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What You Need To Know About WordCamp Dallas

WordCamp Dallas 2008I and a couple hundred other WordPress and blogging enthusiasts are gathering outside of Dallas, Texas, for a foot stomping and roaring great time this Saturday and Sunday. You better be there.

These are some things you will need to know about WordCamp Dallas.

1. Register Now or Never

Registration is required. There will be no registration taken at the door. If you aren’t registered, you will not get in.

The $20.00 fee to attend the weekend workshop covers your two day entrance, a t-shirt (if you registered early enough), meals, and all access in and out to the event and accompanying special events. T-shirts and meals were all pre-ordered, so you have to register by Friday in order to get in the door for the weekend’s event.

2. Think wordcampdallas2008.

The tag for the weekend event is wordcampdallas2008.

If you are live blogging, tag your blog post accordingly. If you are uploading images to Flickr, tag them with wordcampdallas2008. Whatever social media you are using, tag it with wordcampdallas2008 so we can all track the event’s activities and events.

If you are blogging about the event, live or otherwise, please link to the speaker’s specific page on the WordCamp Dallas schedule so all trackbacks will get tracked.

3. Check the FAQ.

The WordCamp Dallas FAQ has location information, driving directions, and information to help you get from the airport, rent a car, and all the information you need to enjoy the full weekend at WordCamp Dallas in Frisco, Texas.

The FAQ even has a listing of activities, restaurants, and things of note in the area for you to explore.

4. Read up on the Speakers.

Check the list of the many speakers appearing over the weekend and check out their blogs and work. Google them. Read about what they do and how they do it.

Put together questions you want asked and answered about how they blog, why they blog, and how they can help you blog better. Be ready to ask the good questions, the things you really want to know. It doesn’t matter if you ask them when they are speaking or before or after their speech. They are there to help you blog and understand how WordPress works, so be prepared to get your questions answered now.

5. Be ready for more than you bargained for.

There are a whole lot of special events and activities beyond those mentioned in the events schedule. There will be video interviews, podcasting, possibly live video and podcasting streaming, tons of goodies, parties, celebrities, and a first hand look at a lot of WordPress and related goodies.

Bring your body, awake and ready. Bring a camera, paper, pens, pencils, water bottle, laptop, PDA, whatever you need to get you through the blogging day and be prepared to shake a lot of hands, get hugged, give hugs, ask a lot of questions, get a lot of answers, and have a fantastic two days surrounded by everything blogging and WordPress!

6. Bring a Thank You.

Do bring a thank you for Charles Stricklin and John Pozadzides of Layered Technologies for putting this amazing weekend together, along with the many WordCamp Dallas Sponsors which made it possible to hold this huge event for such a small fee.

A lot of volunteer effort went into this event, and many will be named, but even more will go unnamed, so thank everyone you see working on the event, from the person checking you in at the door to the person running the WIFI and serving your food. They all have given up their time to be there to make this event the best it can be for everyone. Spread your thanks everywhere.

I’m going to be at WordCamp Dallas talking on Saturday about WordPress Power Tips, the secret tips and techniques of my power blogging techniques revealed to all. Hope I see you there!

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  1. Posted March 27, 2008 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    Pretty stoked about this event. This conference is going to pop my conference cherry! I’ve checked the weather and it looks like it’s going to be in the 70s with slight chances of rain this weekend. I’m really just going to try and soak up everything I can. There will probably be information overload but I’m sure I’ll be able to remember a couple of things!

  2. Posted March 27, 2008 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    @ Jeffro2pt0:

    This is your first? OHMIGOD! Well, it’s going to be great, and the rest won’t compare after you’ve been WordCamped. 😀 Aren’t you sure you should rush out and experience a lesser conference first? Hee hee.

    It’s going to be great and you will indeed suffer information overload. But don’t worry. With a little more practice, you’ll get better at it.

    Oh, the fun I could have with this! It’s a first for Mark Ghosh, too! So you can share the experience of firsts.

  3. Posted March 27, 2008 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    It’s a pity I’m stuck in the UK 😦
    I heard somewhere that they were thinking of running a wordcamp UK?

    – George

  4. Posted March 27, 2008 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    @ George Pearce:

    There are plans in the works for a WordCamp UK proposal. Why not get involved in making that happen?

  5. jaredbares
    Posted March 27, 2008 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I wish I could join you all for this but my next trip to Dallas isn’t scheduled until next weekend. Hopefully I will be able to catch the next one if it’s near DFW.

  6. Posted March 27, 2008 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Wow! I just discovered this was coming this weekend, and I’m registering to be there too! I can hardly wait to actually meet everyone in person, shake hands. Now I’m wishing I had a laptop or a Blackberry. This will be fun I’m sure! I look forward to meeting you Lorelle, and Liz Strauss and everyone else. Whoohooo! 🙂

  7. Posted March 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    @ Lin:

    Wonderful! I just arrived in Dallas and I’m so jazzed to spend a whole weekend with nothing but WordPress and blogging. I’m in my glory! Can’t wait to meet you!

  8. Posted March 29, 2008 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to get involved with it, can anyone point me in a direction that I can volunteer to help?
    I’ve commented on the post, I guess I wait for someone to contact me? 😛 Sorry for being a total noob, i’m pretty new to this stuff, but I really want to get involved 🙂
    Hope you’re having fun at the Dallas Wordcamp right now 😀

  9. Posted March 29, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    @ George Pearce:

    Plan for next year to pitch in. Contact the organizers through their site and help throughout the year. We’d love to have pitch in.

    A good majority of attendees are newbies.

  10. Grand Caveman
    Posted September 15, 2008 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Do you know when the next Wordcamp is? Not in Dallas but just nearby, I couldn’t make this one and now I’m sad.

  11. Posted September 15, 2008 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    @ Grand Caveman:

    Please see my recent announcement: Attend a WordCamp and Meet Your WordPress Family. This lists how to find a WordCamp near you.

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