I’m sorry to have to announce I am postponing all MWUG meetings until further notice.
I have been running this meetup group since June 2009. In that time, I think there have only been about 10 meetings cancelled (most of them in the last 12 months). And in that time we have had around 25 – 30 speakers besides myself. The rest of the time I have had to provide the talks or do something to make the meeting worthwhile for people to attend.
Despite having a dozen different volunteers over the years, I have mostly managed the meetup on my own. And I’m tired of having to do that.
In the early years I thought that was how it had to be. Then for a few years I had some help from Saz Bailey. But she’s had her own valid reasons for not being able to help for the past few years. Then for some of 2018 and 2019 Sue Fernandes helped keep the interest up by running her successful breakout sessions. But I still ran the main session. Others have occasionally helped out too. Belinda, Hugo, Siobhan, and more. And I am very grateful for that help.
But the last year has been difficult for everyone and running the meetup had mostly fallen on me.
So, until someone else — in fact, several people — step up to find speakers, organise, publicise, and run the meetings; MWUG meetings are postponed.
Several people already have access to this website, the meetup account, and even the twitter account. If you don’t need that anymore, please let me know. If new people want access, let me know.
I don’t want to be a gatekeeper to the success of this group. It’s one of the oldest, if not the oldest, WordPress-specific meetup in the UK. But I at least have to know who you are or you need someone I do know to put your name forward.
If you feel you want to start your own Manchester WordPress meetup, details are here.
— Mike Little