The only real exposure I’ve had to Savannah, Georgia is through my reading of John Berendt’s Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil many years ago. I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah and this coming weekend, I get my chance to do just that.
I am attending and presenting at WordCamp Savannah this weekend and am really looking forward to it. From what I understand, Savannah has a young WordPress community full of true beginners and people just getting started with WordPress. Jane Wells is doing a bang up job in organizing a local WordPress community there, and this is just the beginning. I’m thrilled to help!
I arrive in Savannah tomorrow, early afternoon, which leaves the rest of the afternoon and evening getting acquainted with Savannah. Any recommendations would be welcome! I’m staying right on the river – just 1/2 mile away from the venue, the SCAD River Club.
There is a session all day on Friday titled “Get Your WordPress Here!” that is meant for true beginners — we’re talking about people who have never installed WordPress before. They are tasked with bringing a laptop, some pre-prepared posts and content for some basic pages. The entire day will be a beginners Workshop for folks who are brand new to WordPress.
I’m following up with that group on Saturday at 11:45 am with my session titled “WordPress For Dummies: LIVE Q&A“. New users will spend the day Friday learning about getting started with WordPress, then attend my session on Saturday to follow-up with your burning questions. Keep in mind, my session is user-focused and is meant for beginners … so I will not be addressing or discussing questions related to advanced topics (WC Savannah has a developers track for the more geeky among us!).
I don’t have any slides prepared or any specific talk planned. What I do have planned is an informal chat where we will discuss the topics the audience wants to know about. I plan to do this by taking questions from the attendees about topics related to getting started with the WordPress platform. I will very much be winging it and am looking forward to meeting everyone who attends!
As a bonus – I will be giving away 10 copies of my latest book, WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition. This book is hot off the presses (released early August 2010) and is in keeping with the theme of my sessions, which is to help new users explore the WordPress platform and discover how they can use it to freely, and easily, publish content on the WWW. I will be on hand all weekend to sign your copy, if you’d like — and if we’re lucky, since Matt Mullenweg (Co-Founder of WordPress) will be in attendance – maybe we can get him to sign it too! Keep our fingers crossed!
WordCamp Savannah has an amazing line up of speakers ready to present on topics for users and developers, alike! I’m looking forward to a great weekend of learning, sharing and meeting new people. AND visiting Savannah for the first time … roaming around and getting to know the place a little!
If you’re planning on attending and will be there this weekend – please stop me and say hi!