Introducing… PaleoConnect

We have a great local Paleo meet-up group here in Sydney, but I know there are many, many areas in Australia and around the world without such groups.

The meet-up groups are a great way to meet a lot of other people together who are interested in a similar Paleo lifestyle.  I love the meet-ups and am so glad I found out about them – I get to talk about Paleo all night and learn so much from the other attendees.

I’ve long felt there was a gap between the thriving online Paleo communities and the few Paleo meet-up groups that are currently in existence.  As great as online communities are, I think there is often no substitute for meeting people in real life.  I’ve spent the last few months working hard on PaleoConnect, which is a site that I hope will close this gap and enable you to find and meet with people who have the same Paleo/ Primal interests as you do – and happen to live in your neighbourhood!

Perhaps you want to meet up with someone to do some Primal exercise at lunchtimes?  Maybe you don’t know of any other Paleo families, but would love to meet some.  Travelling for business and interested in going out for a Paleo meal with a local?  Or you might be trying to lose weight and like the support of someone doing the same – through Paleo rather than the latest fad diet.  I’m keen to use the site to try out local restaurants that have Paleo options – whilst meeting new friends!  Of course, if you’re a member of the single Paleo community, you may be keen to go on a date with someone like minded, instead of the unhealthy potentials who plague online dating sites!  I hope PaleoConnect will address all of these needs and more.

This is very much an international site, with members from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe and Asia – and many new people joining every day.  The site is, and will remain completely free to sign up to and use.

So what are you waiting for?  Have a look at PaleoConnect, sign up and spread the word!

I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback!

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9 replies
  1. Primal Toad
    Primal Toad says:

    This is AWESOME Suz! I was going to do this with someone in Hawaii but that did not end up too well. I actually flew out there and was there for 40 days! I should have flown to Australia! I want to help you out if you need it with this project. Just end me an email! I just signed up and am waiting for my confirmation email. So I will deal with that in the morning.

    We have been needing something like this for a long time! This is the first of its kind that I have seen for the primal/paleo/wapf community. I LOVE how you put that in there. I think we all need to connect. We all have so many similarities!

    I can’t wait to see where this goes! I’ll help you promote it for sure! I just want to confirm my membership, look around and then I am off.

    I’ll have to interview you for sure! If you want… 🙂

    • Suz
      Suz says:

      Thanks so much for your support Todd! Looking forward to hearing what you think. I hope it enables lots of people to make new connections – myself included! I’m sure there are lots of local Paleo people waiting to to be met!

      You definitely should have come to Australia, but hopefully it’s on your agenda – let us know and we’ll arrange a Paleo barbeque on the beach!

      I’ve sent you an email…

  2. Neil
    Neil says:

    I think the idea is great, but.
    I got half way through the sign up process and gave up. I don’t want to be filling out copious forms, reasons why I’m Paleo, how long, blah, blah, blah….
    Try this, Keep It Simple
    Good idea, hope it goes well but I won’t be a part of it in its current format.Too hard.

    • Suz
      Suz says:

      Thanks for your comments Neil,

      There’s definitely a balance to stike – I’ve had feedback from people who wouldn’t contact anyone without knowing a few details about them.

      Essays aren’t required in each field, just a few words to give people an understanding of who you are.

      • Cassiel
        Cassiel says:

        If you don’t mind me making a comment — my thought is that it’s great to have lots of options to include details about yourself in your profile, but that making them a must-do when first signing up can turn people off. I get the impression that a lot of people want to get a “feel” for a site before they commit too much to it. Asking them to write a lot of essays before they’re even a member can turn a lot of people away. Once they’ve signed up and seen how things look, they’re more likely to feel comfortable with filling out a more complicated profile. So give them lots of profile options, but perhaps don’t force them to fill out all of them when they first sign up? If they don’t have details in their profile and don’t get contacted as a result… well, that’s their decision and their loss. I’ve found that a lot of people want to sign up quietly with just a username, but once they get a feel for the community, maybe even make a few posts or join conversation, it inspires them to get pretty verbose in their profile. 😉

        YMMV of course, just wanted to offer my two cents! 🙂

  3. Tricia
    Tricia says:

    Hey Suz

    I signed up a while ago. Fantastic idea. It’s great to see new members signing up as well slowly but surely.


  4. Cassiel
    Cassiel says:

    Hi Suz,

    The site looks like fun, and thanks for making it! I just signed up. 🙂

    I have a comment in regards to the visuals/usability of it, and I hope you don’t mind constructive criticism. XD I noticed that the background on all the pages is a large picture of several people and that it’s quite visible through most of the blocks on each page, such as the profile blocks. I personally find it really off-putting to be constantly staring at/being stared at by a group of people who I don’t know at all. It makes me feel quite uncomfortable browsing the site and actually made me shut down the window instead of fleshing out my profile.

    I realise that you no doubt chose your design for reasons of your own, and I respect that, but I was just wondering if you might consider adding options to change to different layout “themes”, if that makes sense? (I tried to find such options but could not – please do let me know if they exist.) If I could choose a theme for browsing the site that I found more soothing and less confronting, I’d no doubt want to spend more time there.

    (I run a hobby forum and one of the most-loved-by-users options we included was about eight very different layout themes in addition to our chosen default. We love our default but many people told us they loved being able to choose their own, for a variety of reasons. Each person’s idea of “comfortable” browsing differs, after all!)

    Thanks for taking the time to read my comment, even if you decide against my suggestion!


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