I just want this to be about just going out, taking pictures and socializing. What I want to do is schedule informal shoots about every three weeks and then after the shoot meet up somewhere like a bar and talk and get to know each other. I will try to typically schedule shoots that are located about 25 miles from central Austin so it is somewhat convenient for most people in the area. I do plan on scheduling most events on Sunday afternoon. I also keep my events somewhat small and typically keep the attendance under 40. When events get to big they become impersonal.
I forgot to add my style of photography is shooting mostly landscapes, historical sites, black and white, old dilapidated stuff and lots of other stuff. I shoot digital (hey who doesn't) and shoot both medium format and 35mm film. I have been doing still photography for about thirteen years.
I also will say I do this site for fun and it does cost me money to organize this. I am just simply doing this because I enjoy photography and want to meet others who enjoy doing the same thing. There isn't a cost, but donations are always gladly accepted.
Another thing I will add is that I do like it when people actually post a pictures of themselves which helps me identify who you are and this makes other members know who you are. When you post a pic of your car or a flower; I haven't a clue who you are (unless you are a transformer which would be cool).
I also am always looking for event organizers and if you are interested in doing this let me know. I am pretty open about what people can schedule.