Boston is an amazing city filled with great food, lots of history, and great fun. It was a wonderful experience to be invited to WordCamp Boston 2015 to speak on the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin. The weekend was filled with great sponsors, speakers, attendees, and swag. However, the real question is: What is the takeaway, the motivation, or the passion to attend, speak or sponsor these amazing events?
- The world is smaller than it seems.
When you work in the tech world, it is easy to get caught up in the daily grind. However, from time to time, you will find that the world is extremely small. I had that experience in Boston; I was able to spend time with some of the larger companies who host WordPress sites, other agency leaders, and businessmen and women who come to learn. It is a wonderful feeling to be a person—and not a CEO, Front-End Dev or Blogger. When you remove these labels, it makes these events a huge success.
- The world is a better place when you give back.
We had a large discussion on the last day of camp about why it is our responsibility to give back to the community. Honestly, it is simply a way to make the world a better place. There are a lot of children, military personnel, and business owners, who can build on their current skills, or learn a new skill because we choose to give back. WordCamp is a great opportunity to teach, assist, or discuss these issues in a non-threatening way.
- The world doesn’t need egos.
One of my favorite parts of WordCamps is that no matter who attends, we are all just friends getting together to talk and learn about what we love. This idea is true of the sponsors—including WPEngine, GoDaddy, and Pressable—and this is also true of attendees. Other WordCamp organizers attend to get ideas on their camps, and business teams converse about ways they can help each other out. It was great to get to know the team at both Sideways8 and Pressable.
It does not matter who you are, what you do, or who you want to become. At WordCamp, you are there to learn, give back and support others. No egos are allowed. Boston was a fun time to meet new people, rekindle old friendships, and learn a lot of new stuff. The talks were recorded and will be on WordPress TV soon.