Update: link to meeting 21 July 2021
WordPress 5.8 was released yesterday. Well done to everyone who was involved in this release and during the last three months. As marketers and communicators, our work continues.
In today’s global Marketing meeting at 14:00 UTC today (Wednesday 21 July 2021) and the rest of the week, we will have lots of items to research and pull together. Our first priority is to finalize the initial social media posts draft on the WP 5.8 release, which were made available for fact-checking in the Marketing Slack and Release Leads, so thank you to those who have already added answers or further comments.
What broad areas will we be covering?
We are continuing collaborations on a pack and supporting resources following on from our pilot and Josepha’s requests.
We will divide the work into two groups – one for developers and the other for non-developers, so everyone has some to work on and is welcome to join our meeting.
- finalizing / dealing with remaining questions in the initial social media drafts and adding any new based on the last week’s information (please mark up any new items so we can different it from what may have already been checked by the squad leads)
- categorizing the posts for an amplification pack and draft schedule, especially keeping in mind what Meetups may find particularly useful
- collating useful links / topic areas on the release which are being shared in social media which may be an additional area for posts or be useful for awareness of the squad
- adding to the document on favorite release feature
The Marketing Meeting on 7 and 14 July 2021
The background on social media pack collaboration for 5.8, 30 June 2021
Tools you will need to take part
The collaboration will be progressed in the Marketing Team slack 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 and use Google documents / sheets which will be shared on Slack. We know a few of our collaborators are finding commenting and viewing Google Sheets difficult, so we will have an alternative format available where they can add their work.
We will also continue to make use of GitHub, as in recent pilots.
Who can help?
Everyone! We have broken down the tasks to enable as many people from different backgrounds to be able to collaborate, building on what has worked in other collaborations and feedback.
We especially could do with some more developers input from those who have tested or used 5.8.
We post collaborations before the meeting to help with accessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) and to help enable collaboration from different timezones. So let us know if you are planning to collaborate asynchronously before or after the meeting too. Everyone is welcome to be involved directly or shadow. We also have a number of new joiners who are shadowing at the moment too.
With @nalininonstopnewsuk, @meher, @marybaum, @OGlekler, @yvettesonneveld, @vimes1984, @maedahbatool and others, there will be support during different timezones during the collaborations. If you would like to help support other collaborators, especially those new to the team, let us know.
Do I have to live in a particular place or have a specific background to take part?
There are no restrictions. We have people involved from across timezones and countries, from a variety of skillsets and WordPress experiences. We have had contributors from the team who have gone on to discover a joy for testing, translation or writing documentation, and people who come and help for specific areas from other teams too.
We are keen to promote the many ways people can support the growth and development of WordPress and its community.
There are specific parts of our work which benefit from a background as a writer, editor, marketer and PR, in search or research, developer, or task collator. But there are lots of opportunities for those new to marketing and communications too and we have onboarding support and training available too.