October was another busy month of travel. This month has been a busy time for WordPress conferences. PodsCamp, Prestige Conference, WordCamp Dallas / Fort Worth, WordCamp Ann Arbor and WordCamp Tampa. We were involved with three of them. We went to Texas and Michigan. Those of you that found us, it was great seeing you and talking to you!
WordCamp Dallas / Fort Worth: October 4 – 5
By: Gregg Franklin (@GreggFranklin)
After landing in DFW I drove to the hotel checked in and headed off to the (unofficial) Genesis pre-WordCamp DFW Gathering. Quite a mouthful but was very happy I did. I met Sara Graybill, Ginger Coolidge, Stephanie Newton and several others. It was held at The Bearded Lady on Fort Worth.
The WordCamp was held at Tarrant Community College – South Campus, a nice campus with plenty of parking.
This was a two-day WordCamp. Saturday was all about content with four solid tracks, There was a beginners track and 3 additionals. After lunch, Cory Miller of iThemes gave the key note address where he spoke about “The Click Publish Moment”. At the end of the day Aaron Campbell (a WordPress contributor) Closed with – The WordPress Community: Getting Involved.
Some session highlights:
Scoping Projects by Sheryle Gillihan
How to Determine Value and Set Pricing by Kirk Bowman
Running a WordPress Business while traveling the world – Daniel Espinoza
The second day was a contributor day.
TheWordCamp went off quite smoothly with just a couple little hiccups. We at ServerPress even had our own hiccup as the tshirts we ordered and had planned to give out failed to arrive on time at the correct location.
We want to thank the wonderful organizers for putting on a great event. Thank you Mike Avery, Carrie Dils, Rudy Lopez, Paula Hill, Sam Hill, Roy Condrey, Beth Avery and Gina Curb
WordCamp Ann Arbor: October 4
By: Marc Benzakein (@MarcBenzak)
This year marked the first WordCamp Ann Arbor. It was to be a one-day event and attendance was expected to be about 150 to 200 people. I was asked to come and speak. I opted to do my presentation on how to get the most out of a WordCamp; a quick, first thing in the morning presentation geared toward the folks who had never been to a WordCamp before.
I took advantage of the proximity and the fact that it was a one-day WordCamp by taking my nine-year old son with me. We opted to take the train as it’s about 8 hours from Milwaukee, and I thought the time on the train with just my son would make for some great one-on-one time.
We arrived in Ann Arbor Friday night, caught a Lyft to our hotel where we ordered pizza in and relaxed until it was time for bed.
Saturday morning we got up early and got ready for WordCamp. Upon arrival at the venue, we were greeted by confused faces. I had tweeted, as a response to someone talking about the Speaker/Sponsor dinner that I was sorry that I could not make it. This was misinterpreted as I was not going to make it to speak. The sign of good organizers is that they have backup plans, and they had already changed the website and schedule to reflect my “replacement.” Talk about efficient! Of course, when they saw me, they were happy to give me my spot back and we had a good laugh about the misunderstanding.
My presentation will go down as my favorite, ever. My son, Eli, was sitting in the audience and he interacted and asked questions that kept the audience entertained; so much so that I am sure there were more tweets about him than me. If I had set him up with a Twitter account, he’d probably have more followers by the end of that weekend than I do, as well (ok – that’s probably mathematically unlikely, given the attendance).
I spent most of my day out in the main area chatting with people. Two people I spent some quality time with were Jeff Chandler of WPTavern and Rebecca Gill of Web Savvy Marketing. Rebecca gave a fantastic presentation and we had a great conversation after.
Jeff Chandler wrote a great article about it and you can read about it here.
The organizers did a fantastic job. From venue to content, to just plain awesomeness, it was not just good for a “first-time” but one of the most enjoyable WordCamps this year!
Want to catch us at an upcoming WordCamp? Here’s where we’ll be:
WordCamp Toronto – November 15th-16th: Marc will be there speaking giving the same presentation he gave in Ann Arbor. If you’ve never been to a WordCamp and plan to go to WordCamp Toronto, this is definitely a presentation you’ll not want to miss.
Let us know on twitter @DesktopServer if you’re planning on attending any of these events and love WordCamps too, and don’t forget to find us and say hello!