The open source community that is WordPress makes it insanely easy to share ideas and projects all over the world. WordPress champions in communities all over the world use their love of the process to set up gatherings to spread their knowledge and bring together like-minded people to network and develop ideas.
If you’re one of these people, do you ever feel a bit lost in the sea of anonymity and information? Do you wish you had an easy and convenient way to collaborate with other WordPress fanatics while you work toward common goals and new ideas for your community?
On July 12, Jane Wells, UX Lead for WordPress, announced a new collaborative blog for WordPress enthusiasts who are involved in organizing in-person events. Wells notes, “Though there are hundreds of people around the globe organizing WordCamps, WordPress meetups, hackathons, free classes and the like, since their ‘projects’ were all happening locally there was never a central hub of activity for these folks.” The blog will serve as a forum for bringing all that together. It’s called Making WordPress Events; here’s an overview of what Wells hopes the blog will do:
- Keep people informed about goings-on
- Survey participants to gather feedback
- Hold forums for ongoing discussions about common issues and areas of interest (fundraising, find venues, growing membership, etc.)
- Provide mentorship to help with bringing new organizers up to speed and be advisor/mentor/friend to them during their organizing process.
- Share responsibility for WordCamp follow ups. Wells cites WordCamp videos as an example. Videos that go to WordPress.tv need to be reviewed and published one at a time; the process would be easier as a shared task.
The blog will also act as a constant feedback loop to better review and adjust guidelines for official WordPress events on a regular basis.
Wells noted that over the next couple of weeks, past and present organizers will be contacted and added to the blog as authors. If you want in on the action, leave a comment on her post, and she’ll keep you in the know.
So far, comments on the post show that organizers are excited about this development. Requests for collaboration and input on Wells’s original post is pouring in from all over the world. There are organizers from Moscow to Edinburgh and Detroit to San Francisco. There was even a request to join from Chandra Maharzan who organizes WordPress Meetups monthly Kathmandu, Nepal! The main ideas being conveyed in the comments are a need for WordCamp agendas that cater to WordPress users of all levels (beginner to expert) and fundraising ideas for local events.
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