Tonight, I tried to go to a new book club. This one was promoted on Craigslist, organized by a Yahoo groups mailing list and generally seems to be a tough club to participate in. Last month one new attendee ended up going to the wrong Subway (bad address). This month, I tried to go to a movie/book discussion hosted at a private house and couldn’t get past security. The host didn’t provide a phone number, locked the door, didn’t answer it when I knocked, didn’t provide a door bell and didn’t even so much as have the windows open so they could see if a guest had arrived but lacked the brute force to pound on the door loud enough to be heard over the movie. Another potential attendee on the mailing list hours before the event started still seemed to think the event was at Subway and decided not to go because they couldn’t tell if anyone was going to attend at all.
Given that joining a book club means giving about 6 hours a week every month in addition to 2 hours a month attending and discussing the book in addtion to 1/2 to 2 hours a month finding the book and potential some money paying for the book and probably 1-2 hours a month preparing a potluck and 24 hours preparing for your turn to host–you’d think that organizers would try to make things a bit easier rather than harder to participate.