Today we setup a local WordPress Meetup group. For those few that don’t know what a meetup group is, it’s a forum that brings people of similar interests together, physically. The meetup website helps organise and promote real events. Whether your interest is food, movies, hiking, yoga or internet marketing, there are millions of groups established around the globe – Over 50 meetups each week across Auckland alone.
Meetup groups around WordPress are big overseas, as are WordCamps. The biggest meetups in this region are run in Melbourne and Sydney, where 50-100 people attend each month, although these cater for both users and developers. Our group is one of the first here in NZ supporting WordPress.
Although I’m a bit of a geek, building WordPress sites for businesses since 2008 (version 2.6), I am targeting this group at ordinary people who like to promote themselves online. Web designers are welcome, but the focus is an educational one for existing [amateur] users and bloggers. Help them better utilise the WordPress platform in their small business, school or sports club. Perhaps assist those looking to upgrade their site from an old blog style, to a full WordPress CMS website, with shopping cart. Hints and tips around SEO, building traffic, mobile toolsets etc.
Part of the meetup site allows for posting of ideas and discussions that stimulate topics for the meetings. The startup article I’ve added is on WordPress 3.5. If you or friends are interested in attending the first meeting downtown Auckland, planned for 6.30pm, Monday 8th April, simply sign up at the meetup site.