This year’s WordCamp Birmingham was my first ever WordCamp, locally held conferences that provide a forum for WordPress bloggers to learn and network. Overall, it was about what I expected–smart developers and bloggers making presentations and a good forum for meeting fellow bloggers. A big bonus of this WordCamp was the fact that WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg made the trip to attend. What was it like being together for the first time with so many southern bloggers with a passion for WordPress blogging software? A definite high.
Matt Mullenweg spoke about the future of WordPress
What’s the obvious main course for a Southern WordPress shindig? Barbecue was served for lunch before the keynote. Wade Kwon pictured.
An Advanced Track Session
The Dougal Campbell presentation on WordPress Plugin development wraps up
Another Advanced Track Session
Matt Mullenweg spent most of the time answering questions from atendees
Attending this WordPress event made me understand another dimension of Twitter: the benefit of the hashtag for events. Having the Twitter hashtag #wcbhm09 created a communications stream for everyone to participate in during the conference. Where were people gathering that night after the sessions? Who was in the room from your city that you could meet?
Another benefit of using Twitter was that it made it easier to communicate and arrange to the first face-to-face meeting with my Internet friend Scott Wilson and his charming wife who happen to live in the Birmingham area. Scott is a Linux evangelist, Web host industry veteran, Web designer and a really nice guy. He’s written a few excellent articles for Clickfire and blogs at Random Bytes of Reality.
After meeting for dinner, Scott gave me an Ubuntu demonstration and showed me his suite of Linux apps from the ALoft Hotel Lobby, stuff like KompoZer, Gimp, Filezilla and others. Scott summarized the evening on his personal blog.
I hear a WordCamp Atlanta is rumored to in the works.