Although work and family life keeps me busy, I also find time to attend a few meetups each month. Last night I got together with the Portland Instagram meetup. I attend the Portland WordPress user group when I can. Mobile Portland often offers discussions about the rapidly-changing world of portable computing and connectivity.
The secret of these meetups is that I don’t go to learn about Instagram, WordPress, or mobile.
I go to meetups to meet interesting people.
Sure, those people might share a common interest in photography, or blogging, or tech, but I’m more interested in the people than the subject.
I’m not as interested in learning about someone’s Instagram photos as I am the fact that while we’re chatting, he invites me to a private office location with good views of the city. I’m not as much curious about some new function in the code of WordPress as I am about the person discussing it, because she probably has some insights that will help me grok something specific to my situation in the future.
It’s about people, not things.