The Man in Sydney
15 July 2007
When you tell fellow Melbournians, they howl with disdain. When you tell Sydney-siders, their first response is a quizzical "Why!?". But I've gone and done it anyway. I've moved to Sydney.
To me, it makes plenty of sense – it's more a personal move than anything else. But there's also a vibe about the Sydney web scene that's always been lacking in Melbourne. Community spirit just never seemed to catch on south of the border. It was always the same few faces that turned up regularly to Web Standards Group meetings, and the attrition rate at Melbourne Massive left a bitter taste in my mouth. Maybe that Melbourne coolness was just getting in the way of doing stuff.
I don't mean to belittle the efforts of those who did and are supporting the Melbourne community. There's no shortage of talented people there, and I made some great friends through web-related meetups. Hopefully I can still watch the Melbourne scene grow and flourish on my many trips back home ... it'll always be home.
In the meantime, I need to start wearing more flip flops and shorts at inappropriate temperatures. If you see me around town and I've got it wrong, come up and tell me.
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