In 2014, we discovered how much WordPress.com bloggers want to connect with each other and do more with their blogs — tens of thousands of you have participated in Blogging U since it began a year ago!
This year, we’re starting an in-person event series called Press Publish for people who want to take their blogs even further, starting with two conferences this spring in Portland, OR and Phoenix, AZ. These events will focus on inspiration and tools from WordPress.com, though people blogging on any platform will be welcome. Speakers will be a combination of awesome WordPress.com bloggers and staff members including folks from the Happiness Team, Blogging U, and the Theme Team — in short, the WordPress.com experts. 🙂
We’re at the “Save the Date” stage: March 28 in Portland and April 18 in Phoenix. We’re putting together the program now, and will start announcing speakers, schedule, and pricing later this month. To get announcements when we start posting this information, head over to the Press Publish site and subscribe to/follow it.
In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you about bloggers/speakers or topics that we should have on our radar. Are there WordPress.com blogs that you can’t live without? Are there any subjects you would really want to see addressed at an event like this, either in terms of creating great content or in terms of using WordPress.com (or Jetpack)? Sound off in the comments, and if mentioning favorite bloggers, please link to their blogs. Thanks, and hope to see you at an upcoming event!
Would it be possible to allow the events to be available (in some fashion) online for those of us who will be unable to attend in person?
Will there be an opportunity to “attend” selected sessions / topics virtually (during or after the conference?
Also, will there be a “FAQ” or knowledge database of the tips and techniques, best practices, and issues that we can submit questions for answers by WP experts / mentors? I am sure some of us are “recreating the wheel” and would benefit
Will there be content or a track for business related non-fiction blogs?
A WordCamp specifically geared to WPcom bloggers? Welcome news indeed!
Sound a really good idea and I am sure it will be a great success, There are millions of us bloggers out there and would be great to have the opportunity meet other bloggers face to face and exchange ideas
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the events in Portland and Phoenix because I live in England, but hopefully you’ll be able to put on an event in Europe in the near future.
The Science Geek
This is a great idea! Get some bloggers out from their computer screen lights and into some real sunlight.
Personally, I live in the Toronto, Ontario area and, if these events take off, it would be a great city to branch in to. It has many universities and college in the immediate area, many of which have the best writing programs in Ontario. In particular, Humber College (Lakeshore and North York) are large campuses that host writing events throughout the year. I’m sure if you contacted them, they’d be more than willing to host yours.
Thanks for highlighting the distinction, Jen. Still great news for WPcom bloggers. I’d be glad to volunteer for the help desk in either location. 🙂
How about featuring blogs which manage to be successful without spending a penny (Ok, aside from domain name)? There’s so many themes, widgets and other possibilities to tweak a WordPress.com blog, it’d be fun to see how people make the most out of it without any upgrades.
Also, +1 on Blogging U, and this Press Publish event sounds fabulous!
Thanks for showing WP.com users some ❤ 🙂
This is exciting news. I can’t attend this year but if it continues yearly I would definitely try to make it next year. Coming from the Caribbean I would love to see events like these in my region in the near future however I’m not sure what the statistics are like for Caribbean bloggers.
Anyway, I wish you success with this venture and hope it continues and grows in future.
Very interesting; I’ll be watching for more details. At BlogHer this summer, I really appreciated the WordPress station, where bloggers could go get help with their blogs, ask questions and learn more. The tutorials were brilliant. I’d love to see more of that, possibly at these conferences?
Hi Jen, I signed up for the new year new blog event and I haven’t seen any emails on it and I have several blogs with WordPress and I’ve been checking my email since the 5th.
Is it still happening? Thanks much.
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Thanks. I was really looking forward to it.
I’m a stroke survivor that defied all odds by staying alive and regaining use of my memory. I’ve posted and retweeted several inspirational quotes @nolimitsguru. Now I will blog on WordPress about my life which has been a series of overcoming great obstacles. I’d love to present at your conference as I’m sure many will gain strength from my experiences.
Stop by the 206 if you have a chance 🙂
I’ve been thinking about how to get fellow bloggers together in Australia- for both inspiration and practical help. I see that these conferences will do exactly that and I’m glad to see that you will continue them if they’re successful- I’m sure they will be.
Meanwhile Australian bloggers is there a way we can get together to workshop, compare notes, ask questions….