WordCamp LA 2014

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Just ahead of 7am here and with a warm cup of pretentious coffee from an obscure region of the world, I can push my frames up to the bridge of my nose and start typing. WordCamp LA 2014 is officially in the books and we’re going through all the stuff and things that need to be wrapped up. All in all based off of the great feedback and all the folks I met this weekend who took something with them I think WCLAX 2014 was pretty damn awesome! Self hi-five!

I appreciate the community so much. I appreciate all the support we get from so many people. I appreciate that this is bigger than any one person. I appreciate that this will go on even if we aren’t around to help, because there’s an awesome community who will pick it up and take it further. I appreciate our sponsors, volunteers, speakers and my fellow organizers for making this thing happen.

Adam Silver sums up a lot of what I feel after a WordCamp here.

This is a post that could go on forever. I think I might just break it down into a couple smaller chunks, though…

For now, I’m just a guy sitting in his chair spinning around with the biggest and goofiest smile on his face.

Thank you everyone. Y’all make it so easy to want to do this thing called WordCamp. =)

WordCamp Los Angeles

Okay, I’m redoing this post because, well, I was lazy. I posted the following quote:

“When you find yourself doing something you love for no pay, you know you’re in the right place…”

Truer words, right?

This past weekend our team of organizers (Natalie Maclees, Ryan Cowles and Nathan Tyler) pulled off WordCamp Los Angeles 2013. By most accounts, people seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. I know there’s a lot of opportunity to tighten things up for the next go-around and there were lots of hiccups, but nothing that derailed our collective enthusiasm and commitment to get this thing done.

That said, having spoken at a WordCamp a couple of times, attended nearly 10 WordCamps I can tell you that organizing a WordCamp is something else. I have to say… I’ve never slept better in my life than I did when my head hit the pillow Saturday night… Jeffrey Zinn, over at Pixel Jar, said I’d sleep pretty good… Turns out he was right.

The moral of this particular story isn’t really about all the awesome people who came together to be apart of this, but it’s really a more selfish thing, you see…

Leading up to this people would ask me “How much are they paying you?” they being the WordPress Foundation. The answer? Not a dime. We’re all volunteers. “But WHY are you doing this? Are you getting more business?” people would ask. I didn’t have a truly good reason that didn’t sound like complete bullshit…

Now that this weekend is done I can answer those questions. Because I love this WordPress community thing. For the first time, I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be. It’s a strange, strange journey that can bring you to where you are… Attending a meetup, organizing a meetup, meeting and making new friends; learning from folks ahead of you and pulling those behind you giving and taking. Loving what you do. Open Source Culture for the win, folks…