Back when I lived in Chicago, I felt like I was at the center of the universe. I was working for a huge dot-com company and attended all the conferences I could. I met many people with many backgrounds. I couldn’t get on the ‘L’ train without running into somebody I knew.
In 2006 I moved to Sioux Falls and lost the ability to easily attend conferences and build relationships. Sioux Falls doesn’t exactly have the tech community Chicago does. As a result, I started focusing more on building relationships online through Twitter and Facebook. I spent many of the past few years alone in my office cranking out content while tweeting my thoughts on the weather and how excellent my gluten-free meal tasted today.