The Future of The Adelaide Weblogger Meetup Group

Today, I sent an email to the members of the Adelaide Bloggers' Meetup Group (via Meetup.com). I'm not sure if people received it or not, so I thought I'd re-post here just in case. This message was prompted when our official Meetup.com sponsor, australianblogs.com.au ended the sponsorship after 1.5 years. We're really grateful for that sponsorship, as it enabled us to develop a thriving community of bloggers and social web media folks here in Adelaide. But now that that sponsorship deal is done, we need to plan our next steps. So, here's the email that I sent to the group today...

Hi, everyone.

You may have received the notice that the Organizer for the Adelaide Bloggers' Meet-up Group ( http://blog.meetup.com/399/ ) has stepped down. Most of you know me as the organizer for this group. And, while that is the official role that I've taken on, the other "organizer" is actually the owner of australianblogs.com.au , who's been sponsoring our Meetup.com site for the last year and a half. However, this is no longer the case, so unless someone pays for the Meetup.com site, we will no longer have administrative access to it.

In any case, a few of you have written to me offering help. Thank you so much!

If any of you do want to help, here are our options:

1) Someone takes on the role of Organizer and pay for the monthly Meetup.com fees (US$12/month). Since I'm unable to do this at this stage, it's open to anyone else who might be able to do so. If anyone takes this role, I'll leave it up to you whether or not you wish to keep me as Asst Organizer or not. 🙂

2) We can get a few people to pitch-in a couple of dollars a month to help pay for the fees. I'm happy to contribute too. In any case, for those who can pitch in, just let me know and we'll work out a plan. We can all share the role of organizing the group - and we will all have some access to the admin interface. Perhaps, we can take turns in organizing the meet-ups.

3) We let the Meetup.com site go and just completely move the group to Facebook, since we already have a site there anyway. For those who are not signed up there yet, it's at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11663892268&ref=nf . If you want to be co-organiser in the Facebook group, just let me know and we can discuss this further.

Do let me know what you think!

If no one takes on the role of Organizer and/or we don't get people pitching in for the fees, the automatic choice will be #3. So, if I don't get to talk to you again via Meetup.com, I hope to be able to do so via our Facebook group.

Thanks again for being a part of this group. And, for those of you who haven't had the chance to join one of our meet-ups, I hope you'll get to do so one of these days.

Take care and talk to you again soon.

I'll keep you all posted with an update on this in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks again to all our members who helped to build this group. I look forward to many more years of friendship and geeky goodness with you.

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

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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