WordCamp Phoenix is all set to really rock and roll with great WordPress, blogging, and SEO experts on November 13, 2009, in Arizona at the Arizona Grand Resort.
Some of the hottest folks in WordPress and web tech are lined up to speak and attend, taking advantage of PodcampAZ and Az Entrepreneurship Conference happening the same weekend. Speakers include Matt Mullenweg, Merlin Mann of 43 Folders, John Hawkins, Brent Spore, and Dave Moyer of Bitwire Media and WordCast. Oh, and little ole me.
WordCamp Netherlands a week ago was amazing. The speakers were fantastic, great fun at the WordPress Genius Bar was had, and lessons learned more from the audience at times than the speakers! What an amazing group.
The attendees at this WordCamp in Holland were not beginners by any means. They were, for the most part, experienced WordPress users and bloggers. They had intelligent questions to challenge myself and the other speakers and attendees, including a couple representatives from Automattic. While we converted a few non-bloggers and non-WordPress users, for the most part, they challenged us on how to use WordPress better and more.
The enthusiasm was amazing, and a WordPress Meetup was quickly arranged and held Wednesday afternoon in Rotterdam, attended by about 20 people from all around Holland. Wow!
I’ll be heading back to the states in the next few days for a day or so of rest and then on another plane to WordCamp Phoenix, my last WordCamp of the year.
2009: A Packed Year of WordCamps and WordPress Events
I’ve learned a lot this year from all the WordCamps I’ve attended, including WordCamp Toronto, WordCamp San Francisco, WordCamp Las Vegas, WordCamp Whistler, WordCamp Columbus, WordCamp Dallas, WordCamp Portland, WordCamp Seattle, and WordCamp Netherlands! Whew! That sounds like a lot, and still doesn’t include all the many non-WordPress events, conferences, and workshops I spoke at and attended.
To find a WordPress Meetup or WordCamp in your area, check out WordCamp Central, which includes instructions and guidelines for running a WordCamp. There are also news, events, and articles with tips and techniques for WordPress Meetups and WordCamps on The WordCamp Report and WordCast, as well as on blogs by those who have run these events.
Check out WordPress Meetup Groups where you can browse a map and list of cities where there are WordPress events and activities and where ones are wanted. You can also search Yahoo Upcoming events for WordPress, WordPress Meetups Upcoming Events, and Upcoming events tagged with “WordCamp” or “WordPress.”
- WordCamp and WordPress Meetups: The Events Heard Round the World
- How WordPress Changes Lives
- WordCamps 2009
- Do You Have All the Information on Your WordCamp Blog?
- Exploring WordCamp Logo Creativity
- What You Need to Consider When Planning a WordCamp Event
- It’s What Happens After the Event That Counts
- WordPress Event and WordCamp Speakers Rights Release Form
- When WordCamp Sponsorship Raises Questions
- Why You Should Get to a WordCamp Near You
- It Takes a Team to Do a WordCamp
- WordCamp Dallas: What Does a WordCamp Cost?
- Tips for Planning and Organizing a WordPress Event and WordCamp
Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.