Surprisingly, this isn’t a post about jobs or even employment in the wider sense. It’s about volunteering and managing events.
I’m involved with Walsall Social Media Surgery (next event this Wednesday, the one after at the end of June) and although attendance is a bit hit and miss for these things the last one was a complete no show. I was there, but there was no interest and nothing happened. OK, I drank coffee, but nothing interesting happened.
Even in the face of this, we haven’t thrown the towel in. Saturday mornings are always quiet because you’re asking people to give up family time and sacrifice lie-ins to be there. I understand this. I like to run on a Saturday morning at my local parkrun. If I hadn’t been running the event, I would have been tempted not to show up either.
We know there is demand for what we do, and interest in getting set up online. People want to use the Social Media Surgery model, even if they don’t fancy doing it on a Saturday morning in Starbucks. So we carry on, and find ourselves this month with half a dozen users planning to attend, and a fair bunch of surgeons who have said they’ll be on hand. The moral of this story is not to give up, right?
On the other hand, sometimes it’s time to admit you’re not going to make headway and quit. When I was unemployed last year, I tried to establish a company. My idea was OK, but it wasn’t great, and the moment I got a 9-5 job I stopped promoting it. The upshot? It’s not moved from the drawing board. The website hasn’t been touched in six months. It’ll fizzle out of its own accord when I fail to renew the domain, probably.
Likewise, a mate of mine and I were planning a Worship Musicians Unconference for next month. To date, we’ve sold only one (free) ticket and frankly without more interest I think we’re going to cancel the venue before it gets expensive. Again, the idea was good but neither of us has had opportunity to fully push it and there has been no groundswell of popular support to back us up. That’s not a bad thing. We put the idea out there, it hasn’t taken off, so we may as well fold it. At the end of the day, I’d rather admit I was wrong, learn a lesson and move on.
You’re all welcome to either event, of course. Just let us know and sign up!