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  • Daniel Bachhuber 1:13 pm on August 23, 2012 Permalink
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    New meetup: Byte-size Workshops 

    Teaching is the best way to develop mastery, as they say. For this coming month’s meetup on September 24th, we want to give you the opportunity to showcase your knowledge and hone your teaching skills.

    Behold: Byte-size Workshops. We’d like to see 45 minute workshops ranging everywhere from how to configure WordPress multisite, to the basics of typography, to why you should care about SEO (or the opposite). The best workshops will be concise, focus on one key idea, and offer people an exercise to practice their new-found knowledge. We’d also like to cover a variety of skill levels.

    Want to lead a workshop? Please fill out the quick survey below. We’ll announce which were selected a week prior. You can now RSVP for the evening on the Meetup website.

    Oh, one more thing: if there’s a topic you’d like to learn about, post about it in the comments. There might just be someone willing to share their knowledge…

    • voiceimaging 1:34 pm on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Daniel,
      Is there any way you could ever have a Newbie Workshop? I was all set with classes at the SBDC in Clackamas when the instructor had to cancel. I need the basics so I can stop paying someone else to do the daily upkeep for me.
      Thank you! Donna

      • Lorelle VanFossen 3:32 pm on September 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply


        I agree completely.

        Clark College in Vancouver offers a four credit WordPress introductory program, and their continuing ed department just signed on to present a course in October. Contact them or myself for more information on these.

        Let me know how I can help.

  • Daniel Bachhuber 11:02 am on July 31, 2012 Permalink
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    July 2012 Meetup Recap 

    First off, a big thanks to Melissa Lion for taking time out of her schedule to speak with us. It was great to mix up the topics a bit — I think the non-developer WordPress users got a lot of value out of working with a professional writer. We had 38 people show up to my count.

    Melissa has passed along her slides for future reference:

    She also highly, highly recommended Colson Whitehead’s ‘How to Write’, which I’m looking forward to checking out.

    A reminder there won’t be a meetup in the month of August. Instead, we’d highly recommend you attend WordCamp Portland on Saturday the 18th and, shameless plugin, sign up to volunteer. It’s cheap, the speaker lineup is bar none, and the lunch will be delicious.

    Lastly, if you have any speaker or topic requests for upcoming meetups, we’d love to hear them! Feel free to email me or post in the comments.

    • Jake Love 12:46 pm on August 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Where can I find a calendar of the monthly meetings? I’d love to start joining.

      • Daniel Bachhuber 12:50 pm on August 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        We meet on the last Monday of every month. If you sign up for our meetup group, or for email announcements from this site, you’ll hear about the events a few weeks before they happen.

        • Jake Love 1:06 pm on August 8, 2012 Permalink

          Perfect! I’ll see ya there!

  • Daniel Bachhuber 4:15 pm on July 17, 2012 Permalink
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    New meetup: Press Your Best Words with Novelist and Blogger Melissa Lion 

    Extra-excited for the meetup we’ve scheduled this month:

    You’ve built a blog and the coding works like a dream. But look at those pesky, empty, nagging squares for text. How do you fill them? With words, of course. But which words? Novelist and longtime blogger, Melissa Lion, will present on finding a story, writing the story and editing it so your readers will love it. The presentation will conclude with a few writing prompts to get you started.

    I always find it difficult to write longer pieces on a regular basis; they’re usually freak occurrences prompted by a new passion about something. I’m looking forward to giving future pieces the thought, deliberation, and careful editing they deserve.

    We’ll be gathering at 6:30 pm on Monday, July 30th, usual location. You can RSVP on the Meetup site.

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