I’m headed down to North Carolina this weekend for two full days of WordPress nerdery: I’m going to WordCamp Asheville. Yeeaahhh!!! I went out today and bought school supplies and was like a kid again picking out my composition book and writing implements. Crisp paper, inky blue pens… My laptop is a dinosaur and if I can’t sit next to an outlet it will die within minutes, so despite the high tech world we will be discussing, I’ll be the cave woman in the corner chiseling my notes on stone tablets.
I’ve spent the week studying the WordCamp Asheville schedule and I have finally nailed down the sessions I plan to attend. I know many of you, dear readers, are fellow bloggers, and I know many of you use the WordPress platform. Take a look at my course schedule below and if you have any questions you would like me to ask of the instructors, please let me know. If time and the instructors permit, I am happy to be your ambassador. (Blurbs in italics and the little icon below courtesy of WordCamp Asheville).
Saturday May 31
What’s Your Story? Engaging Your Readers With the Power of a Personal Narrative, taught by blogger Cindy Reed: Whether you’re starting a personal blog to share your thoughts and ideas, or blogging to promote your business, storytelling is the most effective way to engage your audience…
Blast off with Jetpack: Amazing Features powered by WordPress.com, taught by WordPress.com Happiness Engineer Evan Zimmerman: …In this session we’ll give an overview of Jetpack and talk about the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. We’ll dive into popular features such as Stats, Widget Visibility and Contact Forms, and discuss the available Social and Media options…
Photos and Colors and Layouts Oh My!: Resources to Help You Make Good Design, taught by web designer and filmmaker Nancy Thanki: You’ve got your perfect theme picked out! It has this amazing layout that you know will be perfect for presenting you and yours in the best possible way. Bought, downloaded, and ready to rumble. Now the tricky part: how to make it look as amazing for you as it did in the developer’s demo? …
Getting Help with WordPress – a Beginners Guide to Getting Unstuck, taught by developer Russell Fair: No matter where you are with WordPress, a beginner, intermediate user, or ninja developer there comes a point where you just get stuck. This presentation will show attendees who are new to WordPress how to figure it out on their own…
Customize your Website with CSS for Beginners, taught by developer and designer Lydia Roberts: Ever wanted to change the color of a font, position of an image, or appearance of a page layout without having to rely on built-in theme options or calling a developer? You’d be amazed at the changes you can make with small edits to your site’s Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)…
Your 10th Post: How to Keep Going After Your Initial Euphoria Winds Down with bloggers Sarah Giavedoni and Jim MacKenzie: In their research to become the greatest Stuff-Something-Likes sites on the internet, Jim and Sarah of StuffMonstersLike.com found a lot of blogs that never made it past the first 10 posts… Jim and Sarah share their secrets about how to keep ideas flowing and keep writing every day, even after the initial excitement of starting a blog has faded away.
Sunday June 1
Work, Life, Blog, Balance taught by Alicia Murray, founder and editor of BalancingMotherhood.com: Tips, tools, and action steps to a balanced blog life. This presentation will discuss how to organize and balance priorities between your day job, your life, and your passion for blogging…
Getting Found on Google taught by professional blogger and SEO consultant Rich Owings: Not showing up on Google? This introduction to search engine optimization (SEO) will fill you in on all the basics, from title and alt image tags to pretty permalinks, SEO plugins, and Google authorship. There will time for more advanced questions too, all to help you improve your rankings.
5 Steps for Building a More Active Online Community taught by Disqus pioneer Michael G. Calvert: There’s no magic behind building a successful online community (unless blood, sweat and tears count), but there are a few key actions that lead to increased engagement. With over 5 years of experience in building communities online (in various forms), plus data gathered from 4 expert bloggers, Michael G. Calvert of Disqus will offer real-world examples as a guide…
Working with Media in WordPress taught by digital media instructor Jonathan Ross: It’s no surprise that WordPress has been updated with a lot of features specifically dedicated to adding, managing and displaying media (images, audio,video). More and more, websites rely on images and other media to tell the story… instead of text. In this photo oriented session, you will learn about media settings, adding/deleting media, managing thumbnails, metadata, featured images, and essential plugins…
Using Google Analytics with WordPress taught by data analyst Chip Oglesby: In this talk, we’ll look at the basics of what you should be tracking on your site and why. There will also be a hands-on period for help and Q&A.
Intro to PHP taught by programmer John Dorner: WordPress is built with PHP. It helps to know the basics so you can understand and make changes to your theme’s templates. This session will not make you into a programmer, but will explain a lot of what you will see when you look at the code that powers your site. He’ll also share where you can find help to answer your PHP questions.
I’ll see you on the other side!
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Wow! So much to learn in two short days! Have fun!
That looks like an amazing opportunity! I can’t wait for the wisdom you’re going to come back with and share. 🙂
I’ll take good notes in my new notebook.
Sooo excited for you. And a bit jealous! Can’t wait to hear about your experience there and some of the tips and inspiration you find. There is so much to learn.
I know – I think I’m going to have a lot to share when I get back. Looking at the course schedule I started to get a feeling for how much I do not know.
“chiseling notes on stone tablets” I snorted when I read that. Have a great trip.
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Lucky you!! How did you find out about the weekend (for future reference)?
I’ve got a quick question that would be for the Media session. When I embed an image on my blog it doesn’t show up with the “Preview” button on the right side of my editor window–I have to go to “All Posts” and click “preview” from there on the appropriate post. I’m just wondering if it’s a glitch with my particular WP theme (Chateau).
If you have a chance to ask, great! If not, no problem, and I look forward to learning through you!
I can’t remember where I originally heard about it – maybe from the WordPress news site, Hot Off the Press? They recently ran a piece about WordPress events around the world. Let me see if I can find the link… Here it is: https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/wordpress-events-calendar/
Hmm, interesting question – I’ll write it down and see if I can find an answer for you. If you don’t want to wait that long, have you checked the forums or contacted support? If there’s a glitch they might like to know about it.
Thanks for the link! And no (and I’m hanging my head in shame/embarrassment), I haven’t checked support or forums…I never thought to! I just back my way into it. So don’t worry about finding out for me…I’ll try their Support.
Darn, wish I ‘d known and I would have gone down with you for this. I am very close to starting a business idea that heavily relies on WordPress. We should talk about it when you get back. You might have some insights! Have a WONDERFUL time. Sounds like my kind of event!
Tickets sold out pretty quickly – I was lucky to get one. This is the first time they’ve done a WordCamp in Asheville I think, but I doubt it will be the last. I’m happy to meet up afterward!
Just encourage them to get WordCamp Boston up and running and on the calendar!
The slides for my “PHP: The Basics” presentation are at: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1J7LmF4RZQPOSNptPRbE15tTpfO7uK23igjNwPGkCTxg/pub
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