Here’s a neat blog article on Boagworld, Why Meetups Matter from a couple months ago. Web expert Paul Boag discusses the advantages of web professionals meeting in person periodically. He encourages those in the web industry to attend meetups–not only web designers and developers, but web site owners as well. Paul states:
Unlike conferences, meetups tend to be free or at least very cheap and so there is little excuse not to go…Even if it is only four or five people, it is still a chance to swap war stories and have a drink while youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re at it.