Pagan Herding

Pagan organizing: don’t sweat the ones that never show

Time and again I’ve listened to frustrated event organizers. “Our membership list has 200 people, but we only get 10 people to show up on a good day!” I have also seen them hack at this issue, demanding people commit to attendance, pay admission fees (not in itself a bad practice) or even limit membership in order to force attendance. When I first started the Minneapolis Doctor Who meetup, in my early years I had a then co-organizer ask me to drop people that didn’t show up, and I followed this advice and ended up building a lot of ill-will […]

Here’s the taboo I’m breaking in 2019: talking about Pagans and how they (don’t) organize

It’s taken awhile for some clarity to coalesce with this blog. Sometimes the problem comes from my private life, other times from my fears of my own inadequacies. Finally a small vision has formed, one where I have something helpful to say: I am damn good at organizing events and groups. I gained solid training by a nonprofit volunteer clearinghouse back in 2002, and what I learned has proven continuously helpful, even as social media has drastically changed how word and outreach spreads. While other bloggers dig into the specifics of their traditions, I remain determinedly non-specific, and when it […]