It’s no secret that I like to go to WordCamps. If you don’t know what WordCamp is, it’s a conference about WordPress. It covers all kinds of topics, such as design, development, user experience, business, and education. There are different tracks about different topics and you can come and go as you please and find what interests you.
As a work from home person, it’s nice to get out and interact with people who do what I do. It’s also nice to learn what other people are doing with WordPress, because it can be very isolating to work from home.
This camp I stepped out of my comfort zone and sat on a panel. This panel is on WordPress in Higher Ed. I contributed as a person who does websites for university departments and labs. My fear going into this is that I would sit on the panel and not say a word, sweating and shaking.
Luckily, that was not the case. I had a few things to contribute, the panel flew by, and it was great to actually be a part of the process rather than just a spectator. Does this mean I’m going to be stepping up to speak on my own sometime? Probably not. But it was a step.
See, photographic evidence:
In 2013 we went to our first WordCamp, and I walked away with more than I could ever have known I would gain. In fact, I kind of want to go back to that WordCamp and send them money, because I feel like my business profited pretty significantly from what we learned.
The thing missing right now is a WordCamp Indianapolis. Indiana has never hosted a WordCamp. I have gone to them in Illinois, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and now Massachusetts. But my home state is missing. The obvious answer is that I could organize my own, but I don’t live in Indianapolis and I don’t think WordCamp West Lafayette is going to be popular, especially since we have no commercial airport nearby. So somebody out there, please, take up the call for a WordCamp Indianapolis.
Amy is the co-owner, developer, and website strategist for Sumy Designs. She's been making websites with WordPress since 2006 and is passionate about making sure websites are as functional as they are beautiful.