Well, in a matter of a bit over two weeks, I’ll be in St. Louis at WordCamp US. Am I looking forward to it!
I have been fortunate to be able to attend all 4 of the past WordCamp US since its inception. This has been a result of some very cool WordPress businesses stepping up and sponsoring me.
They have included GoDaddy, WPEngine, BlueHost, WPMU, Ninja Forms, Event Espresso, and several individuals. I am forever grateful to their support and generosity.
This year I am sponsoring myself.
That Number 1 Reason
I’m sure I am missing a few things here, but I try my hardest to attend for these top five reasons.
This is my number one reason. I get to spend time with people that I normally work with online, or maybe an occasional chat via video. And do I make the most of it. Tons of conversation, with old friends and new. And not just those in the states, but those who come from outside the US. If you have seen me at a WordCamp US, I spend an inordinate amount of time doing just this. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I also try to spend a little time with the sponsors for WCUS. Yes, they are people, too 🙂
First I get to chat with and rekindle friendships with so many cool people I know who run these businesses.
Secondly, I always get to learn about something new in the space. And often that leads to a new friendship.
I admit, I spend a lot of time in the sponsor area. It’s where stuff happens.
In a nutshell, this is why I go to WordCamp US. Because of everyone else who goes there.
That’s Not All
Obviously there are many other reasons to go to WordCamp US. The great sessions to name one. There are 50 speakers and several workshops to get your WordPress learning on. But remember, if you have to choose between a great conversation and a session, all sessions will be recorded and available. So you get the best of both worlds.
Food is always good. I always enjoy the State of the Word from Matt Mullenweg. And the overall atmosphere is exciting and filled with that good old WordPress community.
Remember that people thing I talked about? One lesson I have learned is it’s impossible to meet with everyone you know. I’m sure there are many like me who during post-WordCamp US come the the realization…
Damn, I never said “hi” to [fill in the blank]
So I have started a list. A list of names of people who have already connected with me and said:
- We need to say hi.
- We need to catch up.
- We need to finally meet in-person.
This list obviously is not a list of everyone I will end up saying hi to, or chatting with, or even getting a hug from. But at least they are the ones I will not forget.
So if we haven’t met in-person, leave a comment, ping me on Twitter, or simple come up to me if you see me wandering, talking or even shoving food into my mouth.
Because, it’s all about the people.