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What I Learned at WordCamp

February 21, 2010

Yesterday I attended Wordcamp Miami 2010 – one of the best conference-type experiences I’ve had in a while. In summary: very well organized, motivating speakers, friendly people, comfortable venue, and a nice lunch.  There were three program tracks: 1) developer, 2) social media, and 3) beginner.  I moved around a bit across the tracks and found all of the speakers and presentations to be helpful and encouraging. Other participants were also willing to share their insights.

I’ll be working on ideas I got at this event for some time, but here are a couple of items to share right now:

  • Jess Jurick’s Findng Your Blogging Voice was well attended and well received. Jess was also one of the organizers. Check out her presentation slides and her blog. Her presentation includes some other blog examples worth exploring.
  • WordPress SEO with John Carcutt helped even a non-programmer type like myself understand the importance of search engine optimization and how I can get started. He also previewed some changes on the way from Google.
  • Jim Turner’s From Daddy Blogger to Business Blogger explored the entrepreneurial side of blogging. Just Google ‘Genuine’ or ‘Hire a Blogger’ to find out more.
  • Tammy Hart is a self-taught developer. Her presentation, WordPress & Working with Clients, was full of tips and lessons learned. She introduced a number of resources, such as page.ly, and had down-to-earth suggestions for getting the work done.

There were many other speakers and more about each of them can be found on the WordCamp Miami website speakers page. By the way, there are WordCamps across the U.S. and the globe. Check out this calendar to find one near you. I think you’ll find a lot to learn and be motivated by, even if you don’t blog with WordPress.

Thanks to all organizers, speakers and participants for a great event. See you in 2011, WordCamp Miami!

image credit: WordCamp Miami

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2010 6:41 pm

    Melissa glad you enjoyed it. We’re proud to have a WordCamp finally in Miami. We’re beginning to put together links to presentations and feedback on wordcampmia.com.

    • Melissa Venable permalink
      February 22, 2010 5:30 pm

      David – Thanks for assembling everything on the WordCamp Miami site, and for the link back ;)

  2. February 21, 2010 11:21 pm

    Melissa: This is a nice WordPress site. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.
    Gary A. Bacon

    • Melissa Venable permalink
      February 22, 2010 5:31 pm

      Hi Gary – thanks for stopping by! It was good to meet you and I look forward to hearing more from you as well via blog and Twitter :)

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