We have a weekly event (Tuesdays at 17:00 UTC) in chat that we advertise as a writing exercise. It's organized informally: people gather and somebody throws out a writing prompt and people share their work.
It doesn't always happen, though. I noticed that this week we attracted a visitor from another site, someone who saw our ad for the event and came to check it out. It didn't happen -- one person was present but had work to do (perfectly understandable), and it looks like our visitor went away in frustration, which makes me sad.
I am not complaining about volunteers not being there to run an informal event. I mean, I wasn't there either. :-)1 I'm asking if this event is working for us as currently set up. Specifically:
- Does the day/time still work?
- Do we want to have a facilitator each week (not necessarily the same person each week) whose job is to be there, have a prompt ready, and generally encourage the event for that week?
- Should we be advertising it at its current level of support?
What, if anything, should we do about our weekly chat event?
1 Since most of the prompts are fiction rather than, say, essays, and I'm a tech writer, I usually don't participate.