Craig Bailey has a well considered and thought-provoking piece entitled COMMUNITY: Are events worth the cost?, but which he later told me he meant to call COMMUNITY: Are free events worth the cost?
I'll leave you to read Craig's answer on his blog, but it's a very reasonable question. Craig mainly asks the question from the point of view of the attendee, but it's just as valid (perhaps even more so) to ask it from the organiser's point of view.
On the negative side of the ledger, it's a lot of work. Just ask Greg or Mitch or Rocky or Graham or any of the 30-odd User Group leads around the country. You're going to be able to make more money, or spend more time with the kids or whatever if you don't do it.
On the positive side, you're doing three things:
As I think I've said before, It's all about community.
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