Meetup Organizer Newsletter: December 2023

Whew! What a year it has been, as was highlighted in the kick-off to the 2023 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. 77 WordCamps were held in 33 countries, a small part of the 3,300 WordPress gatherings worldwide. Our events have more than doubled since the pandemic, and as we all know, our 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. are at the heart of that.

It wouldn’t happen without organizers like you; thank you!

Speaking of incredible organizer accomplishments, read on to see how the community embraced this year’s State of the Word watch parties and get an update on a new communication tool the Make Teams are experimenting with.

State of the Word Watch Parties: A Look at the Numbers and Beyond

This year, over 475 community members RSVPed to attend one of the 47 State of the Word Watch Parties (27 online, 20 in person) held in 18 different countries. Imagine the fun they had celebrating together.

While both WordPress’s anniversary and the State of the Word celebration are ideal times to gather as a community, watch parties can be organized anytime! 

Many of the resources available for hosting those events can be applied to others as well. Plan now to watch the live streams for WC Asia, WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event., and WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event. together. Additionally, has a library of presentations you could watch together and discuss.

Whatever it is, consider making watch parties a part of your meetups regular routine!

More From the WP Community

  • WCEU needs you: Help to spread the word that both the Call for Speakers and Call for Sponsors are now open.
  • Contribute to WordPress in 2024: No matter your skill set, there is a place for you on one of the more than 20 Make WordPress teams. To make things even easier, you can now use the new contributor tool at to find the perfect WordPress Contributor Team to join. Whether you contribute as a 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. or individually, there’s never been a better time to start than now!

The Move to Matrix is On Hold

It was recently announced that starting in 2024 Community Team meetings would be held in Matrix. Due to usability concerns and a change in Matrix’s licensing, this move has been paused.

SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at will remain the primary chat platform for the WordPress community, but this does not mean that Matrix is going away. 

As Alex Kirk states in his post, “The Slack-Matrix bridge and integrations, such as Chatrix, are still valuable for contributors and will keep working. This allows for flexibility and the continued use of the achievements made so far, especially to help onboard new contributors. We encourage Make teams to further explore and take advantage of all the opportunities that Make team chat pages have to offer.”

So, if you’re interested in trying something new for 2024, check out Matrix and be a part of its feedback and testing.

A special thank you to our Global Sponsors: GoDaddy, Bluehost, Automattic, SiteGround, Weglot, and WooCommerce!

If you have any questions, Community Team Program Supporters are here to help. Please email us at or join the #community-events Slack 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: @mysweetcate, @peiraaisotta, @juliarosia, @bjmcsherry, @devinmaeztri @eidolonnight

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