Later this week, I’ll be travelling 1,600 km (1,000 miles for my Imperial system readers) to present at WordCamp Atlanta. This will be the 4th WordCamp I have spoken at in the last 12 months (Montreal, Toronto, and, most recently, Victoria are the others). I always find going to WordCamps to be an great experience on many levels. Every WordCamp I attend lets me walk away with more knowledge than I arrived with as there is always a wealth of expertise and a willingness to share that expertise at these events. I also get to experience how other WordCamps are run. As one of the organizers of last year’s WordCamp Toronto (hopefully we will be back doing one again this year), I enjoy to seeing how others approach the event a behind-the-scenes perspective, from how the registration desk is run to how sponsors are promoted and even how the attendees feel. It’s surprising what you can hear from people while they are having lunch!
One of the things I am looking forward to most for WordCamp Atlanta is a full day of just being an attendee. My presentation is during the last slot on Friday, leaving me all day Saturday to check out the sessions I am most interested in, and it looks like I am going to be wearing my developers hat on that day, attending sessions on theme development mainly. I am looking forward to Travis Smith’s session on developing with Genesis as well as Evan Mullins PSD to WordPress theme session, as that’s the route I have been going as of late and I am sure he will have some cool tips and tricks.
Oh yeah, my session: it’s curtains for my session on Shared Hosting and WordPress. I’ve done it a few times now, and, after Atlanta, it will be given a very nice place out in the pasture of my presentations and will also make for a couple of posts here on WPTeach.
One last great thing about going to WordCamps is meeting a ton of great people who are enthusiastic and passionate about WordPress! I always walk away from a WordCamp having met at least a few people who become regular contacts. So, if your’re at WordCamp Atlanta and happen to see me, please make sure to say hi. I’d love to meet you!!