My first trip of the summer concluded last weekend and I had a grand time! I experienced some difficulties, but am choosing to see them as part of the overall experience instead of a big negative. I shared in a recent blog about three trips I’m planning this summer and so far, the summer is off to a great start.
This first trip was a business trip to WordCamp Kansas City. WordCamps are held all over the globe and are conferences designed for WordPress users. This blog you’re reading right now is using WordPress (it’s a content management system for websites and blogs).
I was a speaker and also a participant in WordCamp KC. I’ve been involved with WordCamp Fayetteville (coming Aug. 1) for six years but this was my first time attending WordCamp Kansas City. I loved the city, the conference, the food, and all the new people I met.
I have tons of photos so I tried grouping them in collages to make this easier.
Most of the difficulties were involving my health, which led to me missing many sessions because I needed extra rest. I’m grateful for the #WCKC twitter feed and the fact that the slides are available on the WCKC website. It’s not the same as attending each session, but I was able to capture highlights. I also presented two sessions and both were pretty well received. I’m presenting tweaked versions of both my Writing in WordPress for Beginners and How/Why Businesses Should Blog at WordCamp Fayetteville.
I’m still processing what I learned, but my biggest take-aways were a renewed interest in vlogging and podcasting; and better understanding how to meet client needs instead of trying to sell them on an idea.
Sessions were held in two different Kansas City buildings. The first two days were in the Kauffman Conference Center and the last day was at the Sprint Accelerator. Both had interesting architecture and features inside and out.
Each night we also had some sort of social gathering. I attended the speakers dinner Friday night, the main social Saturday night and skipped Sunday’s social so I could get home. I did try a new-to-me fast food place on the way home that was pretty good (Culver’s)!
Several friends from Northwest Arkansas also attended WordCamp KC and we had fun learning together and developing ideas for the WordCamp Fayetteville that we’re all working on together.
I am already looking forward to next year’s WCKC and would love to visit Kansas City again when I can see the sights.