I’ve always thought about starting a user group but after toying with the idea for years, I finally decided to do it. So a few months back I decide to start WENetDevelopers a .NET Developer Group in for my surrounding area of Windsor & Essex County in Ontario, Canada.
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Experience so far…A friend of mine, Shawn Rakowski, asked me to put a blog post together about the experience of starting a user group as he was thinking of doing the same in his area. I figured It was probably a good idea to document my experience along the way. I do think that the geographical area does play into the challenges of starting a user group. I don’t think that just because I’ve noticed certain challenges means you would in your area.
The GoodBefore I created my meetup page and decided to fully commit, I reached out to a handful of friends and acquaintances that I knew in the area that were involved with using .NET in some capacity. Either they currently use .NET or previously did for some projects in the past. What I asked them was:
- How many people do you know that you think would attend at least once every few months?
- Is the venue I chose a good location for you to get to?