I got an interesting email today from someone who wanted to start their own meetup looking for some advice. There's actually a lot of things you have to think about when you're trying to build a community.
- How often do you want to meet? How long do you stay?
- Do you want to have a soft starting or soft ending time (to give people time to chat)? Or should it be very focused?
- How many users will we expect? How many developers? Can we have one without the other?
- What style of presentations do we want? Round table? Lectures? Tutorials? Presentations? Panel?
There's a million questions that you have to figure out if you really want to build a community. Having helped out at the local Web920, running my own Appleton WordPress, and speaking at a couple meetups in California I have definitely learned a few lessons.
I've been running the Appleton WordPress Meetup group for over a year and I've seen so many great presentations. Just refer back to my previous post about why I love running the meetup so much. In this post I just wanted to share some of my tips for creating a community. These are things that have worked well for this community but every community is different so take these tips with a grain of salt.
This past Friday I did a joint presentation at the local meetup that I organize, the Appleton WordPress Meetup. I put a lot of effort into the meetup doing one or two presentations a year my self as well as motivating other members to present. But despite all the work I put into it every month I always leave the meeting energized and excited to be doing what I'm doing.
On Friday February 8th I presented Developing WordPress Sites on Your Local Machine at the Appleton WordPress Meetup Group.
- Developing locally is beneficial for a variety of reasons
- There aren't many complications
- Technologies used
- Software recommendations
- Live Demo!