Posts Tagged 'meetup'

Social Media Club St. Louis – 1st Meeting – Round Up

I walked in to Kaldi’s in Kirkwood and immediately found the group of clubbies. They were right inside the door and already chatting. Tables had been rounded up, chairs brought around and folks where already exchanging emails and blog links. My kind of people.

Soon a group of five turned to ten and then over a dozen were on hand. Relocating was not an option. As an aside, you could tell the regular coffee drinkers; they were quick to visit the counter and get seated back with their steaming cups.

Everyone there was involved in blogging in some way. I’ve linked there here, courtesy of Brandstorming. Note that only one blog link is provided for each person, though several of us have more than one blog.

Jim Durbin:
Franki Durbin: Life In A Venti Cup
Tanner Hobin: TannerHobin
Andrew Nagy:
Kurt Greenbaum –
Kristen Munson –
Justin Schmidt –
Lisa Young –
Melody Cissell –
Reem Abeidoh –
Don Krutewicz – donkrutewicz
Angeline Soon –
Ryan Suther
Howard McAuliffe-

A couple of these folks are becoming more than just acquaintances by now, but there rest were all new faces to me. Unfamiliar faces didn’t put a damper on the conversation though. It was nonstop talking from minute one and out to the cars. We did the typical go around the room bit, but that is not to discount it as of no value. Introducing ourselves really lead to more conversations and connections, and talks of investing in each other.

I mentioned in a post earlier today that I wasn’t sure what my take away for new contacts would be, but let me assure you, this group was all worthy of my attention. Each brought a different perspective and attitude to the table. (tables – 8 of them) It will be difficult to pass up adding all of these new faces and inputs to my daily feeds.

I don’t have my pictures up yet, but when I do, they’ll be at my Flickr account and tagged with smcstl.

Please check out the blogs above and give them some love. Also, let us know about your local social media club meetups.



Contacts, Friends, and Meetups


So I’m going today to the 1st meeting of Social Media Club St. Louis and I’m wondering if I should. Oh, not because it won’t be fun, or constructive, and not because I won’t make new contacts, but for just the opposite. I’m worried about making too many new contacts.

That’s right, too many. I’m quickly facing the point in my social networking and media relationships cycle where there are just too many folks to keep up with. Contacts galore, but you say, how many of them do you pay attention to. Too many and not enough.

I’m now following hundreds of contacts on Twitter, some on Utterz, and countless blogs via RSS. That’s not to mention messages and interaction on Facebook and other smaller spots. And today’s meetup is bound to bring me more cool folks to follow and interact with.

So what’s a guy to do? I’ve already talked about social networking contact issues here, here, and here. Still my conclusion is the cliche, less is more. How am I accomplishing this?

There isn’t really one answer for me, but here’s how I’m going to handle it today.

1) Give folks my almost universal ID – tojosan – good for Twitter, Utterz, and more social networking and media sites.

2) Give folks my blog information

3) Accept and note down their universal IDs and add them as contacts

4) Get their blog information – and subscribe on a trial basis

My expectations?

1) Two or three out of a dozen plus will become regular contacts

2) Two or three will have blogs of real interest to me

How do I feel about that? Just fine. Honestly, more of them would just be attention thieves from the others. Will I stop following the blogs? Maybe not, but they’ll be relegated to the weekly vs daily checks for sure. Since they are local, it might be hard to pass them up. The key criteria will be subject matter though. I’m very uninterested in political ranting, and much more interested in articles about restaurants, tech, and movies.

Will you be screening your new potential contacts? Or will you just keep adding anyone that you meet? Is it exclusionary to put off making contacts of folks that you aren’t interested in, if they are interested in following you? What’s your plan for your next meetup?


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Chris Brogan and Social Network Meetup Tips

Chris Brogan, of, brings us a list of Five Things to Do at a Social Network Meetup.  The tips include both things to do and a couple of advice tips on how to do things.

One of the big ones he tackles is what to do if you need to do business.  That tip alone makes this post worth a visit.  Another one of my favorites from the post is don’t crowd surf too much.

Lots of folks feel the need to meet everyone at the meetup.  My own experience has been that this rarely results in serious or deep conversation.  Along with that, it makes it more difficult to build new or existing relationships.  One surprise of doing that at my last meetup was learning that several of my fellow St. Louis bloggers are Jewish.  This lead to a discussion of how this impacted their lives and their blogs.

Chris ends with this leading question:

“What do YOU do at meetups to make them better, more interesting, a reflection of the value of real space versus online social networking?”

My own bit to add would be come prepared to talk about what you do.  Do doesn’t mean how you earn a living, thought that might be interesting, but do, as in:

1) I blog about technology.

2) I blog about programming.

3) I use Twitter, Utterz, and Facebook.

People will ask, but even if they don’t, you can lead in by asking them what it is they do. Great ice breaker.

Another tip is get to the names.  It’s one thing to be known as the guy from The Broad Brush, but quite another to be recognized as Todd or tojosan. Much more personal.

That’s it for me, but what will you do make the most of your next social networking meetup?


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St. Louis Bloggers February Meet Up – A Writeup

The Growlers on Old Ballas was hopping Friday night. Not only where some local boys hooting it up there, but one of the best blogger get meet ups was happening as well. Bloggers of every stripe were then from food blogging to mommy bloggers, tech, and photo bloggers. A great mix if I do say so myself.

Arriving first, I was soon joined by Susan of; she is blogging about moving on up to her own place and life lessons. It wasn’t long before Crafty and Crap joined us along with her trusty friend Kara, aka Star Monkeybrass. And the conversation was off and going!

More folks just kept showing up, eventually including the two ladies who organized this particular get together, News Bitch and Marriage 101. These two brought along their male companions as well.

All in all, we had quite a good turn out. I’ll have to make sure to provide more links over the next couple of days. There were some new bloggers there and I want to make sure to get the URLs correct.

So what do a bunch of St. Louis bloggers talk about? Believe it or not, religion. Yes, and most pointedly about being Jewish in modern times in St. Louis. That’s right; I have Jewish blogger friends and I like it. Luckily so, since I was surrounded by them for a while. It was quite interesting to learn that there are at least three ‘types’ of Jewish practice here: Reformed, Conservative, and Orthodox. Color me ignorant. The conversation ranged from tithing to worship services, and what practices are in and out. We talked about memberships, attendance and ticket prices as well. All of it was educational and fun to hear about for me.

Social media and networking was another hot topic. Privacy and safety concerns were the biggest issues discussed. More than one blogger expressed concern about how children are affected or potentially brought into harm’s way through over exposure. Do you show pictures of your children? Do you share their names? What about your location? Personal information? Your feelings on day to day parenting struggles. Tough questions and topics, but one truth came out that practicing safe socneting was a must when younger children were involved.

The point of social networking was also discussed. Folks knowing me know I’m a fan, but there were a couple of the bloggers that didn’t see a purpose in participating. What’s to be gained versus the risks involved? We didn’t come to an especially good answer that everyone could agree on, however it did sidetrack into another aspect I rarely think about, friend screening. I’m going to devote an entire article to that discussion, but briefly, one blogger stated the they always screen potential contacts to see just who they are. This means checking that person’s contacts, affiliations, hobbies, interests and favorite groups. Bring your own opinions on that topic. It’s complex.

Of course no evening with a bunch of bloggers would be complete without talking about blogging itself. A quick survey turned up that most attendees are using WordPress as a blogging platform, with some using Blogger and Typepad. Inevitably we talked about tracking. Seveal favorites were turned up, including Google Analytics and Sitemeter. Both of those services are free and provide a variety of information.

RSS feeds were not to be a left out topic either. Most knew about Feedburner, with the other few quickly directed there and the benefits extolled. Tips and tricks were shared along with the virtues. Though interested in sharing our blogs, all of us were as interested in reading them. Each of us had a different approach too. I’m a proponent these days of Google Reader, where some were using iGoogle to read their favorite blogs. Other RSS readers get used, but one or two folks actually read blogs at the actual site. An agreed upon favorite was,

In summary, I learned and shared, ate good food and drank good beer, fellowshipped and had a mimosa cupcake. I’ll definitely be attending more St. Louis blogger meet ups.

St. Louis Bloggers Rocking Growlers

Bloggers share a drink

and there were sweet hearts

Mimosa Cupcake

Social Media Club of St. Louis

A date of Feb. 23rd, 2008 has been set for the first meeting of the SMC of St. Louis.  The site is If you are interested in attending, please follow the link and vote on the location.

St. Louis Blogger Meetup February 8th

StL Bloggers Meetup

Here are the details:

Date: Friday, February 8

Time: 6:30 p.m. until the cows come home (or the bar closes. Whatever.)

Where: Growlers Pub (on Olive and Old Ballas)

If you plan on attending, please RSVP here.