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Hi! Welcome to issue #2 of my newsletter - I'm Glad You Asked. Below you'll find a bunch of stuff you didn't ask for, but will hopefully enjoy.

We'll start with some WordPress news and stuff you should add to your calendar. I'll list out some of my favorite resources and reads from the past few weeks. Following that, the newest stuff I've been up to and we'll wrap up with a mindset challenge.

Let's get started!

🗣 Learn how to make Block Patterns

As Gutenberg becomes more and more prevalent, it's definitely worthwhile to get in on block patterns. Being able to create and distribute block patterns is the next logical step in the WordPress creator journey. Luckily we've got a strong place to start right here! Check out the first look at the block pattern directory!

🗣 There's a new WP Tavern Podcast

The largest and most popular source of WordPress news is starting a podcast! I have not been silent about how much I feel this is a missed opportunity to display how diverse our community is. If you're interested in my thoughts on WordPress podcasts and diversity, read more here.

🗣 No more support for IE11

Finally! The ugly red-headed stepchild of the browser world is being filtered out. After a ton of discussion, it was finally agreed to drop support for this version. Will this affect you? How do you feel about WordPress not supporting some browser versions?

📆 WordCamp Santa Clarita

One of the first major WordCamps of the year has been announced! The team in Santa Clarita is bound to put together another amazing virtual event this year. Subscribe for updates now!

📆 Pennsylvania-Wide WP Meetup

The Philly WordPress meet up group is holding a giant meetup for the entire Pennsylvania WordPress community! The topic: client onboarding!

📆 GoDaddy Pro Expand

The GoDaddy Pro product has a very special place in my heart. Which is why I'm excited for it's first ever virtual event! Perfect for veterans, newbies, and everyone inbetween.

🔗 My Favorite Links

Here are some of my favorite links from the past few weeks. Some is WordPress related, some isn't. But hopefully there's something cool in here you can use!

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👩🏾‍💻 Newest From Me

Underrepresented in Tech: The Vlog!
As you may know, I co-founded Underrepresented in Tech with Michelle Frechette. A few weeks ago, we started a little vlog series! Each week we publish a short conversation between us about something we're feeling passionate about. Check them out here.

Writing has always been one of my strongest skills
Which means it is always a fall-back for me! I've started offering freelance blog/article writing. Check out the last post I wrote for the Cloud22 blog about how nonprofits can grow their social media following. Need a writer? Let's chat!

Some personal recs:
📺 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
🎶 The 1975
🎮 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
🥣 Vegan chocolate chip cookies
📖 The Bell Jar

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💌 A Challenge

So this is the part of the newsletter where I provide a mindset challenge for you to focus on until my next issue. This is something I am currently working on myself.

I challenge you to think more about your self-love language. I've had some really helpful conversations recently with friends about love languages. It may sound a little corny, but think that identifying and sharing this trait with people in your life can help anticipate needs and prevent conflict.

Recently, I saw a post about self-love languages. Which makes so much sense, since the first person you need to love and take care of every day is yourself.

If your love language is quality time, give yourself movie nights, sunshine, and hobbies. If it's words of affirmation, give yourself compliments, gratitude, and mindfulness. If it's physical touch, give yourself bubble baths, blankets, and exercise. For acts of service, organize, meal prep, and do self care. And if you're into receiving gifts, take a trip, treat yourself, or invest in yourself.

So your challenge this time around is to make an effort every day to honor your self-love language.

So that's your challenge! I'm glad you asked!
xoxo Allie

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