If you feel lonely, like I do sometimes when I contemplate all my various solitary-style hobbies, why not find others who are into the same thing you are? You know, people who won’t look at you funny when you go gaga over Martha Washington’s sterling silver tatting shuttle on display at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia while being a tourist there. (Not that that happened to me, or anything.) (Dude. I damned near pressed my nose against the glass. There were nose prints, people!) (But it was her silver tatting shuttle! Martha Washington’s! She used it!)
See what I mean?
Go forth and findest thou other geeks that share your geekness, Dear Reader. And I have a resource for you! (Come on, it’s Aunt Noony, here. Would I let you go away resourceless and sad? Of course not!)
If you haven’t already done it, go visit Meetup.com. Now, when you click on the link, it’ll take you to my personal meetup group (hey, it’s my post, ain’t it? ~grin~), but here’s what you can do. Join my group. ~grin~ No, here’s what you do: up at the top, you’ll see “Meetup” in red. Click on that. Note that the tab for the website changes to say, “Find your people.” LOFF. Type in your interest in the search box, and set your location (mine defaults to my city, but you can enter wherever you are in the world). You can Browse Countries. You can browse Topics – this is great if you know you’re a geek, but aren’t sure what your geek is. And if you can’t find a topic that has a group near you, you can always start one. There is a cost to run a meetup group, but for brand new groups it’s not that much AND you can ask people to donate a buck or two in your currency to help you cover your costs. Some groups do that, get big, and then hive off to another platform like Facebook groups. I stay on meetup for my group because they offer me a lot of support and it’s a great way for me to find writers – because writers know to look on meetup for writing groups.
And if you’re not an extrovert, don’t despair. If you want to check out a group, but aren’t sure about the groupiness of it, you can always go and decide whether you want to join in when you get there. Or, do what I do – I will sometimes message the organizer and introduce myself, and tell them I’m shy (no really, I am shy in certain circumstances like the first day of school). Organizers want their peeps to be engaged and happy and keep coming to geek out, so don’t be afraid to give it a shot.
If you do decide to come to Writer Zen Garden, drop me a note and I’ll be sure to give you a warm welcome. I love meeting new friends!
What about you, Dear Reader? What’s your favorite way to geek out?
– E.E. Cummings
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