On October 29th, I attended my first WordCamp in Birmingham (AL). I’d been excited about it for weeks. My background is .Net/C# web development, but I’ve used WordPress for years. Now I was ready to learn about the business and tech of creating WordPress websites for other people.
It didn’t take long before I decided that WordCamp Birmingham was the best $20 I’ve ever spent. A few reasons why:
- The community. The WordPress community is just as nice as I’d always heard. Everyone was happy to talk shop and answer questions.
- Cory Miller’s keynote. He talked about the main thing that I think about: purpose.
- Impostor Syndrome session. Nathan Ingram’s presentation contained so much great information, and it made me take a long look at whether I sell myself short. (I do; I so do.)
- Security information. My husband attended the session on WordPress security, and he brought back numerous hints and ideas for our own business.
- Encouragement. I talked to both Nathan and Kyle Johnson about my recent decision to leave my corporate job (the previous day!) to work as a freelancer. Both were very encouraging and gave me things to think about. And Nathan even introduced me to someone saying, “She quit her job yesterday!” 🙂
- Learning about Project NAMI. I’m a huge fan of SQL Server, and a SQL Server port of WordPress is really something I can get behind.
- The t-shirt. It may seem silly to include it, but it’s a pretty awesome t-shirt.
- Meeting Elizabeth Pampalone. My husband went to her presentation and immediately began messaging me to tell me to join him. I did, and she was imparting tons of valuable business information. We talked to her afterwards, and she is super nice.
- Slack. My husband set up a Slack channel for our business before the first session was even over. It is a great way to share information, and I’m no longer getting dozens of “read this” emails every day. 😉
- Food for thought. By the end of the day, I’d learned a lot of great information to think about as I start my WordPress life. Do I want to only create websites, or do I want to consider developing add-ons and plugins? I’m still thinking about it.
If you have a chance to attend a WordCamp, I highly recommend it. I will definitely be at WCBHAM next year.