Although it was found 15 years ago, I never signed up for the website meetup until recently. I subscribed to several groups that I found to be more interesting, still very curious to see if people really show up for these meetings. Unfortunately for me, most of the meetings that caught my attention were scheduled at times when I was working, but finally on a Saturday evening, I was able to attend my first meetup. It was a debate meeting, however, I didn’t find out the theme of the debate until I arrived at the place of the meeting (a common local pub, nothing special about it). The admin provoked us to talk about the rights of the homosexuals and lesbians. Well. It’s kinda hot subject in my country which is officially 98 % an Orthodox country with strong principles when comes to traditional family and moral issues.
There were only four of us attending this meeting, me, a 28 years old girl, a 25 years old boy and a 33 years old man. The 28 years old girl was a quite a vibrant addition to the group and argued that minorities should have more rights here, but the guy’s position was quite the opposite, saying that they actually have more rights than the majority. He said when a homosexual says something bad about the traditional family, nobody rebuke or punish him for his sayings, but when happens the contrary, I mean a heterosexual saying something bad about the gay couples, that is considered discrimination.
To be honest, I don’t like to get into any arguments when comes about such a hot subject, and actually avoided to take sides. I wouldn’t have come if I knew this was the subject of the meeting. So I concentrated on my fabulous big mac that looked better than it tasted and slipped some light interventions on the subject.
The second meetup I attended was a WordPress meeting. The subject of the meeting was about differentiating your WordPress theme from thousands of other WordPress themes on the internet and you can watch it here if you’re interested in the subject:
After the presentation, there were some questions and discussions about this subject and others too. A pizza party followed after that and people could socialize with each other enjoying pizza and talking about this fascinating world of blogging. It was a very interesting experience and I decided to go for more meetings like that.
What about you? Have you ever been to a meetup?