“Younger zinesters are more creative than ever – now, zines are artisanal objects, and design, aesthetics, and the overall experience of the object matter just as much as the text. Zine makers still gather at festivals and discuss their hobby online, on reddit, Facebook, and elsewhere.”— Alt.zines and Memories of a Media Transition (History of the Web)
” Technology is changing faster each year. Digital literacy can vary between ages but there are lots of ways different generations can work together and empower each as digital citizens.”— Empowering Generations of Digital Natives (WordPress.org)
Last week was Digital Citizenship Week and I had absolutely no idea that this was even a thing. (Oops.)
There were a few good posts published last week from Yvette Sonneveld, the marketing team rep for Make WordPress. They cover an intersection of WordPress and digital citizenship and are worth skimming, at the very least:
- Responsible participation in online communities
- Becoming better digital citizens through Open Source
- Empowering generations of digital natives
These community events — meetups, WordCamps, unconferences (sup PodCamp Toronto?) — are all facets of digital citizenship. They take the online offline, offering in-person experiences to complement what we do on the web.
“All this bookstagramming has led to a thriving space for book lovers on social media, and that’s been a good thing for independent bookstores too — because it plays to their key strength: creating community.”— Instagram is helping save the indie bookstore (Vox)
I had the privilege of keynoting WordCamp Rochester this weekend. My talk, WordPress for All, was a reminder of how the web — and WordPress — came to be.
Here’s the companion essay/post to my talk.
Earlier this year I published a blog post about Reach Teach Sell, my practical marketing framework. I was mainly thinking about content at the time, but as of late, I’m thinking about community a whole lot more.
What does “community” mean, anyway?
Here’s how I define it:
- A community is a network of people with something in common
- A community group is a structured organization, consisting of members from the community
When we talk about building a community, in the context of a business, we’re often talking about organizing a community group.
Communities are organic. They don’t get built. They grow.
That said, I’ll often use the word “community” when referring to a “community group” — e.g. “join the community”, “stories from the community”, “welcome to the community”, etc…
You need to build your community with people, not for or at them. That’s the secret to making sure community building efforts catch on, instead of fizzling out as a failed initiative.— From Instant Pot to Instagram (First Round Review)
Likewise, you need to relinquish some control for the community to thrive.
To prep for the workshop, we’re looking for WordPress meetup organizers to share their experiences with us in a quick survey. Gist:
To prepare for the workshop, we’re looking for insights and advice from other WordPress meetup organizers. What’s worked for you? What hasn’t worked for you? We’ll roll your contributions into our workshop materials.
Note: You don’t need to be attending the workshop to submit a response!
Submissions are anonymous, but you’re welcome to identify yourself for kudos (!), follow-up questions, or to stay in the loop about the workshop.
Are you a meetup organizer? Take the survey!
Know someone else who organizes a meetup? Send them the survey!
The more we hear from other organizers, the better. Meetups can vary quite a bit from one community to the next.
Where programmers share ideas and help each other grow. It is an online community for sharing and discovering great ideas, having debates, and making friends. Anyone can share articles, questions, discussions, etc. as long as they have the rights to the words they are sharing. Cross-posting from your own blog is welcome.– About DEV
Came across this programmer community the other day. VERY cool.
Reminds me of Glitch. Similar aesthetic.
It made perfect sense for GoDaddy to align its vision with its corporate giving program, with the aim of equipping entrepreneurs in underserved communities who lacked the support and resources to learn how to build their small businesses. GoDaddy took the unique approach of partnering not only with national nonprofits but also with local organizations in more than 40 cities across the nation, where programs were developed that met the needs of each individual region and aligned with the missions of the nonprofit partners.via GoDaddy and Jane Boyd Community House (Ragan)
I have so much respect for my colleagues on the Empower team and what they’re doing to support neighbourhoods around the United States.