There’s a WordPress Meetup in my future…how about yours?

Hi! How are you? I’m good. Busy doing exciting stuff! Like becoming a manager of a WordPress Meetup. Yup, I signed up to organize a local meetup and if you like WordPress and are local to Rochester, MN, you can join me. There are others throughout the world, though, if you aren’t.  The Rochester WordPress Meetup is brand-new, just plunked down the money today, and the rules aren’t pulled together any more than a meeting place, date or time. But that will happen.

This is part of some changes in how I spend my off-time. Busy, busy! Two big projects going on right now, one being getting ready for a summer of teaching dye classes as part of the historical reenactment group I belong to. I think there is going to be lots of blue in my future. I’ll post pictures.

The second is figuring out all the bits and pieces of a business plan…there are lots of people doing web design. What I can do better than the next guy, marketing to my strengths.  I’ll happily help anyone or any business with their website, tailored to their needs, but I have a special place in my heart for people who want a website that helps them stay connected to family, that becomes a place that is your own, holds your stories and your pictures and looks like you did the decorating. I know…FaceBook does all of that and more. It’s just that it’s a commercial site, and who knows what you are losing in privacy, or who you will run into there. A personal blog can be a safer place for families.

A business blog is a safer place for a business, too, and I’ll get into that in another post.

Other aspects of my new business are these: I’m also good at training people to use all the various bits that make up the internet and social media, and I excel at organizing fun stuff that make people happy; I’m developing a promotions angle in this business plan, too. More things like Giving Bunnies go AMOK  as well as Ag Tours similar to the Harvest Tours that Deb Brown of Debworks has organized, and other community promotions. Oh! And community gardens for Oronoco.

I used the community gardens as a project for the Adventure Learning class I just completed. It was fun AND gave me reason to pull all this research together into one place. Want to hear a funny story? I was sorta poking around with files this weekend and…deleted that blog. Oops! I got it restored, just need to replace the sidebar items and so mostly I just got a good story out of it. But I kinda panicked as I’m not sure I have a grade on the project yet.

The business is named HomeGrown Technologies, Inc. The paperwork is in for that as well, and I’ve started the website and all the other plans and lists are keeping me up nights.  Cause all that I listed above? I really want to do it all at once.

But I’m not doing this all at once! Sheesh. I would be tired, and confused. For tonight, it’s enough that I got done what I have done and that I invite you to become part of my meetup group. If you like and use WordPress, and want to hang out and share with others who use a great content management system, well…Yeah! See you online, over there on the meetup site! 

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