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WordCamp Coming to Charleston: Guess Who’s Speaking

WordCamp Charleston is about a month away…and guess who’s going to be one of the speakers!

Last month, I attended my second Atlanta edition of WordCamp. If you haven’t heard of WordCamp and you blog on the WordPress platform, do yourself a favor and visit the official WordCamp Central homepage to see which communities near you are planning future editions.

WordCamp is essentially a one or two day event in which WordPress bloggers, designers and developers come together to attend various sessions to learn and refine their skills. There are sessions designed for people who are brand new to blogging and sessions for people who can start with a blank file and build their own theme or plugins from scratch.

I’m certainly not what I’d consider a beginner when it comes to blogging, especially since I’ve been at it now for 10 years. But as for being able to design a theme, well, I doubt I’ll ever be that proficient when it comes to coding.

The nice thing about WordPress is that you don’t necessarily have to touch code if you don’t want to.

With thousands of themes and plugins available, somewhere out there is a someone else’s code that’ll do what you want done one way or another. And I’m the kind of coder who can write code the same way someone else’s does only to discover that while theirs works perfectly, mine doesn’t. It happened several times back in high school when we were learning TrueBasic. (Remember that? I don’t either.)

In any case, WordCamp is coming to Charleston. It will not only be Charleston’s first-ever WordCamp, but it will also be the first WordCamp held in South Carolina!

And for this first edition, I’m actually going to be one of the speakers! My talk will focus on ways to eliminate some of the deadline pressure that we mostly place on ourselves. By freeing up some of that pressure, we may find that actually producing content and building community becomes easier.

I’m told that there will be videos recorded of each session; I only hope that if they record mine, they don’t forget the gut filter. Those 10 extra pounds most cameras place on you are the last thing I need.

If you’re in the Charleston area or don’t mind a commute to the Charleston area, here’s more information on the conference. Let me know if you’re planning on attending: it’s always nice to meet people you know online in person!

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.