Re: [WordPress-Chapel-Hill] Meetup Update

From: Anthony Z.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 8:27 AM
Patty,

Apologies, I may have mispoken.

I meant to say that your group would both be presentation and social, meeting a restaurants or other social venues. I did not imply that your new effort would only be about "drinks."

I said:

"I've never been one to organize Meetups at a bar or restaurant, where it's less about the content and more about being social and networking. While I think it's wonderful that people want to get together outside of the meeting format of Wordpress Chapel Hill to talk shop over drinks or a meal, it's my goal to keep the Wordpress Chapel Hill Meetup more professional development and practical training and not a social event. To me, it waters down the purpose of the group and it loses its focus."

This statement is about my goal and philosophy, not about your specific effort. There are other Wordpress Meetups all over the country or the world where some may simply just meet and chat over drinks or food. My mission is to keep it presentation driven in venues with projection and where the focus is solely on professional development and learning. While other groups or individuals may host their Wordpress-related events at local restaurants or get together at a bar where alcohol is present, my goal is to keep WP Chapel Hill and WP Winston-Salem in an educational or professional environment. My goals are aligned with my view of professional development, which may or may not differ from yours.

And, yes, anyone is free to start their own Meetup group around Wordpress. The more people who advance Wordpress education, the better. I'm happy that you would like to start another group in Chapel Hill and wish you the best of luck in doing so.

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On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 7:38 AM, Patty Ayers <[address removed]> wrote:
Hello all,

I'm Patty Ayers, who contacted Tony about either collaborating, or starting a new WordPress group in the Chapel Hill area. I just wanted to correct what Tony apparently misunderstood in our email conversation: My intention is also a serious, professional group, not a primarily social group, and "drinks" were never mentioned at all.

The current group hasn't met in over 6 months, and I would just like to have active group. I've found that these groups can work very well meeting in restaurants, which is what I mentioned.

To clarify, the existing group is not "the" official Chapel Hill WordPress group in any sense, since it is not formally associated with the WordPress Foundation, which has specific requirements to be met. So there's plenty of room for more than one group in the area, considering the popularity of WordPress.

So I'm hoping to pull something together; keep your eye out for an announcement on Meetup.com and elsewhere.

Best,

Patty Ayers
Chapel Hill, NC
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On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 9:14 PM, Anthony Zeoli <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had an enjoyable Memorial Day holiday. During your cookouts and picnics at area lakes or beaches, maybe you took a moment to remember those soldiers who have served our country.

I wanted to take a moment to give everyone an update on the status of Wordpress Chapel Hill. Last week, I began calling around the Chapel Hill area to secure a meeting space that is suitable for the presentation format that, I believe, gives everyone a chance to learn something that they didn't know before, or contribute to the shared knowledge of the group through participation.

I've never been one to organize Meetups at a bar or restaurant, where it's less about the content and more about being social and networking. While I think it's wonderful that people want to get together outside of the meeting format of Wordpress Chapel Hill to talk shop over drinks or a meal, it's my goal to keep the Wordpress Chapel Hill Meetup more professional development and practical training and not a social event. To me, it waters down the purpose of the group and it loses its focus.

I called the new Chapel Hill Public Library and they have not yet gotten approval from the town to start using the conference rooms. They also don't yet have their scheduling system set up on their website. It will probably be 30 to 90 days before they finalize their plans, which prevents us from being able to use the space for the time being.

In April, I was supposed to get together with a friend from UNC Chapel Hill, who was going to speak to ITS about sponsoring the event with a meeting space. Unfortunately, we didn't connect, but I'm going to reach out to him again this week.

My only concern about UNC, first and foremost, is parking. My second concern is access to the building. We had enjoyed space at the Health Sciences Library, but the woman who was supporting us there could no longer assist in scheduling the space.

There are conference rooms at OWASA, which is pretty far out on MLK. And, there are conference rooms at City Hall. I tried calling last week, but haven't gotten to the person yet to learn about what we would need to do. Many of the town spaces have a fee associated with them and I'd prefer that we find a space for no fee.

I'm going to try my best to make some calls this week, but if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Lastly, one of WP Chapel Hill members contacted me today to ask if I'd be interested in partnering with her on WP Chapel Hill. Her stated goal was to not only do a presentation driven format, but also meet for drinks and socialize. Because I want to keep the format presentation driven, with professional development and learning the primary driver, I wished her the best. So, if you see a new Wordpress Meetup come online in Chapel Hill over the next few weeks, I hope you'll support her offering as well.

Remember, it is now the Wordpress 10-year anniversary. Ma.tt wrote something on his blog today, which also has a new look. Check it out here.

If we can get together in June, that would be a great plan. I'd love to share with you a project we did for a building management company in New York, that uses Pagelines responsive framework along with a combined plugin for four different custom post types. It's pretty cool. And, I would love to share with all of you the new Neighborbee site on BuddyPress, which should be launching on June 10.

I hope to see you all soon.

Tony





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