Why Am I Excited? A first-timer’s perspective…

Why am I looking forward to WordCamp Grand Rapids 2012? Mostly because I can’t wait to meet fellow WordPressers in person. It’s fine to read the blog posts, listen to the podcasts, and view the websites that people produce, but there’s no substitute for talking in person.

We have some great people in the WordPress community, local to Grand Rapids and scattered across the globe. The speaker list alone includes several people I’m eager to catch up with or meet for the first time.

Topher DeRosia is a founder of our WordPress Grand Rapids meetup group, and he’s given me a lot of pointers about WordPress and freelancing. Dustin Hartzler’s Your Website Engineer podcast and the WPCandy podcasts produced by Ryan Imel and Justin Jones are among my favorite WordPress podcasts. Lisa Sabin-Wilson’s WordPress for Dummies books have been a great way for me to learn and teach my clients.

I’m also looking forward to meeting some of the other well-known members of the WordPress community, including John James Jacoby, Mark Jaquith, and Pippin Wiliamson. Of course, I want to meet and learn about all the other speakers as well. Plus, there’ll be all the attendees to talk to!

Why don’t you come to WordCamp Grand Rapids, so I can meet you too?

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2 Responses to Why Am I Excited? A first-timer’s perspective…

  1. I’m coming! Looking forward to meeting a great bunch of people.

  2. I will be there too! WordCamp Chicago 2011 was my first, and since then I’ve been to the one in Milwaukee, joined and attended a few WordPress meetups, I’m heading out to this one, and I am on the organizing committee and helping with conferences for Chicago 2012 the week after. It is addicting!