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Re: [css-56] Keep our meetup going

From: Erica
Sent on: Sunday, August 19, 2012 12:46 PM
Hey Y'all,

  To give a little background - this group was originally started as a compliment to Refresh Houston. We used to have monthly meetings with guest speakers - bringing in everyone from Molly Holzschlag & Matt Mullenweg - to hometown heroes like Kelsey Ruger & Aaron Baxter. Meetings had anywhere from 30 - 80 attendees and were held at places like the Oak Room at Stag's Head or the PopLabs Office.

  Over time - our community began to expand beyond just Web Design and into Social Media, Mobile App Development, and Social Entrepreneurship. This gave birth to other events and outlets (including the opening of several co-working spaces like Caroline Collective) and the CSS Meetup Group as well as Refresh Houston became less of a focus. I believe a lot of the original organizers - myself included - started taking on other projects like Ignite, TEDx & more.

  Currently, I reside in Boulder, CO (the Happiest, Healthiest, Most Well-Educated city in America) - and so that's a big part of why I stepped down as an organizer. I'm sure the other organizers have similar reasons. I don't think it was burn-out as much as it was an evolution and shift in focus for the former community.

  Hope that helps!

Cheers,
-E

Erica O'Grady
Chief Experience Officer | Peanut Butter Media | http://peanutbuttermedia.com/
Founder | The Art of Workshops | http://artofworkshops.com/
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On Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 9:43 PM, Joe Lippeatt <[address removed]> wrote:
Leaders of groups can get burned out for a lot of reasons, and many
times its not related to lack of interest or even being too busy.  The
amount of "input" and incoming email can be quite overwhelming.  Many
people are very interested in providing "opinions" and "advice" but
are not interested in the day-to-day chores.

In the 2 groups I run and 2 groups I help organize, I have learned
that if someone offers their opinion, or offers to help do something
and then does not do it, it has a very significant negative impact on
everyone -- especially the organizer.

There are a lot of "You should do XYZ ... " people out there, and very
few "I can help by doing XYZ" people.  Those things get old, and
organizers who don't manage that kind of input end up burned out in a
short period of time.

Joe

On Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM, Daniel Scott Smith <[address removed]> wrote:
> Well, hi Norah, this is Daniel Smith.
> I was kind of interested in the group keeping going,
> but was really wondering why the ex-leaders of the group declined to
> keep up with it? I figured they were opeing out for declining interest
> in css, or what? Could any of the older members or originators speak
> about that?
> Thanks,
> Dan
>
> On 8/18/12, Nuo Xu <[address removed]> wrote:
>> Dear All:
>>
>> This is Nuo,Xu, just call me Norah.  I'm new to this group. Before I have
>> chance to join even one meetup I was notified that this one is going to
>> close. I guess many people in this group (although I don't know any) might
>> have the same idea as I do , we need this group and we hope it be alive.
>>
>> To thrive this 6 years old club and benefit everybody here we need more
>> co-organizers. Please let me
>>
>> know if you would like to be involved in some organization work.
>>
>> Any  idea and input are really appreciated !
>>
>>
>>
>> Norah
>>
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>>
>>
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