Monday, February 7, 2011 A New Way to Meet People

I think meeting new friends after college is like dating--but even more awkward. When I first moved to Madison over four years ago I wanted to meet my own friends. Sure, I had the luxury of hanging out with Jason's crew but I wanted to branch out. I was lucky enough to work with amazing people who quickly became my friends. But asking them to do something outside of work was so strange---it was like asking them out on a date! When I had c it was a little easier--I had a little person with me to give me the courage to initiate a conversation. I ordered free business cards from Vistaprint to give to potential clients and friends but I worried I sounded so desperate. "Here's my card," I would say to a cool mom. "We should have a play date sometime!" Nerd alert.

I wish I would have known about Meetup back then. I first heard about the website when Madtown Moms of Madison signed up. Up until this point the group leader emailed members about five times a day with updated membership rosters and upcoming activities. It was a pain to get so many emails and I felt sorry for the woman who had to do all that work! I also joined the Madison Hip Mamas group. A few moms and I have started a weekly play date which I love!

From the website
... Meetup is
the world's largest network of local groups with over 7.2 million members. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.

I told my friend Jill about Meetup after she told me she was moving to Arizona. I explained that she could join a mom's group now and start going to activities once she moves. She has already signed up for two!

Are you interested? Here are a few links to Madison meetups that you may want to join!

Cooking Groups in Madison

1 comment:

  1. Anne, I love meetup!!!! It's how I found all my moms' groups. Such a great set-up, too. I like how you can RSVP online and also the message board is useful. I will definitely use it again when I move to STL.