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Meeting Other Bloggers

Recently, I moved from a city where technology and new media like blogging was prevalent. I attended a monthly Blogger Meetup, and enjoyed it greatly. The city I moved to is not so technology focused, but I had hoped that when I came here, I could slowly build up a meetup group only to find that it would cost around $150 for the year to use Meetup.com, if I paid in advance for two six-month terms.
I wrote about the frustration on my new blog:

How ridiculous is it that I’d need to pay $150 for a year of being able to organize a meetup group? That money could go to securing a venue (though I know its not much, $12.50 each month for reserving the group a section of tables is something), or promoting the group.
I could create a website using WordPress and some forum software that would be equally good at organizing the events, allowing communication, and posting images of the monthly meetings.
I would really love to find some more people in London interested in blogging, podcasting and video casting, so if you live in London, Ontario Canada and are interested, please let me know as I would love to organize something. Also, if anyone has any tips on organizing a meetup style group, please let me know. I really want to do this, and need all the help I can get.

I was hoping BloggingPro could be of more help in dealing with this issue. Do you know any other services that are out there to help organize meetups? Are you a blogger living in London, Ontario Canada? Does anyone have any tips on promoting groups like this?
It seems like in this day and age, getting a few bloggers together would be interesting, but it doesn’t feel like there is a searchable index where I can find local bloggers. Anyone else dealt with similar frustrations?