Portland WordPress User Group: Beginnings

Tonight we held our first meeting. Attendance was around 40 people from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels that ranged from one attendee who doesn’t yet have a blog but is interested all the way up through seasoned developers. Here’s a summary of some decisions and directions that were discussed:

  • Here we are. This is our blog presence. Subscribe to the RSS Feed and keep track of what’s going on.
  • A volunteer group is designing a theme for our site. We decided to launch the site immediately so we can begin publishing content; we’ll polish up the look and feel in the next few weeks.
  • We have a Twitter account: @pdxwp – we’re still deciding how to use it, and may throw this up as an item for discussion (on another blog post here).
  • Meetings will normally be held on the third Thursday of the month, from 6:00-7:30pm, at CubeSpace. A big thanks to CubeSpace for hosting us!
  • The February meeting will be on Thursday the 12th since the normal meeting day conflicts with Ignite Portland. RSVP for the February meeting on Upcoming.
  • The user group will be a good base from which to plan WordCamp Portland 2009, date To Be Determined.
  • We discussed a variety of meeting topic ideas. Stay tuned to find out what will be featured and when.
  • The idea of a Genius Bar available at each meeting was popular, with some folks offering to share their expertise for anyone who comes with questions.

Keep an eye on this site for more information. A big thanks to all in attendance, I can’t wait to see what develops.

11 thoughts on “Portland WordPress User Group: Beginnings

  1. Despite the lack of booze, I'm excited. I just hope the people there who were new to blogging and WordPress weren't too turned off by all the policy/planning talk in this initial meeting.

  2. I will mark my calendar and do my dead-level best to be there for future events. This sounds like a HELL of a gathering and I can't wait. 🙂

    1. We setup a Google Group but right now I'm thinking we might not use it. Given that it's a blog-based user group, I'd advise everyone to subscribe to the feed on this blog and that will be the method for announcements and information.

      1. Great idea. Agree.

        If email is a preferred delivery mechanism, though, you could enable "subscribe by email" through Feedburner or another service. Between that and Intense Debate "notify me… via email" you've got a mailing list. 😉

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