getting the word out about walkaway utah has been an interesting challenge. so far, i'm certain more people here are aware of what i'm trying to do that in my local area. you don't think about how difficult disseminating information can be until you try to get your flier in front of a lot of people. especially in a new town where you don't know many people. i'm intentionally not using any "traditional" media channels like facebook and targeted internet ads.
i had decided against using meetup.com when i first started this project, but i'm starting to see the value of their service. its pretty nerve wracking to have no idea how much interest there is in what you are trying to do. i do have a couple of RSVPs from people i know personally, but its still rough trying to organize things without tools. gatherings is nice, but getting people onboarded to scuttleverse before they can add the event is a big barrier. not to mention that gatherings doesn't integrate with any system calendar which makes it easy to forget events that you've rsvp'd to if you don't check patch* regularly.
i still have a bunch of flyers i need to distribute, but i think the first order of business for the workgroup is communicating and organizing meetings. a group chat might do the trick, but that has the same onboarding problem unless i use some kind of popular spyware messaging service.