I just got home from the ProBlogger meetup, held in New York City tonight. This was my first meetup, so I was unsure what it would be like going in, but it turned out to be a great time. I met quite a few very different types of bloggers. From a brain injury blogger to a noted poker authority to a conversation agent to my former interviewee Elaine Vigneault; I spoke with them all. It was great to put a face to a name in some cases, and be introduced to completely new sites in others.
If you're heading to a meetup anytime soon, here are some suggestions I have from this experience. First of all, take the time before to make some sort of card to promote yourself. You'll meet quite a few new people, and you'll want a way to make a lasting impression. Next, meetups are a great place to meet people for the first time that you have gotten to know online. Make plans with them beforehand to meet. Lastly, have fun. These are social gatherings, not work, so have a drink, introduce yourself to others and make the most of it.