Why bother with WordCamps?

I had a great time at WordCamp Vancouver this weekend. I had the privilege of hearing great talks, had great conversations and learned a few things. At the end of the day, someone who I just met, asked me a very interesting question. “What do I get out of attending WordCamps?”

I had to think about it for a few seconds. My first reaction to that question was, does he mean financially and does attending help my business? He then proceed to clarify that yes, that’s what he meant, but then also said, has it improved me as a developer to which the answer is YES.

I think that the big thing for me is that WordCamps, do NOT generate leads and thus I don’t consider them as big networking events where lots of business deals are made. However, it does get be motivated to learn and research more about the topics I discovered that day/weekend and in turn, makes me a better developer which then generates “better” business for me.

This weekend was no different and I was encouraged by his question to make a list of the all the things I need to go and learn more about. I thought I would share it would you. So here goes:

  1. Review Mandi Wise’s extensive list of resources
  2. Make sure to watch Mel’s presentation about making your own custom widget when it is published on WordPress TV, because I just couldn’t be in two rooms at once
  3. Look into WP CLI. I’ve known about this long enough… Enough with the procrastination already.
  4. Play with Flexbox and Picture fill… again, stop procrastinating
  5. Make a fully accessible theme and add it to the repo

That list isn’t too long, but some of these items may take me a while… What about you, what do you get out of WordCamps?

3 comments:

  1. I see how people are using it, which helps me figure out what’s wrong and how we can do things better. I see their pain-points, the sticking points, the problems. Since I’m Support, it’s a great way to learn how to better explain things when I’m helping solve a problem, and reminds me that everyone uses WP differently.

  2. Hah! I too get a really long to-do list when I go to WordCamps. The to-dos fall into three categories: 1) things I need to learn about/research more, 2) WordPress.tv sessions I need to watch when they’re available, and 3) awesome people I need to follow on social media and get to know better. Which means… it’s all good!

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