I was fortunate to be able to attend the very first WordCamp US this past weekend. It was held in Philadelphia, which is a reasonable drive from where I live in North Jersey. It’s also usually hard for me to get away these days since I have a 17-month-old child, but luckily, my wife was fine with me going and taking all the parenting responsibilities on herself for the weekend. God bless her.
This was by far the biggest WordCamp ever, with around 1800 people in attendance. I’ve attended WordCamp NYC and WordCamp Boston in the past, neither came close to the size. I was in awe.
Though it was a huge event, it didn’t take long for me to find people I knew. One of my favorite parts about WordCamp is the people. The people I already know, meeting new people, and becoming better acquainted with people I don’t know well or only know online. WordPress really is a friendly community. Probably the friendliest that I know of.
So there you have it. I feel this is the WordCamp that really got me motivated. I’m already looking forward to next year’s WordCamp US, which is going to be held in Philadelphia again!
And though I had a great time, nothing beat coming home and seeing the excitement on my little girl’s face when I walked in the door Sunday evening. I’ll leave you with this video I tweeted of her learning to say Wapuu in her new WordCamp US onesie.
— Mike Auteri (@mauteri) December 7, 2015
Feel free to leave your own experiences and takeaways of WordCamp US in the comments. I would love to read them.