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Why Local WordPress Communities Are Important

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Talk from WordCamp Kochi 2017.

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Why Local WordPress Communities Are Important

  1. 1. Why Local WordPress Communities Are Important Hardeep Asrani
  2. 2. Howdy, I’m Hardeep Asrani. I work for ThemeIsle as a theme developer & a support ninja. I’m one of the organizers of Kanpur WordPress Community, and now the lead organizer of WordCamp Kanpur. That’s right, we got approved.
  3. 3. How many of you are attending your first WordCamp today?
  4. 4. How many of you don’t have anyone to talk about WordPress in your city?
  5. 5. And that's why we’re here today at WordCamp Kochi to find the people who use & love WordPress. To share what we know, and learn from the other. And WordCamps are awesome… but they happen only once a year in a city.
  6. 6. Meetup groups are locally-organised events that get together two or more people, face-to-face, on a regular basis. It allows us to find people who love WordPress, in our own city, just as much as we do.
  7. 7. But why should I attend these meetups? What am I getting out of it?
  8. 8. Notes for the selfish me. • Escape from Isolation
  9. 9. Escape from Isolation Most of us work remotely, behind a lonely computer screen, with little to no human interaction. Hangout & Slack are great, but that’s not enough. WordPress is all about community. And community is nothing without people. Real people, not just usernames and profile pictures.
  10. 10. We aren’t meant to live in silence. By no means should online conversations over Slack, Twitter, et al replace in-person community. We’re not prisoners. We’re remote workers. We are wired for connection, conversation, and community. - Bridget Willard (Why should you attend a WordPress Meetup?)
  11. 11. Notes for the selfish me. • Escape from Isolation • Networking
  12. 12. Networking WordPress is all about the community. Local meetups allow you to explore your local community and meet new amazing people. That’s one of the reasons why you’re here today in Kochi.
  13. 13. Notes for the selfish me. • Escape from Isolation • Networking • Learning
  14. 14. Learning Everyone knows something you don’t. So why not learn from them?
  15. 15. Notes for the selfish me. • Escape from Isolation • Networking • Learning • Personal Branding
  16. 16. Personal Branding Meetups are a great way to promote your best product; yourself. In a honest and friendly way, of course. We all love knowing new people.
  17. 17. Notes for the selfish me. • Escape from Isolation • Networking • Learning • Personal Branding • Jobs & Internship
  18. 18. Jobs & Internship One of the main goals of WordPress meetups are to promote WordPress within your community. And for the same reasons, it can be beneficial for students to get jobs & internships.
  19. 19. Notes for the selfish me. • Escape from Isolation • Networking • Learning • Personal Branding • Jobs & Internship • Giving back to the community
  20. 20. Giving back to the community If you use WordPress everyday then why not give something back? It can be anything, from translating some strings to your native language to giving a session on something you love and sharing the knowledge. That’s one of the best ways we can help others.
  21. 21. Last but not the least, you can’t have a WordCamp without an active local community.
  22. 22. I get what you’re saying. But there is no active WordPress community in my city.
  23. 23. ➤ Community is inactive? Try to lead and make it active again. ➤ There’s no community at all? Go to meetup.com and start one.
  24. 24. BUT, ➤ Meetup.com isn’t free. ➤ We did a meetup and no one showed up. ➤ We can't find a place for our meetup. ➤ Antarctica isn’t ready for it.
  25. 25. Thank you. Got a question?PS: All the meetup groups should start uploading high-quality images.

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