This post is to follow up on the 2S2 group I created in my area. It flopped.
I advertised it on facebook and managed to get 56 people to join. Out of the 56 people who came to the first meeting were my coworker and her friends. They didn't even really know why they were there. I explained it to them and showed them a document with a list of ideas to do in the area. We sat around the cafe for a few hours and then they all decided to go to Seoul to eat Mexican food. Conclusion: they didn't really get that this group is meant to explore our area...not Seoul. I am grateful they came and despite the end result enjoyed meeting them.
The way I see it is that if I didn't tell my coworker about it and she didn't bring her pals than no one would have shown up at the first meeting.
Now I understand people don't have to come and that few could be skeptical about what this group is about. But I am not interested in organizing and caring for something if I have no audience. Sure perhaps if I organize something for the next few months more people will show up. However, I don't really care. I give up, see.
I have my friends in Seoul that I have made through getting to know their blogs, and if I miss out on their meeting then I miss out on seeing them. A part of me, therefore, would rather keep growing the relationships with my Seoul friends than try to make new pals down here.
Another reason I don't really care to start this group is that my ideals for the group aren't popular. I like art, nature and not drinking. That last part is the big sign that I am probably not a fun person. I can't drink for medical reasons and also I just don't like how I feel. Don't get me wrong, I love wine and would not mind enjoying a wine tasting day. But going to a bar or club is not my style. Therefore I feel I can't reach out to the expat community since my idea of fun is probably compatible with just 1 or 2% of my peers.
If I were to start a group in my area it would be an Artsy group...like the one in Mokpo. They get together and create works of art...and go to galleries.
As you can see my ambitions have hit a wall and that is why I am not going to lead a 2S2 out here. Therefore if you do live in my area (Yongin / Bundang / Suji) and want to have a 2S2 here then you put it together. I would be more than happy to lend you the list of places I thought would be fun to explore and help you in other ways. Ok?~