David Spinks as well as a debate on whether networking is overrated.

I also came across a great blogpost with networking tips from our Community Manager friends in the Science industry. Needless to say, it's clear that even those of us who make connections for a living are hungry for connections with people who understand our day-to-day roles.

As you approach a new month, I encourage you to take time to connect with those around you, not because your job requires it, but because the simple act of finding others who understand our challenges leads to a sense of belonging that can be rare in a day and age where loneliness is common, particularly for those who are a team of one.

If you're actively working in a Developer Relations role, join us over at the DevRel Collective. If you're slightly outside of that realm, look for other Slack or Discourse teams that have a similar goal: providing a safe space for professionals to exchange resources and encourage one another.

Don't know where to look for people who are experiencing the same issues as you? Reach out to me. I'm always happy to facilitate new connections!

Best,
Mary (@mary_grace)
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