WordCamp Israel is October 25, 2007, in Tel Aviv, and I am the keynote speaker! I will be doing two sessions, one covering Blogging Tips and the other on WordPress Tips. Space is limited and registration is filling up fast, so get signed up for this free day long conference now!
Currently, the schedule for WordCamp Israel includes my talk on the blog conversation and networking with blogging tips and techniques, a panel discussion on blogging as a marketing tool, building a WordPress blog, installing WordPress and using WordPress Plugins, the law regarding blogging, censorship, libel and copyrights, design and customization of WordPress Themes, and WordPress Tips.
That’s a lot of blogging and WordPress packed into a single day.
Among the different speakers and attendees is the popular Israeli blogger, Hannit of Achi Dakar, a long time fan of WordPress and another blog evangelist who contributes much to the Israeli and English documentation and support, helping Hebrew speakers learn more about how to use and integrate WordPress into their businesses and lives. You can read more about Hannit on the English and Hebrew sites in an interview.
When I moved to Israel in 1999, I quickly discovered that the country is a unique combination of third world and modern society all intermixed and integrated. You can buy scarves in a thousand year old shop in the Old City of Jerusalem filled with trinkets and candies by sliding your credit card through a hand-held wireless credit card scanner and receipt generating machine, not much larger than a paperback book. The average Israeli owns three cell phones, often in use at the same time, long before cell phones were as popular or necessary in the United States.
Israel is also the birthplace for much of the technological discoveries and advancements that created computers, the Internet, and communications including the Pentium chip, Motorola portable phones, and so much more, including the tools that WordPress is so dependent upon: PHP and MySQL.
What is most exciting to me about being a part of the first WordPress and blogging conference in Israel is the fact that Israelis are some of the most opinionated folks I’ve ever met in my travels. They love debate. They love arguing a point just for the sake of beating the point from every perspective.
In many respects, Israel represents more of the world than the world represents itself, as the tiny country hosts nationalities from almost every country and region in the world, all brought together under one flag that allows them to live in peace with their next door neighbors, though not always their neighboring countries. With this unique melting post of internationalism, they are very opinionated about politics in their own tiny corner of the world and around the globe as they understand better than most that the world is watching them, and how Israel plays an important role on the global stage.
They are creative people, with some of the most brilliant thinkers, developers, designers, and actors in the world. They are also a highly social community, making blogging a natural part of their social networking and lifestyle.
I look forward to working with this new generation of communicators who understand the power in free speech and social networking, who are just getting a glimmer of the power blogging can be.
Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.