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Meetup Groups – A Great Option For Interaction

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

It’s a Friday night and you have nothing to do. You are sitting there, trying to consider what you could do to remedy that situation. Well, one suggestion is to join a Meetup Group or two – or five. Meetup Groups? What are they?

Check Out Meetup Groups!

If you’re not familiar with Meetup, you might be asking yourself, “Why would I want to “meet up” with a bunch of people I don’t know? Isn’t that a little risky?” And, I would answer that there are risks involved in anything you do in life – even in just sitting around the house. Actually, I’ve been a member of Meetup for quite a few years and have made some very good friends as a result. So here’s a quick description of Meetup, taken directly from their website.

“Meetup brings people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life. It is organized around one simple idea: when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best. And that’s what Meetup does. It brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn the things that help them come alive. For example, people run marathons, thanks to running Meetups. They write, thanks to writing Meetups. They change their careers, thanks to career Meetups. Because at Meetups, people welcome each other. They talk, help, mentor, and support each other – all in pursuit of moving their lives forward.”

Are Meetup Groups For Me?

So, let’s get back to the thought that you’re just sitting around and would love to, for instance, go to a movie but don’t want to go by yourself. Check out Meetup for groups of people who enjoy going to movies. Or, maybe you want to learn how to improve on your public speaking skills. Check out Meetup for groups focusing on that. Or, maybe you’re a new single mom and would like to be able to interact with other single moms who could give you some helpful tips on single parenting. What about photography, or polka dancing, or fitness, or outdoors exploration, or gaming, or writing, or techie stuff, or LGBTQ support, or health-related, or foodies, or running, or groups that focus on spirituality? These are just a handful of the types of groups that you might find if you do a search of Meetup groups in your area.

Admittedly, I have found that most Meetup groups do charge a nominal fee as dues. But, before you get all “why should I pay?”, consider this. It costs quite a bit of money (roughly $180/year at this writing) to maintain a Meetup group. And, if a group does not charge dues, then that maintenance fee falls on the Group Organizer. Besides, if it’s an active group and you enjoy participating, it’s totally worth it, right?

So, what are you doing this weekend? If you’re at a loss for things to do, consider checking out Meetup and and go do something! *smiles*

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