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April WordPress Meetup: AARP and WordPress 3.6 preview

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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,, 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.