This coming weekend I get to experience the equivalent of my community Christmas. It is an event that I’ve been involved with for almost 5 years called Podcamp Halifax.

Podcamp Halifax is a free, community driven event where individuals get to speak about their personal digital experiences.

This will be my 3rd Podcamp as a speaker. Previously I’ve presented on Dungeons and Dragons and its relationship with community building and whether or not I care if people like me on the internet and this year I’ll be presenting on the topic of Deep Work.

But more important than what I’ve spoken about is who I’ve met. Some of my previous Podcamp introductions have led to personal and professional relationships that are still thriving today, five years later.

It was at Podcamp Halifax that I met people who’ve come to be mentors, partners, clients, and friends.

For me, the true value in this community has been the community itself.

Sure, the content has been incredible. I’ve learned so much at Podcamp over the years. It has fundamentally changed what I do for a living. My current situation stems from relationships I built at Podcamp.

But for me, it’s the people.

It would surprise most people to know that I am in fact an introvert. Most people would call me a liar. After all, in most situations I’m the life of the party.

But it’s all an act.

I grew up moving around a lot and as such I had to very quickly meet and impress people and if I was going to make friends, I’d have to be on top of my game.

But what I’ve discovered from my experiences at Podcamp Halifax is that there are people who love all of the same things that I love. And they’re just right here, in my city.

Growing up, you feel as though there is no one in the entire world who likes what you like. No one in the entire world could possibly love Keanu Reeves movies as much as you.

But events like Podcamp Halifax have taught me that no one is a unique snowflake. We’re all part of one really awesome sentient snow creature.

In the words of my daughter;

”Do you wanna build a snowman…?”