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Rules for a teenage
WordPress
community
Michelle Dhillon, Founder & Editor
Who the heck am I?
@MichelleDhillon
MichelleDhillon.com
uk.linkedin.com/in/michelledhil
lon
Howl PR & Digital
HowlPR.co
@H...
“This is the best thing I’ve ever done outside college. It’s
taking over my life more than Facebook and Twitter, it’s
that...
Changing lives?
Not WordPress…
WordPower
The Magnificent
Seven
7 rules for running a teenage WordPress Community
1. Have a goal, a belief, an ultimate vision
Literacy Rates 16-24s…?
Germany
UK
Slovak Republic
Estonia
Czech Republic
Lit...
2. Stick your hand up!
Papoy!
3. Shape WordPress for your community
Private
Feedback
Achievements
app
BP Status Updates
BP Private
Messaging
4. Expect challenges
Managing Content =
Manual
Review
Floods!
5. Trust teenagers/your community
THEY MIGHT SURPRISE YOU!
6. Evolve your business goals
I will CRUSH
you, like this
apple!
7.Accept change
LIVES WILL CHANGE – THEIRS AND YOURS
From the RH kids,
THANKYOU to WP &
the UK WP
community 
@MichelleDhillon
@Rockhaq
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7 Rules for a Teenage WordPress Community

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This talk is a broad overview about the Rockhaq.com music journalism community and 7 lessons learned from a pilot that ran in some UK schools during 2011-12. These include technical lessons, how to manage a large influx of editorial content, motivating young students to improve their literacy, revising business goals and more.
These are my presentation slides from my talk at WordCamp Sheffield on 26.04.14.

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7 Rules for a Teenage WordPress Community

  1. 1. Rules for a teenage WordPress community Michelle Dhillon, Founder & Editor
  2. 2. Who the heck am I? @MichelleDhillon MichelleDhillon.com uk.linkedin.com/in/michelledhil lon Howl PR & Digital HowlPR.co @HowlPRco Rockhaq.com @Rockhaq What is Rockhaq? Then… (2011/12 pilot) The UK music journalism community for schools Now… UK music journalism community
  3. 3. “This is the best thing I’ve ever done outside college. It’s taking over my life more than Facebook and Twitter, it’s that addictive.” “This is SICK!” “Rockhaq is a really smart and exciting way to bring together a community of young people who are passionate about music. “It is possibly one of the best things to ever be created in terms of music blogging.” Watch Sam from 1.55 to hear why he loves the Rockhaq community
  4. 4. Changing lives? Not WordPress… WordPower
  5. 5. The Magnificent Seven 7 rules for running a teenage WordPress Community
  6. 6. 1. Have a goal, a belief, an ultimate vision Literacy Rates 16-24s…? Germany UK Slovak Republic Estonia Czech Republic Literacy Rates 16-24’s in 2013 5. Estonia 9. Czech Republic 10. Germany 12. Slovak Republic 22. UK
  7. 7. 2. Stick your hand up! Papoy!
  8. 8. 3. Shape WordPress for your community Private Feedback Achievements app BP Status Updates BP Private Messaging
  9. 9. 4. Expect challenges Managing Content = Manual Review Floods!
  10. 10. 5. Trust teenagers/your community THEY MIGHT SURPRISE YOU!
  11. 11. 6. Evolve your business goals I will CRUSH you, like this apple!
  12. 12. 7.Accept change LIVES WILL CHANGE – THEIRS AND YOURS
  13. 13. From the RH kids, THANKYOU to WP & the UK WP community  @MichelleDhillon @Rockhaq

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