Saturday, December 16, 2006

APWBWGTTD (the Few, the Proud)

Attendance for the Atlanta People With Blogs who Get Together to Drink night was pretty low. Duane, Lori, Dave, RecoveringBaptist (and sweet wife) made it to Halo. After Mr. and Mrs, R. Baptist called it a night, a trip to the Vortex was made.


Flickr Pix of December's Blogger drinkfest.

Tots and dogs were eaten, drinks had, and a shiny, mirrorball-like jacket was spotted. Later, Mr. and Mrs. P'body showed before we called it a night.

Duane already blogged about it, and I'm agreeing with him. The night's not the same with just a few showing up. The fun is in the numbers and there were times when we were the biggest group in the bar. But 6 made it to Halo and only 4 continued on to The Vortex.

So, here my take on the situation... if one of these applies:

You are not an Atlanta person now,
You are not or have not attended any of the monthly drinking meetups,

... than you are failing to be one of the Atlanta People With Blogs who Get Together to Drink. If you are part of APWBWGTTD to get you readership up, I'm sure there are loads of other means to doing so. If you regret missing the meetings, blog saying so. We want to know. Parents, we know it's hard to go out with children, but there is always a reason to join us...




If you have reasons that keeps you from enjoying drinking and strong opinions from many sides, than why not find a group is more like that. If you aren't joining in the fun, why not remove yourself from the site feed? Or site moderators could do it as well. Opinions? If it's not "Atlanta People With Blogs who Get Together to Drink", the site should have a name change reflecting that. It's either time to get this ship back on track or abandon it all together.

If you are, or ever were, an APWBWGTTD that is wishing to get back in the swing of things, welcome back. We missed you and your ability to drink and laugh. I read the comments on Duane's blog, and some of your are itching to come out again, which is nice to hear.

That's my 2 cents. Cheers.

9 comments:

bobafred said...

ATLBloggers.net and APWBWGTTD are two separate entities. The meetups existed at least 6 months before the site did. There isn't, and shouldn't, be a requirement that you have to attend meetups in order to have your feed featured.

But, what do I know? I rarely blog and haven't been to a meetup in months.

Robert said...

The site and APWBWGTTD are completely associated. Go to http://www.atlbloggers.net/ and the top-most text on the site says, "Atlanta People With Blogs who Get Together to Drink".

I'm not being critical of the site or the members. My hope is either to re-energize the core or change the site to reflect the less-specific nature of the contributors.

I haven't been able to bring up the site, so who knows what's afoot now.

Mr. P'body said...

I am actually kinda glad we left the Xmas Company Party to join the folks at the Vortex. It is sad that more people don't come out to socialize.

bobafred said...

The site was created because the owners were unable to read certain blogs while at work. It was a way around their corporate web filter.

I maintain that there is not really a connection between ATLbloggers.net and the meetups. Being a member of the site doesn't get you added to the evite for the meetups, and there are people that attend meetups that are not members of the site.

Robert said...

Fair enough.

I still like it when the bloggers get their drink on. It's nice to see the faces behind the blog.

duane said...

I am kinda more with Robert than with Brian; if you want to be part of a group, you should participate in the group activities, otherwise, it is just another collaborative website anyone can be a part of with little or no interaction.

I thought the point of it was to establish a group of people that shared similar interests (i.e., blogging) who got together on a regular basis; not just a website where everyone's feed was dumped.

That's just my thought, though. I will be posting a poll type thing about it today.

bobafred said...

ATLBloggers.net is a site that syndicates Atlanta based blogs. That's it. There isn't a requirement to join any group or attend any meetups. I'm sure a lot of the newer people on the site don't even know what APWBWGTTD is.

If it were a requirement to attend meetups, then the best examples of that rule being broken are the site owners, hollis and kick the donkey. So we should kick them off their own site?

mingaling said...

As the founding member of APWBWGTTD, I have to say that both you and Duane have both missed the point of the existence of the group. Additionally, the web site has no direct correlation with those who attend the meetups as well. If that's not obvious, then there are other issues than people not showing up.

One of the biggest reasons I'm stepping back from whatever "role" I play in the group is that the whole thing is being overcomplicated by people. When I came up with the concept of meetups, it was pretty darn simple: Atlanta? Blog? Drink? Ok, show up [here]. No rules, requirements, or necessary # of posts. The site was a lovely bonus for us that allowed us to see who else in Atlanta blogged, but damn if I'm going to require a teetotaler to come to a meetup if they want to be on the feed.

Sigh. I give up with you guys.

Robert said...

Last comment before closing up this post.

I didn't intend anything as a negative critique of people who don't attend or post infrequently. I was just hoping to get more attendence from the people who are inclined to come out. I was also kvetching what I thought was the site's purpose.

Brian said, "...ATLBloggers.net is a site that syndicates Atlanta based blogs... ...The site was created because the owners were unable to read certain blogs while at work. It was a way around their corporate web filter."

Now I know.

Ming said, "When I came up with the concept of meetups, it was pretty darn simple: Atlanta? Blog? Drink? Ok, show up [here]. No rules, requirements, or necessary # of posts. "

Fair enough. Don't give up.

For me, I'll keep posting, reading the site and making time for the meetups. Anything else is bonus.