July 17, 2011 by Rob Hurlbut
Matt Mullenweg & WordCamp San Diego 2011 Organizers
WordCamp San Diego 2011 was a success for the WordPress community, and for me. WordPress is a website and blogging platform, or a content management system (CMS). It is 100% what I use the run this blog. All the content you see; the photos, the text, the fonts, the sidebar, the header, the footer and their arrangement on the site are all done by me, with WordPress. It’s the best way to beautifully publish your words and photos to the internet for the whole wide world to see. If you want to publish or sell something, anything on the net, do it with WordPress and people will not only see it, they will be amazed by what you’ve been able to do.
Dre Armeda and Matt Mullenweg
Practically by sheer luck, I was able to attend the sold-out WordCamp San Diego 2011 convention as a live blogger. WPCandy.com had reached out asking for volunteers to contribute to the live blog so, if it included a ticket, I said I would. My offer was accepted so the next thing I know I’m on the SDSU campus early yesterday morning with my bag, camera, pen… and no laptop! Yes, I forgot to bring it. No problem, Dre Armeda managed to rustle one up for me. After he did, there I was, live blogging for WordCamp San Diego 2011.
WordPress Founder Matt Mullenweg At WordCamp San Diego 2011
Matt Mullenweg is the founder of WordPress, among other things and he was gracious enough to hold a town hall Q&A that acted as the close of WordCamp San Diego 2011. The problem with blogging before WordPress was that it was a royal pain in a ass to do because it was very technical. You had to know as much HTML and CSS as you did English so for a person like me that just wanted to put some photos and words on the net, I didn’t like being forced to learn blippy and bleepy computer languages just to show people my photography. That problem is what Matt solved with WordPress. It democratized publishing on the internet by allowing anyone to do it, and do it beautifully. WordPress knows that you want to show words and photos to human beings, not speak cyborg to a data-machine. You can’t start a conversation if you can’t speak the language, right? Wrong! With WordPress you can.
WordCamp San Diego 2011 Attendees
For the next 8 hours or so, everyone present and those watching on the live webcast were blessed to listen to 16 or so people give talks and lectures about all things WordPress. Users and developers of WordPress and WordPress plug-ins converge on these WordCamps to learn, to mingle and help each other out. That “helping out” atmosphere of the WordPress community turned out to be my best lesson of the day. This was a convention of the people, by the people, for the people.
Matt Wraps Up WordCamp San Diego 2011
This really is revolutionary. WordPress allows anyone to publish a blog or a website and do it beautifully. It allows anyone to speak in their own voice in their own language and be understood by all. Awesome! So, a very big thank you to everyone involved for making this WordCamp happen right here in San Diego, all the WordPress people I met and to WPCandy.com for sorting out the live blog, which enabled me to go to the convention in the first place. Cheers!