The Future of GBG – Part 1

If you haven’t read it, please check out this article that sums up how Great Basin Geeks got started.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to sum up what Great Basin Geeks is, what it does, what its goals are, or why it exists. It’s not because there is no vision behind Great Basin Geeks, it’s the exact opposite. I have a lot of ideas of just what GBG can and should do and be. It’s my goal with this article to sum up some of the current ideas that I would like to see accomplished by GBG.

In the short term, I want to see Great Basin Geeks continue to grow. Not just for the sake of growth, but for the sake of continuing to connect people. One of the first goals of GBG was to get people together. I had virtually no friends and I was tired of that being the case. When we decided that we were going to invite people from the local community to our home for my birthday, we took a risk and hoped that there were other people that would want to hang out at a Star Wars themed party. It turned out that there were a lot of people that wanted to connect.

So we want to continue to grow. The more members we have, the more likely every member can make strong connections with others that share their passions.

To make it easier to connect, we are working to make the GBG website easier to use for connection. Facebook has been a great tool, but it has its limitations and following the posts that we’re interested in can be problematic at best. I know most members can’t follow the Facebook group all day and keep up with all the posts that are made. Because of that, things get missed. Posts that might interest you get buried rapidly.

Along those lines, we want to slowly transition over to the GBG website, where we can create posts for general information that concerns the whole group, and forum threads for more in depth conversation on more specific topics.

Also, with the in depth options on individual profiles, you can easily find other people that share your interests. For an example, you can view my profile here. In this way, if you want to connect with other Star Wars fans, you can search for Star Wars. If you want Anime fans, search for Anime. And so on.

We will also continue to improve the Directory and the Calendar on GreatBasinGeeks.com. With the Directory you can find local clubs, groups, and businesses that cater to Geeky interests. With the Calendar, you can find local events from one of the many game nights to local Cons.

This is just a summary of a few of the immediate plans for GBG. I will continue this in another article.

If you would like to get involved, help is always welcome! If you have ideas, please share them! My email is [email protected].

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