So its the first friday of the new year and once again it's time to join in with Shay over at http://fairybreadmusings.blogspot.com/2012/01/favourite-things-friday.html where you will find lots of other great favs.
This week, I'm picking a website. http://www.meetup.com/
One of my decisions towards the end of last year was to work on my social life, not dating as I can't be bothered with that, but friendships. Over the years I always found work was the best way to make friends, but for the last 7 years I've been doing short term contract work all around the country. I have met lots of wonderful people but on the whole once I leave the job its hard to keep in touch and I have hardly ever seen them afterwards.
In the meantime, my old friends from London have moved away, settled down, had kids, drifted away due to my never being home so I have become a lot less sociable.Now I'm not working I have free time, but it doesn't always fit with other peoples schedules.
So I decided it was time to meet new people and am using this website to do it. I've joined a few groups, but at the moment have only gone to a few meetups with a Knitting and Craft group. I'm really enjoying it. We meet in a coffee bar or similar venue, have a natter and do craft in public! Each time there have been different people, of all ages and nationalities. There was even a young lad yesterday who came along to learn to knit. Last night I was talking to a woman and we realised I used to work with her uncle 20 years ago! What a small world.
The groups are themed, either by age, interest, or area so whatever you are interested in I am sure you could find some other people who want to meet about it (I don't mean anything naughty but they are probably there if you look).
Its even free to be a member, though I think the people who organise the groups pay something.
I'm just dipping my toe into it and know I will only get out what I put in, but so far I'm impressed and what a great resource.