About this Website
Meet the Admin
My name is Graham Beech and I am the owner of Eventpeg. I live in the foothills of Perth in Western Australia. In 2017, I turned 65, officially becoming an old aged pensioner. That means I have a lot of free time to dedicate to running the website.
My background is in electronics, having spent 20 years as an avionics technician in the RAAF, our Air Force. I don’t have any programming training, and my websites are built using experience I have gained over many years of creating different ones. Each new site brings with it new challenges and skills to master, while incorporating past techniques I know that work.
I choose to use a minimalist approach to my sites, with uncluttered pages that load quickly. It is important to me that the navigation menus are obvious and never leave you lost, or confused as to where other site pages are. On this site, the main menu stays pinned to the top of your screen, and doesn’t disappear as you scroll down.
Some people find my interface archaic, but it uses proven principles that everyone is used to. It also adapts well to mobile devices, where things like sidebars and widgets would be moved below the main content, confusing users.
My strong points are persistence and attention to detail. My weak points are public relations and people skills. I am much more comfortable with machines than people. A major reason for that, is a lifetime of chronic anxiety. So I apologise in advance for anything I say or do that may upset people – tact is not my best personality trait.
Why Eventpeg Exists
I created the site around the middle of 2017, when it became obvious Meetup was going to make major changes to their website, removing a lot of the functions people needed – especially Organizers.
My objective was to create a low cost alternative that had all the features Organizers said they had to have, and ones Meetup had already removed in previous changes. At the time, there were no alternatives that did what Meetup did. Facebook had some of the features, but lacked many of the ones most needed. And of course, some people will not use Facebook at all. There were mobile App sites, but they were expensive and had no desktop version.
After Meetup switched to their new design in December, there was such an uproar from Organizers, that many started looking for alternatives. During 2018, more and more web designers created their own alternatives. Some of these were made by people with teams of software engineers and the financial backing to take on Meetup head-on. Eventpeg was never designed to do that, and still isn’t.
Eventpeg is ideal for small to medium size groups who want to be part of a community and get one-on-one help from me. It is designed for people who don’t have the technical skills to create their own website, with all the necessary capabilities a social networking site needs. It is not, and never will be, suitable for everyone.
If you are happy to do your own group promotion, through local means such as newspapers or fliers, or links via another website and are not interested in “fly by night” members, then I feel the site is ideal for you. Of course, I will continue to promote it as best I can, without throwing money at advertising that I can’t afford.
The future of Eventpeg depends on its membership, and my motto shown at the bottom of every page is, “From little things, big things grow”. One lonely acorn can grow into a giant oak tree. It just needs feeding and nurturing.