I found this tale of a blogger meetup, on the other side of the world.
The anecdote regarding attendance sounds familiar:
Last month I was fortunate enough to host the inaugural Sydney weblogger meetup, where I got to meet Sisi, Petra, Ian and John. I missed out on meeting Sara and Emma, who were at the same pub but didn’t find the rest of us. Therein lies the problem of meetups:
- it’s difficult locating others in the same meetup group in lieu of a visual cue (my fault entirely as the organiser);
- venue/meetup time may be inconvenient
- (I don’t know about you but) face-to-face is hard work
In a meetup group still in its infancy (though 30-strong), we had 20 RSVPs but only seven actual attendees that we know of.
Although meeting face to face is a challenge for any group who has met through the Internet, finding the will to get to an event in another city is especially tough. I was impressed by last year’s turnout of ~22 people at the Regina BBQ, and hope we’ll build on that number some this year. With efforts to expand the Saskbloggers community using Facebook, I think we’ll easily exceed the 22 attendees this year.