Thanks to Improving Enterprises and WP Engine you can spend the afternoon eating pizza, drinking soda, and co-working with the most talented internet professionals in the Metroplex.
February's DFWWP:CONNECT Meetup is a come-and-go, bring a laptop, visit the WordPress Genius Bar, pair up with a partner, fix up site problems event.
This Meetup's focus is Google Authorship: why it matters, and how to do it. "Google Author" and "Google Publisher" are ways to TAG your web pages and web site so that Google knows that you are the real author. Google ties that to your Google+ account and uses it to determine Author Rank. This will enable others to see your photo in the Google results next to the pages that you author.
(See this Copyblogger article for an overview.)
Tony will give a 10 minute overview of this topic and then we will get to work and everyone will help everyone to make sure they have a valid Google+ account, and a nice author photo (we will have cameras, nice backdrops, and semi-pro photographers in attendance).
We will help you install the necessary plugins for making the link between your Google+ Profile and your site.
NOTE: You will need a valid Google+ account for Google Authorship, I recommend that you set up a Gmail/Google account prior to Saturday.
There will be a "WordPress Expert Bar" so you can ask other questions and get help.
1:00pm-2:00pm - mingle, network, one-on-one work with colleagues
2:00pm-2:45pm - focus on the steps for claiming your Google Authorship
2:45pm-4:00pm - co-working on your WordPress issues