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This is a guide for devMeet virgins everywhere.
devMeets are really neato things to go to but they can be a little...intimidating.

The first devMeet I attended was in the summer of 2006 and not only was I attending my first meet ever with dozens of people from the internet that I had never met before but I was also one of three organizing it!
Scary!!
I did not know what to expect or what to do or how it was all supposed to play out and I admit, I was nervous as hell.

So what happened? It was a smashing success. Even with rain, drama on the road with an impromptu caravan and driving all over Texas to get people it was a success. Phew! Four years later and several more meets under our belt, TexasDevMeet has become a pretty successful group for meets. Yay!

What I encounter at almost every meet is someone asking me: So, what do we do? What happens at these things? What are we supposed to do?

The answer to all three is: Whatever you want.
But what does this mean? Let's outline some important guidelines, tips and tricks to making your first devMeet experience an enjoyable one.

Very important things to remember
Every meet is different. Different venues call for different behaviors. Some are held much like cons. For instance, the 10th birthday meet in LA is a highly structured event with lots of preplanned activities and events. Meanwhile, most meets are held in a public place and are considerably less structured. Still others call to meet at a place and do an activity together such as a museum tour.

It is important to ascertain what kind of venue the meet will be held at and what the organizers are expecting of you. This means reading, carefully, any and all journal updates regarding the meet. What you do not want happening is to show up with all your art supplies to find out that you're going to be seeing a movie.
So, READ EVERY SINGLE UPDATE!

11 Easy Rules
With a little elaboration:

1) Remember that EVERY MEET IS DIFFERENT

2) Keep an open mind!

3) Don't be afraid to introduce yourself.
It's likely that very few people already know each other, and you know, even they came to meet new people so introduce yourself!

4) Feel free to bring friends or family but realize we are internet people with very diverse ages, backgrounds, and interests. It is not out of the question for someone to be dressed in a full fur suit or for there to be people ranging in age from 4 years old to 90!

5) Don't expect a highly structured event if not expressly outlined in the meet announcement. Most meets are mingling mixers, not conventions. When you get there, get mingling!

6) Don't be discouraged if there doesn't seem like a boat load of people are there. In fact, larger meets can be more impersonal than smaller ones so think of it as an opportunity to get even better acquainted with your fellow deviants.

7) Be yourself! There is no better opportunity to do so than a meet full of internet freaks.

8) Check the meet announcement journal before you leave for the meet. Take note of any directions given within!

9) Relax! This isn't high school. We are a community of supportive artists who want to meet new people and encourage growth. No one will laugh at you (unless you want them to!) Trolls don't come to meets. Even when they do, they don't do so to troll!

10) Create! Meets are a perfect time to get inspired and talk/perform your art. WE LOVE pieces born at meets. Pull out your tools and get to work, and then talk to others about art, yours and theirs. Share tips, experiences, likes and dislikes!

11) HAVE FUN! Whatever that takes for you, do it! Meets are SO not srsbsns!!
A brief guide to what virgin's of devMeets should and should not do. WIP! so if you've suggestions please make them :) this is no great work of lit, just hopefully helpful to peeps.

Want to host a meet? Find out how here!

Ps thanks to ^ginkgografix and `0JennxYukina0 for the DD!
And thanks to #Texasdevmeet for all the laughs and the fun! 4 meets today! i'm excited
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A virgins guide to devMeets by `StJoan is more than just a trufax project that contains info on how to relax and be yourself at your first devMEET, but it's also a personal documentary on how the former volunteer experienced her own first meets as a Texan. Fill your brains with this purdy knowledge, and use it to celebrate deviantART's 10th Birthday this weekend, wherever you will be!!

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Koppo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
you can just feel your devmeet hymen ease away with this outline. good stuff.
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jessicaconk Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
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StJoan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thanks!
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
I think this really works for any unknown situation when meeting new people. It's great!
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StJoan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:) Thanks!
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WammyP Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for writing this! I am in Round Rock and didn't even know until today devmeets existed, nor about your Texas group. I saw a link to Texas Devmeet on the DA main birthday bash page. Reading at your group site, I was interested in attending a meet, but when I looked at the info posted by veterans, it seemed everyone who gave their personal info was a twenty-something-year-old. I was concerned about fitting in. I'm 54 and a partially disabled DA photo manipper who majored in art in college many years ago. Your guide reassured me that all DA artists are welcome!

Too bad I missed the Austin meet, but I could not have attended in the heat anyway. Anyway, nice to now there is a Texas organization and other DA artists nearby!

Congrats of your DD! :clap:
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StJoan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yay!!! It's always nice to find other texans!! I hope to see you at our next meet!
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WammyP Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'll keep an eye on what's happening!
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MelMuff Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I just went to my first meet yesterday. Even though I'm a bit late reading this, it turned out okay. I will remember this for next time. Thanx for sharing! :)
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StJoan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
yay! did you have fun?
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