At the recommendation of a few other bloggers, I went to my local WordCamp weekend conference. While I had a mixed reaction to the event, I was glad I went. And in fact, will probably go again next year. Here’s a quick synopsis of that mixed reaction:
- I’m (just) a hobby blogger. The local WordCamp here was focused on website developers and website (small business) owners. The speakers I listened to had a low opinion of “hobby bloggers”, so I felt like a second-class citizen.
- Serendipity! I found the “how-to” for one of my long-time blog-to-do – how to create blog structure. Of course it’s only 90% of what I want to implement and I’m struggling with the last 10%. Let me know if I screw up your reading of the blog.
- Explored coding! You never know where your passion might strike and there are a lot of passionate people engaged in coding. So I went to a session on coding plug-ins and themes. I’m still waiting for the “OMG, so cool” moment to strike – it’s not coding. 🙂
- My blog theme is “retired”… meaning it’s no longer being supported by WordPress and I need to move on. Essentially it’s been put out to pasture to die. Just another negative connotation for retired. L I will be updating my theme. Any suggestions?
- What are you selling? I did meet some interesting people. Many were doing (multiple) side-hustles and looking to make a buck with a (website based) gig. I was also surprised at meeting a number of people who wanted to start a business with a blog attached, but had no idea what their topic/niche would be. I felt like the oddity as a blogger with no interest to make a buck off it. But I do know my niche!
Next year I will focus on some of the more inspirational speakers, versus the WordPress how-to workshops. Attending these how-to workshops did help me become more familiar with the dashboard and blog themes. And, perhaps there will be more blogger-based topics, especially as I provided that feedback!
Net: A day at your local WordCamp is definitely worth the affordable price and time. I do feel more comfortable with the basics of using the WordPress site…even if I’m just a hobby blogger.