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I would just like to write a review on proposed meets, or rather one that I tried to organise that never really happened though. However, I accept that this may not be in the correct topic area of choice and so I would just like to apologise in the here and now before anyone has a go at me!
You see, about two or three years I think that I had put on my 'about me' part of my home page about meeting up all of the way down here in sunny Plymouth. Never having arranged a meet before (but at the time seeing that some people were already writing reviews on those that they had either been to or organised); I thought that this would be the best way to do it. How wrong I was, as only about four people actually got back to me – and in fact, the closest one I think was from Barnstaple way (North Devon)!
And so as you can imagine, I was a little disheartened as this particular meet never even took off inasmuch as reversed in to main car park. But I thought to myself on how I could have perhaps done better, which is I guess what the rest of my review is on.
How is the best way to perhaps best organise a review?
As already noted, there were a number of reviews at the time on meets that had taken place previously. So therefore, it may be worthwhile writing a review on a meet that is yet to happen detailing times; places; what will be happening, and so on. Plan it for a little while on, so that maybe perhaps those who live slightly further away can make arrangements to come to it.
Also, if you know of a person or two who you have got in your circle of trust who live nearish to you then message them. They may know of others who may be able to get there from Ciao, so ask them to get them to put the word out also.
Failing that, but only if you want a meet that is a complete flop then follow my lead!
What may the advantages be of holding a meet with fellow Ciao members?
Being able to put a face to the name. Building further bridges/ links within the Ciao community. Meeting new members that you didn't know existed. Moan about how things are/ aren't on Ciao!
How about the disadvantages?
You won't know many (if not any) of the people who will be coming. Therefore you cannot really say for sure that you know them well enough in order to be able to trust them. People who say that they will be there won't. You could end up with loads of people saying that they shall be in attendance but only you and two others bother. People may not be able to get to where the meet is easily enough for whatever reasons that they may have.
In conclusion, in my own opinion a meet is a good thing to do but it should be always done with a great degree of safety in mind owing to some of the points that have already been raised above. Therefore, use your own judgement when doing something just like this.