Having been quietly working with WordPress since 2006, 2014 has been the year for me to spread my wings (and leave my office). Don’t let it take you so long!
Everyone talks about the fantastic community that surrounds WordPress, and I can attest to that. I’ve made friends that I will have for a lifetime, and have experienced the satisfaction and inspiration that comes from helping others.
This weekend at WordCamp Miami bundled all those great things into one fabulous package. In addition to having the privilege of speaking on the Business Track, I got to meet and interact with so many wonderful people that my voice is still a little scratchy.
WordCamp Miami took place at the student center at the University of Miami, which is an absolutely idyllic setting. The venue was spacious, beautiful, and had great views, and the onsite Starbucks was a bonus. David Bisset and his team deserve more praise than I could heap on them for the way they make this event happen. I used to run some large scale corporate events with paid staff, and I can’t imagine how they pull this off. Check out all the fun at WP Armchair
After a little air hockey at the VIP party Friday night, we arrived at the venue at 6am on Saturday. One of the neat things about this weekend was taking my daughter, Katie. She’s grown up in the WordPress world, and eagerly volunteered to help at the event. The truck got unloaded, boxes unpacked, signage went up, and we alphabetized 700 lanyards. Registration was open for business.
The first session I attended was “Intro to Theming with SASS” by Josh Eaton from Reaktiv Studios. Great presentation! “Start using SASS in themes” has been on my to do list for a year and I am going to make it happen. Josh’s slides
Next up for me was “Responsify All the Things!” by Tracy Rotton. Responsive design is one of the things that seems so simple until you do it, and then makes your head hurt. The great thing about Tracy’s presentation was taking one concept at a time and explaining it in an approachable way. Tracy’s also writing a book about responsive theming for WordPress. Tracy’s slides
Saturday was filled with great conversations and meeting new people. Since we’d arrived at 6am and I was scheduled to speak Sunday am, we (sadly) skipped the networking party and made and early night of it.
The Business Track
I was first up Sunday on the Business Track with my talk “Managing Yourself, Projects and Clients”. I was a little worried about how many folks I’d see at 10am, but the turnout was fantastic and I had a lively audience with lots of great questions. I spent most of the day Sunday between sessions fielding questions and talking about business challenges – it was incredibly inspiring. So inspiring that it gave me some new ideas. I’m going to do a blog post based around each of my slides that goes into more detail about the ideas we discussed, and I’m going to come up with something (podcast, hangout, Q&A) where we can get deeper into these questions and help each other.
“Make friends with mothers. No one gets more done in a day than a mom.” – @dkinney on finding mentors #wcmia THANK YOU to Torque Magazine for capturing this off the cuff remark on Mother’s Day. — Torque (@TheTorqueMag) May 11, 2014
Thank you to everyone I met, and thanks again to the incredible volunteers and organizers.