When the first IBM Lotus users, developers and administrators started blogging about15 years ago, no one could have imagined the impact this community had and still has today.
Many heroes of that same community are responsible for a lot of the content for e.g. IBM Connect (formerly Lotusphere).
It's only the last couple of years, starting with UKLUG, ILUG and NLLUG that users (and we use this in a broad sense, as developers and administrators are users as well) started to organize themselves, and meet IRL (in real life).
In 2009, the first BeLux (Belgium/Luxembourg) initiative for a Lotus User group was launched, and the very first event, in March 2009 was a big success. We wanted to use this momentum to keep the BLUG going, and decided to create a real organization, with a real structure, and a team of passionate people behind it. As of mid February 2010 BLUG was officially a non-profit organization (vzw/asbl).