WEBMU 2011 in Cologne — date still TBD

Just an update for those of us planning out leisure travel for the rest of the year already: the Whiny Expat Blogger Meetup (WEBMU) in Cologne later this year still has no firm date.

A poll on the the topic over on the discussion board has been open for just about two weeks, and as of this writing, we currently have a tie between two weekends. As a result, we can’t close the poll just yet. We need more input.

If you haven’t yet voted on when WEBMU 2011 should be, but you are an English-language blogging expatriate in Germany, head over and let us know which weekend best suits you. It doesn’t matter whether you know at this point whether you can attend for sure or not. Your vote matters anyways!

Perhaps you’ll tip the scales and we can get the week off to a good start after this glorious weekend.

WEBMU 2011 — in Köln!

Hot off the presses!

Cologne is the city of choice for WEBMU 2011. If you are an English-language blogger located in Germany, sign up on our discussion board to get all the details as they unfold. Soon we’ll be nailing down a particular weekend. Sign up (if you haven’t already), introduce yourself, and have a look around while the hosts in Cologne put together a list of suitable weekends for the members to vote on.

See you there!

WEBMU 2011 — WHERE Poll closing soon!

Attention all English-language expatriate bloggers in Germany!

Just a friendly reminder to head over to expatbloggersingermany.com/meetup/ and deposit your vote for the location of the annual Whiny Expat Blogger MeetUp.

We opened the poll about three weeks ago and the clock is ticking down. As of right now, 29 discussion board members have voted and Cologne and Magdeburg are the front-runners, but some intense last-minute campaigning for Berlin or Frankfurt could change all that pretty quickly. If discussion seems pretty settled on Sunday evening (that’s the the three-week mark), we’ll close the poll and announce the results. If discussion perks up here in the home stretch, we’ll keep the poll open until it dies down.

The next step: after we’ve chosen a host city, that city’s hosts will pre-select (based on their own availability and known local events) some candidate weekends and the group will vote again to choose the weekend that works for the majority of us.

If you’re a member of the discussion board already, stop in and say hi and deposit your two cents. Not yet a member of the of the board? Register, (telling us roughly where in Germany you live and what your blog’s address is) and then help decide where WEBMU 2011 will be.

Remember, voting on WHERE it should be doesn’t commit you to attending WEBMU 2011 — a firm headcount isn’t required until well after the hosts have nominated some weekends and we’ve finalized the WHEN.

WEBMU 2011 — almost ready to vote

Our brainstorming on the discussion board has garnered some very good candidate cities and volunteer hosts!

So far, these candidate cities have local host volunteers attached to them:

  • Berlin
  • Cologne
  • Frankfurt

Bloggers have brainstormed these other cities into the mix, but they don’t (yet) have any local hosts:

  • Aachen
  • Düsseldorf
  • Magdeburg
  • Münster
  • Nuremberg
  • Somewhere in the Ruhrgebiet
  • Stuttgart

If you’re an English-language expatriate blogger in Germany and have local knowledge of these areas, please share it! Come on over to our discussion board and help decide what, when, and where the annual meetup will be. Bring your own “who.”

WEBMU 2011 — Where?

So. The annual WEBMU — the Whiny Expatriate Blogger Meetup, a weekend of interacting the same people as usual, but IN PERSON, out from behind the relative safety of your keyboard and DSL line.

Where do you think we should have it this year?

Last year was Kleinkleckersdorf. Before that it was Hintertupfing and before that it was Pusemuckel. I’m totally open for Kaff or even jwd.

Scratching your head? These are all different regionalisms* for “the sticks,” “the boonies,” or a just a speck on the map. For the uninitiated: we typically hold the meetup in a city setting, not the German equivalent Mayberry RFD, for ease in public transportation and variety of side-trip activities.

The discussion is going on now at www.expatbloggersingermany.com/meetup/ (look for the WEBMU 2011 forum, or see how 2010 or 2009 turned out). If you blog in English from your adopted home in Germany, come check out our bulletin board. It’s not open to the general public, but it is open to any English-language expatriate blogger in Germany. I personally screen all membership requests and will contact you via the email address you submit with your registration if I’m at all unclear as to your eligibility.

*Thank you so very much, CN Heidelberg, for calling my attention to this awesome site about regionalisms in German-speaking countries.

WEBMU 2010 — Hamburg, but when?

The polls are open for the next couple of weeks to pick a date for our expatriate blogger meetup in Hamburg. You have about two more weeks to register (if you haven’t already) and indicate which of the proposed weekends works best for you.

If you’re not an expatriate blogger in Germany, but a registered member you know will vouch for you, register anyways and have that member drop me an email.

WEBMU 2010: Hamburg!

The polls have closed: we’re meeting up in Hamburg this year. Next up: deciding when to meet up and getting the details nailed down (like accomodation recommendations and where to eat, and stuff like that).

One place I wouldn’t necessarily recommend: Hotel Stern on the Reeperbahn. You can’t beat the location, if you’re into that sort of thing, but the room itself wasn’t so great. Except for two things:

  1. the price (at least back in December 2005 it was dirt cheap)
  2. the industrial strength shower — amazing water pressure

If you’re an expatriate blogger in Germany, and would like to know more, sign up for our expatriate blogger discussion board. Don’t forget to give us the URL of your own blog in Germany and at least a rough idea of your location in Germany (like the Bundesland or city where you live).

WEBMU 2010 Location Discussion Closing Soon!

Thinking about attending the Meetup this year? Did you want to propose your city or region as a site or yourself as a host? Better get on the stick, then! The thread discussing proposals for locations will close this weekend and go to polling.

Not a member of the board? If you have an English-language blog and live in Germany, you’re eligible for membership. Follow the link and apply for a login – an administrator will grant you access soon (provided you’re not a robot).

WEBMU 2010: Phase 1 Complete

The planning for our annual Whiny Expat Blogger Meetup (a.k.a. the Whiny Expat Blogger Unmissable Meetup) is coming along nicely. We have democratically decided to choose a venue for this year’s event before nailing down a weekend. The next step is to discuss amongst ourselves the pros and cons of meetup city candidates. This is all happening on our discussion board at http://www.expatbloggersingermany.com/meetup/ — so if you’re an expatriate English-language blogger located in Germany,

  1. sign up on our board, and
  2. participate in the discussion and planning, and
  3. have fun putting faces and voices to the words you read on the screen once the meetup season is upon us.

Two administrative things to note:

  1. New user signups are processed manually by real people (of which I am one). Before approving your membership on the discussion board, we need to look at your blog and make a subjective snap decision whether you appear to be psychotic, robotic, or otherwise unacceptable. So you have to tell us your blog’s internet address. Also, you have to state your location in Germany. If something’s unclear in your membership request, I’ll email you about it. If you look like a robot or don’t respond to my emailed requests for clarification, you don’t get membership on the board. Just so you know.
  2. This second bit applies more to existing members. I am rolling out two enhancements to the code behind the polls on the board tomorrow, Sunday, April 11th, around noon.
    1. Poll results will show your username and how you voted. Note well: past polls will show your username and how you voted, too.
    2. You will be able to change your vote up until the poll closes.

    Why is this important? Sometimes your opinion or situation changes. Or you forget how you voted. Since polls were more or less anonymous, and changing your vote was impossible, these polls were less than ideal for event medium-sized group planning purposes.

Read you on the board, and see you later this year at WEBMU 2010!