Sponsor: Do you build complex software systems? See how NServiceBus makes it easier to design, build, and manage software systems that use message queues to achieve loose coupling. Get started for free.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.
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?