The time between now and November has me traveling a great deal for WordCamps and other events. If you are attending any of these events, I hope you find me there and say HI!
WordCamp Grand Rapids – August 18-19th: Because who doesn’t want to travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan?? It’s always been a dream of mine…. I am speaking Saturday afternoon on the topic of WordPress Multisite – - a user-level presentation focused on introducing the user to the Multisite feature: how, when and why to use it on your own WordPress web site. I’m also presenting on Sunday morning as part of the WordPress Study Hall hopefully introducing users to the WordPress.Org Support Forums – - a session on how to jump into the Support Forum at WordPress.Org and get started helping users with their burning questions. You may feel like you don’t know much about WordPress, but odds are – you know more than someone who is just starting and, more than likely, there’s a question or two that you can provide answers to. Contributing to the WordPress project doesn’t always have to mean contributing code! The goal of this session is to get users into the support forums helping other users and contributing by helping others find solutions. (note: my own presence in the .Org Support Forums has been woefully low – using this session to kick myself in the pants!)
WordCamp Chicago – August 25-26th: Ahhh, Chicago! No offense to any Camp organizers out there – but Chicago sits in a soft spot in my heart! I am the former organizer of WordCamp Chicago (2009 and 2010) – - in 2011, when other life-related obligations sprang up and I couldn’t do it anymore – an amazing group of people stepped in and kept it rocking and rolling and moved it forward bigger and better than before! I’m speaking in Chicago on Sunday August 26 and my session name is “Here’s BuddyPress, Install it Maybe” – an introductory look at the BuddyPress plugin for WordPress. Discover what BuddyPress is and determine if the features of the BuddyPress plugin meet your needs. This session takes you through a quick discovery of the features and components of BuddyPress, a walk through on installation and real world examples of BuddyPress in action. By the end of this session, you’ll have a complete grasp on what BuddyPress is (and isn’t) to enable you to answer the questions “Do I really need it?” and “How hard is it to work with?”
WordCamp Baltimore – September 8-9th: Run by my long-time friend, Jayvie Canono and his friend, Andy Stratton, this Camp brings me to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore and this trip will be my second visit – - the first one was for the WordCamp Mid-Atlantic gathering in 2010. I am doing Opening Remarks in Baltimore on Saturday morning at the Maryland Science Center – so my job is to get the Camp rolling, bright and early in the morning. Anyone who knows me knows that early mornings are a challenge for me – so coffee, or other caffeine related products, are welcome and encouraged!
In between all my geek travels – I am making time to travel to Seattle September 22-25th. I have tickets to the Green Bay Packers v. Seattle SeaHawks for Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field on September 24th! Reeaaalllly hoping that Matt Flynn starts as QB for the SeaHawks .. up against his former team and mentor, Aaron Rodgers…now THAT would make the trip extra worthwhile!
WordCamp Las Vegas – October 6-7th: Even though organizer, John Hawkins, is a personal friend, PLUS he filled in for me at WordCamp Phoenix last year when I came down with a version of the flu that puts the black plague to shame – - I have never attended the WordCamp in Las Vegas. This year, I’m changing that by not only attending, but presenting on the topic of WordPress Multisite: an introduction to the Multisite feature of WordPress that helps users understand what Multisite is, how to activate the features on their WordPress.org installation, a walk through of basic features…followed up with several use case scenarios and examples to assist users determine if the Multisite feature is a viable solution for their WordPress project(s), and candy. Yes, candy – - WordCamps are really great, but candy + WordCamp = teh AWESOME!
WordCamp Philadelphia – October 20-21st: Organizers Brad Williams and Doug Stewart always put on a fine, fine event – this one is usually on my annual “DO NOT MISS” Camp. They are just getting things rolling over there in Philly, I’ll be submitting my session topic as soon as they start accepting them – so my topic is TBA. What I do know is that I still have the Aaron Rodgers jersey for Brad – and he has to wear it during WordCamp Philly because last year, he was so certain that the Packers would lose to the Steelers….but he was wrong (wah, wah, wah, wah…) – in return for his misplaced overconfidence, he has to wear the coveted #12 Green & Gold jersey. Look on the bright side, Brad – it’s not like I’m asking you to wear a Ben Roethlisberger jersey, or anything!
WordPress Community Summit – October 29th: This is a brand new event this year run by the folks at WordPress.Org, and organized primarily by Jane Wells; the purpose of the event is to: build bridges between the people making WordPress (via the contributor groups) and the people doing the best and most influential work built on top of it, open channels of communication between project leaders, volunteers, and professionals in the community, learn more about each others’ goals, challenges, and ways we can help each other, share best practices and have a few drinks and get to know each other better. This is a by-invite only event and I am happy, and quite honored, to be among those invited (the list of invites is pretty stellar – the talent that will be descending down on Tybee is downright amazing). The event is being held on Tybee Island, GA – which I have visited twice in the recent past and LOVE having the opportunity to go again (the seafood at the Crab Shack is to DIE FOR).
Pressnomics – November 8-10: Held in Chandler, AZ, this is also a brand new event and that I am happy to be attending. WordPress supports a hugely successful commercial ecosystem. Commercial entities of all stripes serve the market of ~72 million WordPress powered websites with themes, plugins, hosting, and service based consulting.Pressnomics aims to bring these companies and professionals together in an atmosphere of learning and collaboration. PressNomics aims to be a once year gathering of global WordPress professionals to learn, foster collaboration, and build new strategies for commercial success in the growing WordPress ecosystem. This is a new kind of event in the WordPress world, I’m interested to see its success and future growth!
So, yea….that’s my itinerary for the next few months…guess who will be living out of a suitcase?
Please let me know if you’ll be in attendance at any (or several) of these events – would love to meet you, say hi and press a few words! (see what I did there??)