WordPress has played a huge role in my personal and business development. More than a website platform, WordPress is about community building. Last Monday I hosted the monthly OC WordPress MeetUp and on Tuesday I spoke at the WordPress MeetUp Chris Lema hosts in San Diego. Having sponsored the monthly meetup (held the 4th Monday of every month) for over 5 years now and spoken at many WordPress related events over the years, you might think the excitement would have worn off.
However, that is just not true.
Every WordPress MeetUp, every WordCamp, every after party event has resulted in an amazing community building experience. Personally and professionally, I consider the WordPress community integral to the success of my business.
Through the WordPress community, I have made friends. I love networking but in WordPress, community goes beyond the basic business card exchange. I’ve made some terrific friends, like-minded individuals who I can work with to extend ideas and collaborate. Troubleshooting, project pitching, business planning have all naturally evolved from our interactions. Sometimes we even work together on projects!
I find that as I share my knowledge, I discover things I didn’t know.
I learn from teaching and from joining in conversation. When it comes to community, you get out what you put in. I’ve found that connecting over WordPress works for me so I continue to give my time and speak and WordPress networking evolves naturally. My company Zeek has gained name recognition simply because I show up and host events.
We have three Meetups per month hosted at Zeek Interactive. I host the General WordPress MeetUp Group, Jeffrey Zinn and Brandon Dove host the WordPress Developer Group and Sarah Wefald hosts the WordPress Design Group. All of these events attract quality people who share a passion for WordPress. Our community is ever growing.
Whether you are new to WordPress and just starting out or are a WP veteran speaking at WordCamp, you are welcome in WordPress. We are all a part of the WordPress community.