WordCamp San Diego 2011

July 17, 2011 by  

WordCamp San Diego 2011 organizers WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg

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 at WordCamp San Diego 2011

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.

Matt Mullenweg WordPress Founder at 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 Crowd

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 Mullenweg Town Hall at WordCamp San Diego 2011

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!

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  1. Laura Lohr | My Beau on July 17th, 2011 12:23 pm

    I would have loved to geek out at this! Looks like an awesome opportunity! WordPress has grown so much in the past 6 years I have been using the platform. I would have loved to hear what its founder had to say about it.

  2. Rob Hurlbut on July 18th, 2011 1:13 am

    It was a great place to learn a lot of great things. I'm sure it will be an annual event in San Diego from now on though, so you should come out next year.

  3. Amy Hall on July 29th, 2011 12:43 pm

    I LOVED Wordcamp SD! Thank you so much for taking the time to organize it. I'll be back next year for sure!

  4. Rob Hurlbut on July 29th, 2011 1:06 pm

    I liked WordCamp too! I'd like to take the credit, but I didn't organize it, I was merely a participant. I'll be there next year though ,so I hope to see you there.

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