It’s confession time.
If you were at WordCamp US this year, or attended any in the past, it’s likely that someone, even dozens of people, might have asked you:
“What do you think of the sessions so far?”
I have gotten this question many, many times. And my answer is almost always the same:
“Well, actually, I haven’t attended any.”
Some of you out there in Readerland have probably heard—or said—the same thing.
This doesn’t mean the sessions are not worth attending. Not at all. In fact, I know from the past, WordCamps are a fountain of knowledge and filled with speakers who educate and inspire.
My WordCamp US Post
Some of you have been following me long enough to know that I always write a post-WordCamp US post. I fill it with photos of people I met or had conversations with. You can see a lot of those on my Twitter stream. Wonderful peeps, wonderful times.
And I also write about the company or, as it was this year, the people who sent me to WordCamp US, who I am eternally grateful to (you can read about them in this post). In that post I also talked about what WordCamp US means to me, which I want to elaborate on today.
The Hallway Track
It’s that place at WordCamp US where I find the cool sponsors. The place where people hang and dozens and dozens of amazing conversations happen. Aside from eating lunch and doing other necessary things, that’s where you’ll find me for the entire two days.
It’s the spot with an extraordinary blend of people and conversation.
Ideas, Not Deals
You may have gone to conferences, even other WordCamps, to drum up some new business. Or strike that deal.
Nothing wrong with that.
But with the space I am in now, for me, it’s more about ideas. And I come back with a ton of them.
From these conversations come ideas that transform into content via posts, podcasts and videos that help me teach you even more about WordPress, eCommerce and blogging. Insights on upcoming trends in the space. Visualizations from all walks of life, including what people see coming down the road. Peeks into amazing new products and services, whether released at the time of WordCamp—or just around the corner. And throughout all this are sprinkled personal news, laughter, smiles and hugs.
There is nothing better to fill the flight time home than those memories and making sure I get my fresh thoughts down on my iPad as I sit in or above the clouds.
I shared a sneak peek: what’s happening in late January
I talked with a ton of people about something we are doing toward the end of January 2018. Stay tuned because it will be announced at the beginning of the year. It’s not a new service or product, but something that will take place over the course of 48 hours.
I guarantee without reservation that you will love it. Is that enough of a tease?
My Plan for WordCamp US Next Year
Be in Nashville next year if you can, whether you were able to attend this year or not. And if you go, consider making it a mix of sessions and networking. Dive deep into the learning mode. Create new friends and partnerships. Find your groove.
I would never recommend anyone to do exactly what I do, especially since those speakers work hard at preparing and delivering their extraordinary sessions. I promise you that you will walk away with new knowledge and inspiration.
Because, in the end, it’s all good.