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…

2 thoughts on “WordCamp Los Angeles

  1. The people I’ve met through WordPress are some of the greatest people in my life. Seriously the best…and you’re in my top five, Alex! I can’t believe only four of you guys pulled that whole thing off — I know you had other help — but all of you did an amazing job. THANKS!

  2. Best community ever! Incredible group of people that LOVE to mentor and share knowledge. I’m on my journey because of all of you! Thank you! <3

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