A report from General Expression:
“I’m happy to report that the Boston Awkwardeers Army meet-up yesterday was extremely successful! We had over a dozen people show up, and happily and awkwardly chat with each other. The event started at 6 pm, and the last people didn’t head home until almost 11:30 pm!
General Expression (here referring to herself in the third person)
would also like to officially make clear that she is not in charge of
ALL Boston-area meet-ups, only the one that just happened, and in fact will definitely not be putting anything together during the academic year. So other people should feel free to step up and organize; we had a few people offer yesterday to possibly do just that in upcoming months.
Also, I hope people will feel free to share info about their blogs and online homes; there were a lot of pieces of paper floating around yesterday, but I’m sure that everybody didn’t catch everybody else’s handles and blog addresses! General Expression can be found here: http://currentconductor.blogspot.”
If anyone wants to organize a meet-up in other places, here is what I suggest you do:
1. If you are the organizer, you get to pick the day, time, and place that works for you. There is no magic confluence of events that works for everyone, so don’t worry about it.
2. When picking a venue, consider: 1) Proximity to public transit/parking situation 2) Accessibility 3) Something inexpensive with a varied menu 4) A safe, public place (Don’t invite strangers to your dodgy 4th floor walk-up or basement!) 5) Something where you don’t need a reservation or definite headcount ahead of time.
3. Email me an event announcement and I’ll post it. Consider sharing your Twitter handle or creating a hashtag there so people can get in touch with you directly if they want.
4. Have a good time meeting cool awkward people.