Adelaide Social Web Media End-of-Year Meet-up Report

Adelaide Bloggers End-of-the-Year Nov '08 Meetup

The local Adelaide bloggers/micro-bloggers group that I help to organise had our fifth and final meet-up of the year at Jim Manning's beautiful home. There were a few "firsts" during this get-together, including:

  • Holding a BBQ in one of the member's residence. We've always held our meet-ups in restaurants/pubs, so it was interesting to see the difference in dynamics with a change in venue.
  • Having our first event sponsor - Kirrihill Wines - who contributed a great selection of wines for our wine-loving members.
  • Getting family of group members involved/invited to our event. That's why I brought my hubby and kids for the first time to meet the group. So, it's also a first to have kids running around while we tried to talk and to eat. ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Janette Toral (another group member) has sort of held an Adelaide soft-launch of her book, Blogging from Home, during the get-together. And, she even gave some copies to attendees. Yay! In fact, you can see me in the collage holding a copy of her book.
  • Receiving a live on-the-air shout-out for our group and meet-up during a 5aa radio show with Steve Davis, one of our members. w00t!

Of course, it was also great to meet a few folks for the first time like Jen (w/JJ), Geoffrey, James, Bruce, and Matt from Kirrihill, as well as the family members of long-time attendees - Melissa and Charlie. Also good to see Bridie again, and to finally get Simon to show up in a meet-up.

Too bad I missed our good friend Steve D, who went to the party after I had to go home. But, at least I was there when he mentioned our group during his radio show. Thanks for that, Steve! ๐Ÿ™‚

And, if I were to give out meet-up awards, I'd love to give a special mention to Kay Walker, Steve Thomas, Melissa Williams, Steve Davis, Jim Manning, and Charlie Robinson for having attended 4 out of the 5 meet-ups of the year. You guys rock! Thanks sooo much for helping to make this happen.

So yeah, it was a great way to end the year's meet-ups. Again, thank you to all who took part in our 2008 meet-ups. Hopefully, we'll be able to do more in 2009. And perhaps, even better! In fact, I've been talking to a few folks already about the different ways we can make next year's meet-ups even bigger and better. So, let's see how we can make it all happen.

Photo credit: All photos are mine, except for the last 2 at the bottom where you can see me. Those were taken by Janette Toral and re-posted with permission. Thanks, Janette!

About the Author Shai Coggins

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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