I just wrapped up a great weekend of WordPress related stuff at the Boston WordCamp 2011 held at Boston University’s Sherman Hall. Man there are a lot of really smart people out there and I’m grateful for their willingness to share their knowledge. For me the sense of community has always been the differentiator between WordPress and the myriad other content management systems out there. Oh I know that there are other CMS communities but I’m talking about COMMUNITY as in the willingness to share, to help, to NOT judge and to make you feel welcome. The T-shirt and the great lunch (sponsored by .tv) were certainly an added bonus.
Who Are all These Smart People?
Okay, I get that you may not care about any of this but if you’re going to hire me to build your website you should feel comforted that I care about it. So, many thanks to the following people who gave their time to make me smarter:
- Alan Bergstein – Converting an old site to a fresh WordPress Site
- Tom Catalini – Tom’s Top Ten Tips for Blogging on WordPress
- Mike Susz – WordPress Theme Construction
- Sara Cannon – Theming & Mobile: Optimizing your WordPress site for Various Devices
- Boaz Sender – Exploding Your WordPress Theme with CSS3
- Chris Penn – How to Market Your Blog
- Joselin Mane – How Blogs Are the Core to Any Social Media Strategy
- Doug Yuen – Improving Your WordPress Productivity
- Jake Goldman – Getting Started with WordPress as a CMS
By the way, Boston University deserves a thank you too for allowing the WordPress community to take over the George Sherman Union building at 775 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.
City of Champions
Sidenote: On one of the breaks between sessions I stepped outside, and with the sound of delirious Red Sox fans coming from Fenway Park three blocks away, snapped this picture of a poster hanging in the window of the Sherman Union building. Pardon me for gloating.