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WordCamp US 2016 Recap

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*The collage you see above this post was made by @WPSiteCare. It is made up of some of my images from WordCamp US 2016*

The Second Annual WordCamp US was held this past weekend in Philadelphia. What an event!

The City of Brotherly Love has had the privilege of hosting both the inaugural and the second annual national WordCamp. While the first one was amazing the second went so far beyond expectation, it blew my mind. Everything from the talks, to the organization of how it was run, to the SWAG, was leagues above last years event. Great job organizing team!

As I was last year, I again was honored to be one of the official WordCamp US photographers. Can I tell you something? Taking photographs at a conference is not easy and extremely tiring. But in the end totally worth it.

Well All This Is Great, But What Is A WordCamp and What Is WordPress?

Oh sorry, I should have explained that sooner. A WordCamp is a small one or two day conference held across the World to talk about, educate, and contribute to the open source content management system called WordPress. WordPress powers more than 26% of the Web (*According to the co-founder of the project, Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word talk that rounds out the conference). These conferences are held around the World in cities and towns of all sizes. WordCamp US is the national, “big boy” version of the these conferences. There is a European version. aptly called WordCamp Europe.

Off To Nashville

In 2017, the conference will be leaving the nest and heading to Nashville for the next two years. On a side note, unlike WordCamp Europe that has its conference in a different city every year, WordCamp US will for the foreseeable future be in a host city for two years.

So am I planning on going to Nashville? Quite possibly? I’ve talked to the organizing team for next year and they say they’d love to have me take photos, so we’ll see.

On To The Photos

Now, I was a photographer at the event, so enough writing! On to the photos. You can see every photo over here.

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Are New Years Resolutions Worthless?

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Are New Years resolutions worthless? How many do we actually keep? We all need to work out, get more sleep, spend more time with our loved ones, save more money, etc. But how much of this do we actually do.

Instead of focusing on overarching, year-long goals, we should focus on more immediate and relatively attainable goals.

For example, I need to make sure I get on my bike trainer at least 3 times a week. I haven’t been. I thought I’d make this a New Years Resolution, but it’s too over reaching and worthless. Instead I’m going to set a goal to get on the bike at least once a week and work my way up. Before I know it it’ll be spring and riding-outside-season.

Another example, remembering to blog regularly. I can say as a New Years resolution that I’m going to blog twice a week. But it would be better if every week I looked at my schedule and decided what we realistic for that week.

What do you think of New Years Resolutions? Are they worthwhile or completely worthless?

Post your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy New Year!

Update: Britney Kennedy of OnPoint-Nutrition.com disagrees with my assertion that New Years Resolutions are worthless. Her view is that resolutions are goals and that setting goals is a good thing to do. Yearly, monthly, weekly, daily… whenever.