The (Possible) Demise of a Meetup
I received an email today that one of the Meetup groups I belong to no longer has an organizer. Since the organizer is also the one who pays the Meetup charges, it means that there is currently no one available to pay the dues. Which also means that in 9 days (as of this posting), the meetup group will cease to be.
I personally have had a, well, I guess you can say a tumultuous time with Meetup. I am currently a member of four groups (including the afore-mentioned group, and a new one that I just joined). I also have yet to attend any suggested meetup from any of these groups. The biggest problem I have is that because of my work schedule, I am rarely available to attend a meetup event for any of the groups. All of them seem to fall between Tuesdays through Saturdays and nights, which is my current work schedule. There is the occasional Sunday meetup, but those particular events I really have no interest in (sorry, but if I’m playing Texas Hold’em, it will be at a casino… sometime). Past attempts to suggest events on days I have off rarely succeeded to get enough attention to move it beyond the “suggested events” stage.
Still, in spite of the fact that I have not attended a single event for any of these Meetups (to the point I have thought about dropping Meetup in general), I still do not want to see a group collapse because of a loss of leadership. I also don’t want to take up the responsibility of keeping a group alive when I have not yet gone to one of their events.
At least, I don’t want to take it up for long… if I do.