April WordPress Meetup: AARP and WordPress 3.6 preview

  • April 9, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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For April we have two speakers lined up — Alejandra Owens and Tracy Rotton. One will be sharing stories from being in the trenches with a successful blog and the other will be demonstrating some of the new features coming in WordPress 3.6.


5 Pieces of #RealTalk* From The Editor of AARP's Blog (*there may be cursing)

Between 2011 and 2012, the AARP blog grew traffic over 500%. Alejandra Owens, Managing Editor of the AARP blog, will share a mix of lessons learned the hardway, things that worked out well, and some pro tips for making your blog (big or small) as successful as possible.

About Our Speaker:

Alejandra Owens is the Managing Editor of AARP's blog where she manages more than 40 contributing bloggers covering an array of issue areas from travel to Social Security policy and more. She also advises senior leadership on social communications and content strategy, planning and execution.

In her spare time Alejandra is a food writer. She maintains her own site, Frijolita.com, is Food & Drink editor at the hyper-local DC blog @Borderstan and writes for Food Network’s @CityEatsDC. You can follow her on Twitter using @frijolita.


WordPress 3.6 and Twenty Thirteen Demo

WordPress 3.6 is scheduled to be released in May along with a new default theme, Twenty Thirteen. Tracy Rotton, who has contributed this cycle, will demonstrate what you can expect to see from the next version of WordPress.

About Our Speaker:

Tracy Rotton is a front-end web developer specializing in theming for PHP-based platforms, especially WordPress. Tracy began her professional development career in 1996 and has worked on websites for organizations such as Marriott International, the Discovery Channel, the Webby Awards and the federal government. You can follow her on Twitter using @taupecat.



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  • Tracy R.

    Hi folks! If you weren't able to make it to last week's meetup but wanted to know what to expect from WordPress 3.6, I wrote it up for the Treehouse Blog. Check it out here: http://blog.teamtreehouse.com/a-preview-of-wordpress-3-6

    April 18, 2013

  • Don

    When the video is uploaded somewhere will it be announced here?

    April 10, 2013

    • Aaron J.

      Yes. I'll add a link here and also will tweet it out from @wordpressdc

      April 10, 2013

    • Jason A.

      Just following up Aaron. I want to send a link to Alejandra's presentation to some friends.

      April 11, 2013

  • Joi C

    So yeah um, going forward can we get some non-alcoholic drink options? Not that I'm usually dry, but I'm pregnant and can't partake even if I'm thirsty.

    April 9, 2013

    • Don

      Y'all should make sure to mention that at every event, or maybe Fathom should put up a sign. I've been to several other meetups there (none Wordpress) and this is the first I heard - I'd gotten the impression someone was lining up sponsors/donations! I feel bad & would have brought some contributions if I'd known. I'll be sure to bring something next time.

      April 10, 2013

    • Anthony D P.

      The food is always sponsored. The drinks are only sponsored when we do special events like the annual BBQ. The meetups at Fathom all operate on the similar bring/share model and the surplus then is available to Fathom employees or to the next meetup (a rolling stash). It has always just kind of worked out, and if we're low, someone goes next door to Barrel House and grabs something more. We've been doing it enough years I think we forget newer folks don't know the system. I've never seen us run out, but making a sign for the cooler is a great suggestion!

      April 10, 2013

  • Don

    Not to short Tracy Rotton on her excellent presentation, but Alejandra Owens was just fantastic. Great advice, excellent presence, good organization. My only question, as someone with aging eyes, is how someone who works for AARP doesn't know to use larger fonts for us geezers in the back row? :)

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Tracy R.

    Thanks so much for the great reception tonight! Never mind the flaky internet. My slides are available at http://wordnote.taupecat.com. See you next month!

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Ellen M.

    When will DC have a WordPress camp, or are those being done at all anymore? Did I miss out?

    March 28, 2013

    • jeff c.

      WordCamps still happen, but I don't think there's ever been one in DC. Regionally, I believe the last one was in Baltimore in 2012. It looks like they are in the planning stages to try Baltimore again this year too.

      3 · March 29, 2013

    • Anthony D P.

      Yeah, as far as I know, we're still on for another round in Bmore this fall if you didn't make the last one. I'm among the organizers for the DC WordCamp, but we're working on venue options before we can figure out dates. TBD.

      April 9, 2013

  • Maggy S.

    I'm a geek-to-human translator for nonprofits and small businesses.

    April 9, 2013

  • James C.

    Working late an cant make it today.

    April 9, 2013

  • Enoch H.

    Can't make it this time.

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seeking WordPress consulting for a new project with minimal funding. Would love to find someone willing to accept future proceeds as part of compensation. Failing that, need someone who can produce a high-quality information/discussion site cheap.

    April 7, 2013

  • Norman D.

    Looking forward to the info on blogging success and 3.6

    April 5, 2013

  • Jim F.

    Excited to be there next week.

    April 3, 2013

  • Pat T.

    I worked for AARP for 10 years and I'm looking forward to this session.

    April 2, 2013

  • Kristine A.

    looking forward to it!

    April 1, 2013

  • Casey K.

    Looking forward to it!

    April 1, 2013

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