As you probably know if you read my blog often or follow my twitter stream, or have talked to me at all in the last 72 hours, I went to WordCamp Mid-Atlantic this weekend. This was my first WordCamp ever, so I was very wide eyed and full of excitement!
First of all, what is WordCamp? (if you know the answer, you can skip this paragraph.) WordCamp is a gathering of WordPress enthusiasts for a day of presentations, discussion, networking, socializing, and just general pow-wowing about WordPress. WordCamps sprung out of similar ‘unconference’ ideas like BarCamp. They’re basically opportunities for the WordPress community to act as a community in non-virtual ways. Regularly scheduled meetups are another way.
So WordCamp Mid-Atlantic was in Baltimore, at Johns Hopkins University this year. There were a few prominent names in the community speaking there, such as Andrew Nacin, Brad Williams, and Lisa Sabin-Wilson, and at least one from outside the community: Marco Tabini from PHP Architect gave a keynote (unfortunately, Nacin accidentally sabotaged his presentation). Oh, and GoDaddy was one of the big-name sponsors, and they provided milk and cookies. 🙂
I got to meet a lot of people, some of whom I’ve followed (a.k.a. stalked) for quite some time. Brad Williams (@williamsba), Aaron Brazell (@technosailor), and Ryan Duff (@ryancduff) most notably. Great people.
There was quite a bit of great information floating around, both in the tracks and in the unconference, or just in the hallways or pizza place where a lot of us had lunch. For example, I need to look into
at some point in the near future.
After driving back to DC and dropping Nacin and Connor off, Jorbin and I headed over to Ray’s Hell Burger. I’d never been before, and I have to say, that was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. I definitely see myself going back there again.
- Next time you’re in the #WordPress IRC channel, type the !afterparty command for an interesting picture ↩
- So as not to clutter up the body, here are links to the pics from the afterparty: Nacin, John F Croston, Jorbin, and Connor Jennings, PoolPress, Aaron Brazell et al. ↩