WordPress Community, I love you. Philadelphia, I love you. Winter weather I came home to, I do not love you.
WordCamp US is over and done and I am a little sad about it. It was the biggest WordCamp I have attended and the fourth total WordCamp I have been to and let me say, it did not disappoint. WordCamp US was everything I wanted and more. It was informational, it was inspiring, it was fun, it was full of swag (swagful?? Can I make that a word? *FOCUS STACEY*) and it was exhausting. That’s a whole lot of things.
The venue where it was held, Pennsylvania Convention Center, was beautiful and the location was perfect. The layout of the rooms were perfect. Really, I don’t have one negative thing to say about the convention. I think the planners and the organizers really did a great job.
The struggle of having a fully stacked line up of awesome speakers is trying to pick what ones to go to. Obviously I didn’t make it to all of them but I will be watching them what I missed WordPress TV. There wasn’t a talk that I went to that left me unsatisfied, but I had my favorites.
The talks I took the most away from or left me feeling the feels
Supercharge ⚡️ by Luca Sartoni – This talk wasn’t actually on the schedule because it was a fill in, but holy buckets, was I glad I was there for this talk. He went over how to negotiate prices as a freelancer and this dude hit the nail on the head.
Let’s Encrypt! Wait. Why? How? by Nancy Thanki – Because HTTPS is a thing that needs to be taken seriously and Nancy made it interesting and explained it thoroughly and eloquently.
WordPress & SEO in 2016 by Joost de Valk – Mostly this talk validated what I have been doing and saying to my clients. Quality content, permalinks, and structure are of utmost importance when it comes to SEO.
Computational Design and Inclusion by John Maeda – This guy was just awesome. Funny, charming, moving. Great talk.
But honestly, every talk I went to was great and I recommend watching all of them on WordPressTV.
Philadelphia, I feel you.
This city is pretty great. It’s going on my list of cities I love (Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis). People were friendly, there was Holiday cheer, the food was amazing. I finally got myself some amazing ramen at Hiro Ramen House and I am kicking myself for not going back before I left. We took some friendly advice from a Philadelphia resident (shout out to my buddy Ian), we went to Reading Terminal Market and the famous Federal Donuts. And of course, I had to go to and try Capogiro Gelato Artisans which is “#1 Ice Cream Spot In The Entire World By National Geographic” and indeed, pretty darn good.
Wait, it sounds like all I did was eat, which actually is pretty accurate but we did some sightseeing. We also went to the Mütter Museum, which isn’t for the faint of heart, but I freaking loved it. Weird, slightly disturbing, and informational, my cup of tea. We did some walking around to area parks and enjoyed the Christmas village.
We didn’t see everything we wanted to see or eat everything we wanted to eat, but that just means we have to go back eventually (oh darn).
To sum it up…
It was a seriously great time. Again, a giant thank you to the sponsors, the community, the organizers, the speakers, and the volunteers who made WordCamp 2016 amazingly fun. You all are all awesome.