VueMeetups is an effort to centralize all local community efforts for Vue.js and to help continue foster and nurture the amazing community we already have. And while we have "meetup" in our name and use it often, this effort is not limited to Meetup.com events. With that said, welcome and be sure to reach out if you have any questions or feedback!
That's exciting news! We are glad to see so many people who are enthusiastic about establishing local communities to help Vue enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Although it might seem complicated, starting your own Vue.js group can be done in five simple steps!
For those who want a quick pep talk before diving into the guide, check out the following lightning talk for VueConf 2018.
Before diving headfirst into how you start your own meetup, be sure to check and make sure there isn't already one in your area! And if there is, we can help put you in contact with the organizers if you'd like to get more involved!
While naming things is often one of the most agonizing parts of starting any project, luckily it's pretty easy for creating a technology oriented meetup.
Here are some options:
Some examples include:
Check out what other meetups named themselves if you need more inspiration!
You're more than welcome to be more creative, but keeping it as simple as possible will help people easily find and remember it!
Now that you've decided on a name, it's time to grab all the branding thingsWhen it comes to getting the word out about your group and the meetups, there's no substitute for having the proper social media tools. There are a few major ones you want to get to make your life easier:
Some other ones you that are nice to have, but not as critical:
Contrary to popular opinion, you don't need a lineup of speakers in order to start a meetup. The most important thing you actually need is a venue.
Some common places that meetups can be held in include:
These are some things that you should consider when planning your meetup:
And as far as food goes, here are some general guidelines:
With your newly powers of social media, make sure to send out your event details on all the social media things! Hashtag #VueJS and #VueJSMeetups to maximize your visibility and we'll make sure to help spread the word!
When it comes down to it, every Vue.js meetup needs to have a Code of Conduct. There's no reason not to have one. And for those thinking that it's really hard to write one. We have a template all ready to go.
There are two primary things you have to consider as an organizer when planning a meetup.
Everything else is just extra credit.
This is the single most important item any organizer needs to secure with absolute certainty. The worst thing you can do as an organizer is have people voluntarily spend their free time to come to your event and find that the location has been changed.
The biggest misconception about meetup events is that you always need a speaker. Nothing could be further from the truth. What you actually need is a group of people with an interest in Vue.js and a basic agenda so people know why they are coming.
The following contains some basic ideas for the event, but VueMeetups will be providing more thorough guides on each format in the near future. So be sure to check back for updates!
So when you are planning your next event, consider the following options:
While this can increase attendance, this is completely, absolutely, 100% optional.
Basic guidance for food and drinks is the following:
If you are only planning on serving snacks (i.e., chips, cookies, etc), use the phrase "snacks and drinks will be provided" instead of "food and drinks will be provided." You will disappoint people expecting dinner if you say the wrong phrase.
If you plan on serving alcohol, please be sensitive to those who do not drink alcohol and have alternatives.
While some may say that alcohol would help to increase attendance, we caution against this advice since it is more likely to attract the wrong kind of attendees. In addition, having alcohol at an event makes it difficult for those who struggle with addiction to attend.
When potential attendees are deciding whether to attend your event, simply having a start and end time will only be so helpful to them. So help them out with a simple outline of what they can expect from the evening.
Here's an example from a lightning talk event:
6:30PM - 7:00PM: Food & Drinks 7:00PM - 7:15PM: TypeScript Intro 7:20PM - 7:35PM: TypeScript in VueJS 7:40PM - 7:55PM: VueJS Browser Extension 8:00PM - 8:20PM: Show & Tell 8:20PM - 9:00PM: Discussion & Networking
If your event is on a weekday, remember that people often don't get off of work till 5:30PM, so when you're scheduling your event, do not start it any earlier than 6:30PM if you want optimal attendance.
We highly recommend that you give attendees 30 minutes of flex time as things like traffic and late meetings inevitably happen. So when scheduling your agenda, let people know when the "doors will open" and when the official event starts.
Let's face it, speaking is terrifying. Don't you worry though, this whole section is dedicated to helping you take that first step.
It can be surprisingly difficult to come up with topics to talk about, so we have a list here to help inspire you.
One of the biggest misconceptions in the world of speaking (and writing) is that if someone has talked about X topic, this means that you can't talk (or write) about it. Nothing could be further from the truth. The only exception to this is if you plagarize their entire talk.
At the end of the day, the odds are in your favor that you have a unique take on the topic that sets you apart. In addition, when it comes to speaking at meetups, a majority of attendees often have not done the research you've done on X topic. So while the insecure side of you is afraid that they will be bored, you're going to do great.
It's a common misconception that speakers need to take up the entire meetup or have entire talks planned out. This can make it people hesitant to volunteer.
So here are some strategies to ease people's mind:
Speak with them. If they know that they only have to do part of a talk, it make the idea much more approachable.
Help them craft a topic. What people often don't understand is that they have a lot of topics they could talk about. Whether it's case studies, or personal projects, work with them to come up with a topic so they don't feel the burden of doing it all by themselves.