WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: January 2020

Hello WordPress MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. organizers!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter, packed full of news, information, and inspiration for your local meetup.

Unfortunately, meetup.com did not send out our previous newsletter, so we decided to share some of the useful things again this month. You can read the December 2019 newsletter here.

Newsletter contents:

  • Keep an eye out for our 2019 Annual Meetup Program Survey
  • Diverse Speaker Training Workshops
  • Needs feedback: Proposal for Improving the Dashboard Events WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user.
  • Discussion: standalone contributor meetings in France
  • Recap of Organizer Best Practices

2019 Annual Meetup Program Survey

Since 2019 has come to a close, we would like to gather feedback on how the chapter meetup program is doing. Please keep an eye out for the 2019 Annual Meetup Program Survey, which we will be sending to all meetup members within the next few days. 

Help your chapter by letting members know about the survey. You can share it in both online and in-person discussions!

You may notice that this year’s survey is shorter and more focused on program-wide questions! We will also be sending out another survey that is more locally-focused in the near future.

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops

As a meetup or WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizer, have you ever had challenges getting women and people from other under-represented groups to speak at your events?

There is a workshop created by and for people from under-represented groups to help us bust through Impostor Syndrome and other obstacles.

The Diverse Speaker Training workshop (#wpdiversity), run by the Community Team, busts through this and other obstacles.

Sign up to run the workshop in your local WordPress meetup chapter this coming year: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversity

Needs feedback: Proposal for improving the Dashboard Events Widget

The Events Widget on the WordPress Dashboard is a great way for users to discover their local WordPress meetup events. There is a proposal for improving the events widget for displaying more events or allowing users to tweak that number.

The proposal is seeking feedback so feel free to ask your meetup members to do so.

Discussion: Standalone contributor meetings in France

Most contributor days are part of WordCamp, but a discussion has started on organizing standalone contributor meetings in France. These will be part of the meetup events and not part of WordCamps.

If you are planning to or have already organized contributor meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. events, it might be a good idea to take part in the discussion.

Recap of Organizer Best Practices from 2019

Last year we started publishing some blog posts on organizer best practices. In this new year, it would be a great idea to read through some of them again.

We hope to publish a lot more of the organizer best practices posts in 2020!

That’s it for now — chat with you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team