Let’s talk about WordPress meetups! On this episode of The WPCandy Roundtable Podcast, I asked four awesome WordPress meetup co-organizers to chat about what makes a quality meetup and how they do what they do. We also went over what they would recommend to new WordPress meetup organizers.
Joining me on the podcast are Angie Meeker (Columbus, Ohio WordPress Meetup), Brian Richards (Grand Rapids, Michigan WordPress Meetup), Steve Zehngut (Orange County WordPress Meetup) and Aaron Jorbin (Washington, D.C. WordPress Meetup). These folks know what they’re talking about.
Still not sure about listening? Steve Zehngut and Aaron Jorbin each co-organize events with a full roster count of over 800 and 1,200, respectively. That’s a couple of times the size of most large WordCamps, folks.
In this episode of our podcast David Bisset was kind enough to join me to discuss his upcoming event WordCamp Miami, BuddyPress, and other noteworthy WordPress news of the week. David even gets greedy and offers up somewhere around 3 or 4 WordPress picks for the week. Honestly, I lost count.
Scott Basgaard and Brad Williams are currently planning and brainstorming ideas for a brand new online event this year called WordSesh. WordSesh 2013 is set to take place every hour of the day on April 13th this year.
According to their website, the plan is to run one session every hour for 24 hours. The sessions aren’t locked down yet, but few events are more than three months out. They’re planning to use a combination of Google Hangout and YouTube.
Watch the WordSesh Twitter feed for more information about their event as it unfolds. Anyone interested in speaking during the event should read out to them via mail at wordsesh.org.
WP Late Night is back in full swing tonight with Brad, Dre and Ryan discussing the news of the week and the big WordPress events of the month. If you’ve been wondering about Pressnomics, John O’Nolan’s Ghost project, or Jetpack Photon than this is the show for you.
Very late in the evening after the WordPress Community Summit wrapped up (technically early morning, but you know what I mean) a group of five gathered around to discuss the event and what it means for the community. Myself, Brad and Dre, Brandon Dove and John Hawkins all discussed our thoughts on the first-ever community summit.
Last weekend was the WordPress Community Summit in Tybee Island, Georgia. I stayed in a house with some of the coolest folks I know — WordPress or otherwise — and we all took a bunch of photos during the trip. I’ve included a few of them below.
I’ll be publishing further thoughts on the WordPress Community Summit, as well as a special recording we did during the event, real soon.
WordCamp Grand Rapids day one is complete — barring the after party of course, but details of those are never published anyhow. For the tl;dr folks out there: this was a great first WordCamp event put on by a group that obviously understands event organization and WordCamps with a group of speakers that would rival some older camps. Nearly everything that could have gone right went right.
For those willing to read a bit more, continue on. The speaker’s notes and slides are linked up below as well, including further thoughts on the events and the presentations I sat in on.
WordCamps are happening at an ever-greater speed; Matt’s State of the Word mentioned that around 30 WordCamps are scheduled to happen yet this year. Wow. The event craziness is definitely happening this weekend, with WordCamp Grand Rapids, WordCamp Montreal, and WordCamp Portland all taking place right now.
If you’re at home — or at the very least not cloned and therefore not at all three events — then use the information below to follow these current WordCamps in whatever ways you can.
The Twitter hashtag for WordCamp Grand Rapids this weekend is #wcgr. There isn’t a live stream or anything, but you can follow the WPCandy liveblog of the event since I’ll be in Grand Rapids all weekend.