This one is for my local Washington blogging friends! Seattle WordCamp is coming up on October 24th and many bloggers are wondering whether or not they should go.
For the first time ever, Seattle decided to break WordCamp up into two sessions: Advanced and Beginner
The advanced session was this past spring and it was geared towards developers and designers.
The beginner’s session is October 24th and according to the site it is geared towards WordPress users. A lot of the sessions might seem to still be targeting developers, but there are a lot of great sessions for you bloggers! Here’s a breakdown of the sessions I think WordPress bloggers could benefit from (and if you’re not on WordPress, then come and we’ll all convince you to make the switch).
8:00 am Registration.
Make sure to get there in time for mingling and meeting the sponsors! From 8 – 9 you will check in, get your fancy smancy badge (hopefully they’re as cool as they were at the advanced session. Make sure you have your Gravatar set up because the badge pulls your gravatar picture!) The sponsors will be set up for you to visit and chat with and get cool swag. Last time I walked away with 6 shirts. Sweet.
I think either session could be very applicable for bloggers. However, if you really want to know more about how to use WordPress and the cool things it can do for you, then you need to go to Bob Dunn’s session, The WordPress Dashboard Demystified. Bob is an incredible guy who generously shares his WordPress talents with our local community and on his blog.
Alright. Time to learn. If you’re relatively new to WordPress or feel like you’re not really sure what’s what, then you should head to Kelli Wise’s, What does that mean, exactly? A Primer for WordPress terminology.
I know that the word (acronym) HTLM intimidates some of you bloggers, but I think that Andrew Woods’ presentation on HTML is for Everyone is going to be top notch. If you’re going to blog, there are just some things you should know how to do when it comes to HTLM. It will help you immensely in the long run. Knowing code can help you put content boxes or quote boxes into your blog posts. Or put your super long Pinterest perfect image in the post without it actually showing up.
I actually can’t decide which of these sessions I’m going to attend. I might have to hop back and forth between the two.
If you want to customize your theme then you should definitely check out Gaelan’s session Your First Child (Theme).
If you sell products or you plan on selling products, then head over to Andrea’s presentation on Setting up Shop with Woocommerce. Woocommerce is a free (most of the features are, at least) plugin that allows you to easily sell product on your WordPress blog. Andrea is going to walk you through how to set up you online shop.
If you are interested in setting up an online shop, I HIGHLY recommend check out Restored316’s themes. They are all customized to work with Woocommerce. They’re beautiful, chick, and professional. Plus, their Genesis, and we all know I love Genesis.
Lunch. Yes, lunch is included in the $20 ticket. I’m telling you, WordCamp is a killer deal.
Sheila is going to be talking about themes. If you need help choosing a theme or deciding whether or not you should use a framework, then check out her presentation. We’ll try not to judge her for not using Genesis.
One thing you might not have thought about is whether or not your site is accessible to everyone. Mark will be talking about what web accessibility is and how you can improve yours.
You should go to the presentation Non-techie Ways to Speed Up Your Website. Okay, I might be a little biased.
Seriously though, a fast blog is important and you bloggers are frequently guilty of unknowingly making them load s-l-o-w.
If you’re coming with a specific WordPress question, you should drop in for Leslie and Kelli’s WordPress Q&A: There are No Dumb Questions.
They Keynote will be fabulous, I’m sure. Kimberly Gauthier (I did a whole post on her!) will be sharing a Guide to Surviving WordPress for the Technically Challenged.
Are you convinced yet? Am I going to see you at WordCamp Seattle? I hope so! You should also check out Bob’s 5 reason to go to WordCamp.
Contributors Day – October 25th
As you know, WordPress is a totally free platform and a non-profit organization. This means that WordPress is kept alive by people all over the world contributing at WordCamp, and in many other ways.
“Just remember, every contribution counts, no matter what it looks like. It takes every one of us to make WordPress better.”
There will be tasks there for every skill level. Come contribute to WordCamp, meet other WordPress buddies and have a good ‘ole time!
Tips for attending WordCamp
- Create your Gravatar. You don’t want to be the ghost guy.
- Pre-network. WordCamp has this awesome attendee list where you can see who is coming. Search for them on Twitter and say hello. Use the hashtag #wcsea
- Bring a bag for the swag!
- Leave me a comment below and let me know you’re coming so I can find you there!