Nik Kantar

Thursday, February 7, 2019 • 2 min read

Goals for 2018 in Review

How did my goals for 2018 go?

Welcome to the third edition in my world famous (not really) goal review series! This time we're taking a trip down the memory lane all the way back to when I set some goals for this past year.

Previously I've done 2017 (2017 review) and 2016 (2016 review) as well.

As always, the scorecard:

  1. Make PyBeach happen: ✗

Score: 0/1

1. Make PyBeach Happen

Well, it's pretty simple: I didn't make PyBeach happen.

When I decided to embark on this conference organizing adventure, I knew it would be a ton of work. And I knew it would be more work than I thought. What I misjudged was the margin by which it would be more work than I thought.

The idea of a conference somehow came up at a SoCal Python event, and it turned out there were a number of people interested in helping out. It also came up in the community chat, with a similar conclusion. I thus decided it would probably make sense for it to be a group project, perhaps involving folks outside of SoCal Python as well.

In the announcement post, I cited North Bay Python 2017 as my inspiration. At PyCon 2018 the organizers gave a very relevant talk, going over a fair bit of what they did to put on the inaugural event. Regardless of whether you have any conference/event organizing aspirations, the talk is worth watching. For me it was rather relevant, and more than a little eye opening. This stuff is quite a bit of work.

And so, in the name of maintaining sanity, PyBeach has been tabled for the time being. Perhaps 2020 will be the year?

In the meantime, I'm going to continue the tradition of giving myself half a point, since I didn't just forget all about this, but instead did do some work on it and evolved the idea.

Hey, it's my blog, I can do what I want.