The Crossroads of the Aether
Is there any actual group in San Francisco for Steampunk? I don't see any events going on, any meetings, or whatever.
I know that a lot of organizations are having troubles keeping people's attention in between events. I really want to get involved locally, but I'm not seeing any opportunities to do so.
I like the idea of Wicked grounds, maybe borderland books, tart to tart (sunset, coffee shop open late), church street or somewhere else. it might take a while to get the ball rolling, but I'd be interested. We can post here and over on FB too.
I've had some success with gathering sf steamers for things, so we're here, we just need to get our ducks in a row.
Well, you have my number, if you want some help organizing things, let me know.
And that goes for you too.
There are a lot of Bay Area Groups and events. The main problem is that there has been no central bulletin board to find out about them, and some of the groups do really cool things, but don't get high marks in advance publicity. Heather Bollman of the Steam Federation has been doing a good job of maintaining a Bay Area Calendar for both her group's events and other 'steamy' Bay Area events. They also have regular meetings and a variety of projects going within their membership. Join them at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/steamfederation/ The Sacramento Steampunk Society has a link on their Facebook Group to a "Northern California Steampunk Calendar", but it is not up to date (anyone want to volunteer to help maintain it?)
Shadarko has been promoting steamy activities in SF proper for quite a while. My suggestion is that you do what was done in Sacramento and in the South Bay Area: get in touch with the obvious on-line steampunks in your area, pick a place (doesn't have to be the 'perfect, final' place), schedule a meetup. Get together, and keep on getting together on a regular basis. (This is what the Seattle Steamrats did also. Their founder said she showed up every week whether anyone else did or not - look at what they do now!) You are welcome to post announcements on the Sacramento Steampunk Society Facebook Group (with over 800 members you can be sure some of them live in SF) and I'm sure the Steam Federation (350+ members) would also help you with your startup promotion.
As far as Facebook groups go - I have a love/hate relationship with it. Facebook makes lots of arbitrary and poorly conceived un-announced changes that are VERY irritating, but they have a huge amount of people and the 'networking' drives a lot of activity. None of the other social networks work as well for our purposes. I would happily make the Steampunk Empire our primary on-line announcement site, if the events communications and calendar worked better.
The Steam-Federation site will eventually get done and have a forum as well as galleries etc that you can post in without the use of Facebook. This has been a long project for us due to time restraints. As for a SF meetup Shadarko hit the nail on the head. We have tried to get a venue up for a meeting several times with mixed response. We were planning to do the 5th week in November (the 30th?) in the city and have been looking for feedback on where to hold it. If we had a good turn out and a good venue we would drop to one east bay meetup to make room for a regular SF meetup as well. In the mean time the Steam-Federation.com site finally has some info on it with more to come soon. I will post here as well when the forums and galleries are up.