Blogiversary: Four!

Blog Date: 
Tue Mar 8th 2016 Blogiversary: Four!

2012 to 2016!!! Our fourth Blogiversary of celebrating the fun of exploring our community and writing about our experiences!

Like last year, I want to start by thanking my great co-writer and wife, Julie Smith! I always enjoy sharing the journey with her.

It brings me joy to look at the blog posts we did this past year -- great memories of fun times, plus the anticipation of a new year full of possibilities!

Here is our blogiversary photo collage, followed by a list of the 28 blog posts of this past year.

Blogiversary - great memories of fun times

Blogiversary - great memories of fun times

Please feel free to view all our blog posts at:

Past & Present

Hello, World! My First Blog Post!Four very fun and active years have passed since my first "Hello, World! My First Blog Post!" message!

The statement I put on the home page has not changed over these four years, nor has my @sos_jr twitter bio changed, since they still reflect the items that Julie and I write about: is an extension of my @sos_jr Twitter interests -- taking it beyond the 140 characters. Current focus areas include:

  • Promoting and sharing experiences at Cleveland tech meetings, social media events, and some entrepreneur groups
  • Website Design & Technology
  • Cleveland Cultural Events, Art, Theatre

On my first Blogiversary in 2013, I listed 120 tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings in Cleveland and Akron that I tracked and promoted on Twitter and on The list grew to 140 in 2014, and 165 last year.

The list is so large that I don't promote all the groups on this list. However, I still post daily @sos_jr meeting announcements of many of the groups over the lunch hour on Twitter at: -- please take a look and share with others by retweeting.

Call For Action

I believe this "Call For Action" is important. Thus, I am repeating here what I wrote last year. Please consider my action suggestions when you look at my list below. Thank you!

2016 marks my 11th year of running the meetings. Held on the third Saturday of most months, all meeting are free and open to all, so please help me spread the word by inviting others. I run my meetings as a labor of love, so like last year, I want to ask you to please do the following to support all the "Tech, Entrepreneur & Social Media Meetings" in Cleveland and Akron.

Call for action! The reason I publish the following list is to encourage you to thank the leaders and assist in promoting their meetings. Please do the following:

  • See the names listed with the events in my blog posts, and follow them on Twitter, if you do that sort of thing (I find Twitter fun, and a great way to learn about a lot of great activities). Please share their meeting information on your favorite social media.

  • Most of these Cleveland tech, social media, and entrepreneur meetings are free or low cost. Please go out of your way to thank the leader(s) and let them know you appreciate their good work. Offer to buy them their favorite beverage.

  • Finally, if you see a group listed that is not currently meeting, or think of a topic that is not being covered, please volunteer to take a leadership role to make the meeting happen!

Our Community is much stronger for having these opportunities to learn from each other. Thank you for supporting each other.

Stuart's List

I have listed all the new groups since last year with the year "2016" and bolded them. Check them out!

  1. .NET SIG Follow: @Bennett_Adelson

  2. 20/30 Club Tech Committee (Cleveland Professional's Club) Follow: @CP2030

  3. Afternoons@Ahuja Follow: @JimDorazio

  4. AIGA Cleveland Follow: @aigacleveland

  5. Akron Canton PC Users Group

  6. Akron Chapter of The Association of Information Technology Professionals

  7. Akron Code Club Follow: @AkronCodeClub

  8. Akron Code Club Follow: @AkronCodeClub @jerrydantonio

  9. Akron Game Developers Follow: @jeremiah_cooper

  10. Akron Linux Users Group Follow: @davidegts

  11. Akron Mini Maker Faire Follow: @AkronLibrary

  12. Akron Programming Languages Group Follow: @gsvolt

  13. 2016
    Akron Virtual Reality Meetup Follow: @AkronVR

  14. Akron Women in Tech Follow: @AkronWiT @wirthdesign @MistressOfFrog

  15. AMC @ CWRU (CWRU's Association of Computing Machinery) Follow: @cwruACM

  16. Association of Personal Computer User Groups Follow: @apcug

  17. Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland Follow: @BGV_Cleveland

  18. Bizdom Cleveland Follow: @BizdomCleveland

  19. Burning River Developers Follow: @burningriverdev @kberridge @StuartSaunders

  20. Business Gateway Series Follow: @LaunchHouse @CMLAWSchool

  21. C#/VB.Net SIG Follow: @SamNasr @CLEDotNet

  22. Canton Ohio Web Meetup Group Follow: @kkeiper1103

  23. Charged Conversation Follow: @ContextualElec @chris_gammell

  24. CLE Game Co-Op Follow: @CleGameCoop #GameOnCLE @playvue

  25. 2016
    CLE Teen Hack Follow: @CLETeenHack

  26. 2016
    Cleveland 3D Printing Meetup Follow: @B3innovations

  27. Cleveland Agile Group (#CleAG) Follow: @jonrstahl @chzy @DocOnDev Hashtag: #CleAG

  28. Cleveland Area DevOps Interest Group Follow: @devopscle @benjaminws

  29. Cleveland Area Python Interest Group Follow: @CLEPY @dstanek @mcrute

  30. Cleveland Big Data and Hadoop User Group

  31. Cleveland Boomerangs

  32. 2016
    Cleveland Cassandra Meetup Follow: @mbeacom

  33. Cleveland Chapter of the American Marketing Association Follow: @ClevelandAMA

  34. Cleveland Civic Hacking Meetup Follow: @OpenGeoCle

  35. Cleveland CocoaHeads

  36. Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) Follow: @CDPUG

  37. Cleveland Drupal User Group Follow: @DrupalCleveland

  38. Cleveland Game Developers Follow: @pixelcream @mattperrin

  39. Cleveland Game Devs Follow: @CleGameDevs

  40. 2016
    Cleveland Gaming Expo Follow: @CLEGamingExpo

  41. Cleveland GiveCamp Follow: @CleGiveCamp

  42. Cleveland InDesign User Group Old site: Follow: @AprilClark

  43. Cleveland Indians Social Suite Follow: @Indians Hashtag: #TribeLive

  44. Cleveland Java Meetup Group Follow: @JavaCleveland

  45. Cleveland JavaScript Meetup Follow: @uzquiano @Jarmmi

  46. Cleveland Lean Startup Circle Follow: @nickbarendt @jonrstahl @DocOnDev @gsvitak

  47. Cleveland machine intelligentsia Follow: @SmartTypes @AndrewCr @mw44118 @excentrixweb @dstanek @bikegriffith

  48. Cleveland MongoDB Group Follow: @uzquiano

  49. 2016
    Cleveland Museum of Natural History Follow: @goCMNH

  50. Cleveland MySQL Meetup Follow: @JavaCleveland @MySQLCleveland

  51. Cleveland Node.js User Group Follow: @maurerdotme @SPGrasso

  52. 2016
    Cleveland NodeSchool Follow: @mohlsen

  53. Cleveland Perl Mongers Follow: @RunByMany

  54. Cleveland Photographic Society Follow: @CPSPhoto

  55. Cleveland Podcaster Meetup Follow: @LearnToPodcast

  56. Cleveland Public Library TechCentral Follow: @techcentral_cpl @Cleveland_PL

  57. 2016
    Cleveland Red Hat Users Group Follow: @CleRHUG @JavaCleveland @MySQLCleveland

  58. Cleveland Ruby Brigade Follow: @clerb @DocOnDev @chzy @Contribute007 @zspencer

  59. Cleveland Scalawags Follow: @neoscala

  60. Cleveland SharePoint User Group Follow: @SharePointCLE @smartyskirt

  61. Cleveland Social Media Club! Follow: @SMCCLE

  62. Cleveland Social Media Enthusiasts Follow: @SocialMediaEnth

  63. Cleveland Startup Weekend Follow: @SWCLE

  64. Cleveland Tech Events Follow: @ClevTechEvents @sadukie

  65. Cleveland Web Design and Development Meetup Follow: @aoirthoir

  66. Cleveland Web Standards Association (CWSA) Follow: @CWSA

  67. Cleveland WordPress Meetup Follow: @PhilHoyt

  68. Cleveland WPF User Group Follow: @CLEWPF @SamNasr

  69. Cleveland.Com #CleTweetUp Follow: @ClevelandDotCom @dan_labbe @denisep

  70. ClevelandDotNet Follow: @SamNasr

  71. 2016
    Code Akron Follow: @CodeAkron @KevinLockett

  72. Code for Summit County Follow: @pzula @prestonrhea

  73. CodeMash Follow: @CodeMash

  74. CodeRetreat Follow: @CodeRetreat @coreyhaines

  75. Computers Assisting People Inc. (CAP)

  76. Content Strategy: Cleveland Follow: @awakulch

  77. Conversion Rate Optimization Professionals' Association Follow: @CROProA @mikeperla @akrejny

  78. CWRU LaunchPad Follow: @LaunchPadCWRU

  79. Drupal Camp Ohio Follow: @DrupalCampOhio

  80. Flashstarts Follow: @Flashstarts

  81. Friends of Ingenuity Follow: @Ingenuityfest

  82. 2016
    GiveSec Follow: @givesec

  83. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Cuyahoga Community College I Follow: @GoldmanSachs at @TriCedu

  84. Google Technology User Groups (GTUG) Cleveland!forum/cleveland-gtug

  85. Gorilla Group Follow: @TheGorillaGroup

  86. Great Lakes Geek Follow: @GreatLakesGeek @DanHanson

  87. Great Lakes Science Center Follow: @GLScienceCtr

  88. 2016
    Greater Cleveland Data Curation Group Follow: @OneCommunity

  89. Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG) Other Technology & User Groups in Ohio Follow: @GCPCUG @GeekClean

  90. Greater Cleveland R Group Follow: @nhermez

  91. Greater Cleveland Web Business Owners and Wannabe's Follow: @dave_van_horn

  92. 2016
    Hack Cleveland Follow: @HackCleveland

  93. HackCWRU Follow: @HackCWRU

  94. Heights Library Computer Classes Follow: @heightslibrary

  95. HubSpot Cleveland User Group Follow: @Diadalsky @pr2020

  96. Hudson Software Craftmanship User Group (HUDSONSC) Follow: @HudsonSC

  97. 2016
    Industry Product Conference Follow: @prodcollective

  98. Ingenuityfest Cleveland Follow: @Ingenuityfest

  99. Insivia Follow: @insivia @andyhalko

  100. Institute for the Science of Origins Follow: @gstarkman

  101. International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Cleveland Follow: @IABCCleveland

  102. 2016
    Internet of Things - Cleveland Follow: @MikeTelep

  103. IT Martini Follow: @itmartini

  104. IxDA Cleveland (Northeast Ohio) Follow: @ixdacleveland

  105. JumpStart, Inc. Follow: @JumpStartInc

  106. Lake Erie Moose Society Follow: @hacool

  107. Launch League Follow: @LaunchLeague

  108. 2016
    LaunchNET Kent State Follow: @LaunchNET_KSU

  109. LeanDog, Inc.- Coming up @leandog Follow: @leandog

  110. Make on The Lake Follow: @MakeOnTheLake @LeanDog

  111. Makers' Alliance – Cleveland - Learn. Make. Grow. Follow: @MakersAlliance @sdh7 @jhgorse @csanyk @N0maD_OH

  112. Mobile Monday Cleveland Follow: @MobileMondayCLE @Michele_Messina

  113. NEO Society for Technical Communication

  114. NEOOUG - Great Lakes Oracle Conference

  115. 2016
    NEXT Ohio Follow: @NEXTOhio

  116. NorTech Follow: @NorTech

  117. North East Ohio WordPress Meetup Follow: @brianlayman

  118. Northeast Ohio (NEO) IT Think Tank! Follow: @NEOITThinkTank

  119. Northeast Ohio chapter of Business Marketing Association (BMA) Follow: @BMANEO

  120. Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association

  121. Northeast Ohio Information Security Forum Follow: @NEOISF

  122. Northeast Ohio ISSA Security Meetup Group

  123. Northeast Ohio PC Club

  124. 2016
    Northeast Ohio PHP Meetup Follow: @RBRebellion

  125. Northeast Ohio Software Quality Assurance Association @NOSQAA Follow: @NOSQAA

  126. Northeast Ohio Usability Professionals' Association (NEOUPA) Follow: @NEOUPA

  127. Ohio Blogging Association - #Cleveland Follow: @OHBlogging @poiseinparma

  128. Ohio Mobile Developers (Oh-Mo-Dev) Follow: @Anth0nyRussell @lancewmccarthy

  129. Ohio North SQL Server User Group Follow: @ONSSUG

  130. OHTec, the COSE Technology Network Follow: @OHTecOnline @COSEsmallbiz

  131. Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Follow: @owasp

  132. OpenNEO Follow: @openneo

  133. OSC Tech Lab Follow: @oscTechLab @n_petroski

  134. 2016
    PechaKucha Night Akron Follow: @PKAkron

  135. PechaKucha Night Cleveland Follow: @PechaKuchaClev @mchristoff

  136. PodCamp Cleveland Follow: @PodCmpCleveland

  137. Rosetta Tech Talks For now will be on Follow: @RosettaMktg's #RosettaTechTalks

  138. Rustbelt Refresh Follow: @RustbeltRefresh @CWSA @bdielman @bradcolbow @bridgetstewart

  139. SEA Change Follow: @SEAChangeNEO

  140. Shaker | LaunchHouse Follow: @LaunchHouse

  141. 2016
    Sigma Xi Science Cafe Follow: @CWRU's @SigmaXiSociety meets at @MusicBoxCLE

  142. Slideluck Potshow Cleveland

  143. Small Business Accelerator Meetup

  144. StartCLE Follow: @StartCLE

  145. 2016
    Startup Scaleup Follow: @JumpStartInc Hashtag: #StartupScaleup

  146. Stir Trek Follow: @stirtrek

  147. SunDown RunDown – Akron Follow: @SDRDorg

  148. SYN/HAK, the Akron Hackerspace Follow: @SYNHAK @gsvolt

  149. Tangent @ DXY

  150. 2016
    Tech Elevator Follow: @Tech_Elevator

  151. Tech Savvy Women Follow: @JJDiGeronimo @janecalexander

  152. TechLife NEO Follow: @bblanquera @consultski

  153. TEDxAkron Follow: @TEDxAkron

  154. TEDxCLE Follow: @TEDxCLE

  155. The City Club Follow: @TheCityClub

  156. The National Robotics League Follow: @goNRL

  157. UX Akron Follow: @Uxakron

  158. UXBookClub Cleveland Follow: @uxbookclub

  159. We Can Code IT (Empowering Girls and Women in Technology) Follow: @WeCanCodeIT @MelKMcGee @ShanaInCle

  160. Web Association Follow: @CLEWebAssoc

  161. Follow: Me! @sos_jr Hashtag: #WebSigCLE

  162. WordCamp North Canton Follow: @NorthCantonWC Hashtag for 2014: #WCNC2014

  163. Working Women Connection - Cleveland East Chapter Follow: @WorkingWomeNC at @LaunchHouse via @KatieJConnelly

  164. 2016
    xDD Cleveland Follow: @DaveShah @samjonester Hashtag: #xDDCLE

This list is not complete, and has a high probability of having errors -- perfection is not a worthwhile lifetime goal. Please use my list as a starting point for learning about all the great events happening in our community.

Once you find something of interest, please share it with others. I have learned that there are amazing things happening in our community, and I hope you help spread the word!

If there are bad links or incorrect information, please feel free to let me know via Twitter at @sos_jr or in the comments below. Of more importance, if you know of a tech or social media meeting in our community that I should add to my list, please leave a comment below, so all can share in your knowledge.

Thank you to all. I am looking forward to another year full of great possibilities!

Stuart O. Smith, Jr., M.N.O.
Web SIG Cleveland Leader -
Blogging at:
Follow me on: @sos_jr

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