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As I Saw It: Wordcamp US 2015 – The Inaugural US Wordcamp

Wordcamp US 2015Wordcamp US 2015 Was A Success

I’m two days out of the Inaugural Wordcamp US 2015 and all I can say is what an amazing experience.

It was a real honor to be one of the official photographers for the event and boy my feet are hurting. This was not my first Wordcamp, nor was it the first for Philadelphia. Philly has hosted quite a few Wordcamps, but they’ve all be under the banner of Wordcamp Philly not Wordcamp US. It’s really awesome that the Wordcamp HQ bestowed the national Wordcamp on our fair city for not only 2015 but 2016 too!

So many people from across the globe made the trip to Philly, many for the first time. I met people from Japan, Russia, Australia, Poland, the UK, and so many other places. #WCUS (the hashtag for the event) was much more than just a Wordcamp for the United States. It was a way for the WordPress community as a whole to come together trans-nationally, network and share cross-culturally. It was truly special.

If you missed any of the talks you can go to WordPress.TV to catch any of the sessions. One of the neatest things for me was being able to watch Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress and founder of Automattic, deliver this year’s State of the Word.

Though a tiring experience, it was  great one. I connected with old friends and met new ones. I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a great community. If you can make next year’s Wordcamp US, I highly recommend it (dates TBD).

My Photos (Public Domain):
If you want to see the photos in their entirety (unedited) you can go here.
If you want to see a selection of some of the ones that I thought were good go here.

Another Goody:
I archived the #WCUS hashtag into a Google Sheet. You can view it here.

Of Note:
Did you know there is a book out on the history of WordPress. True to the nature of WordPress, the book is open source and on Github.

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2015 Will Be The Year Of The Podcaster

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Podcasting hasn’t gone anywhere. I swear, people are treating podcasting like it’s a new medium. It’s not. It’s be around since at least 2006 and been going strong since.

With this new renaissance, podcasts are gaining a legitimacy they didn’t have before. With this second renaissance, people who started off listing to Serial are now venturing out to see what else they can listen too. This is a great opportunity for networks and shows like mine to show people that podcasting isn’t a passing fad or a nascent medium.

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I’ve been doing podcasts since 2009. First with, the now defunct, Addicted to Social Media, a few failed shows (they never took off), and finally a great start with the PhillyTech.org Netcast Network. Through my experiences with the medium, I’ve seen what works, what doesn’t work. I’ve also see podcasts grow from small hobbies to large ventures.

With the entering of a new era of podcasting, I predict that 2015 will be the year of the podcaster and the legitimization of this form of journalism and storytelling.

What do you think? Post your comments below.

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Seth Goldstein is the founder of PhillyTech.org Netcast Network. PhillyTech.org is an audio/video podcast network focusing on the technology and startup scene in and around the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region. You can contact Seth on Twitter @sethgoldstein or @phillytech_org or via email Seth[At]PhillyTech[Dot]Com.