The Power of Finding Your Community



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    I remember attending the VMUG UserCon in Dallas / Fort Worth for the first time back in 2013 and hearing Damian Karlson speak about vBrownBag. At the time I had never heard of vBrownBag, but one thing that really hit me was his mention of community. When he said “the community” he meant the virtualization community. He encouraged folks to get on Twitter to participate. To me, that was completely preposterous because Spiceworks was “the community.” That might sound a little closed minded considering I was at a VMUG event, so let’s start with my community background up to this point.

    It Started with One Installation

    For me, Spiceworks was where it all began and will always feel like home. I joined the Spiceworks community in December 2010, which is when I first installed the application and began using it for ticketing. A friend from church (now my current boss) told me about it. I mostly used the app and didn’t pay much attention to the community, not really knowing much about it or how to use it.

    But because I had installed the app and registered a community account (where the NetworkNerd name was born), I got notified about a local group of IT Professionals called SpiceCorps. It was free to attend, so I decided to go. At this first meeting in particular, I got to meet David Babbitt, one of the developers who worked at Spiceworks. He was in the area to get feedback on some new product features and to take any questions attendees had. I remember picking his brain about using Spiceworks for our Maintenance department in addition to just for IT. I thought it was so exciting to get to meet someone who worked at Spiceworks.


    You can read the rest of the story here: http://blog.thenetworknerd.com/2017/11/18/the-power-of-finding-your-community/



  • @networknerd said in The Power of Finding Your Community:

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    I remember attending the VMUG UserCon in Dallas / Fort Worth for the first time back in 2013 and hearing Damian Karlson speak about vBrownBag. At the time I had never heard of vBrownBag, but one thing that really hit me was his mention of community. When he said “the community” he meant the virtualization community. He encouraged folks to get on Twitter to participate. To me, that was completely preposterous because Spiceworks was “the community.” That might sound a little closed minded considering I was at a VMUG event, so let’s start with my community background up to this point.

    It Started with One Installation

    For me, Spiceworks was where it all began and will always feel like home. I joined the Spiceworks community in December 2010, which is when I first installed the application and began using it for ticketing. A friend from church (now my current boss) told me about it. I mostly used the app and didn’t pay much attention to the community, not really knowing much about it or how to use it.

    But because I had installed the app and registered a community account (where the NetworkNerd name was born), I got notified about a local group of IT Professionals called SpiceCorps. It was free to attend, so I decided to go. At this first meeting in particular, I got to meet David Babbitt, one of the developers who worked at Spiceworks. He was in the area to get feedback on some new product features and to take any questions attendees had. I remember picking his brain about using Spiceworks for our Maintenance department in addition to just for IT. I thought it was so exciting to get to meet someone who worked at Spiceworks.


    You can read the rest of the story here: http://blog.thenetworknerd.com/2017/11/18/the-power-of-finding-your-community/

    I read your whole post on this and I couldn't agree more. I started Spiceworks last year in August 2016 and this March 2017 Mangolassi. I am also involved in the Dropbox and Ubiquiti Community (Much less involvement) but gotta plan well my time.



  • It cannot be stated enough how important community is. Since joining ML in 2016, all of you have effectively been my IT mentors. 😃



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