Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for November?

Friends, we’re about to start drafting the November edition of the meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers newsletter — if there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, could you please comment on this post by the end of this week?

The newsletter typically spotlights:

  • an interesting event format that organizers might want to try out
  • news about global community team projects
  • news about the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project

Also, if anyone would like to volunteer to post a call for suggestions at or around the 5th of every month, that would allow us to keep collecting suggestions with a little more time to spare.
While this is a bit late in the month, so we will be publishing the newsletter on Monday, November 26 2018.

Thanks! #meetups #newsletter

Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for October?

Friends, we’re about to start drafting the October edition of the meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers newsletter — if there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, could you please comment on this post by the end of this week?

The newsletter typically spotlights:

  • an interesting event format that organizers might want to try out
  • news about global community team projects
  • news about the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project

Some examples of newsletters are here and here.

Thanks!!! #meetups #newsletter

Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for September?

Friends, we’re about to start drafting the September edition of the meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers newsletter — if there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, could you please comment on this post by the end of this week? 🙂 Thanks!!! #meetups-2 #newsletter

Payment Intermission: 1-7 October 2018

The Automattic sponsored staff members of the Global Community Team, who routinely handle WPCS banking, will be at a company offsite meeting from 1-5 October 2018. During this time we’ll stop 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. and MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. vendor payments, reimbursements, and sponsor payment attribution.

If you’ll need to pay for goods or services at the start of October, please submit all requests no later than Friday, 28 September 2018 at 16:00 UTC.

Payment requests submitted after that time will not likely be processed until Tuesday, 9 October 2018. Sponsor invoices paid during 1-7 October 2018 won’t be marked paid until 8 October 2018.

If you have an urgent payment request that must be handled that week, but did not submit your request prior to 28 September, please reach out to @kcristiano or @adityakane on 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/..

Deputies, mentors, and community members will still be available by email at support@wordcamp.org or on Slack in the #community-events channel as usual.

Normal vendor payment and sponsorship attributions scheduled will resume Tuesday, 9 October 2018, though it may take us a day or two to get fully caught up.

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WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: August 2018

This newsletter was sent to meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers via the meetup.com messages system today. 🙂
Hello WordPress Meetup organisers!
Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information, and inspiration for your local meetup.
Newsletter contents:
– WordPress 4.9.8 Maintenance ReleaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software.
– The New WordPress Editor
– Idea for a new meetup format
– Call for organisers for open-source workshop
– Diversity Outreach Speaker training for Meetups

WordPress 4.9.8 Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.8 was shipped out as a maintenance release. This release had a fix for 46 bugs, some enhancements and tasks. The Twenty Seventeen theme, which is bundled, also received an update.
You can read more at the announcement post.

Try 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ Callout

Another update with the WordPress 4.9.8 Maintenance Release is the “Try Gutenberg Callout”. Most users will now be presented with a notice in their WordPress dashboard.
In WordPress 4.9.8, the callout will be shown to the following users:
1. If Gutenberg is not installed or activated, the callout will be shown to Admin users on single sites, and Super Admin users on multisites.
2. If Gutenberg is installed and activated, the callout will be shown to Contributor users and above.
3. If the Classic Editor pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party is installed and activated, the callout will be hidden for all users.
This is a great time to talk to your meetup group about Gutenberg as many of your members will have started using it for the first time. You can learn more by reading  “Try Gutenberg” Callout in WordPress 4.9.8.

Idea for a new meetup format

From time to time we like to share some tips or some new things meetup groups are doing that is interesting.
Some community organizers are experimenting with creating a system for local communities to propose topics and vote on them. This is a popular trend among some Spanish Meetup groups.
Covering topics that your meetup group are directly interested in hearing about is a great way to attract and retain members!
Here are some of examples from Madrid, Irun, Barcelona and Tarragona.

Organize an Introduction to open-source workshop

Last year the WordPress Foundation funded two introduction to open-source workshops in Kanpur and Mombasa. This year the foundation will be funding four such workshops.
Event should be free of cost, open to anyone, and held in 2018. Strong preference will be given to organizers who are already members of a community group that is part of the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project’s meetup chapter program, but have not yet organized a 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..
Read more about it here and do apply quickly, as applications close on 23rd August 2018.

Diversity Outreach Speaker training for Meetups

The next Diversity Outreach Speaker training for Meetups will be:
Saturday, Aug 25 @ 4pm-6pm UTC
Wednesday, Aug 29 @ 4pm-6pm UTC
To sign up and get the details, either fill out our form and comment on  which date you’d would like to attend:http://tiny.cc/wpwomenspeak, or reply to a message you’ve already written to to the working group at speaker-training@wordcamp.org
If you’re interested in helping the WordPress global community team with diversity initiatives like this, and others, check out this call for volunteers for a diversity working group!
That’s it for now — chat to you next time!
Your friends on the Community Team

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Call for topic suggestions: monthly meetup organizer newsletter

Every month we try to send out a newsletter for meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers in our program. As you can see from these examples (#, #, #), the newsletter typically spotlights:

  • an interesting event format that organizers might want to try out
  • news about global community team projects
  • news about the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project

If you’d like to recommend an interesting event format (preferably tried and tested by a group in the chapter) or suggest an additional topic to include in the newsletter, please leave a comment on this post!

We try to send the newsletter out pretty close to the 15th of every month, so if we don’t get your suggestion in time to add it to this month’s email, we’ll consider it for next month’s email.

Also, if anyone would like to volunteer to post a call for suggestions at or around the 5th of every month, that would allow us to keep collecting suggestions with a little more time to spare. #meetups #newsletter

WordPress Meetup Organizer Newsletter: July 2018

An earlier iteration of this newsletter was posted by mistake — the only differences were in the headers, which were converted to more of a “call to action” on each line before the newsletter was sent. I’ve also corrected the title of the post, but not the URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org, since I don’t want to break the links that subscribers received by email.

Howdy WordPress meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers!

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

Newsletter contents:

  • Organize a first 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.
  • Get more speakers for your events
  • Try a new meetup event format
  • Try the new 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ editing experience
  • Check out the Q2 community events report

Organize a first WordCamp

You’ve organized some great meetups and your local community is happy, active, and looking for a new project. Have you considered organizing a WordCamp?

While some WordCamps attract hundreds of attendees, they all started off as smaller events created by enthusiastic fans of WordPress. We encourage all new WordCamp organizers to start small: if your group is meeting regularly, and you think that at least 50 people in your group would be willing to attend an all-day event about WordPress, consider organizing a WordCamp!! WordCamps are a fun way to build your local WordPress community. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about how people in your community use WordPress!

You can read lots more about being a WordCamp Organizer in the organizer handook: https://make.wordpress.org/community/handbook/wordcamp-organizer/welcome/.

Get more speakers for your events

Struggling to find speakers for community events? If you’d like to recruit more women (and other people from groups that are underrepresented in tech) to speak at meetups and WordCamps, organizing a Diversity Outreach Speaker Training workshop is just the thing: https://make.wordpress.org/training/speaker-training

Every single community that has organized this workshop — all over the world! — has experienced a significant increase in the number of speakers who identify as women at their events.

Interested? Let us know here: https://make.wordpress.org/community/handbook/meetup-organizer/event-formats/diversity-speaker-training-workshop/

Try a new meetup event format

From time to time we will feature interesting and notable meetup event ideas, formats and topics in this newsletter — you can use these ideas to bring some fresh inspiration for events in your community.

For this edition, we are highlighting the Perth meetup group, who combined their WP15 celebration with a dedicated Help Desk. While all attendees celebrated the WordPress anniversary, they were also able to give or get assistance with websites! The Perth group found that this format also enabled people who prefer not to speak in front of a whole room to contribute comfortably. Sometimes called Happiness Bars, Help Desks are great resources for all WordPress users at WordCamps as well, and they naturally make for engaging meetup events!

You can see an example of this type of event format here: https://www.meetup.com/WordPress-Perth/events/249901706/.

Please let us know by emailing support@wordcamp.org if you have examples for an interesting meetup event format ideas that you have seen or organized!

Try the new Gutenberg editing experience

You may have heard about the new way to WordPress at a meetup event or WordCamp. The Gutenberg project is an entirely new way to create, edit, and customize content in WordPress — and it’s coming very soon!. Check out the latest update from Tammie Lister regarding Gutenberg’s progress and current timeline.

Additionally, check out these great talks on WordPress.tv!

Want to try Gutenberg yourself? Test it out, or install it on your own site. Afterwards, please provide your feedback to help Gutenberg (and WordPress) get better!

Check out the Q2 community events report

2018 continues to be a great year with a lot of exceptional events wrapped up already. Continuing our update from Q1, here’s how the program has grown in the past three months:

Meetups:

From April through June, 51 meetup groups joined the chapter program, with 8,940 new members joining groups around the world. The meetup program reached 619 groups around the world. We now have WordPress meetup groups in 92 countries, all over the world!

WordCamps:

From April through June, 37 WordCamps were held, and 41 WordCamps were approved for planning. Eleven of those WordCamps in-planning are the first in their city! They’re in Cáceres, Spain; Islamabad, Pakistan; Lille, France; Nordic; Mombasa, Kenya; Rockford, IL, USA; Pokhara, Nepal; Thessaloniki, Greece; Cali, Colombia; Biratnagar, Nepal; Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

That’s it for now — until next time!

– Your friends on the Global Community Team
make.wordpress.org/community

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Meetup Organiser Newsletter: 16 May 2018

Howdy WordPress meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers!

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

Newsletter contents:

  • WordPress 15th Anniversary
  • Data privacy tools coming to WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.
  • Speaker training workshops held around the world
  • 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. Europe live stream

WordPress Turns 15 This Month!

On May 27, WordPress will turn 15 years old — meetup groups all over the world are celebrating this auspicious occasion, and it’s sure to be a fun month! Some of the celebrations have already taken place, but many more are on the way over the course of the month.

There’s still time to request some unique 15th Anniversary swag for your event, but we can’t guarantee that it will arrive before May 27. No matter where you are in the world, however, you can always print your own WP15 swag.

If you want your event to show up on the WP15 website, all you need to is make sure that is scheduled for sometime between now and June 10, and that ‘WP15’ or ‘Anniversary’ is mentioned in your event title.

Don’t forget to share pictures of your celebration and your WordPress memories using the hashtag #WP15, and join the worldwide celebration! Check out the #WP15 stream at wp15.wordpress.net/live.

Data Privacy tools are Coming to WordPress Core

The upcoming releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. of WordPress (v4.9.6, scheduled for May 17) will include a number updates to privacy and information storage options. This is important for all WordPress site owners to take note of, as it will assist you in making sure that your site is legally accessible from across Europe once GDPR comes into effect.

You can follow updates about the data privacy and transparency features on the Core team blog — this is a good opportunity to talk to your local meetup group about data privacy and transparency concerns with their websites and how to manage them with the new European regulations as well as other privacy standards from all over the world.

Speaker Training Workshops Held around the World

Have you ever had trouble getting women and people from other groups underrepresented in tech to speak at your meetups and WordCamps? Check out the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training workshop: https://make.wordpress.org/training/speaker-training

Variations of this workshop have been run in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Montréal, New York City, Toronto, and Brighton, and each community had a significant increase in the number of WordCamp speakers who identify as women.

Vancouver and Montréal have had at least 50% for 3 years in a row, and in 2017 Seattle had the highest ratio so far, with 60% women speakers.

We are starting to run more regular trainings. Last week the community team’s working group trained 11 cities! Places that have run it since the last WordPress Meetups newsletter went out include:

  • Milan, Italy
  • Turin, Italy
  • Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Bellingham, WA, USA

Did we miss you? Have you run it this year? Are you interested in running it? Let us know here: http://tiny.cc/wpwomenspeak

Watch the WordCamp Europe Live Stream with your Local Community

WordCamp Europe 2018 is happening on June 14-16 and, to allow people all over the world to enjoy the great content, the organising team is opening up a live stream of the event.

This live stream will available for free all over the world, making it a great opportunity to get your local community together to watch it. To help you out we have created an event template on meetup.com titled “WordCamp Europe Live Stream Party” — you can use that to create and schedule your event. If you need to rent a venue for a WordCamp viewing party, you can apply for financial assistance by making a Meetup Venue Approval Request.

Subscribe to the WordCamp Europe website for updates about how to access the live stream when it goes live.

 

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

Your friends on the Community Team
make.wordpress.org/community

#meetups-2

WordPress Meetup Roundtables scheduled for March

In an earlier post about how to assist dormant Meetup Groups, we kicked around some ideas on how to support meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers in their essential community work, especially if they are struggling or suffer from burn-out.

As a test, experienced meetup organizers will host four Meetup Roundtables. Kathy Drewien, Roberto Remedios, Jim True and Ulrich Pogson have already agreed to be our hosts, and we are recruiting a couple more people right now!

The Meetup Roundtables are an opportunity for Meetup organizers to connect and discuss challenges and opportunities for their local Meetups. We’ll hold them via video chat, using Zoom.

Here are the dates and topics, all Wednesdays at 16:00 UTC

The format is quite informal. We’ll kick-off the meeting with introductions, name, and location. The hosts will talk about their experiences for this week’s topic for a few minutes, and then we open it up for general Q & A from participating organizers.

For this first round, we’ll plan for these video chat Meetup Roundtables to last one hour. We will record them and make them available for those that couldn’t make it.

We hope you can join the discussion! If you’re an experienced meetup organizer in the WordPress chapter program and would like to participate as a host, please comment below!

Interested in learning more about WordPress Meetups?

#meetups-2, #roundtables

Handling Dormant Meetup Groups

With 575 meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. groups on the chapter account (and always growing!) we like to check in every so often to confirm if the groups are active. However, there are some meetup groups in the program that are inactive or dormant, and we need to figure out how we should manage them going forward.

A few weeks ago, I exported a list of current chapter meetup groups to a spreadsheet and sorted them by the date of their last event. A quick guide to this spreadsheet:

  • Groups highlighted in Red haven’t had an event in over a year.
  • Highlighted in Orange haven’t had an event in 6–12 months.
  • Highlighted in Yellow haven’t had an event in the past 3–6 months.
  • You’ll notice a column titled “Upcoming Events”, which we’ll need to investigate for each group, as it can mean they have an event listed, but don’t have a location and/or date yet.

In some inactive groups, organizers are still interested, but they are struggling with attendance and/or finding event topics. We should check if this is the case, and if we can help advise/support them in any way.

I propose the following plan:

  • Email existing organizers of dormant groups that we have contact info for (according to the Meetup Status doc).
  • Also reach out to the organizing team via message on Meetup.com (this will help ensure that the message reaches organizers that we don’t have email addresses for, and/or if their contact information has changed).
  • If we don’t hear back from any organizers for a particular group by 5 March 2018, we will then reach out to all the members of the group via Meetup.com message to ask if anyone is interested in organizing.
  • If no members of the group volunteer to organize the group by a 12 March 2018, we will remove the group from the chapter account.

Below is the email that I’ve drafted, which is based on an old annual survey email that we sent to dormant groups. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for changes and/or additions.

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