Over a year ago I created a group on facebook called Portland Publishing & Printing that was supposed to help people in the area connect. I meet many people in the area who say that they would love to have more local connections to find out about suppliers, to meet for drinks, to maybe do things like share orders for supplies that are only available by the caseload, and so on.
It's been, I say again, over a year. I have been talking this up to people at paper supply stores, to small presses, to not such small presses, to zinesters, to locally owned copy shops that say that they want to reach zinesters, and pretty much to anybody else who seems even vaguely relevant who is willing to stand still long enough for me to get my spiel in.
All of this has added up to 25 members and one post by somebody other than me.
So a few weeks ago I figured that the Portland Zine Symposium would be a perfect place to finally get this thing up and running. Designed a little flyer that, frankly, I think was pretty cool and printed up about sixty of them in full color on heavy, funky paper stock (mostly on a cover weight parchment that I thought would suit the context), handed most of them out to tablers, left a few out on the free table, and brought a few for my PZS talk on Never Go To Kinkos Again.
Also, before the symposium started, I sent a flurry of messages by email, facebook, and phone, asking (sometimes nearly begging) people to join or at least post something on the group board. This didn't seem like much of a stretch since, on top of everything else, all of these folks have new zines or something like that that they're supposedly trying to promote right about now.
So here we are. And all of this has accomplished . . .
(wait for it)
Two new members and no posts.
I know that sometimes these things take a while to show results. I've already heard about people saying that they've learned things just from checking out the member list. But c'mon.
I'm sorry, but some days I really do wonder why i get out of bed at all.