WordCamp Buffalo Coming Soon

ticketsale It’s only a month away — one of my favorite activities each year. The calendar is marked, and plans are made to attend WordCamp Buffalo.
Although my job working at Automattic entails helping people daily with WordPress.com sites, I always learn so much at WordCamps. And the community? I’ve never seen anything like it. People gather together to share ideas and information and help each other. I just love the vibe at WordCamps. It’s also fun for us to go to this one since it’s where we attended our local WordPress monthly meetup. We’ll get to see friends we don’t see often since we moved away.
The call for speakers deadline is tonight so I’m not certain what the topics are going to be this time around. But there is always something for everyone so I’m certain I will be learning. Maybe more about Gutenberg? CSS? Accessibility? Can’t wait to see what’s going to be chosen.
If you are in the area, come join me. Oh, and if you want to volunteer, let me know (I’m in charge of volunteers). You’ll get a free ticket to the event and the after party — and still get to attend sessions 🙂

My First Contributor’s Day

IMG_20151030_120931811While I’ve been to numerous WordCamps, I’ve never been to a contributor’s day before. It’s pretty wild seeing people group themselves by strength and interest, dedicating a day to make WordPress stronger and better. Nothing like seeing the community in action. My group? Lesson plans. We are working on creating, testing, and fine-tuning lessons for meetup organizers and educators. Love it!

My First Contributor's Day

IMG_20151030_120931811While I’ve been to numerous WordCamps, I’ve never been to a contributor’s day before. It’s pretty wild seeing people group themselves by strength and interest, dedicating a day to make WordPress stronger and better. Nothing like seeing the community in action. My group? Lesson plans. We are working on creating, testing, and fine-tuning lessons for meetup organizers and educators. Love it!

Could you, too, Become a WordCamp Groupie? (Join Me)

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A year ago I had never even heard of WordCamp. Now, as soon as one is finished I’m looking for the next in my area. And I’m not the only one. I’m starting to recognize WordPress friends every camp I go to, and have even started adjusted our traveling plans so we can hang out with other WordPress fans after conference hours.

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First Local Meetup for the Southern Tier

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It’s officially a “thing.” 🙂 Tonight was our very first NY Southern Tier WordPress Users/Bloggers Meetup…and IMHO, it was really fun.

Chris (my husband) and I were the meetup organizers and thought maybe one person might show up. While making blogs and websites is totally cool and awesome, we know people are super busy.  But there were SIX who weren’t family 🙂 And five more mentioned they wanted to come but had scheduling conflicts.

So what was it about, and what did we do? We learned about WordPress! There were several writers wanting to get their blogs going. There were some who wanted to document adventures and learn about affiliate marketing, and there were some who wanted to learn more about the community of blogging.

The local meetups and WordCamps I have attended have a lot of WordPress.org users. I was surprised by the fact that everyone who came wanted a WordPress.com site.

While devices were not mandatory (we had public computers to use), everyone brought something. Some came without a computer, using just the app. Quite frankly, I was impressed and not-a-little-geekily-excited by that. Might be because a main part of my job is providing tech support for the WordPress app 🙂

Our many thanks to the local library for letting us use their meeting space. This is a great new adventure. I’m already looking forward to our May 20 meeting.