It's been about 6 weeks since our first Beer & Blog gathering and I am really excited about how the event is taking on a life of it's own. It's to the point now where it's not just the core group of people who all met at WordCamp and decided to start this get together. We're starting to see “friends of friends” stopping in to see what is going on each Thursday at the Freakin' Frog. I think when they come in and see that we aren't all sporting pocket-protectors, they seem to relax a bit and actually start to enjoy themselves.
Even though I am perfectly happy with the non-structured social atmosphere that B&B has taken on, I still like to use these events to learn bits and pieces from the people who are attending. I'm interested to see how it would go to do more of a formal topic driven conversation, but I don't want to scare off any of the people who are here more for the beer and less for the blog. I'm hoping that we can find a happy medium. And, as much as I love the Freakin' Frog, it's certainly not the perfect spot for talking to a group of people. The music in the background is just loud enough that it makes it difficult to talk to more than a group of 5 or 10 people. You'd be almost shouting in order to present to a group of 40 which is about our average turnout these days.
Aside from what goes on at B&B, it's also exciting to see outside events starting to take shape. A few weeks ago we went to a B&B lunch that was organized by @techguy because he's not able to make it to the Freakin' Frog on Thursday nights. Also, this Sunday @CineVegas is hosting the Beer and Blog “Black Ties Prohibited” Oscars party. I'm sure there will be many more events like this in the future. I was already thinking of sticking with the “B” theme and setting up a Beer & Blog & Bowling event. We'll have to see how that pans out.
So even if you aren't a blogger or you don't have a twitter account or you just aren't technically savvy you should still come to the Freakin' Frog to hang out with us. I promise, it's not nearly as geeky as it sounds.