“We refuse to let alumni be teachers at BitMaker labs because we don’t feel that a person who has recently graduated from a coding school is in any position to teach with a sufficient amount of experience to help student actually overcome what they want to come”
A very smart position, IMO. Get experience under your belt first before you dive back into teaching up-and-coming students.
The key thing to remember when it comes to getting people hooked on an email newsletter is that it will end up in their inbox. The inbox is a personal and sacred place. Yes, over the years, it’s been filled with endless junk, spam, and circular work-related conversations that have turned inbox zero into an increasingly distant mirage. The key is not to become part of the problem. Email is still the killer app. It’s just that most content that ends up there is useless.
Notes coming soon.
With lead organizer duties off my shoulders, I now have the time to help onboard event hosts for Toronto’s WordPress meetups; support other non-WordPress meetups in our city; and, starting soon, help other WordPressers organize meetups in their own cities.
From today’s Make WordPress Community meeting notes:
In-house Mentorship Program. Jen to contact each contributor group about developing a 1-month/3-month pilot per the post about it. For this team, we’ll try pilots around meetup organizing, WordCamp organizing, and WordPress.tv. Jen and Andrea will work out the volunteers and will set up a meeting next week to discuss the content with those volunteers. @andymci will be one of the first meetup mentors. @STDestiny reminded us of the work done last year around a WC mentorship program. (We need to find you a new username that doesn’t make people think of STDs.)
Last month I shared some thoughts about organizing meetups over on WPUniversity.com. Through this new effort with the Make WordPress Community team I hope that we can get more WordPress groups going around the world.
WordCamps are great and all, but why limit it to just a weekend of WordPress?
Dweck puzzled over what it was that made these people so different from their peers. It hit her one day as she was sitting in her office (then at Columbia), chewing over the results of the latest experiment with one of her graduate students: the people who dislike challenges think that talent is a fixed thing that you’re either born with or not. The people who relish them think that it’s something you can nourish by doing stuff you’re not good at.
In my experience, the best way to address users through text is by writing like you’re talking with them.
Read it out loud. If it sounds weird, well, there ya go!