After an early morning drive to Ohio last weekend, I landed myself in the middle of downtown Kent for my very first WordCamp.
After getting to know the WordPress setup a little better over the last month, I was starting to check out more of the intricacies of what all was offered to us through the site. That’s when I stumbled across an “Events” tab and saw that there was a fairly local to me WordCamp. After looking into it a little more, I realized how beneficial it would be to attend in order to better my skills that I bring to my workplace.
The setup was amazing, there were 3 different learning tracks you could mix and match from to really personalize your experience. Day 1 the options were: Freelance, Marketing & SEO, and Developer. Having more of a background in marketing, and wanting to learn more about SEO, I chose that track. The seminars were 45 minutes long, with a 15 minute break in between for hallway networking. I really immersed myself in the talks. After attending the 5 seminars from Day 1, I headed back to my hotel to take in all the information I had received that day.
The morning of Day 2, I woke up ready to go. As I made my way to the conference center, I made sure I was prepared to get the most out of the day. The seminar topic options for Day 2 were: WordPress 101, Community, and Users/Business. I plotted out my plan to attend seminars from all 3 tracks on day 2 based on the titles and descriptions that were provided to me. The first 2 sessions and hallway networking went quick, and provided a ton of information and contacts for me to bring back to the office the following week. For lunch on Day 2, we split up into networking groups, and went to local Kent restaurants. I chose to attend lunch with the “Marketing” networking group. In those 2 hours, I made amazing connections with people that have been in the field for years. I gained so much knowledge. Heading back after our lunch, I felt rejuvenated, positive, and ready to finish off the conference strong.
After returning home at the end of the weekend with a full notebook of useful information, I came into work with a new outlook on marketing, SEO, public relations, user experience, and event planning! I would recommend WordCamp to anyone that has a want to learn more about any of those things above, it was an amazing weekend filled with amazing people, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how much I learned and gained from the conference.
– Liz S