After taking an extended pause from Women in Web Dev, I have decided that my time with the group is up.
It’s been a long and rewarding journey since I started the group in 2017. Back then, I just wanted to create an online space for us, as there was nothing available.
A community is nothing without its members, so I want to thank all of you who joined, participated and gave support to other members. Even if you did nothing but lurk, there’s power in seeing thousands of people who share the same goal as you.
While I’ll be stepping down from running the group, CodeOp will step up to continue and grow the community.
CodeOp was founded in 2018 to help solve the gender disparity problem in the tech space. It’s the first international tech school exclusively for women, transgender, and nonbinary individuals who want to transition to, or upskill in tech.
CodeOp provides a safe space, training, and resources needed to encourage, support, and equip students with the skills they need to thrive in the tech industry.
As CodeOp’s mission is inclusive of women, transgender and nonbinary individuals, the group will align to explicitly welcome and include them.
If you feel you will not be comfortable with this change, then you will need to evaluate your continued participation here. While I do not wish to see anyone go, the fact is that we need to make sure this space is a safe and non-judgemental one for all members.
In preparation for the transition, CodeOp’s community manager, Gokhan Bu, selected a team of alumni moderators. I have trained them on how they can continue cultivating the group and how to best support you.
I’m excited to see how the group can grow with new caretakers who can breathe new life in here.
I know this change might be surprising, and you feel disappointed or anxious about this news. What I can tell you is that the group is better served by moderators who actually want to be here. (Instead of dying a slow, sad death.)
During this transition, the new team will need time to set up new guidelines, so please be patient as they find their rhythm.
The moderators are volunteers who are passionate about supporting you in your coding journey, and I hope you’ll give them your full support.
Thank you to all of you! This group wouldn’t be what it is without your participation and support. When I started this group, I never imagined that it’ll still be going strong after 4.5 years.
If you’re interested in more details, you can read this extended version below.
I see you want the long version – here we go.
It’s been almost a year since I stepped back from Women in Web Dev and closed the Learning Circle. At the time, I was feeling burnt out with what I was doing. I paused to rest and let clarity come to me – whether to pick it back up later with new inspiration or something else.
Well, it became clear to me a few months ago that my time with Women in Web Dev is done. One day, I was pondering the question “What would I do if I only had 6 months to live?”, and the first answer was “It sure ain’t running my Facebook group!”
My original plan was to close down the Facebook group and direct you to another aligned community.
I was hoping that there would be new online communities that I can direct you to, but was very disappointed to learn that there was nothing, even after 2 years of the pandemic!
So I had to come up with a Plan B – finding a successor. The last thing I wanted to do was to leave 7,000+ members without anywhere to go.
I debated about who to pass it to – I didn’t want to pass it onto an individual because it takes a lot of work to grow a community without additional resources. But then if I passed it onto a company, I worried that the company will abandon it when the original contact leaves.
CodeOp and Women in Web Dev started at around the same time. CodeOp was one of the first coding bootcamps in the world for women, non-binary and transgender people. I talked to Katrina over the years and watched their growth, and I knew that they would be the perfect caretakers because our missions are 100% aligned.
CodeOp has taken a thoughtful and planned approach to this project. They have a dedicated Community Manager (Gokhan) on their team and selected a team of alumni moderators who are excited to support you.
In the last 9 months while I’ve taken a step back, the engagement in the group has decreased even as the number of members increased. For a community to thrive, it needs attention and care. The best thing to ensure the continuation of this community is to find new caretakers, rather than let it die a slow, painful death.
A big thank you…
…to all of you who are part of this wonderful community. When I first started it, I didn’t know what would happen – all I wanted to do was to find other women who were also coding!
Because of you, I got to try new things like doing Facebook Lives, running online training events and even started a paid membership, the Learning Circle.
And thank you for reading this longer version where I can share my full thought process better than in a Facebook post or email.
If you want to keep in touch, please connect with me on LinkedIn.
Please include a note if it’s past April 2022, as I don’t usually accept connections if I don’t know how we’re connected.
It’s been a great honour leading this community. I wish you all the success, happiness and health in the future.
Note: For transparency’s sake, I have not sold the brand Women in Web Dev, the Facebook group or my email list. I offered an optional paid training session to CodeOp, which they have accepted. However, there was never any obligation to pay me for the ownership of the group.