How to Start a Dieselpunk Group

In the last post we listed organizations that Dieselpunks could join to participate in International Dieselpunk Day. However, as the short list indicated there aren’t many. As mentioned, Larry Amyett in Episode 1 of the Diesel Powered Podcast discussed how to start an organization. For the convenience of our readers Mr. Amyett has provided information from the podcast.   

First, set up a web site. Dieselpunk is very internet driven. WordPress, Blogger… are all free and easy to use. Don’t forget to set up a Facebook page. Now that you have a homepage, the next big thing, to borrow a buzzword from business, is networking. Post to the two Dieselpunk message boards, Dieselpunks.org and The Smoking Lounge, which is part of the Gatehouse Gazette. Both sites are linked to from the Diesel Powered Podcast web site. Social networking sites are great but don’t limit yourself to that. Go where the people are. I’ve found quite a few Steampunks who are also interested in Dieselpunk. In fact, many of the founding members of my North Texas Dieselpunk group are Steampunks.

Another good promotional tool are business cards. Many businesses will print you off some very nice cards at a very low price.

Now, once you get people lined up the next big challenge will be finding a location to meet. I was shocked by how difficult this was. Since you’re probably going to start small, a house party location might work. Some restaurants have meeting rooms that you can use at no charge. The downside of restaurants is that some require purchases, which not everyone wants to do or can afford. There are alternatives to restaurants. For example, The North Texas Dieselpunks are now meeting in a local library meeting room, which is much better because it gives us more room and we have access to multimedia equipment and sound system.

Now that you have it started, the key is to keep things fun and active. Get the members involved. For example, in my group members that want to give presentations on subjects that they have a passion for. If you know someone who’s outside your group but has knowledge on a subject, then as the officer or facilitator see if they will come in a presentation on a Dieselpunk related topic. In addition, go places and do things.

For further assistance on how to start a Dieselpunk organization you can email Larry Amyett at so2001@swbell.net.

A Worldwide Celebration of Dieselpunk!

The goal of the International Dieselpunks Day is to bring together Dieselpunks on one day, November 12th, 2012, to celebrate and promote this fantastic genre. Here’s a set of links to help individuals in making contact with Dieselpunks in your part of the world. Join in and help us make this a worldwide celebration!

North Texas Dieselpunks

Sindicato Dieselpunk

Vancouver Dieselpunks

Dieselpunk South Australia

Middle Tennessee Dieselpunks

Don’t have a group in your area? Do you want to know how to start one? Larry Amyett, the founder of the North Texas Dieselpunks, provides useful directions on how to start a Dieselpunk during the premier episode of the Diesel Powered Podcast.  

Episode 1 of Diesel Powered Podcast

Get Ready to Party Like It’s 1932!

The purpose of the site is to promote November 12, 2012 as the International Dieselpunk Day. November 12th was set because the traditional start of the Diesel Era has been considered the end of WWI, which ended on November 11th of 1918.

Our goal is to coordinate with Dieselpunks around the world to host parties, movie viewings, as well as other events to promote the exciting phenomenon of Dieselpunk.