WordCamping

And here I am, for the third time this year, waiting to board an international flight. I’ve flown more this year than my entire life to date.

Where am I off to this time? 

I mentioned previously that WordPress is a community, and WordPressers love getting together, from informal meet ups to WordPress conferences, called WordCamps.

This weekend, Zimbabwean WordPressers are holding their first ever WordCamp in the capital, Harare, and a colleague and I are going up from South Africa to represent Automattic and give back to the community by presenting talks. Yes, I’ll be speaking at the WordCamp tomorrow.

Having worked as a teacher and a preacher I’m no stranger to public speaking, but I will admit to having quite a few butterflies fluttering about in my stomach. WordCamps are typically attended by developers, designers, experts in WordPress and everything online. And here I am, a blogger of four years, thinking I can teach them something.

It’s easy to think like that. But I’ve received so much encouragement and support from my colleagues while deciding whether to apply and while preparing my talk. And I’ll be speaking about something I love and know well: helping people with WordPress. So I’m sure it will go well.

I think the real reason is that I had to leave Squishy and the missus behind again. I swear it gets harder each time. I’m only gone two days this time instead of ten, and only 600 miles away instead of thousands and thousands, but I’m already missing them and I haven’t even boarded yet. I guess that’s how it will be leaving home from now on.

Anyway, wish me luck with my talk tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it went.

8 thoughts on “WordCamping

  1. hi Mr Happiness Engineer
    You totally nailed the presentation being someone who is neither developer nor designer and code kinda looks like a Martian language….. bless WordPress
    ~B

    PS and your presentation was one of the few i quite enjoyed being non techy and all ^_^

      1. Absolutely loved your talk! You shared a lot of practical info, especially for the non-developers. Something for everyone! You’re coming back next year… we’re not taking “no” for an answer! 🙂

      2. Haha. I was worried my talk wasn’t technical enough as I was told the Harare WP group was pretty advanced. It was actually nice to see so many WordPress end-users there as well. If I’m able, I’ll be there next year 😀

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