[kwlug-disc] kwlug moribund? [Was: Creative Mornings]

Chamunks Arkturus chamunks at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 08:19:43 EDT 2014

If we do a bit more social media wise I think that we would pick up. But
with social media it takes a bit if strategy. Were already doing the
blogging. All we would need to do is get the group on the different
platforms to drive people to the blog posts. There should already be
different plugins for our Drupal installation to accomplish some magic

This mixed with the fact that I may have finally figured out the keys to
simple streaming via Linux. I've gone and also managed to unlock my ability
to stream directly to YouTube which is not something that I've figured out
just yet. But I just need to figure out how to find the rtmp stream url
then all is well there.

Anyways when it comes to social media we've already got the hard part of
the equation. Most people forget to blog. So driving people to a website
that's all snoozeville. Embedding and posting about the meetings and such
should really help with exposure. Getting traffic is always an ongoing
battle. But granted some of the stuff we've covered in our time with KWLUG
used to be miles over my head. I've personally greatly appreciated and
gained from the experience.

Needless to say we could do more yes. It tends to be overwhelming for just
one person. We should consider recruiting for more leaders in the group to
step up for a more defined role here and there. I'm certain that there is
more than enough people who rely on our monthly rituals with the lug.
On Apr 26, 2014 5:43 PM, "unsolicited" <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> On 14-04-26 04:42 PM, Paul Nijjar wrote:
>> You probably should not follow my advice too closely, because although
>> we have been long-lived the group is kind of moribund. Honestly I
>> wonder whether user groups really make sense any more. When people
>> want information they find it online, and half the time people attend
>> the meeting and just use the wifi to do other things instead of being
>> present for the presentations. (Oh boy. I just got a whole lot of
>> people upset with me, even though I am guilty of this too. I hope this
>> means attendance does not drop further now.)
> Paul, without you, and thank you, this group likely would have devolved to
> kwlug-disc only long ago.
> I expect the largest part of the group are long time members comfortable
> with each other, keep connected via kwlug-disc, and with so wide a
> technology world get on with what they need done on an as needed basis,
> being experienced enough to get done what they need to do via googling and
> web resources.
> Some view this as almost a professional association rather than a new user
> / topic introductory group.
> Despite attempts to bring in new members, it has never succeeded more than
> dribbles, probably due to the technical environment. e.g. googling, let
> alone Linux. To become more topic specific would probably simply bifurcate
> the group into not meeting at all.
> People get out of the group what they and others put into it. Few put much
> into it other than kwlug-disc, presumably because they largely get all they
> want out of it as it stands.
> The group is what its members contribute. It's up to them.
> In the mean time, without Paul, I expect there would be no meetings at
> all. So thank you Paul, for keeping things limping along. Perhaps some day
> others will put more energy into it because interest has increased. In the
> mean time, through your efforts, at least the group is still here to
> receive those efforts, should they ever emerge.
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