If everyone who was going to WordCampUS in Nashville this year were to write a pre-WordPress post, well, that would be a lot of posts. I choose to do so for two reasons.
What I Get Out of WordCampUS
The first reason really has two parts.
1. The Pulse of the WordPress Community and the Ecosystem
Lately, as I pivoted my model here on BobWP, I had a few people ask me if I was going to become The NPR of WordPress. Now you may be wondering, is Bob going to take BobWP into the liberal zone? No, although I will admit, I am somewhat of a liberal kind of guy.
But back to WordCamp US. I attend for:
The IRL Stories and Experiences
This site is about educating you by keeping a pulse on WordPress. Not necessarily the news (or the drama), but more of the learning process and the tools we have at our fingertips. When I heard the comparison to NPR, I took it as a compliment because we are all about educating our readers and listeners. And our plans for the future? Well, we’re in alignment there, too.
And who knows what twists and turns our posts and podcasts will take?
So, at any WordCamp, it’s really connecting with people, learning what they are up to, exchanging stories and understanding what drives both the community and ecosystem of WordPress. And that just doesn’t get any better than in-real-life mode.
Insider Product and Service Innovations
I cannot tell you how many times, at the last two WordCamps US I attended, I got juicy details about something new and exciting on the horizon—straight from the source. Some it is announced directly at camp. Other times, it’s on the cusp or in the works. I am honored when someone trusts me so much that they share what they are planning before it’s announced to the public. Always great stuff, too!
2. People, People and More People
Are you getting a sense of déjà? Even though people are an integral part of what I just shared, it goes beyond WordPress and what is transpiring on the business side of things.
Without sounding like a broken record, a huge part of my experience is reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. Stories, laughs and sometimes even a serious chat or two. Whatever the case, those conversations are priceless. And that is where I spend my time. In what they call the Hallway Track.
Will I Be Creating a Podcast at WordCampUS?
Likely I will. Not sure how it’s all going to play out, but I can imagine it will involve many attendees. Between now and then I will come up with an idea, but it may change during my flight or even as I am hooking up my mic to my iPhone at the event. In any case, it will be fun.
I Cannot Leave This Without a Heartfelt Thanks
This year, several individuals and businesses have made it possible for me to get to Nashville. I have promised them a big hug (if they are a hugging kind of person) and I’m sure selfies will happen as well. This pretty much sums up what the WordPress community is about.
A big thanks to:
James Laws & Ninja Forms
Shawn Hesketh & WP101
If you are going to be there, let’s make sure to find each other. If you have something you want to chat about specifically, leave a comment here, ping me on social or find me in the hallways at WordCamp. Let’s make it happen!
See you in Nashville.
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