This was my second WordCamp (of any kind), the first being WordCamp San Francisco just a few weeks ago. I wanted to list out the key differences between camps:
- WCSF had somewhere between 800-1,000 people. It was mega.
- WPYALL was just over 200 people. It was very intimate.
- At WCSF, I was kind of “in awe” of all that was happening around me. Every time I turned around there was a “celebrity” (hey, they’re celebrities to me) and a dozen people huddled around them asking questions.
- At WPYALL, the same celebrities were there but were much more approachable.
The smaller setting was much more my style. Some really cool things happened:
- Lunch with Lema, Marucchi, and Norcross (and Lema paid).
- SEO talk with Robert Neu and swapping stories about scary babies and road trips with Nickie O’Brien.
- Drink PBRs with Otto and have an hour-long (non-WP) conversation about Android, beer laws, Memphis, and how all code is basically shit.
- Talked politics, religion, gun control, AND education reform with William P. Davis, Norcross, and Thomas Griffin.
- Called Brian Krogsgaurd a dick for not following me on Twitter. (It was all in good fun and he DOES follow me).
- Embarrassed me in front Sara Cannon (I was the ONLY ONE still wearing a name badge at the after-party).
- Plus, many more interesting conversations with Doug Cone, David Laietta, Kevin Dees, and the guys from Sideways8.
It all happened and was pretty amazing.
But the highlight of the WPYALL?
I sat down behind the help desk just to chat with Rachel Carden, and ended up helping half a dozen people over the course of an hour. It blew my mind that I blew their minds with things I do with WordPress daily – that seem daunting to them. (One lady, had no idea you could copy/paste text into the post editor!)
I’ll definitely be attending and volunteering next year and have already joined the Birmingham WordPress MeetUp.