GeekOut South-West has been going for five and a half years; soak that in for a moment. We’ve been around long enough to see groups, events, website all come and go. We’ve been around long enough to reach a point where we’re established, some people call us reliable and we often get plenty of conversation around how much good we do for everyone. That, to me, is something I’m incredibly proud of. However, sometimes, you have to take a step back and really think about what your vision for something is. What has it been all this time? Has it changed? Today, I’m going to explore our vision for the rest of the year and beyond.
Expand Our Locations
In 2017, Joel introduced the second GeekOut location in Shrewsbury. It was a tremendous moment and last year, I finally got to see what Joel works so hard on. From the bottom of my heart, if he reads this article today, thanks Joel. You have continued spreading my vision and you’ve done me proud. You listen to what I suggest a lot, although we may sit on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to how hard you make a quiz! Either way, you’ve been a massive help since day one on this website and you’ve become a go-to for plenty of people in your local area. Thanks again, man.
So then, we want more locations. There are at least three people that I need to speak to, all of whom are looking to expand GeekOut in their respective zones. Whether or not they follow through and join us, or if it folds before it’s even begun, there’s no doubt in my mind that I want to see more GeekOut’s popping up across the country. However, I am cautious that hosting an event costs a lot of money. It really does. From prizes and advertising, to themes and the likes, these meetups cost a lot of money. As such, I need to start thinking logically about our future and how we can get funding. More on that in a bit.
I bang on about this one a lot, but recently, I’ve been in a rut with regards to a new website. Article 13 would mean I’d have to gut everything I worked on with the new website. I don’t want to do that… But it may have to happen. As such, because I’m uncertain what the future holds, I think I might make some changes to this here little blog over the coming weeks and months. Perhaps some graphics changes, perhaps some layout changes. There’s a lot of things I feel I should update – and I think a refreshed website is good for everyone.
This may be the last thing I mention, but it’s arguably one of the most pressing on this list. I’ve been funding GeekOut South-West in it’s entirety for the past five and a half years. I’m sure I’ve actually spent ten grand on this whole venture over all by now. Sure, it’s not a huge amount when you consider that’s two grand a year, but actually, it is a lot, as I’m not exactly on the largest wage in the world. I’m on a survivable wage, to where running the show is totally possible, but I can’t expand the show. I can’t do more with the show. Instead, I am having to play around the show.
As such, this is definitely something I’m going to be reaching out for. I don’t believe GeekOut is right for a Patreon page. I believe strongly that Patreon is great for artists, or for those who can give something back, more than a bit of time. I have seen a plethora of Patreon pages for bloggers and, in truth, I don’t like seeing that – Not unless they have something major planned for their audience. As such, I want to get us a sponsor for our meetups. Those meetups are where the vast majority of money goes to; from the monthly prizes, to getting theme parts – Even sometimes costumes.
I think, because I like to be as transparent as possible, here are a list of things I spend money on regularly:
- Meetup Costs: ~£11.50 (Monthly)
- Advertising Costs: ~£10-£20 per month
- Prizes: ~£30-£50 per month
- Board Games: ~£10-£35 per game
- Theme Decorations: Between £10-£50 per decorated event. Definitely goes up around Halloween and Christmas!
- This Website: ~£20 per month
- New Website: ~£20 per month
I’m sure I’m forgetting some things, but it all adds up! If you work for a company and think they may be interested in sponsoring GeekOut South-West, please do get in touch with us. I’ll gladly hear you out and happily reach out to the company, if you feel they would support our local ventures. In return, I’m looking at giving advertising space on here and Meetup for the companies involved, along with a monthly shout-out style article, where I’ll mention what any sponsorship money went on. I believe in being transparent when it comes to GeekOut, so if we started to earn money off the back of it, you’ll all be the first to know.