I have taken a break from speaking at WordCamps, with the exception of a workshop I gave last year at WordCamp Seattle, which was a previously promised commitment.
My very first WordCamp speaking gig was at WordCamp Seattle 2011, followed by WordCamp Chicago that same year. After that I did a few more, as well as a lot of other conferences speaking gigs and presentations for organizations.
I came back full circle, with my last gig in Seattle in 2015, after which I unofficially retired. It’s been a great break and the WordCamps I have been to since then have kept me busy enough.
But then again, I am one to never say never.
I’ve Been a Part of the Seattle WordPress Community for 7 Years
I joined the Seattle WordPress Meetup in October 2010. I was the organizer for a year and have been on the organizing team for several more. But over the last couple of years, since we moved farther away, I haven’t been quite as involved. In fact, we are now about the same distance from Portland, Oregon as we are from Seattle. So I’m smack in the middle—literally— of those two WordPress communities.
And Now It’s Back to the Stage with WordCamp Portland
I’ve been to WordCamp Portland three times, once as a speaker. When they announced the date, I thought, What the heck. I knew I would be going as it’s one of the two I can actually drive to vs. flying (although the 3.5 hour drive is even longer than some flights I have taken to WordCamps).
So it’s time to put my speaker’s hat back on.
What Am I Talking About at WCPDX?
I knew that the only way I was going to submit a talk was if I could find something outside of the other talks I’ve done in the past. And what I do a lot of, have learned a lot about, and feel confident I know what the heck I am talking about is: Republishing Your Blog Posts.
Bingo. That was it.
In fact, you can see the session description here: Don’t Waste All That Good Content: How Repurposing Can Keep It Alive
Lastly, the Most Important Thing I Want to Share
It’s fun giving talks at WordCamps. But it’s even more fun meeting and connecting with people. That is what I attend WordCamps for. And to be honest, it always has been. If they were not sold out, I would poke at you to get your ticket. But if you are planning on being there, let’s make a point to say hi. Even chat a bit. If I know you, we will catch up. If I don’t, we will know each other by the end of camp.
Make sure to find me!
Will I be speaking again soon? Nothing is in the works and who knows, it may be another 2 years.
Like I said, never say never.