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Wordcamp Conference Review

Updated on January 31, 2014

WordCamp PHX 2013

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When you picture a room filled with over 600 web designers, developers and bloggers, what is the first word that comes to mind? To many, that word would be geek. A better word would be energy. Take those 600 people and give them unlimited wi-fi, numerous charging stations along with a smorgasbord of experienced speakers to choose from. Add food, drinks, a little entertainment and lots of swag and you have a group of happy campers….“Word Campers.”

This was my first Wordcamp conference so I entered with a mixture of apprehension, excitement and, of course, expectation. Before I get into the details, I want to say that Wordcamp didn’t disappoint! It provided an ideal opportunity and atmosphere for learning and networking.


What is WordCamp?

In a nutshell, WordCamp is everything WordPress. It is a conference that is focused on using and developing WordPress. It covers blogging, business and social media. It talks about design and development. WordCamps are held all over the world. For more indepth information and to find a schedule of Wordcamps, please check out their site: What to Expect at WordCamp Central.


How does WordCamp run?

Each WordCamp has its own individual style. The WordCamp I attended was WordCamp PHX. It kicked off at 8:00am on a Friday and ended Sunday evening.Both Friday and Saturday pffered multiple choices of classes at 4 different levels. There were plenty of options. Sunday was run a little differently. Since most of the people were heading home. it was much more informal with 1/2 hour "power" talks and the ability to join "break away" groups.Throughout the conference, there was an opportunity to visit with the sponsors and other companies related to websites. On Saturday, there was an entire area called Rockstars dedicated only to troubleshooting your site.Meals snacks and social activities provided a great way to regroup, relax and mingle.

Who can go to WordCamp?

There are no requirements or restrictions on who can attend a WordCamp conference. Anyone who is interested in learning more about anything WordPress is welcome to attend. Since it is a nonprofit organization, they rely on sponsors and donations to run it, keeping the cost to attendees at a minimum. The price of a ticket varies between WordCamps. WordCamp Phx was $20 per day or you could purchase all 3 days for $50. The full pass also included a t-shirt, 2 after parties and 2 lunches. And that's not even the Swag!

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This is what a full pass gets you. A t-shirt and a wealth of classes!A closer look at some of those sessions.Swag!
This is what a full pass gets you. A t-shirt and a wealth of classes!
This is what a full pass gets you. A t-shirt and a wealth of classes! | Source
A closer look at some of those sessions.
A closer look at some of those sessions. | Source
Swag!
Swag! | Source

Programs or sites to keep you connected

I thought I would share some of the resources with you:

Wp Watercooler. A 30 minute roundtable discussion, Mondays at 11:00am pst

speakerdeck.com where you can share presentations

chrislema.com coach

and the list goes on.

My take away from WordCamp

This was the first conference in a very long time that I have attended that turned out to be incredibly useful. I did go into it with some expectation and I can honestly say that WordCamp Phx exceeded those expectations. I was hoping to learn more practical matters about blogging. I did. I was hoping to learn logistical moves. I did. I was hoping to meet more people like me. I did. I was hoping to meet people different from me and I did! The amount of knowledge and talent amongst the organizers, presenters, supporters and attendees was remarkable. The encouragement, support and dedication between them was heartwarming. The amount of available resources there was staggering. If you write,design or develop a website or if you are planning a website for your business, I recommend attending a WordCamp or two. You won't be sorry.

What did you learn at WordCamp and who did you meet?

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A good question.And another good question.Volunteering at an event is a great way to meet new people!
A good question.
A good question. | Source
And another good question.
And another good question. | Source
Volunteering at an event is a great way to meet new people!
Volunteering at an event is a great way to meet new people! | Source

Have you attended any type of conference for "bloggers"?

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The best part of attending WordCamp.

Attending this conference gave me a much needed injection of energy. It filled my head with so many new ideas. It introduced me to many new applications and ideas in addition to the people I had the opportunity to meet. I have received perks in the form of e-books, along with marketing strategies. I met people who are my neighbors standing alongside people from halfway across the world. I will keep in touch with some of them and look forward to collaborating with a few, as well. I came home with a new sense of purpose.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, catgypsy! It was a very worthwhile conference and I highly recommnend it!

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      I have never heard of these, but thanks for the information! I would love to attend something like this.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You don't look silly, Leslie but I am surprised that you haven't heard of a wordpress. They are a website host. You can check them out at WordPress.com or WordPress.org. It was a great weekend and I always love the shot of adrenaline you get when you are with a large group of like minded folks! Thank you for dropping by!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Jackie, wordcamp was new to me also but I have been using wordpress on my website for almost a year now. To be honest, whether or not you are a "techie", being around all these writers and designers was great!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Reynold Jay, this event was in the Phoenix area and the city (of Chandler) allowed us to use several public buildings (the library, city hall and the community college. WordCamps are held all over the world. I have provided a link above if you are interested in finding one near you. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      At the risk of looking silly(er)...lol..WHAT is wordpress? (oops..lol)

      Obviously if i've not heard of word press - i certainly haven't heard of wordcamps either..

      very interesting Randi, my friend - i am impressed with your adventurous spirit - it sounds like a great time...

      up and sharing

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      New to me but does sound very interesting. Am sure I would love it, and thanks for bringing to the attention of many of us and sharing your experience.

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      Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I can only wonder where the event took place. Well done and it sounds like you enjoyed it very much.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol! I wish you had come, too! It would have been another fun opportunity to see you! We are definitely planning to come up probably next month! Thank you for the votes and sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      The first post did not go through. Anyway..sounds like a great experience and now that I have a wordpress blog ..I wish I had gone. You better come to Prescott and share..Lunch is on me. Voted up, shared and pinned.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you for stopping by cygnetbrown! This was the first I had ever heard of it also but you should definitely check it out!

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      Donna Brown 4 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I had never heard of Wordcamp before! It sounds like something I should check into!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill! It was great!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      If the conference gave you energy then I would say it was well-worth the attendance. Great job, Randi!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Gus! It was great! You can attend one, just check out the website I provided and find the one nearest you! Thank you.for reading and commenting. Randi

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Randi (btrbell) - Good report here. Wish that I had attended a WordPress conference like this one. Nice that you could do so.

      Gus :-)))