Are WordCamps Dying?

I’ll skip to the answer. No.

In a WordCamp US recap article on Freemius Brandon Ernst talks about how WordCamp US had received some strong feedback about how it was run this year. He initially asks the question if WordCamps are dying? In the end he says no, and I agree.

Honestly look at the schedule of upcoming WordCamps. Does it look like the events are dying? I think not.

Just because the big US event was bit disjointed, the quality of the content was great. I watched the live stream and got a whole lot from it.

I go to three to four WordCamps a year, sometimes more. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses.

For example WordCamp Montclair (New Jersey) was held in a former fallout shelter. The internet was spotty at best, but it was their first year and overall it was a great time. The talks were great and that’s what mattered.

WordCamp Philly this year was at the Academy of Fine Arts, I didn’t like the venue as much as the talks were held in galleries which didn’t lend to learning in my opinion. I preferred the classrooms at University of the Sciences (in West Philadelphia). But again the talks were great.

WordCamp Lancaster is held at the Lancaster Intermediate Unit. It serves the purpose, but is nothing to write about.

And finally, WordCamp Lehigh Valley is held at the Northampton County Community College in Bethlehem, PA.

All these events are great because of the community and the speakers who speak at them. They are far from perfect, but they are put on by the community and that’s what makes them special.

Have you been to any WordCamps that have totally rocked it or kind missed the mark?

Web Finds

Nathan Ingram: Dealing with Problem Clients |

This is a must watch for any WordPress/Web Designer dealing regularly with clients.


WordCamp US 2018

WordCamp US 2018 Nashville Logo

Going to WordCamps (conferences that are focused on the WordPress CMS) is always a lot of fun.

When the national WordCamp (WordCamp US) comes around every December it’s gives one a sense of how fantastic this community is.

Last year and this year #WCUS (as it’s affectionately known) is in Nashville Tennessee. I wasn’t able to make it this year or last, but this year I’m still going via the live stream. Though I’m missing the most important track, the Hallway Track, I’m really enjoying my experience.

The live stream coupled with the #WCUS hashtag on Twitter, it almost feels like I’m there. In a way I’m getting a little bit of the Hallway Chat via Twitter.

All in all, I’ve been very happy with my virtual experience thus far. I’ll report my final thoughts after #WCUS ends.

WordCamp US 2018 picture of my computer watching the live stream.
My view of #WCUS 2018 from work on Friday

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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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.


Wordcamp Philly 2015 – What An Experience

wcphilly-volunteerAs I do every year, I attended (and volunteered at) Wordcamp Philly 2015. This year it was held at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. First off what an amazing facility and campus. I’ve never been there and I’m impressed with the space.


Wordcamp Philly was a two-day event, this year June 13-14. I only attended the main day on the 13th, but it was such a great event. I always loved the “barcamp-esqe” atmosphere, where it’s not too stuffy and everyone is there to help one another. Another great thing is that it was only $20 to attend, making it affordable for people of all walks of life who want to learn WordPress.

This was my first year volunteering and I’m glad I did. Though I didn’t sit through any session straight through, I feel as thought I got more out of it, because I picked up some great bits of info from sessions I might not have even attended otherwise.


If you get a chance to attend a Wordcamp next year, whether it be in Philly or elsewhere, I suggest you take advantage of the opportunity. You can learn more about this years Wordcamp and see the presenters slides by going to the website and looking at the #WCPhilly Hashtag on Twitter.

If you would like to see the photos I took at the event you can go to: