….or so the Sesame Street song goes.
Today I got to meet up with some of Chch bloggers. All lovely, all easy to talk to.
It makes me think though about how easy and difficult it can be to get a group of people together. And, especially when a lot of people are meeting for the first time, how an environment can make people feel included and make conversation easy. On the flip side I have spoken to women about many different events/parties/occasions where they’ve made the effort (and it is an effort) to go and found it to be cliquey, snobby, weird….
I like to think we are a friendly bunch (actually it really matters to me that we are friendly/inclusive/welcoming). I still ponder after these get togethers that someone may have felt like they weren’t listened to or connected with or people didn’t notice them. At times conversations can feel exclusive – crafty talk, mummy talk, faith talk, op-shopping talk…..but it’s making sure it doesn’t become dominated by a topic that everyone can’t join in on.
What things make you inclined to take a risk and join a group? Does it all come down to personality or are there certain groups or events you are prepared to take a risk because the payoff could be worthwhile/enjoyable/fun?
If someone invited you to come to something where you knew few or no people personally would you go? Why/why not?
(photos of the bloggers and the awesome shoes I scored for $2 at the oppy across the road!)