I will be talking about how WordPress is changing lives, not just from the blogging experience but truly changing your life from stem to stern.
WordPress and WordPress.com free blogs give a voice to those who may never have had the chance to express themselves. With WordPress, they have the chance to be heard. I want to honor those people.
WordPress fans are amazingly supportive of each other. There have been a variety of aggregators, directories, Digg-style voting sites for WordPress fans only, forums, and more as WordPress brings people together to collaborate based upon their love of WordPress. Fans are willing to pick WordPress apart and put it back together even stronger. Has your life been changed by being a part of the WordPress Community? I want to honor you.
WordPress allows those with no money and no expertise in web publishing or design to setup a website to promote their opinion, ideas, products, services, and lives, but also works hard for communities such as small towns, member associations, non-profits, political movements, researchers, educators, hobbyists, and families. I want to honor the communities whose lives have been changed by WordPress.
WordPress has turned many fans of web design, development, and blogging into experts. Was your life heading in one direction and then turned into a web-related business through your enthusiasm for WordPress? I want to honor you, too.
To contact me with your “How WordPress has changed my life” stories, you can blog it on your blog and trackback to here (or post a link), write it up with valid contact information and blog URL in the comment form (not the comment box) in this post’s comments, or email me with WordCamp Portland Talk in the subject title. I may include you in my presentation.
WordCamp Portland 2008
September 27, 2008, the place to be will be in Portland, Oregon, for WordCamp Portland at CubeSpace. Registration is now open and space is limited, so get registered now to guarantee a place in this exciting event.
The list of speakers and topics is exciting and covers a wide spectrum of the needs of WordPress members.
- Lorelle VanFossen – Changing Lives with WordPress
- Betsy Richter – From Concept to Execution in Eight Days
- Aaron Hockley – An Introduction to Copyright for Bloggers
- Chris O’Rourke – Ten Proven Plugins to Make Your Blog Pop
- Eric Amundson – Design & Debug Themes with Free Tools
- Josh Bancroft – Tying Your Tubes: Integration with WordPress
- Lorelle VanFossen – Woopra: Web Analytics from a “Right Now” Viewpoint
- Kelly Guimont – Considerations for Choosing a Theme
- Marshall Kirkpatrick – Feed Your Blog with RSS
- Justin Kistner – Using WordPress to Manage a Social Relations Program
Before dinner, there is an “Ask the Experts” panel with myself, Rick Turoczy, Justin Kistner, and Chris O’Rourke. There will also be rooms available for unconference sessions that pop up through the day’s events.
Advance registration is USD $10 and includes lunch, dinner, WordCamp Portland T-shirt, and door prizes. The price is low thanks to the awesome support of the WordCamp Portland sponsors including CubeSpace PDX, Nemo Design, Silicon Florist, Voce Communications, IvyCat, OurPDX Network, and Hockley Photography. Sponsors are still welcome to join and get exposure to the best in blogging and WordPress.
You can follow WordCamp Portland on Twitter at @wordcampdx, too.
I can’t wait to see you there and I’m looking forward to your stories about how WordPress has changed your life. Who knows, I might select your story to share with the attendees at WordCamp Portland.