My first podcast goes with Women In WP!

It’ s been a while, but sometimes it is difficult to find spare time to write down what I want to share.

This time I wanted to talk to you about Women In WP.

Ooh yes! You are going to tell me that I do this often but…! it’s not exactly the same thing. There are women in WordPress Community and in the tech sector who are amazing and I totally respect and look up to them. However, this post is not exactly a tribute to these ladies. I wanna share with you my experience in a podcast with a fun triplette!

I am talking about Amy Masson, Tracy Apps and Angela Bowman.

How it started

This all started when Vassilis Baimas, a good friend and co-organiser of WordCamp Athens and WordCamp Thessaloniki spotted their first podcast. He started watching them and got enthusiastic. He took also the decision to suggest me to the girls for a podcast about women in the WordPress and tech community in Greece. Before Vassilis told me about it, I applied to be on the podcast, finding the twitter page where WomenInWp share their news.

While discussing it over slack with Vassilis, we realised that we both had the same thought at almost the same moment. Actually hitting the button almost at the same time…

Laughing hard was the only option. We never get stunned with one another. After 4 years of working together it’s like our minds are connected.

There comes fear…

A while after I applied and Vassilis suggested me, the girls contacted me in order to arrange the podcast. I got kinda scared of what I am going to talk about, since I am not a developer or a designer. Maybe the things I have to say are not that important. Who’s gonna care about what I have to say? There are people with more knowledge than mine, different skills or professionals with bigger experience and expertise. These are thoughts that did not come up when I applied. I wanted to communicate how I felt, as a woman and blogger among people in my community, respected and cherished. I wanted to share that it never felt different being a girl in the tech sector, attending meetups of developers or WordPress meetups and WordCamps.

Boom! Second thoughts! Fear, doubts and anxiety, but it all disappeared when I turned on my camera and saw their faces at Zoom.

The podcast

The girls were very welcoming and smiley. Just their nice voices and their attitude reminded me of what exactly I wanted to share and the reason I first pressed the button of applying to be with them.

My glasses were a bit flashy, but there we were. Behind our screens, a greek girl and another three from the other side of the globe! It is strange to be on a podcast with people you have never met before and you know little about since there is not such a personal contact as with your friends.

Amy, Tracy and Angela want to give voice to the women around the world. Women of the WordPress global community, who are active and enjoy sharing their knowledge, experience and passion. Either you are a developer, or a designer, or a blogger, a marketing editor or a content strategist, the girls want to let your voice to be heard all over the world. Girl power? Ooh yes!

Being born, located and working in a small country like Greece, suffering also by the economic crisis and the huge migration outflow, but with tech communites and agencies rising, it was nice to be able to share what’s going on with the WordPress Greek Community.

It was like a chat among friends, but including high quality equipment. Plus, me saying things that seem wise as advice but should be reality and not a topic for discussion.

You need to ask, to come forward, to contribute. You can come to an event. Ask a question. No question is stupid. Everybody’s welcome. If you don’t ask you will never learn.

It’s been an honor being on the Women In WP 6th podcast and I am thankful for the fact that I met them. It is true that internet and technology give us the opportunity to communicate our experience, our journey, our thoughts with people sharing the same passion no matter where they are located. I had a great time with the girls. They made it feel so natural, as if we were sitting around the same table drinking our coffee. Our smiles can prove it for sure.

The girls kept a quote from our podcast and I think they are totally right…

Be proud of what you can do. Don’t apologize for what you cannot do, or you don’t want to do. If you really want to do something you will learn how to do it and you will do it successfully.

Find your tribe, meet people and cooperate. Don’t be afraid.

Find out more about Women In WP

You can see all upcoming shows here and if you want to share your experience and thoughts by participating in a podcast with the girls. You can be on the show or suggest someone that you believe would have a lot to offer by talking. Just fill in the form and they will contact you back.

The girls do an amazing job providing except for the audio podcast, also a video and transcript. You can find mine here, since we had been also talking about accessibility and the deaf WordPress Greek Community members and attendees of the community’s events.

It is kinda expensive sports to be able to put all this effort, equipment etc, so if you want you can sponsor the ladies and their amazing job by contacting them and help them invest more in hearing louder the female voice in WordPress world.

First time @WordPress meetup

You are interested in WordPress and you either have a blog, or you want to create a website. Maybe you are a web developer, a blogger, a web designer, a photographer. Or even someone with a shop and you wish to have an online presence for your products or an e-shop.

You search around in order to meet people and expand your network in the WordPress world. Trying to find information on how to advance your skills and knowledge on the topic, you experiment and study tutorials.

This is the right time to attend a meetup.
This is the purpose of WordPress Community and its’ events

Do your search at for an event around you. Don’t feel alone, don’t feel like you do not fit. A meetup is not only for developers. If you are a woman, don’t worry if there will be mostly men attending the meetup, as this is common mistake. Everyone is highly welcomed at a local WordPress meetup, as well as at bigger events like WordCamps. People attending a WordPress meetup do not care about your sex, physical appearance, level of knowledge and skillset. WordPressers of the world do not mind if you are not a professional.

Introduce yourself at the meetup organisers and explain how or why you wanted to attend the meetup. Ask if you have a question after a speaker presentation has ended. There is not any stupid question. After all we all started from somewhere. Noone was born with all knowledge stored in their minds. Blend in with people, ask them if you have any questions. WordPress Community loves sharing, stories, success, failures, knowledge, information, feedback. Try networking. You have the chance to find a suitable person to assist you or to work with.

The desire to know how you can contribute and get involved is active.

If you want to contribute and get involved but you do not know how to do it… In case you have ideas you would like to share or to implement in order to assist in organising a meetup, speaking or sponsoring, let the organisers know. They will definitely inform you and take under consideration any suggestion you make.

Come forward. No fear. A meetup is a friends’ gathering where you can also gain something new in the WordPress world.

My first time

I first met WordPress GreekCommunity at the start of an autumn, back in 2015 (In Greece it seemed still summertime). After returning to my hometown a few months earlier, I had a job, but my contract was about to end. At that point, I saw a facebook post saying that “If you are interested in WordPress, we are going to have a cup of coffee at a coffee shop nearby.”. I have studied Computer Science and Communications, so I thought, this is around my interests and maybe I should try it. Learn more about it. If I don’t like it, I can always leave it behind.

I didn’t know anyone and I had second thoughts, before I left home and even when I arrived. After messaging them, I found the spot they were seated and I was suddenly at a table with 10 completely strangers. All of them men. Evangelos Athanasiadis, who organised the gathering, as well as everyone else, made me feel welcome. We introduced ourselves and explained why we were there. Evangelos shared his dream of an official meetup and there it was born, Larissa WordPress Meetup. Realising this was interesting and fun, I decided to let it open a new window in my professional and also personal life.

WordPress Coffee Time 24/9/15 – First Gathering for Larissa WordPress Meetup

Four years after that day, I am thankful for all the things I have learned, working with Evangelos for our hometown meetup and volunteering as an organiser at WordCamp Athens and Thessaloniki. Watching talks, taking part at workshops, asking questions or sharing my knowledge. Mostly though, I am thankful of the amazing friends I made during this journey. WordPress Greek Community is like a big greek hug. And everyone fits in… (Plus we usually share some pizzas in the end!)

These people are indeed my family!

#WCThess2018 – my PoV

I am always late, but I can confirm this is an asset and not a disadvantage. It’s been a long while since December 2018, however I realise that memories come up whenever they wish…

Team of students that without any prior knowledge of WordPress, created their website for the initiative they manage

We met amazing people, discussed interesting topics, got inspiration and let teams and individuals set an example. Sponsors, attendees and speakers had the opportunity of networking and discussing and enjoyed a trip on the Internet and WordPress world.

And how do you react when a few days before the event you realise one of your speakers cannot attend due to late visa appointment?

Let’s have a Gutenberg panel conversation!

That’s the spirit of WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018! Felow WordPressers of the world, become always close friends.

You will find all photos of the event at the WordPress Greek Community’s flickr account in order to get a glimpse of the unique times of the first WordCamp Thessaloniki.

And all presentations of the event can be found in .pdf form at the WordPress Greek Community’s Speakerdeck account, in order to have notes of the things you heard or of the things you did not have the chance to listen to.

At the same time, you will find the videos of the presentations on WordPressTV and even more at the official YouTube account of WordPress Greek Community.

Infographic recap of all you need to know!

WordPress in the era of economic crisis in Greece, rises up with new companies, freelancers etc. choosing it to become their work tool. WordPress Greek Community writes its own history getting bigger and stronger.

Since 2007, we are making steps of progress. We are always in need of new people, adding value to the organising teams. It has been a great pleasure in Thessaloniki, that new local meetup ideas were born. And guess what… they started taking steps to getting established.

Then, we realised that the community can support two WordCamps per year. The decision for hosting a WordCamp Athens in spring and WordCamp Thessaloniki in winter is a fact. So we ask for your help.

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 was a blast and you can enjoy the video Nikolaos Magkoutas prepared with beautiful moments of the event

WordCamp Athens 2019 takes place at Athens Concert Hall in 17-18 May 2019 and tickets are still available, while WordCamp Thessaloniki 2019 is in early planning stages.

Come forward, volunteer, contribute.

Support WordPress and the WordPress Community.


Translation @WordPress Greek Community

Translation has always been the easiest way to contribute in WordPress. Since the only prerequisite is to speak 2 languages. English and your native language.

WordPress is being translated in 148 languages so far and Greek is among them.

In Greece people enjoy learning other languages, even if that sounds bit of a stereotype.

When I first met Evangelos Athanasiadis, mostly known among the WordPress Community as @dyrer and the WordPress Greek Community, I learned about every way that I could contribute, not being a developer. So many ways and so many things to choose according to your skills, capabilities and of course your free will.

But how exactly you can contribute by translating and does anyone check and confirm you did indeed provide a correct translation?

I needed to find out more about procedures. (It is kinda known that I enjoy procedures and diagrams. I like it when I have some certain steps to follow. It makes my life easier.)

So where do I start from?

Evangelos was the right person to ask, as he is the head of translation in WordPress Greek Community. (You can find also information on, but I don’t enjoy that much reading handbooks. I prefer chatting with people.)

The team that approves and validates your translated strings consists by the GTEs (General Translation Editors). For Greece, these are Evangelos Athanasiadis, Iakovos Frountas (@ifrountas), Kostas Vrouvas (@kosvrouvas) and Konstantinos Xenos (@xkon). You can always find them in order to ask for assistance.

There is a glossary of words common, already used and agreed as the best translation which can be used. You select the project, plugin etc. in which you are interested in translating and… there you go! Find more information in general at the handbook for Translation available here.

And guess what?! There are translation days! Next one is Global WordPress Translation Day 4 this Saturday, May 11, 2019!

Greece is participating with local events at Athens, Larissa and Thessaloniki! Come on and we can do it together!

P.S. Don’t forget to check also Evangelos Athanasiadis presentation at WGTD4 regarding the 10 reasons why to translate in the Greek language at 18:00 UTC.

Why volunteer to WordPress community?

We often chat with people that see our posts in social media about WordPress, community, meetups and WordCamps. They want to know more about what WordPress is, what being part of a community means, if we get paid for what we do.

There we go…

For some unidentified reason, people nowadays do not understand the meaning and practicing of the word “volunteerism”. We probably live in a world where everything has a price counted in money. However this is not the case. As we can be paid with sentiments, smiles in people’s faces, acquaintance of knowledge, learning by experience. This is what we earn, getting wiser and full of tastes and feelings.

What does being member of a community mean…?

Hmmm… this should not be a tough question as we are social beings and we are not meant to be alone. Community to me means a variety of people sharing a common characteristic. In the case of WordPress global community, we all share the same passion for WordPress. It is a part of our daily life, since we either work using it (and that means also making ends meet) or we use it as a hobby like me when I am blogging.

You do not need to be a professional as you can see, in order to be part of the community. The will to contribute any way you are able to is enough and of course you always need to be respectful and cherish openness, stay away of discriminative acts or words and love people.

Why do we volunteer?

I can explain right now. We are offered a project – or I would say a tool, that makes our life easier while using it and this tool is free. It is free but you can sell the projects you make using it.
How can you keep this tool alive, not let it get old and useless when technology is growing every day?
And how you can keep alive the projects you have created using it (and your customers and yourself happy)?
The answer is by keeping alive the community that supports WordPress.

Keeping alive a community means contributing and volunteering. We are donating our time and energy in order for the benefit of other people in the community. However, at the same time we do benefit ourselves, by sharing knowledge, opinions, building strong bonds within the community with people that share the same interests, networking, having the opportunity of attending conferences in order to expand all the above and evolve not only as specialists in a work field but also as personalities.

WCEU 2018 volunteers by Ivan Gatic

Everyone in a WordPress community is a volunteer. Either you are an attendee of an event or you are organising meetups, either you are a speaker or a WordCamp organiser, either you are answering issues in a forum or submitting a new plugin, either you are helping in translation of WordPress or offering your services as volunteer in an event, either you deal with accessibility issues or contributing to the WordPress core, either you are attempting to grow this community bigger or you occupy yourself of marketing and content, either you are a photographer, a videographer, a designer, or you are teaching people how to use WordPress.

Everyone is needed. Everyone is welcomed.

Come and find your place in the WordPress community!
Get involved!

WordPress is all about the people!

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 is coming!

Amazed to announce what everyone has been waiting for long!

WordPress Greek Community wanted to show you that, Greece is not only Athens city, so this year we have selected our co-capital city to host the first WordCamp Thessaloniki, in Macedonia, northern Greece.

This is for our community the third Greek WordCamp, following also the example of other countries like Portugal (having one year a WordCamp Porto and the next one a WordCamp Lisbon).

Thessaloniki is called the most romantic city of Greece, located right next to the sea, with great history among the centuries. Feel free to visit the city a lot earlier and let us know so we can show you around.

Taste the food, feel the vibes, learn history, share culture, visit museums, archaelogical sites, have a little cruise at Thessaloniki beach, walkaround the White Tower, say hi to the statue of Alexander the Great at the beach, get to know people of Thessaloniki. It is said that Macedonians are the most hospitable people in Greece.

Save the dates : 15 & 16 of December 2018

Save the place: Thessaloniki Concert Hall & OK!Thess (for contributor day)

We are looking forward to meet you all to the next amazing greek WordCamp!
Note it down on your calendar, pick the best alarm, book your tickets, pack your bags and be on time!

Stay tuned for more news to WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 website and get ready to assist in any possible way, become a sponsor, come up with a speech or sign up as a volunteer. We need you all by our side!

Contributing @WordCamp Europe 2018

Staying at the same appartment with 5 men might have some difficulties, such as trying to wake up in the morning and get ready for Contributor Day of WordCamp Europe in Belgrade.

Having had an amazing time with friends all over the world for the past days, it was a bit tricky to get out of our beds. However, we checked for sure the schedule, we managed to be at the bus station on time and we really enjoyed the ride on a Serbian bus to Belexpo Centar.

At the registration desk, outside of Belexpo Centar, our good friend Aleksandar along with 4 more volunteers, since 08:30 in the morning, helped us and the rest of the contributors confirm our data and get our badges.

WCEU hanging from the ceiling @Belexpo Centar

In the first section of the venue, breakfast, coffee, fruit and juices were already set on tables to give us a boost for the day to come, and the waiters kindly serviced all of our needs, with the logo of WCEU hanging above our heads from the ceiling. At the same time, in the main room, round tables were set for all teams to contribute on WordPress. You could choose your spot at the table that better fitted what you had to offer to WordPress among Accessibility, BuddyPress, CLI, Coding standards, Community, Core, Core: Docs, Core: Editor (Gutenberg), Core: JavaScript, Core: Rest API, Core: Security, Design, Documentation, GDPR and privacy, Hosting, Marketing, Meta, Mobile, Polyglots, Support, Themes, Tide, Training and WordPress TV.

Everyone can contribute to WordPress, as you do not need to be an expert or a professional user. You are always welcome and your assistance is highly appreciated! Never forget that, as we always need someone to give a hand in any sector…
I love community, as it is all about

Community Wapuu collector pin

Bringing people together!

After the opening remarks by Remkus, when we were also introduced to the team leads – one of them our greek community GDPR and privacy lead, Konstantinos Ksenos (also known as Xenooos!) – we found our spots and set up our notebooks, being organised by the team leads. However, unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, Wi-Fi was not accessible due to heavy load. But I think this was the best part… Since the lack of Wi-Fi connection – even if some of us attempted to provide as hotspot their data connections – people started blending, walking around the venue, talking to each other…

Is there any better way to contribute to WordPress than networking and making bonds between communities and people?

It was a blast, seeing beloved friends that haven’t been around for some time, as our Mauricio, hanging out with Rocio, our mentor for this year’s greek WordCamp and greeting Francesca our mentor for WordCamp Athens. And it was just the right time to make a lot of new friends…

Sarah Gooding interviewing contributors for WPtavern by Florian Ziegler

I met sweet Sara Gooding with her camera, trying to capture the spirit of the day for WPtavern, to share it all around the globe. Met Leo, a young man with amazing energy and positivity, that introduced me also to Jen and Bridget from Women Who WP meetup. They ladies shared with me the beautiful story of their meetup and all listened to my concerns, regarding hosting the deaf people of Greek Community, during WordCamps and meetups, and gave their best to assist us showing us a path along with Andrea, who had been amazingly helpful and very careful with our needs.

And guess what? Yes, we did have some Mykonos talk (as well as about mousaka, tzatziki and other specialties, cuase it is already summer in greek islands) with the WordPress contributors, so when they pick the dates for their trip I might be the tour leader!

At 12:30 we had a break for lunch, and believe, in Serbia they do know how to cook and eat tasty food, as well as how to make people feel welcomed!
I would say that, after the lunch we continued networking, but the thing is… we never really stopped.

Volunteer orientation

However, we should run to Sava Centar, as the volunteer orientation will start at and we didn’t have much free time… As we got to the venue, overwhelmed of the big day to come, the rain started falling again. Taco explained every inch of our responsibilities and gave us tons of inspiration with his sence of humour.

Greek volunteers paying attention, ready to work hard…

And the time came… to walk around the venue for a guided tour with Taco leading. Checked the tracks and the registration desks, as well as the workshops and the volunteers HQ, so that we knew exactly where we had to be next morning. First time volunteering might be a little scary but the organising team made it look like a game.

No time for us to go back to our appartment and get ready for the volunteer social, so we headed at Top of the Hub Restaurant & Lounge for the dinner with sponsors, organizers and other volunteers. And guess what… We got the wrong bus… And then another one driving like “Speed” in the roads of Belgrade. Finally there, watching the astonishing view, tasting amazing food, offered some rakijas by our waiter, meeting great people.

And let’s go back home, cause tomorrow and the first day of main event of WordCamp Europe 2018, will come earlier than expected!

WordCamp Europe 2018 – Preparations (greek style)

My first WordCamp Europe! Hurray!

I have been excited to attend my first WordCamp Europe, as a newbie in WordPress and WordPress Community.

My story with WordPress started in 2015 and, although I am a new to this amazing world, I try to be an active member and volunteer as much as possible.

I have been an organiser of hometown’s local meetup along with my friend Evangelos Athanasiadis, who introduced me to WordPress and opened a door to a beautiful community. At the same time, I have been a member of the organising team of the first WordCamp of WordPress Greek Community, WordCamp Athens 2016. We kept going with WordCamp Athens 2017 and this year we decided to surprise our community, by WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018. It’s been 3 amazing years so far and hopefully we will keep it like this and even better.

Volunteering @WordCamp Europe 2018

WordCamp Europe 2018, in Belgrade, was an opportunity to offer more to an incredible community. Therefore, we decided that the organisers of meetups and WordCamps in Greece, would apply as volunteers in order to experience this great event all together.

Since this decision, it has been a happy period and when our names got announced as selected to be volunteering and our mails got the message that we were expecting with so much excitement, it was concidered to be party time.

Booking our tickets and arranging our accommodation, spreading the word of WordCamp Europe 2018, wherever we were, arranging meetups inviting Serbian community members to talk about their community and the journey to WordCamp Europe.

And the day came… to leave our country and get in Belgrade.

The journey has just started!

I chose the bus, since the traintrip, unfortunately, was not an option at that point, as the railways in Greece were under construction (Too bad cause I really wanted to . After almost 15 hours of travelling (I left Greece on Sturday 1pm and got in Belgrade Sunday at 3:30am), here I am early in the morning, meeting Fotis and Anastasis from Greece and George from Georgia (this is one of my favourite lines).

Sunday morning, found us a bit sleepy and Fotis working, so we decided to have a brunch, however, it ended up to be lunch at Bistro Grad Hometown Food. We walked till that nice place from our appartment and Anastasis showed us a bit around the city.

Passing by parks with beautiful sculptures like Tašmajdan Park, Anastasis talking about history and buildings and when we arrived at Saint Mark’s church, we experienced also a serbian wedding with many similarities to the greek ones, with a small traditional orchestra accompanying the bride to the church. Got inside the church, minimal comparing to the greek ones, however, very beautiful and spacy.

After a delicious meal, we realised we needed some rest and work so we headed back home, which I soon left again to see a bit more about Belgrade having the best guide I could ask for, Nemanja (if you need a guide for Belgrade, you’d better select a Serbian living there!).

People used to sit on the laps of Nicola Tesla statue outside the University of Belgrade Faculty of Electrical Engineering, in order to take pictures, however I decide to show some respect to the guy and just take a picture of the – so alive – statue. I found it also really interesting that student parties might keep up till the morning at the basement of the university at KST – Klub Studenata Tehnike. The sculptures outside the National Assembly of Serbia did make an impact to me, but I had to take a picture of this bearded guy Nikola Pašić, so I could make fun of my friend and colleague Takis regarding who did it better!

Afternoons can be fun in Belgrade

A coffee at was necessary at Kafeterija, which according to my guide makes the best coffee in Belgrade, and then we passed by Manufactura with the red umbrellas hanging over us to get walking around the Kalemegdan fortress and the park that surrounds it, (full of people walking, enjoying the view, concerts, art and photography exhibitions…) was one of the most awesome times ever, and the view of Sava river was just breathtaking.

However, among the beauty of the city center of Belgrade there lies a mall (a monster of modern architecture), ruining the feeling you may be travelling in time due to the amazing buildings and the history of this place. This mall definitely does not belong here, doesn’t fit…

Available time to walkaround was a bit limited, as we all felt hungry and needed to grab some dinner. Anastasis, Fotis, George, Nemanja and I met at the Central Square, just next to the offices of GoDaddy. This place was about to become our home for the coming days.

The company was lead to Skadarlija, where we realised WordCampers from all around the world have started gathering. Ivana, Taco, Milan, Andrea, Remkus, Bjørn were added to the company. That was a great multicultural gathering! Lots of great Serbian specialties and rakija made by plum, while Yoast, thankfully, took care of the bill!

(to be continued…)

Women in WordPress Communities

Rosie the Riveter @”We Can Do It!” by J. Howard Miller

Do you know who Rosie the Riveter is?
Neither did I till some days ago.
I was introduced to the story behind this poster, some months after the death of the woman that inspired the artist, at WordCamp Europe 2018 at Belgrade, during the Contributor day.

Contributor day is a huge opportunbity to assist other users of WordPress, as well as share knowledge and experience and learn a lot of things that will help you to support also your local Community, back home.

One of the topics concerning me, as a woman and active member of technological communities, is that for some undefined reason, while there are many women to the sector of Technology, they are not active members of technological communities and do not come forward neither as speakers, nor as attendees, nor as volunteers and do not socialize and network. What could we do, the ones more active, so that we to attract these women, to make them feel welcome and show them what the openness of WordPress community is?

At this point, I met two marvellous ladies, who talked to me about the Women Who WP meetup. Speaking of Jen Miller and Bridget Willard,who have been also assisting us with some other issues concerning our Community.

Naomi Parker Fraley

Naomi Parker Fraley, is the lady that inspired J. Howard Miller, in 1942 in order to create the poster of «Rosie the Riveter», where a woman withher make-up on and a scarf on her head, wearing her work uniform, lifting her sleeves, in order to set herself as a good example. “We can do it!” is the slogan that tried to call forth women, to start working in factories, during World War II, since the men were fighting. However, the poster ended up becoming a global symbol of the feminist movement and women as an economic power, while in turn inspired the design of the Wapuu for the Women Who WP meetup.
What is Women Who WP, someone could ask and why a meetup of this kind is useful and not concidered as discriminative, since it is addressed to women.

While every meetup should be female-friendly, unfortunately, this is not always the case. Generally everyone is welcomed, regardless of gender and age, of course. Just while everyone is accepted in a general group, a specialized meetup enhances the comfort level for all.

We are women-inclusive, not gender-exclusive.“, is noted on their website.

Rosie the Wapuu – Women Who WP

Wanting to confirm that women feel they are valued in the space, the creators of Women Who WP, created this meetup, which takes place once in month, before the regular local meetup, as a dinner among friends resulting to the increase of women attendance to the regular local meetup. At the same time, they use Facebook Live, in order for them to record the sessions, so that also the ones staying at home due to obligations feel involved. It is a reality for women the difficulty of taking time out of their responsibilities to focus on improving their skills and networking. During the meetup they introduce to each other, talk for something they have good knowledge of and after the questions, they share something new they learned about WordPress during the past month, increasing their confidence and gaining the courage to apply as speakers at meetups, WordCamps or other conferences.

It’s essential that each of us realize that we can make a difference and welcome one another. Whether at a general WordPress Meetup, a specially designated Women Who WP Meetup, or an informal gathering of colleagues, we need to be encouraging one another in this tech journey. The industry we have chosen to be a part of moves quickly, and it’s only through learning from one another and supporting each other that we can flourish. It’s all about community —developing it and making sure everyone has a place in it.” – Jen Miller

Meet my WordPress Community aka the Greekz!

People ask me about WordPress…

I answer about WordPress Communities.

They think, at first, that this is completely irrelevant, but then they realize there is a bigger picture to be seen.
There is a forest, not only a tree.
People ask what WordPress is, why should they choose it among other CMSs, can they find a job if they keep their hands on WordPress, can they make money, make ends meet?

Organising Team and Volunteers @WordCamp Athens 2017

I just need to say that there is a huge community of people around WordPress. All of them are volunteers, that might help you solve an issue, when that arises, or might give you a solution to something, you have not met yet, during your occupation with WordPress.
People like them also organize meetups all over the country, all over Europe, all over the globe. They organize also bigger events like WordCamps.
Others might give talks to these events, sharing the knowledge, their happiness, their stories, their success or even their failure (failure is more important than success, it is always teaching the most valuable lessons).
You will also find people sponsoring these events, funding but earning by making their firms known to a big audience and offering to the community.
You will find people volunteering to the bigger events, meeting people, participating, having fun, sharing the same passion about WordPress.

People ask us “What do you think about WordPress in Greece?”.

I say “Have you met WordPress Greek Community?”.

Organising Team @WordCamp Athens 2016 (Zoom in to find Kouratoras)

That’s not exactly a community, but a big company of friends, sometimes we may say family, cause Greeks are supposed to be all about family, food, hospitality, crazy, drinks, smiley and with lots of love.
People who ask, don’t exactly care sometimes about the community, cause they don’t realize that alone you get lost, but with family there is always a path to be found.

Let me introduce you my family… and then you will understand.

Dinner @Top Of The Hub, Restaurant and Lounge (WordCamp Europe 2018) by Stephen McLeod Blythe

It is Takis from Athens, that has led two WordCamp Athens so far and now a mentor, the big bear with the amazing beard. He reminds me of Zeus sometimes – plus he has ancient sandals (I’ve seen them). Try finding him as “Takis big” cause in Greece you ill meet definitely smaller ones…
Then Vangelis, the eldest, the wiser, the polyglots guy. He has gray hair, however he is not so old. The army guy… There is a quote from an old Greek movie that we use sometimes to make fun of him, that army guys talk sharp. (We really make fun of each other all day long.)
Panos from Thessaloniki, our new lead to a WordCamp-surprise, he is a cuddler for sure, smiling and cool… Sometimes he laughs on his own with his jokes but ok (I do it too…).
Have you met Iakovos and Kostas? No? Come on… First of all, they are my cutest ones! Young, full of life, Iakovos could be a party animal and loves music (I listen to him on the radio every Friday) while Costas hates my snapchats… And I adore sending him things with which he (thinks) could embarrass me, but guess what… I am posting them myself within 30 seconds! His happiness doesn’t last.

Yeah, about that thing I said for making fun… We do work all day long, but if we have a minute, we might find a photo that can create great memes… and then we use them not so wisely…

Kostas from Athens carries around his camera and captures the most crazy moments, while he is always about helping people as a member of Red Cross.
Then it is Vassilis, he is a Spartan! (not one of the 300, but he is a Spartan!) He deals with the websites of the Community and WordCamps, usually on his own, as we all do several things and don’t have much time to assist him.
Makis, lives among security, his wife, his daughter and his dog Dotty… Jesus all females! And he still manages everything perfectly! I have no idea how the hell he does it. (My father has also 4 women at home… he is not so happy anymore.)
Costas from Thessaloniki (yes we do have a lot of Costas, please get used to this… find a way to distinguish them), calm and strong, however, you should know he keeps the better jokes and he might take over if necessary.

Constantinos from Athens (is a different way to say Costas) is a new addition to the family, amazing tattoo artist and really does not stop joking, he loves meatballs and swag for his collection…
Stefanos, goes always by the book and sometimes we do need velocity, but we need more to be completely sure everything is right, cause a greek saying indicates that whoever is in a hurry might trip and fall, so we definitely need him here to be the voice of common sense!
Giannis is waiting for his first baby and we are dreaming of a WordCamp at the island he has been born to, a summer in the Cyclades, Tinos! I think we would all be onboard for that!

And then we have another Constantinos (God help us, they are majority) from Thessaloniki this time… constantly playing with his servers, some GDPR and teaching too!
George I think is our youngest, he just finished his army duty, to come back to his team at Thessaloniki and the bigger team of Greece. He is our talented boy and we are proud of him.
Stefanos the craziest one, but always supportive and with an opinion to share while brainstorming and probably the person you need to hang around for some drinks when everything is going straight to hell!

And the last one is me, the girl power of the team. Writing, deleting, typing all day long and sometimes I think it is not good enough to go online (I always think of that but they manage to keep me nice ‘n’ easy.)

Afterparty @WordCamp Europe 2018

This is a team. This is a family, not only friends from all over Greece. And you know what? It is not only us. Community has many members, awaiting for you to come and make it even bigger, give it feathers to fly.
Please don’t try to spell our last names, there are times, even we cannot spell them. Just try with our first names, after all we are gonna be friends!

Meet Kostas Kouratoras (you can also make your Kouratoras, if you need the .psd file ask us), meet Platon and Aggeliki, Marianna and Alexandra from Creta, meet Fotis #fotaras, our travelling boy with his own hashtag and always surrounded by beautiful women, Poppie designing the graphics of the community and Nikos Savvopoulos the designer of our new WordCamps’ graphics, meet Eleni and Zoe, meet Giannis from Larissa, teacher of mathematics and lover of entrepreneurship.. Meet all these people and many more, who share the same passion for WordPress and make a living out of it.

I just realised I can name all people in the community, so please stop me, it’s a lot of us…

Developers, bloggers, website builders, designers, SEO experts, security guys, social media managers, hosting providers, ecommerce people, journalists… we all fit here.

We eat a lot, (food is essential) that is for sure one characteristic we all share, and we love raki with honey.
We all look serious and hardworking when it gets to community, the community website, the social media channels, events etc. but I swear we do laugh our hearts out and we will never stop no matter what.
We all run towards the one that might need us. That’ s what a family is all about. Strong bonds.

Organizing WordPress meetups and WordCamps has been not a task but an amazing experience we shared throughout these years, making the community stronger, bigger entertained, sharing the knowledge and the passion, learning, becoming wiser while networking and open to opportunities and other communities and cultures.

WordPress is all about hospitality of all as equals, a little democracy open to everyone.

Meet us. Bring your passion over. Be one of us. Be the WordPress Greek Community.