Blog about WordPress #
One great way to demonstrate the power of the WordPress platform is to blog about it:
- Sharing your experiences helps introduce others to WordPress and give an example of how it’s used.
- Publishing tips, tricks and things you’ve learned helps educate and inform others and improve their experience.
- Starting discussions around enhancements and documenting best practices helps explore interest and alternatives while exposing potential demand or changes with community input.
Spread the Word(Press) #
There are plenty of problems that WordPress can help solve. By evangelizing and helping others start using WordPress, you’re directly helping increase the platform’s visibility, testing pool, potential contributors, and overall success. Here are some examples of individuals and groups that could benefit from WordPress:
- Friends that travel for an extended period: WordPress provides a simple interface to post updates, share photos, and allow people to remain connected while away.
- Family that lives far away: a WordPress blog is a great way to have a centralized way for people to keep up with daily life, and important events.
- Local groups and meetups: plenty of groups could benefit from an online hub to post static content, resources, meeting notes. Everything from a neighborhood home-owners association to a indie band.
- Small and large companies alike: using WordPress as a content management system means having an online presence with minimal effort.
Attend a WordPress Meetup #
Simply attending a meetup with fellow WordPress users can help foster a community and attract other interesting individuals. As a local community grows, more opportunities for learning and contributions can present themselves.
You can find local WordPress meetups at http://wordpress.meetup.com.
Organize a WordPress Meetup #
If you find that there is not already a WordPress meetup in your local area, create one and let others know! Any city in the world has potential to foster a community of WordPress users, designers, developers, and tinkers.
It’s fairly simple to meet up, here are some considerations:
- Find a group: if you know other bloggers or developers, see if they’d be interested in meeting and what they’d expect to get out a local group.
- Set the agenda: is your meetup focused on bloggers learning about new ways to blog or is it for developers to lend some time and help teach others how to build a theme?
- Set a schedule: find a date and time that works well for as many people as possible, be sure to check other local calendars and groups to avoid potential overlap.
- Pick a venue: in the beginning you may be able to take over a corner of a local coffee shop of co-working space, over time your group may grow to require more space (a good problem to have), ask around and see what other groups are doing.
- Advertise the meetup: be sure to fully utilize meetup.com, your blog, Twitter, and other online (and offline) social spaces to increase your potential attendance.
- Be consistent: you’ll want to avoid inconsistency so your group has a great chance at succeeding (meeting routine, quality of discussions).
More information on starting a local meetup is available on the make/events blog: http://make.wordpress.org/events