July Meetup Organizer newsletter

Hello, organizers!

As the rise of in-person events continues, this month’s newsletter is focused around engaging and growing your community. Read on to find tips and tools that can help you with the process!

Help Other 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. in Your Region

Do you want to work with us to reactivate 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. groups in your region? We’re looking for experienced Meetup organizers to join us in the global Meetup reactivation project!

Around WordPress

Make WordPress Design: The team has a call out for feedback as they kick off a redesign of the WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ homepage and download page, which haven’t had substantial updates since 2016. They’d like to hear your thoughts specifically on:

  • How do you envision the WordPress.org homepage looking?
  • What content would you like to see included on these pages?

Comment on the post to leave your feedback.

Make WordPress Marketing: The team has been discussing how best to promote WordCamps with the WordPress.org social media accounts. Take a look at the guidelines they’re laying out and the feedback they’re looking for.

WCUS 2022: Tickets are sold out, but plans can change at any time. If you’re still hoping to go, check the Ticket page to see if any have been returned. And as in past years, the event will be livestreamed.

WCEU 2023: If you’re in Europe and would like to help organize this flagship 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., here’s your chance! The call for organizers is now open. Be a part of creating the best event possible.

News From the Learn WordPress Team

Naming changes: LearnWP is adapting and growing all the time to best serve the WordPress community. They recently directed those efforts toward updating their terminology.

Workshops have become Tutorials. Social Learning Spaces have become Online Workshops.

July Roundup: New topics you can use with your Meetup groups include Creating a Front Page for a Block Theme, Using Schema with WordPress theme.json, and Submitting Block Patterns to the Directory.

Excited to see what else the LearnWP team is up to? Check out their blog to find updates and more. While there, subscribe in the right column to stay up-to-date between newsletters!

Tips to Engage and Grow Your Local Community

A lot has happened in the last few years. Your local WordPress community may need to be reminded of the fun reasons we meet together in person. Here are a few tips that could help you reconnect to your community as your meetup returns to in-person events.

Activating Your Current Members

Inspire participation: In case you missed it, the June Meetup Organizers newsletter has several ideas that can help in this area.

Grow community skills: Many people come to meetups to grow their skills. LearnWP can be a great asset here. Check out their simple to use resources (like the lesson plans) that are designed for groups to learn together.

Encourage new co-organizers: Want help organizing? The path to co-organizers often begins with including your members in planning the meetup and encouraging them to host events on their own. 

Reaching Out to New Members

Some meetups grow well organically. Others need a little help. A comfortable place to look for new members can be at other meetups and locations where your community hangs out.

  • Collaborate with other meetups or tech communities on a topic for an upcoming meetup.
  • Make your meetup known by introducing yourself at events as the local WordPress meetup organizer.
  • Post flyers about your meetup at coffee shops, libraries, and university campuses.

Often a little creative effort can go a long way to engaging members and growing your meetup. Whatever your community’s needs are, we hope these tips will help!

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 here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @bjmcsherry @eidolonnight @mysweetcate @peiraisotta @devinmaeztri @juliarosia @_dorsvenabili @nao

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