Fishlore Gathering - Wishful Thinking

ValerieAdams
  • #1
Maybe I've started too many threads today, oops.

Anyway, does anyone else wish there could be a Fishlore gathering or convention or something? I think that would be the highlight of my life (okay maybe not really but close) But that just sounds like so much fun. I would love to meet a lot of the people on here. Ugh, if only.
 
Culprit
  • #2
We could all meet at RAP one year. Its what me, stella1979 Lchi87 Nart Nanologist are all planning on doing one year! And anybody else who wants to come.
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
We could all meet at RAP one year. Its what me, stella1979 Lchi87 Nart Nanologist are all planning on doing one year! And anybody else who wants to come.
I don't even know what RAP is
 
emmysjj
  • #4
I wish I could do this but I can't drive Even if it were like an online thing.
 
butterflylanding
  • #5
It would be great to break down regions/ locations and hold a meet and greet to find out who lives in my state and decide on a more formal meeting platform that fits the needs and wants of local people. I live in central Texas, near Austin. If very interested please contact me.
 
IHaveADogToo
  • #6
I agree a mass meetup would be cool, but there are already several aquarium and fishing conventions each year all over the country. You could probably organize a meetup with local forum members at one of those. I have yet to find any local members in the St. Louis area.
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
I wish I could do this but I can't drive Even if it were like an online thing.
I never thought of an online "meet and greet" type thing. That could even be cool but I don't think it would work with how many people there are lol
 
stella1979
  • #8
I don't even know what RAP is
RAP is ReefAPalooza. Trouble is, this convention happens in a few locations, so people generally go to what's closest. Lucky for me and Culprit , we're both in the SE, so hope to meet up at RAP Orlando one of these days.
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
I agree a mass meetup would be cool, but there are already several aquarium and fishing conventions each year all over the country. You could probably organize a meetup with local forum members at one of those. I have yet to find any local members in the St. Louis area.
Yeah but are they as good as Fishlore? I think not. Lol. I'm in Ohio with no one really close to me & really nothing around lol.

RAP is ReefAPalooza. Trouble is, this convention happens in a few locations, so people generally go to what's closest. Lucky for me and Culprit , we're both in the SE, so hope to meet up at RAP Orlando one of these days.
That's awesome. I doubt there's anything close to me. I do go to Florida every year on vacation though...
 
Rtessy
  • #10
Maybe someone could start a discord server for fishlore?
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #11
Maybe someone could start a discord server for fishlore?
I have no idea what that is either
 
Rtessy
  • #12
I have no idea what that is either
Lol, that's fine (I didn't know what RAP was either.... Glad you asked).
It's an app/website mainly made for gamers and you can chat with people, like verbally through cell phone/ laptop microphone and all, or you can just text everyone at the same time.
 
Lchi87
  • #13
Well Aquatic Experience is happening in October in NJ so those of us who are on the east coast should plan something maybe I’ll start a thread a month before and see who might be interested...
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #14
Well Aquatic Experience is happening in October in NJ so those of us who are on the east coast should plan something maybe I’ll start a thread a month before and see who might be interested...
I wish I was closer
 
emmysjj
  • #15
I'm in NJ but I still can't drive Lchi87 maybe I'll skype in

Edit: It's actually not too far from me so maybe I could get a ride. Make sure to tag me when you make the thread Lchi!
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #16
I'm in NJ but I still can't drive Lchi87 maybe I'll skype in
Well if I was in NJ I would take you lol. Or even close but its like 9 hours for me. And I just went to the beach/on a cruise.. twice. I think I'm out of vacations for the year lol
 
Lchi87
  • #17
I'm in NJ but I still can't drive Lchi87 maybe I'll skype in

Edit: It's actually not too far from me so maybe I could get a ride. Make sure to tag me when you make the thread Lchi!
Will do! Perhaps we can arrange a car pool for those of us close by.
 
emmysjj
  • #18
Well if I was in NJ I would take you lol. Or even close but its like 9 hours for me. And I just went to the beach/on a cruise.. twice. I think I'm out of vacations for the year lol
Aww you're too sweet

I'll see if my mom can drive me
 
butterflylanding
  • #19
Me too. I feel so isolated in this hobby in a small town. Great people. Some even have a fish tank, but not the same.
I think somehow, someway we could organize locally. Or at least within a couple hours drive. Some can’t leave family, work or even have the cash for an overnight, cross country trip but would love to shmooze with other hobbies for an evening at a neutral location like a restaurant or a park. (Not one to give out private info) and I think that is a major hurdle for most. Or, at least the first major hurdle in organizing a meet and greet. After meeting face to face the needs and basic wants of those in attendance can be discussed and safety concerns can be addressed in a safe environment.
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #20
Me too. I feel so isolated in this hobby in a small town. Great people. Some even have a fish tank, but not the same.
I think somehow, someway we could organize locally. Or at least within a couple hours drive. Some can’t leave family, work or even have the cash for an overnight, cross country trip but would love to shmooze with other hobbies for an evening at a neutral location like a restaurant or a park. (Not one to give out private info) and I think that is a major hurdle for most. Or, at least the first major hurdle in organizing a meet and greet. After meeting face to face the needs and basic wants of those in attendance can be discussed and safety concerns can be addressed in a safe environment.
My town has 1 stop light. The next town over has 1 stoplight. Lol, I think I know everyone and no one has a fishy hobby. My local fish stores are at least a half an hour away. Other than that, I think I'd probably be driving 2 hours to find anyone
 
emmysjj
  • #21
I agree, my nearest fish store is an hour away and there's no one I know that is as into fish tanks as much as me, that's why I'm on FishLore so much. The people around me who do have a tank usually have those tanks full of mollies and platies.
But if some of us did go, we could make shirts with our username on them and saying that we are from FL.
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #22
I agree, my nearest fish store is an hour away and there's no one I know that is as into fish tanks as much as me, that's why I'm on FishLore so much. The people around me who do have a tank usually have those tanks full of mollies and platies.
But if some of us did go, we could make shirts with our username on them and saying that we are from FL.
I love that idea!
 
butterflylanding
  • #23
My town has 1 stop light. The next town over has 1 stoplight. Lol, I think I know everyone and no one has a fishy hobby. My local fish stores are at least a half an hour away. Other than that, I think I'd probably be driving 2 hours to find anyone
But wouldn’t it be worth it once or twice a year?
 
emmysjj
  • #24
Someone should book a room for the Fishlorians lol

The problem with shirts is that I can't pronounce most of your usernames or I recognize you through your profile picture
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #25
But wouldn’t it be worth it once or twice a year?
Totally! But I still haven't found anyone close to me on here. Or any organizations at all.

Someone should book a room for the Fishlorians lol

The problem with shirts is that I can't pronounce most of your usernames or I recognize you through your profile picture
Lol, get shirts with the profile picture on the back
 
emmysjj
  • #26
Lol, get shirts with the profile picture on the back
Yes! We need to figure out a way to print that though...
 
butterflylanding
  • #27
Online forums are great for us small townies, but it has taken the personal friendship/relationship out of our lives. Don’t mean to wax too philosophical, but we all seem to share the same passions and in our isolation we have lost the opportunity to share it with others on a personal level. It’s kinda like being a new grandma but no one wants to see the new pics of the kid.

I’m not too computer savvy. But someone here must have some marketing skills to guide us in our efforts.
Please help is you have ideas
 
emmysjj
  • #28
Online forums are great for us small townies, but it has taken the personal friendship/relationship out of our lives. Don’t mean to wax too philosophical, but we all seem to share the same passions and in our isolation we have lost the opportunity to share it with others on a personal level. It’s kinda like being a new grandma but no one wants to see the new pics of the kid.
This made me think.
I’m not too computer savvy. But someone here must have some marketing skills to guide us in our efforts.
Please help is you have ideas
Ideas for what? For a meetup?
 
ValerieAdams
  • Thread Starter
  • #29
Yes! We need to figure out a way to print that though...
There's all kinds of places that do it! That would be easy to find
Online forums are great for us small townies, but it has taken the personal friendship/relationship out of our lives. Don’t mean to wax too philosophical, but we all seem to share the same passions and in our isolation we have lost the opportunity to share it with others on a personal level. It’s kinda like being a new grandma but no one wants to see the new pics of the kid.
Agreed, but even when I do share it with my family/friends, they aren't as enthusiastic or understanding about it. It's like if they were trying to talk to me about brain surgery or something
 
butterflylanding
  • #30
Ideas for advertising locally, even if locally is a 200 sq mile radius to meet other hobbiest. Can believe I’m so crazy I’m the ONLY one in driving range.
 
emmysjj
  • #31
What exactly is the Aquatic Experience thing? Is it an expo?
 
Lchi87
  • #32
What exactly is the Aquatic Experience thing? Is it an expo?
It is! Vendors come and setup tables and display tanks and sell things. There’s generally a raffle or two going on as well. They’ll have seminars too!
 
Sarah73
  • #33
If this happens count me in!
 
Smalltownfishfriend
  • #34
If this happens count me in!
If I ever meet you you must bring Stevie!! Lol

It is! Vendors come and setup tables and display tanks and sell things. There’s generally a raffle or two going on as well. They’ll have seminars too!
Ooh!! I am in pa!! That's not that far away!! May be I will have to come!!!
 
Sarah73
  • #35
If I ever meet you you must bring Stevie!! Lol
Oh you can count on him coming!
 
emmysjj
  • #36
*Sets up spare tank for a betta cuz I know I’m gonna fall in love*
 
goldface
  • #37
Setup an open bar and I will come.

Seriously though, you guys are great. I am a member of other forums (not fish-keeping) and they have done meetups every year.
 
Sarah73
  • #38
Setup an open bar and I will come.

Seriously though, you guys are great. I am a member of other forums (not fish-keeping) and they have done meetups every year.
Set up virs drinks and I'll come.
 
max h
  • #39
Setup an open bar and I will come.

Seriously though, you guys are great. I am a member of other forums (not fish-keeping) and they have done meetups every year.

Sounds like a Vegas trip to me
 
Sarah73
  • #40

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