Merri Brownworth: I’ve been attending lots of seminars in my retirement. They’re called naps.
Last year, I learned of a two-day seminar presented by Word Press (the host site for my blog and thousands of others) called Word Camp. Last year, friends attended Word Camp in Phoenix and San Diego, and I eagerly awaited for the “road show” to come to my neck-of-the-woods.
Earlier this year, I finally registered for Word Camp here in Orange County. Karen and I signed up for two days of learning and networking and we were on fire! On Thursday, Karen told me she couldn’t join me since she’d worked the prior two weekends and was just beat. I get it, but that left me going by myself. Would you have gone by yourself? You know no one, and you’re not even sure where you’re going, until you enlist the aid of Siri.
Oh boy. Since talking to Karen on Thursday, I spent two days talking myself into attending. Go there yourself. It’ll be fun, they said. It’ll be educational, they said. It won’t be boring, they said.
Uh, who said that? They were right. I arrived at 8:30 for the opening remarks. The room was set with a beachy feel and we were all ready for a day of insight and information. From there, different sessions with very smart presenters talking about Russian hackers and cybersecurity, how to be a better blogger, and all the opportunities offered by the Word Press company. I thought the material would be complex. Remember, I’ve been out of college for 40 years. Most of the attendees were over 40 and we were all happy to be “campers” for the day.
I had put unnecessary pressure on myself about going alone into a few sessions that were potentially going to be over my head. I was very pleasantly surprised and am eager to attend Word Camp 2018 when it comes back to Orange County next June.
I chose to not return on Sunday since most of the topics appeared to be business-related, and not for me, the little-old-blogger. I mean, what could I possibly learn from Pixel Imperfect: A Practical Approach to Responsive Design or Decoupled Language Pack Updating? So the organizers donate unused Sunday tickets to local students and individuals who couldn’t afford to attend on their own. Win-win.