We held last night's <a href="http://blog.meetup.com/309/">blogger
meetup</a> in NE Philly at <a href="http://www.greylodge.com/">The
Grey Lodge Pub</a>.
Like the last NE Philly effort, a great time was had by those that came, but the numbers were underwhelming (both efforts - last year's and this years) - just 3 folks came out. This contrats from CC Philly meetups where 6 to 15 people are the norm with minimal reach out.
We'll be attempting to hold meetups across the entire city if my energy holds up. I think the more of us meet face to face and connect the better.
There are three reasons for the low turnout I can see:
1. There are more bloggers around Center City then NE Philly (doubtful)
2. NE Philly bloggers are less connected to the main veins of communication about meetups in CC (meetup.com)
3. NE Philly bloggers are less likely to meetup in the first place due to undetermined reasons (doubtful)
4. I didn't reach out in a way that would attract more bloggers (most likely - my communication skills leave much to be desired).
Now, it needs to be said that to some, NE Philly, West Philly, South Philly, North Philly, seem like they are on different continents from CC Philly. But each can be reached within minutes of each other. This is a big city, but not *that* big.
So it comes down to culture and communications.
Plan on two meetups next month, one in NE Philly and one in CC Philly. It may take a while to establish the NE Philly meetup, but it will be worth it.
On the same note, if you would like to help organize, let me know (I'll be replying to those who have already sent me emails hopefully later today). Lets get this started all across Philly :)
Thanks to those who came on by:
We had a great time, good conversation (and great fries and beer - The Grey Lodge Pub is a terrific spot for a night out), so it was a big success. May it grow into a larger one.
Be seeing you,