Meetup Organizer Newsletter: January 2021

Hello friends,

Happy new year! Welcome to the January 2021 edition of our 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. organizer newsletter. We are off to a great start in 2021 and we have a lot of exciting news to share with you. Read on to find out more!

Newsletter contents:

  • Learn WordPress is out
  • Watch the State of the WordState of the Word This is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. 2020 recording
  • Online event updates
  • News from the WordPress world

Learn WordPress is out!

Learn WordPress, a new, free, on-demand WordPress learning resource, launched officially on December 15. It offers workshops, lesson plans, quizzes, and courses for anyone interested in publishing with, building for, or contributing to WordPress. WordPress enthusiasts can also participate in discussion groups focused on specific topics to learn with and from each other. Want to help make Learn WordPress more successful? Here are four other ways to contribute to Learn WordPress!

How can meetup groups benefit from Learn WordPress?
Meetup organizers can ask participants to watch a Learn WordPress workshop and organize a discussion group based on it for their local meetup. Or you can simply schedule a watch party based on a workshop and arrange a quick discussion based on the same. 

Watch the State of the Word 2020 recording

State of the Word 2020, the annual keynote address delivered by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, was streamed online for the first time on December 17. It was followed by a live Q&A from community members all across the world. You can find the stream recording on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. The State of the Word video and the Q&A session are also available on 

Online event updates

Use the #OnlineWPMeetup hashtag to promote your online WordPress 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.! You can also find all the upcoming online meetups around the globe at:

Don’t forget to use this opportunity to find participants across the world for your meetups too. If you need help with promoting your meetup, reach out to the Marketing team in the #marketing SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel. 

Online 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. updates

WordCamp Sevilla 2020 was held online from 26-29 December 2020. Check out the event website to catch up with the recorded live stream. Videos of the camp will soon be available on You can also participate in upcoming online WordCamps! 

do_actiondo_action do_action hackathons are community-organised events that are focussed on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Learn more on charity hackathons and Open-source workshops in 2021

Seeing the impact of online do_action charity hackathons and open-source workshops, the community team wants to help more organizers host even more of these events in 2021. The team has published some ideas on how they can better support these events. If you have any thoughts, please share them in the comments of the post by January 25. If your local community wants to organize a do_action event, please submit an application.

Checklist for safe, in-person WordPress events

The Community team has shared a proposal on creating a checklist that organizers can use to ensure safe, in-person WordPress meetups later in 2021. While in-person meetups are still on hold right now, the team plans to decide about the same based on feedback from community members. Please share your thoughts in the comments section of the post.

News from the WordPress world

  • The Full Site Editing (FSE) outreach program has been launched to give feedback on the upcoming Full Site Editing feature. While the initial testing call has wrapped up, please join the #fse-outreach-experiment Slack channel to join upcoming testing calls.
  • Want to contribute to the Community team goals for 2021? Join us in these open discussion sessions in the #community-team Slack channel. You can also asynchronously share your thoughts on each proposed goal in the Community team Trello board
  • GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. Version 9.7 came out with features like blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. pattern drag and drop, matching block variations, and improvements to reusable blocks.
  • Would you like to have a Slack channel for discussion online WordPress events? If you do, please share your thoughts in this proposal post.

If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

We will see you online soon!

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The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @angelasjin @courtneypk