Let’s start by first thanking Annabelle, JJ and Louise for the great lineup of varied talks at the WordPress London Meetup last night.
It was another busy #wpldn with the events first all female line of speakers. We felt it was important to make this recognition but also be clear that the fact that these individuals are female is not their defining character. They are all individually talented in their own fields of expertise.
The WordPress community is a wide and diverse mix of people and at #wpldn we take pride in hearing the voice of this community. Often for the first time.
This was only the second time Annabelle Woodger had attended a #wpldn event and there she was front and centre sharing her knowledge with the group. Not only was she able to share some great advice on how to start contributing to WordPress, by getting involved in the translation of core, themes and plugins but she also stepped up to the call to become part of the organisational team. So please join us in saying a big hello and thank you!
Next up JJ Jay brought her unique insight into managing online communities and provided us with valuable lessons learned on dealing with people that actually use our websites. She shared her experience as a Community Manager at mumsnet and walked us through some of the trickier sides to supporting our users. She closed off with a quote from the post If Your Website’s Full of A__holes, It’s Your Fault
“And if you have the power to fix it and don’t do something about it, you’re one of them.”
Our third speaker of the night was Louise Towler from Indigo Tree talking us through the journey from freelancer to WordPress agency. Louise covered a lot of ground, talking about the challenges of taking the business from an individual setup as a sole trader to a limited company responsible for employing full-time, office based staff. We heard about her networking efforts (this was her 6th event this week!), how the team managed it’s leads and some of the tools used to ensure their high focus on customer service generates repeat business.
Join The #wpldn Team
The organisational team at #wpldn is growing, would you like to be part of it? We’re looking for people that want to help grow this event, can you dedicate a few hours a month to the community? Areas that we’re particularly interested in growing currently are our video and photographic content. We’re also looking for a designer to get involved. Would you like your name/company associated with the new #wpldn website? Want your name linked to the birth of the #wpldn Wapuu? Give us a shout and let’s chat, we’re a friendly bunch looking for enthusiastic, community focused people.
Become a #wpldn Supporter
We’re also growing our sponsorship opportunities. We’re looking for local, national and international companies to join our team of long term supporters SiteGround and WP Engine. If you’d like the opportunity to get some exposure to our wide network of WordPress developers, designers, business owners and users, then please contact us for more details.
Call for #wpldn Speakers
Finally; we all some level of knowledge that is greater than others, we may not always think it but we do. The WordPress London Meetup is a great opportunity to share that knowledge and use as a platform to be seen. If you have a talk you’d like to share or and idea for a group discussion then please get in contact.
We’re proud that #wpldn is for the community, by the community.