Meetup Organizer Newsletter: November 2022

Hello, organizers!

This month’s 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 newsletter is dedicated to sharing the progress we’ve made together as a community and improvements to the tools we all use, as well as coming together to look ahead at what 2023 may hold.

Hint. Hint. 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. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/. watch parties are back!!!!

Meetup.com Updates & Tips

New from Meetup.com

Are you making the best out of the meetup.com app? Check out the following tips for an incredible organizer and member experience!

  • Want to know how many attendees showed up after registering for your event? Try the Event Check-In Feature for Organizers!
  • Watch the recording of the latest Meetup Product Team’s Meetup Live event for an overview of new Meetup features coming up 

Meetup Tip of the Month for WordPress Local Leaders

As we’re approaching the end of the year, it’s a great time to survey your members to find out what they’ve enjoyed the most in 2022 and get ideas to bring even more engagement into the next year. 

You can use the survey to ask them what they value the most out of the events, what topics they’d like to hear more about, feedback on ways to improve the community, and offer them the opportunity to get more involved. 

There are many ways you can send an end of year survey to your Meetup group members. Here are three to consider: 

  • Start a group discussion
  • Use the ‘Contact members’ tool
  • Send an email to your group mailing list

Here’s a helpful list of the best free online survey tools

Meetup Reactivation Progress

The WordPress Meetup Reactivation Project is well underway. In June, the reactivation project identified that 416 of our meetup groups were dormant. 

Since then, 40 meetup global community members have joined as reactivation supporters. These amazing volunteers are reaching out directly to the organizers of each dormant meetup group, and through their efforts, 127 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. have been reactivated!

If you are interested in learning more about the project, check out the latest updates on the project monthly post.

Need help to re-engage your community, or assistance in finding new ideas for your Meetup events? Reach out to the Meetup Support team at meetup-support@wordcamp.org!

State of the Word Watch Parties

It’s time to plan your meetup’s 2022 State of the Word watch party!

When: December 15, 2022, 6:00 p.m. UTC

How: The live stream will be embedded in this post and available through the
WordPress YouTube channel.

Gather together to look back on how WordPress has grown in 2022 and what is ahead for 2023. Stay updated as a group on the latest happenings in the WordPress world and have the opportunity to ask questions directly to Matt Mullenweg!

If you have a question to ask, you can either send it ahead of time to ask-matt@wordcamp.org or ask during the event in the live stream chat on YouTube.

Like last year, you can find information and templates in our handbook to help plan your watch party event. And if you’re meeting online, request a community zoom pro account for your online watch party right away!

  • Is State of the Word happening at an odd hour in your timezone? Meet to watch the replay of the live stream at a date/time that is convenient for your group.
  • Need swag for your in-person event? Fill out this form so that we can ship you some swag for your meetup group to celebrate! Request yours by November 30, 2022.

Even if a watch party isn’t right for your community, meetup organizers can help promote State of the Word by emailing your attendees about the event. Once again, we have some email templates that make it easier!


A special thank you to our Global Sponsors: Jetpack, WooCommerce, Bluehost, Nexcess, Weglot, and WordPress.com!


If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy 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: @mysweetcate @peiraisotta @bjmcsherry#community-team, #meetup-organizer-newsletter, #newsletter

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Update: Global Meetup Reactivation Project

The 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. Reactivation Project is well underway. Read on for an update!

Since last update post:
+7 new Meetup groups have joined the WordPress meetup chapter program
+12 dormant 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. have been reactivated
+2 dormant Meetup groups have been removed from the chapter program
+1 new Supporter joined the project

Is your meetup currently active? Tell the world by posting a photo on social media with the hashtag #WordPressMeetup

Background

Why meetup reactivation?

Many WordPress Meetups around the world have been dormant due to the COVID-19 pandemic and organizer burnout. Yet thriving Meetups are crucial for the health of the global WordPress community!

How does meetup reactivation work?

In July, the Global Community TeamGlobal Community Team A group of community organizers and contributors who collaborate on local events about WordPress — monthly WordPress meetups and/or annual conferences called WordCamps. published a Call for Supporters and launched the Meetup Reactivation Project. Since then, Meetup Reactivation Supporters started directly reaching out to the organizers of every dormant WordPress meetup to:

  • Check on the status of the meetup
  • Encourage reactivation
  • Ask how we can best support the organizers
  • Identify whether new organizers are needed

We define a dormant meetup as one that has not held an event in the past six months (virtual or in-person). There were more than 400 dormant WordPress meetups at the launch of this project — which means there is significant opportunity to reactivate our global community!

The numbers (so far)!

There are currently 771 WordPress chapter Meetups in 113 countries, with 498,669 members. Yet at the start of the reactivation project, we identified that 416 of these groups were dormant.

The project currently has 40 meetup reactivation supporters globally. These amazing volunteers are reaching out directly to the organizers of each dormant meetup group. 

As a result of their efforts:

  • 129 Meetup groups have reactivated or plan to reactivate in 2022 (🎉)!
  • 16 dormant Meetups were removed from the WordPress meetup chapter program, because the previous organizers were not available to reactivate the group and no member came forward to serve as organizer.

Next Steps

In the months ahead, Supporters will continue to reach out to organizers of dormant groups, share resources to help them reactivate, and help find new organizers when needed. We will continue to share updates here on the Community Team blog.

Thank you to our wonderful meetup reactivation supporters, the hundreds of meetup organizers who are reactivating their groups, and the energetic new organizers who have come forward to lead meetups!

Want to reactivate your local meetup group or form a new meetup?

Contact the Community Team at support@wordcamp.org. We’re here to help!

Need help to reengage your community, or assistance in finding new ideas for your Meetup events?

Reach out to the Meetup Support team at meetup-support@wordcamp.org!

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: October 2022

Hello, organizers!

October has been another terrific month for WordPress events – we are seeing continued interest in hosting 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. and WordCamps worldwide.

In this edition of the newsletter, we are excited to share updates on the 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. Reactivation Project and the Community Team’s effort to improve tools & documentation to help contributors!

Around WordPress

WordPress 6.1: On November 1, 2022, WordPress 6.1 will be released. Be sure to check out the RCRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. version and Twenty Twenty-Three (TT3) with your community! The latest episode of the WP Briefing podcast peeks at the new version with Nick Diego, this release’s Editor Triage Lead.

Gutenberg 14.3 became available on October 12, 2022, with improvements in text 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. navigation and drag-and-drop functionality for images, among other updates.

The Hosting and Documentation Teams are collaborating on creating a new WordPress Advanced Administration Handbook.

The first online Contributor Day focused on documentation took place on October 25, 2022.

The Asia-Pacific #WPDiversity Network Building effort celebrated its 10th meeting. If you are based in the APAC region and interested in #WPDiversity, we invite you to get involved!

Don’t miss the latest news from The Month in WordPress – September edition.

Upcoming Events

Meetup Reactivation Project Updates

Since the launch of the Meetup Reactivation Project in July, 39 meetup reactivation supporters globally have been busy reaching out to more than 400 dormant groups to offer support. As of September 29, 2022:

  • 117 meetup groups have reactivated or plan to reactivate in 2022 (🎉)!
  • Removed 14 dormant meetups from the chapter program due to no longer having any members who can serve as an organizer.

We can’t be happier that more than 30% of the dormant meetup groups are now active again! If you are interested in learning about this ongoing project, you can read the full post here.

Do you need help reactivating your Meetup? Send an email to meetup-support@wordcamp.org with your Meetup link and share the challenges you are facing, and a Meetup Reactivation Supporter will get back to you to provide help.

Help Improve 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. Tool & Contributor Onboarding

As we encourage more new event organizers to get involved, it’s essential to make sure we have clear and easy processes for everyone. Right now, we have a few posts that can use your input!


Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community — let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy 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.

See you online soon!

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup Newsletter: @mysweetcate @_dorsvenabili @nao @evarlese @bjmcsherry @jillbinder

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Recap of APAC WPDiversity Network Building – 10th meeting (Sept 29, 2022)

Thursday, Sep 29, 2022

https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1664420421262379

Host: Oneal Rosero @onealtr

Participants: Devin Maeztri @devinmaeztri

Agenda:

  1. Check-ins (everyone)
  2. First time here
  3. Volunteer needed to take notes!
  4. WPDiversity at WordPress events
    1. 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. Nepal, November 5-6, 2022
    2. WordCamp Gresik, Indonesia, November 9-10, 2022
    3. WordCamp Nagpur, India, November 12, 2022
    4. WordCamp Kolkata, West Bengal, India, December 2022
    5. WordCamp Asia 2023, Bangkok, February 17-19, 2023
  5. Outreach to get more participants in our meeting
  6. Updates, comments, questions, ideas  (anyone)
  7. A reminder of next meeting and facilitator (anyone)

Notes: 

  • Devin tagged some organizers of the WordCamps listed above in case they were available to join the meeting and share some updates regarding their Camps and if they have diversity-specific questions. Asynchronous responses were also welcome!
  • Devin added some Calls that are still open for WC Asia 2023.
  • Oneal suggested to bring Devin’s question regarding finding a way to get WP APAC community leaders to support the APAC Diversity Initiative to WordCamps and 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.
  • Devin’s share #WPBriefing archives: Josepha on the importance of diversity in #WordPress. https://bit.ly/3zd5895

#community-team, #wpdiversity

Celebrating APAC WPDiversity Network Building: Update on Our 10th Meeting

#WPDiversity team

Since 2017, the #WPDiversity team has been encouraging people from underrepresented and marginalized groups in WordPress to participate and speak at WordCamps and WP 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 their local community and the ever-expanding global WP community. 

Most of the activities of the #WPDiversity team have been scheduled in the North American (AMER) time zones, sometimes in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) as well. While there have been a few workshops held in India, Indonesia, Africa, and the Philippines, the regular meeting makes it difficult for those in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region to participate. 

Demand for WordPress Group Activities Grows Steadily in the APAC Region

WordPress has been present in the APAC region for many years now. Over the last two years alone, there has been a sharp increase in the demand for WordPress events. For example, in 2019, there were already 127 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. groups with 73,000 members in 23 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. During the pandemic that started in 2020, this number has only gone up.

In 2022, the number of Meetup groups in APAC has grown to 141, an 11% increase. What’s more, total Meetup membership and countries represented also increased to 120,000 members across 25 countries– an increase of 64% and 8% respectively. This is a significant increase even if most of their activities in the past 2 years have been primarily online, these meetup groups are now starting to hold face-to-face activities like meetups and even WordCamps.

This is timely, as the flagship event WordPress in Asia, 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. Asia 2023 is fast approaching.

APAC #WPDiversity Network Building

To help meet the growing demand for in-person and online WordPress events in APAC, the APAC #WPDiversity Network Building meeting was started. Volunteers around the Asia-Pacific region voted on the most convenient schedule and we have held 9 meetings since May.

The main intention of this meeting for APAC is that we want to walk the talk. We want to make the WordPress community as diverse and inclusive as possible and we need you to be part of the journey!

The APAC region is host to some of the most diverse selection of WordPress users in the world, with differences in culture, language, life experiences, and knowledge. By encouraging more underrepresented individuals who are usually not as engaged in the tech community to participate in our meetings, we can help foster growth and collaboration among groups of people, who would not normally have the opportunity to work with one another if not for the global WordPress community. 

During these meetings, we report on activities that are relevant to the APAC region and encourage discussion about other concerns affecting the WordPress community. We also promote events like WordCamps in the region. Especially Call-for-Speakers, Call-for-Sponsors, and when tickets go on sale. This is another way for you to get people to see what is happening in your WordPress community and help get more people to participate. 

We also need your help to spread the word so more community members can join the meeting and so we can learn from each other about making the WordPress community in our region more diverse and inclusive.

Ideas on how to grow our APAC WPDiversity Network?

We would be honored if you would join us. 

This is for you if:

  1. You are based in Asia-Pacific
  2. You care about diversity and inclusion in WordPress, particularly in Asia-Pacific
  3. You are able to join most of the meetings (2 hours a month – 1 hour each meeting)

If you would like to participate in the activities held by the #WPDiversity team, please comment on this post with your WordPress 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/. name to indicate that you are interested in joining the meetings with us. 

Meeting Schedule

This meeting happens on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 0300H-0400H UTC. We have a related meeting for AMER with a different agenda on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 0500H-0600H UTC. 

Changes in the schedule are posted on the Community-team P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. blog and in the Slack channel. 

If you don’t have a WordPress Slack account yet, here is how to get set up: https://bit.ly/setupwp2slack

Thank you to @devinmaeztri, @onealtr, @jillbinder

#WPDiversity

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: September 2022

Hello, organizers!

This month… What a month! September kicked off the new season of WordCamps with four spectacular in-person WordCamps: WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event., 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. Kathmandu, WordCamp Jinja, and WordCamp Netherlands!

Want to check out the next WordCamps? Have a look at the schedule! If there are no WordCamps near you, here are a couple of suggestions for you:

Talking about new ideas for Meetup events, have you ever thought about organizing a 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 doaction.org. charity hackathon? This month’s newsletter is focused around do_action events: what they are, and why your community might want to host one.

Around WordPress

Polyglots: join Polyglot teams on September 28th to celebrate the WordPress Translation Day 2022!

Code references in DevHub (WordPress Developer Docs) are now easier to use, understand and navigate.

Gutenberg 14.0 was released on August 31, 2022, and brings with it enhancements, extra 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. support in the UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing., a revamped List block, and more.

Want to support the Test Team? They are looking for Testing Facilitators.

Photo team: get inspired from the photo challenge organized to celebrate World Photography Day!

Community: check out the new proposal for integrating CamPix to Google Sheets, and join the discussion.

The Diverse Speaker Training group met on Sept 14, and talked about the Speaker Workshop for Indian Women in the WordPress Community that will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2022, from 9:00am to 11:30am (IST).

Curious to know what happened during WordCamp US Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.? Read the recap here! In the WordPress Briefing, you can hear contributors at WordCamp US share stories about their why for using WordPress and attending WordCamps.

Don’t miss the latest news from The Month in WordPress – August edition.

News From the Learn WordPress Team

Exciting news from Learn WordPress this month! First of the list, the Lesson Plans part of Learn has a brand new landing page!

And for all polyglots out there, everyone is welcomed to join and spread the word about the Content Localization project. By doing it, you will help increase and expand availability of content on Learn WordPress to a variety of non-English locales.

Last but not least, there are new tutorials available on Learn WordPress!

The latest video are:

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!

do_action events: WordPress Community Charity Hackathons

do_action hackathons are community-organized events that use WordPress to give deserving charitable organizations an online presence. Each do_action event includes participants from the local WordPress community coming together to plan and build brand new websites for one or more local organizations in one day or a few hours.

With do_action events, the WordPress community has helped more than 9500 NGOs around the world!

Are you interested in learning more about WordPress charity hackathons? Visit the do_action official page here! If your Meetup group can’t gather together in person yet, here you can find a video about how to organize an online do_action.

Use this form to apply if you want your Meetup group to be the next to host a do_action charity hackathon!


If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy 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: @evarlese @peiraisotta @bjmcsherry

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WordPress Events Organizer Training (Americas Timezones Version)

As part of WordPress Deputy / Organizer training series, we are excited to invite all 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. and 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. organizers around the world to attend our upcoming Zoom Session for WordPress Organizer Training.

@samsuresh hosted this training earlier this month on the 15th at 8am ET, but it was requested that we also host one that is Americas timezone-friendly. We will go over the same topics as last time, just with different participants. 🙂 If you attended the previous session, you are still welcome to attend this one, as the questions and tips shared may differ.

Date & TimeThursday, September 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM EDT
LocationZoom Video Conference
RSVPZoom RSVP

WordPress Meetup organizers and WordCamp organizers from all over the world are invited to this chat. This is also a wonderful opportunity to meet other people involved in the WordPress community and exchange advice and ideas with other event organizers!

Agenda

TimeAgenda
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM EDTMeet and Greet
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 5:15 PM EDTWordPress In-Person Events Briefing
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 5:30 PM EDTWordPress Meetup Reactivation Project
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 5:45 PM EDTQ&A by Community organizers
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 6:15 PM EDTClosing

Please RSVP to receive an invitation via email with the Zoom link! If you have any questions, feel free to email support@wordcamp.org.

#meetups, #community-team, #wordcamps

WordPress Events Organiser Training

As part of WordPress Deputy / Organiser training series, we are excited to invite all 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. and 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. organisers around the world to attend our upcoming Zoom Session for WordPress Organiser Training, scheduled as follows:

Date15 September 2022 (Thursday)
Time2022/09/15 12:00 UTC
LocationZoom Video Conference
RSVPZoom RSVP

WordPress Meetup organisers and WordCamp organisers from all over the world are invited to this chat. This is also a great opportunity to meet our global volunteers, share ideas and find new friends in the community.

Agenda

The agenda of this training is as follows:

TimeAgenda
2022/09/15 12:00 UTCMeet and Greet
2022/09/15 12:15 UTCWordPress In-Person Events Briefing
2022/09/15 12:30 UTCWordPress Meetup Reactivation Project
2022/09/15 12:45 UTCQ & A by Community organizers
2022/09/15 1:15 UTCClosing

Please RSVP, so you can receive an invitation in your email that will include the Zoom link. If you have any questions, feel free to email support@wordcamp.org.

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: August 2022

Hello, Organizers!

Congratulations to you all for motivating and nurturing your communities. There wouldn’t be 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. without you! Let’s first take a moment to applaud you.

During the past months, the number of active 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 have increased every week, but many organizers are still struggling to return to in-person or virtual events. So, we are teaming up as a global community to help each other.

This month’s newsletter is focused around the Meetup Reactivation Project: how to join the project as a Supporter, and how to receive help reactivating your meetup. 

Around WordPress

Accessibility Team: The team has nominated a new team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts.. Follow their blog to catch up with the latest news.

Meetup Annual Survey: For the first time, the Meetup Annual Survey for organizers and members is available in 14 languages! Please spread the word and share it with your meetup members.

WCUS 2022 Contributor Day: If you are attending 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. US (September 9-11, 2022) and will be participating in the Community Team table at Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/., we’d love your ideas for projects! The Call for Contributor Day Ideas is live on the Make WordPress Communities blog.

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

WordPress 6.1: The WordPress 6.1 development cycle has been published along with its release team. The expected release date has been updated to November 1, 2022, to incorporate feedback received on the first proposed schedule.

Training Team: If you are looking for topical resources for Meetup Organizers, have a look at Tuesday Trainings!

News From the Learn WordPress Team

Thanks to the great increase in contributors the last few months, the Training team has been able to publish some new non-English content on Learn WordPress.

We’re excited to share:

An online workshop is a safe zone where you can come as you are, develop new ideas, explore issues, ask questions, network over shared interests, exchange theories, collaborate on work, and thrive in uncertainty.

Want to get involved in making online workshops happen? Apply to facilitate!

Join the Meetup Reactivation Project

To support all organizers around the world as they reactivate their meetup groups, the community team last month kicked off the Meetup Reactivation Project with a Call for Supporters.

By signing up, you will join a global team whose goal is to reach out to those Meetups who haven’t had events in a while, and support them in the reactivation process. You will connect with organizers in your region and check in on them, understand their challenges and help them get back to organizing events, or help them find replacement organizers for their groups if they prefer to step down as organizers.

You decide the time commitment and the number of Meetups you want to support. As a part of a team, you will also have a dedicated point of contact on the community team.

So far 50 supporters have already joined the project! The more we are, the more Meetups we can support! Are you ready to support this project by reaching out to meetup organizers in your region? If so, complete this form

Do you need help reactivating your Meetup? Send an email to meetup-support@wordcamp.org with your Meetup link and briefly explain what challenges you. A Meetup Reactivation Supporter will get back to you and support you!


If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy 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: @megabyterose @mysweetcate @bsanevans @_dorsvenabili @tacoverdo @sippis @juliarosia @bjmcsherry

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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 deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy 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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