Giving Back to WordPress - Recap of Class by Chris Ford at WCOC 2015

Giving Back to WordPress by Chris Ford — #WCOC Recap

At WordCamp Orange County this year, Carol and I attended the workshop, “You Don’t Need to Be a Core Contributor to Give Back”  by Chris Ford. Since neither of us are contributors, we figured this could be an interesting class.

Community.

It’s a funny word. Depending upon your own social context it may bring back memories of buying a coke for 25¢ at the community center, a TV show on NBC, or an organic chicken farm cult.

WordPress isn’t a cult — I think I said that here.

Community is just a group of like-minded people gathered together to share, teach, and learn. So there’s a sense that if you’ve learned, now you should share. This is what I believe is meant by giving back to the WordPress community (correct me in the comments).

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I didn’t expect it to be so inspiring though.

Ready for WordCamp OC - 2015

WordCamp. What is it? Why should you go?

Is WordCamp for you? Let’s not forget that many marketers say the hub of your social media efforts should be your website. WordPress is a perfect platform for small businesses and hobbyists like myself.

A lot of my friends ask me what WordCamp is. Some people are confused by the name. It’s not a camp. It’s not a conference. But it is a time to learn and network.

WordCamp is an event centered around the open-source software called WordPress used to build websites.

But you don’t build websites.

I know. I’m not a website developer or designer. But I am a blogger.

Let’s not forget that many marketers say the hub of your social media efforts should be your website. WordPress is a perfect platform for small businesses and hobbyists like myself.

Sidebar: What should you get out of WordCamp from the WPwatercooler gang.

I chatted with Adam of Blue Steele Solutions about WordCamp here:

Why did I start going?

In 2013, my friend Pam Aungst of Pam Ann Marketing recommended WordCamp Orange County. She and my friend Carol Stephen of Your Social Media Works bought tickets. We didn’t know what WordCamp was at the time, but we trusted the recommendation from Pam.

It happened that she couldn’t attend that year, but Carol and I have been going ever since.

Read some of our recaps here:

What does it offer?

There are several different tracks available. Classes appeal to developers, designers, new-to-WordPress people, and businesses. There’s something for everyone.