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Would you like to hang out?

I’ve been thinking about this idea for some time: a blog video chat. We could “meet” on a regular basis, and spend an hour talking about whatever it is we creative types like to talk about. We could have specific themes for the hour, or we could just have show-and-tell time.

I’m going to do it. Are you in?

We can use the Hangout feature on Google+. Don’t have a G+ account? All you need to do is get one (they’re free) and then add Polka Dot Cottage to one of your circles. (Find PDC here, and click the “Follow” button.)

You can learn all kinds of handy things about hangouts here 🙂

Let’s do this at Noon (EDT) on Friday.  See what local time that is for you, here (put your own time zone in the second drop-down box).

And let’s make it a Show-and-Tell theme. Bring along your latest project(s) and show us what you’ve been up to! I will probably be filling some crochet hook orders while we chat.

The only way to get an invite to this first Polka Dot Cottage hangout is to follow PDC on Google+. This is different than having my personal account in one of your circles, so if we’ve already connected on G+, you’ll still need to follow the PDC page directly. This is the only way I will know to invite you to the chat!

Check your G+ home page, your chat box, or your notification bar. An invitation should appear in at least one of those places, once the hangout has started.

I should say… I’m still learning about this myself, and there may be kinks to work out. In other words, if you don’t get invited to hang out, or you can’t figure out where we are, don’t take it personally. I will do my best to make sure everyone who signs up gets an invitation to join us, but I may make some mistakes this first time.

If this first time goes well, I’ll make it a regular event. Sound like fun? I hope you’ll join me!

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6 thoughts on “Would you like to hang out?

  1. I love that you’re doing an online meet up! Do you think you’ll do one during the evenings/weekend? I work an office job and can’t participate on Friday, though I’d love to!

    A few months ago I organized a group of handmade business owners who meet monthly on google plus to learn from and support each other. It is a FANTASTIC experience.

    I hope everyone enjoys the first meeting!

    1. My plan is to try this out once or twice, and then after I have a feel for the process, I’ll take a poll and see what days/times work for the most people.

      I may also just do a rotating schedule and do a variety of days and times.

      Of course, it may just be me sitting there twiddling my thumbs and talking to myself on Friday, and if that’s the case, I probably won’t do it again, LOL!

      1. One of the things that helped me get it off the ground was inviting a specific group of people the first time and sending them personal emails. I enlisted a blog partner (after asking her if she liked the idea) and together we emailed 8 other women. We ended up with a group of 9 (one less than we’d invited) and have been having great fun ever since.

        One thing I will say…make sure your first meeting is “private” we accidently created a public google hang out and which lead to a really funny few minutes of confusion before someone got it together and we all moved to a new hangout.

        Good luck on Friday!

        1. Thanks for the tips! It’s probably too late for the first one, but if I end up scrapping the idea and regrouping, I’ll keep that in mind.

  2. I’d like to come. I had no idea they had video conferencing on Google+ so I sure have a learning curve to deal with! I think it will be 2 pm here.

    1. It will be a learning experience for all of us, but I hope a fun one!

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