WordCamp Victoria – Keynote

Wordcamp Victoria opened… Almost 300 attendees strong at UVic on a rainy Saturday.

 

The Keynote with Victoria’s Own Mike Vardy creative professional extrodinare.

 

The real power of WordPress is in it’s general adoption and the large community of supporters. This conference is a great example of that. The best quote of the morning was Mike’s “Familiarity breeds CONTENT”.

The other great thing about these events, especially at this size (not too big.. not to small) is the energy. If you could harness the energy in this room you could probably have new Johnson St bridge in 10 minutes.

Wordcamp Victoria 2010 – another great WordPress Meetup

Well it was another weekend conference, coming on the heals of Northern Voice in Vancouver last weekend (moved because of Olympics) I had a back to back with WordCamp Victoria. My brain is still trying to process all the great stuff I’ve heard over the last two weeks.

My first ‘big’ thought is on session selection at conferences. Researching presenters before you go to a conference really helps reduce disappointment. Read these folks blogs, follow them on twitter, look at their writing elsewhere.Presenters I know from other events like Nancy White(Full Circle) and Dave Olson (UncleWeed) at Northern Voice or Tris Hussey (A View from the Isle) and Mike Vardy (The Mike Vardy) at WordCamp are examples of folks I will always put on my schedule. But you need to start finding new people an new voices. Cathie Walker’s session at WordCamp was a good example. I’ve been following Cathie on Twitter for a while and that made putting her session on my schedule was also I no-brainer and I wasn’t disappointed.

My second ‘big’ thought is “small is awesome”. Northern Voice got a little bigger and I felt less engaged in it than I had in previous years. WordCamp Victoria is still growing but can handle getting a lot bigger before I’d worry about it being too big. I think conferences that really engage have to be in the Dunbar Number range or at least your stream of the connference shouldn’t get much over 100 people. You can have big conferences with awesome keynotes but if you want to have a sharing and supportive breakout environment you need to form relationships and trust – and if people don’t already know each other – you may need to do that very quickly.

That is why local Victoria events like WordCamp really can compete with anything. If you can be the smaller conference but still draw the good speakers then your Golden. Anything bigger I’ll catch on TED talks or the Conversations Network.


Wordcamp Victoria, another weekend another conference

Following Northern Voice conference last weekend, Victoria’s Social Media crowd is out this weekend for the second edition WordCamp Victoria at University Canada West. Covering all things WordPress, the attendance is up and that is despite a sunny May weekend.

Top sessions (attendance wise) appears to be on the upcoming release of WordPress 3.0. Lloyd Budd of Automatic had a good pointer to Matt’s presentation at WordCamp San Francisco.

Here is the presentation on the “State of the Word”

WordCamp San Francisco 2010 – State of the Word | BloggingPro.

yyjWordCamp – WordPress as a CMS

When you hear the concept ‘Funeral Director’ its hard to put that in the same sentence as ‘Social Media’ or ‘High Tech’. Robin Heppell managed to move the conversation along quite nicely. As a case study in understanding the market and the user/client’s pain this is about as good as I’ve seen recently.

When I signed up to WordCamp one of my requests was – show me how to make WP not look like a blog. Well this was it! I specifically liked his list of must have plugins to make the site flow appealing, better SEO, and engaging those that arrive there.

Robin Heppell – Speaker Notes/SlideShare

====================

WordCamp Victoria was held Saturday Nov 14th at University Canada West in Victoria

Links:

yyjWordCamp – Tools for Bloggers

Tris Hussey’s session on tools was one that you really had to move you pencil for. So many interesting examples. I really like how he mixed the mostly free tools with examples of where a few dollars gets you so much more.

I had previous experience with

Avairy was an example of a class of tool that has only been possible recently. It provides desktop-class image editing tools as a website. While there are always need for dedicated tools like Photoshop and Pixelmator, when you see what is possible online – especially for those of us that go across machines and across platforms – you wonder why you would use anything else.

Feedly for the newspaper-style RSS experience was a really nice tool for researching and scanning RSS content.

WordCamp Victoria was held Saturday Nov 14th at University Canada West in Victoria
Links:
http://meetup.wordcampvictoria.ca/
http://www.wordcampvictoria.ca/
What’s at Wordcamp – http://central.wordcamp.org/
Location Sponsor – http://www.ucan.ca/

======================

WordCamp Victoria was held Saturday Nov 14th at University Canada West in Victoria

Links:

  • http://meetup.wordcampvictoria.ca/
  • http://www.wordcampvictoria.ca/
  • What’s at Wordcamp – http://central.wordcamp.org/
  • Location Sponsor – http://www.ucan.ca/

WordPress v2 iPhone App

Recently released to the iTunes App Store is the 2.0 release of a WordPress application for posting , editing and moderating WordPress Blogs.
Hope to try this out for blogging at the #yyjwordcamp tomorrow (Sat Nov 14). Wordcamp Victoria
This is a nice addition something like the improvements seen to the recent Facebook application. The key to both is a clearer user experiece and better in app navigation.