Wednesday, June 9, 2010

WordCamp Chicago 2010 — A Quick Recap!

This past weekend I participated in my first “WordCamp” Chicago Conference. In short, this Chicago-based, two-day Blogger event was a gathering of WordPress users, and developers, with the objective of collaborative learning, and networking.

The education portion of the event was divided into two concurrent tracks, one for developers, and one for users.  I paid $30 to register for the event, which included all programming and two breakfasts. In my mind, this was a real bargain!

Of course, this engaging event was full of social media activity, especially on Twitter.  Throughout the conference there was an active back channel.  For a transcript of the tweets please click here.  Here is a graph summarizing the Twitter activity for that week, courtesy of

I plan to write about the topics discussed in upcoming blog posts but in the meantime here is a listing of the user track presentations I attended:

  • Using WordPress and BuddyPress for Education
  • Creating Custom Menus with WP 3.0
  • WordPress UX Flight Check
  • Maximize All In One SEO plugin
  • WordPress SEO Optimization
  • Rocking Out Your Website With WordPress
  • Backing Up and Upgrading WordPress

Copies of the slide decks are available Here.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim "Genuine" Turner June 9, 2010 at 10:12 am

It doesn’t appear that you had a chance to see my presentation, but thanks for the recap of the tweets etc. I think the numbers here are a little skewed as I see a number of people that have discussed their inability to get on the network or to have the ability to send tweets. The rooms were lacking in their ability to get Wifi on a regular basis and I have heard that some phones were unable to get a signal for sending out mobile tweets. I think the numbers would have been much higher if given optimal conditions.

Thanks for this Mike and I hope to return to see what your recaps involve!


Michael M McCurry CMP June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Hi Jim, and no, I am sorry but was not able to see your presentation on Digital Media because I had to leave at lunchtime on Sunday. Hopefully next time I will be able to.

Sorry also, for the delay in responding to you, have been at an internal company event the past two days.

Thanks for calling out the skewing of the tweets because you are absolutely right, there were some really bad bandwidth issues at this event. At an otherwise awesome event this was the one dark side.

I am hopeful at future events that logistical detail will be handled better, although I am not throwing darts at anyone!

I appreciate your contribution to the discussion and there is more coming, for sure!



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