Since we're having fewer and fewer people turn out for meetups in Cardiff lately, I was thinking of changing the format slightly. I'm not sure if it's that we're not really exploring enough Drupal, or whether the audience down this way wants something different entirely, but I've had some ideas and I thought I'd float them here.
In the future I think we could:
Change the location so there's a more organised 'feel' to the whole thing. Utilising some better media for presenting might give more focus on properly exploring topics.
Explore more newbie friendly topics - I don't know whether the audience down this way is the module-writing, using git and building server stacks kind of audience. Maybe some gentler "how do you build stuff in D7" topics might be in order - using Views, Rules, Fields, and so on.
Maybe even do every other meetup as an opportunity for new talent to get to know the system. I'm sure businesses try out Drupal only to be turned off by the learning curve. A free 'introductions' event might encourage some more interest.
Guests - if we could convince Marcus Deglos to talk about Varnish (properly, not like me), or get Tim Millwood down to show off Acquia DevCloud or something, might that be of more interest?
Thoughts very welcome. I won't announce another event til we've thrashed this out ;-)