WordCamp Birmingham was…awesome

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:

It all happened and was pretty amazing.

But the highlight of the WPYALL?

I sat down behind the help desk to just to chat with Rachel Carden, and ended up helping a 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.

Thanks to the organizers (Brian Krogsgaurd, Andrew Searles, and Sara Cannon) for their hard work. I had a great time!

Author: Greg Rickaby

Greg is Lead Front-End Developer at WebDevStudios and author of a children's book titled, Creating a Website: Design and Build Your First Site!.

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  1. Great write-up, Greg! I’m glad you had fun this weekend. And by the way, I think I started following you at WCSF, because I saw this post show up from you in my Twitter timeline :) Falsely accused!

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