This week, my hometown of Ottawa will be hosting its very first WordCamp (#WCOttawa)!
I’ve mentioned in previous “School for Bloggers” posts that these kinds of events are a life bread for bloggers because it’s the best way to learn — from each other. There’s no school for this crazy thing called blogging, so this is what we do instead.
Here’s how WordCamp Central describes these gatherings, which have taken place all over the world:
“WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.”
WordCamp Ottawa will be kicking off tonight with a “Pre-Camp” that provides an introduction to WordPress. It’s $5 to go. Seriously. $5. Go! You can still register right here.
And then on Saturday, there is an awesome full-day agenda for all attendees to take in. It’s $23. I know, great value, right? There are three tracks developed for the WordCamp Ottawa conference: (1) Content Creators, (2) Site Creators, and (3) Code Creators. And each track has 7 sessions.
It’s going to be hard to choose between sessions, but I plan on splitting my time between the Content Creators and Site Creators sessions. I am really excited about it all — the learning offered at this conference is very unique from other blogging-related conferences I’ve attended. There are already more than 250 registered attendees, but you can still squeak in! The link to the registration page is here.
I’m also an invited speaker at this event. Although I am likely their token non-techie, I am really honoured. The panel I am a part of is called: Building Your Business, Cause, or Brand using WordPress. (If you are attending, please come and say hello!)
As part of the build-up to this event, the organizers have been posting Speaker Profiles on the site. In these profiles, each speaker shares his/her favourite WordPress Plugins. I thought this information was invaluable. So I’ve rounded up all of the plugins mentioned and created a top 5 list.
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