The other day was the ‘first’ Equality User Group meeting. I place it in quotes because it was the first one scheduled, but I was the only one to show. This is a curious situation I find myself in, where I believe this is what people want (namely someone to learn development from and get their foot in the door), but yet I haven’t seen any significant interest. This may be due to poor advertisement, which I’ll admit that I’m not good at in any decent capacity. However, I feel that the amount of advertisement I’ve done did get the word out to a few hundred people, and surely one of them would want to appear, right?
With that consideration, I wondered if there were other possible sources of impedance. Perhaps the location of the group is too far from those who wish to attend? Maybe the timing was too close to rush hour? Or maybe Thursdays are very busy for many people? I know personally that it was pretty hard to get there that night due to traffic, and usually my weeknights are booked with other activities, so I’m keeping these things in mind.
Then, introspectively, I wondered, “If I were in the shoes of someone else, would I be comfortable learning from me?”. Perhaps I haven’t proven myself a worthy teacher just yet. I’m still considered a ‘junior developer’ myself, so there may not be much confidence in my ability to teach. Although I thought it very important to jump right in and start teaching regardless of my skill level, this may be a hindrance.
So, my plan as of right now is to work on a few things. For starters, I’m going to boost advertisement through improving the social presence of the group (I would appreciate a volunteer to design a logo). I’m even considering making and passing out cards, but will have to mull over the specifics a bit more. I would do well to take some time to learn and pursue other avenues of teaching to level up a bit. I was considering bringing in a volunteer teacher, but considering the lack of attendance, I’d rather not waste their time until attendance is more guaranteed.
For now, I’ll be putting a pause on the group, until the time is right to bring it back. I would greatly appreciate feedback and assistance on any and all of these things, if any of you would be so gracious to do so.
Thanks for reading!