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?


Matt Mullenweg, Automattic, & WordPress

So many people are complaining about Matt Mullenweg and his “aspirations” for Automattic and I don’t have issues with any of those “aspirations” or his getting investment from Salesforces.

What I do have a problem with is that Matt has co-opted and confused the brand of WordPress. There is the self-hosted and open source version of WordPress at and then there is the hosted, business that Automattic runs.

I don’t even have a problem with Jetpack tying the two together. It’s just the confusion between Dot Com and Dot Org, that gets me.

What do you think? Is there more to this that I’m missing?


The Block Editor In WordPress

Apparently after a year of neglect my old personal site was too far gone to repair.

Having this experiment going to play with the block editor (aka Gutenberg), I decided last night to make this site my main site going forward.

I’m still undecided if I’m going to swamp the domains around. It would probably be a good idea to do so, since my .me has more domain oomph and age.

With all this in mind, I’ve started to like the new editor, but I have also seen that there is quite a bit of a learning curve to it from the old ways of doing things.

Hopefully this adventure on my personal site will make me that much better a WordPress designer/developer.

Stay tuned.


WordPress & WordCamp US 2019

After watching the live stream of WordCamp US this past weekend, I decided to spin up a site and to beta test all the new features coming out in the next few months and year with WordPress.

The block editor is something that I need to get used to and with the coming functionality in the pipeline, it’d be stupid not to try and use WordPress without a page builder.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Elementor plugin, but if there is a way to do what I need without adding bulky plugins than I want to know how.

So, instead of blowing up one of my many other sites, I started as a way to experiment.

Here’s to learning new things and expanding horizons.

Stay tuned.