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WordCamp US 2016 Recap & Review

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.

So, the other day I was bumming about my list of goals I set in April after I attended WordCamp.

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And today, I was going over my list again, and it hit me, I have been working with WordPress just over a year, and that helped me put everything back into perspective. 365 days doesn’t actually feel like that long of a period of time, but when I think about the last year, it feels like it has been so much longer.

In the last year, I have worked on over 20 WordPress websites and over half of those, I have managed the design process from the beginning to end. And I have started to delve into development side of WordPress. I have made custom post types and custom templates for those custom post types. Now that is something I am proud of.

I was lucky enough to get to redesign the first website I made when hired by BNG Design.


All in all, after I put things in perspective, I have accomplished a lot and I am pretty happy with myself.

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to go to my first WordCamp in Minneapolis.  If I had to choose one word to describe this weekend it would be amaz-fun-tastical (I didn’t say it had to be a real word, now did I).

Not only did I learn a lot, I left feeling so inspired and refreshed. I have a long list of goals now that I will be accomplishing and a long list of things I hope to learn.

This event was so well organized and everyone was so happy to be there. The one thing EVERYONE there had in common was their love of WordPress.

One thing I do wish I would have done more was mingle.  There were so many people there that I could have met and networked with that it was a little overwhelming for this girl who has just started dipping her feet into the WordPress world.

Oh…did we ever get some awesome SWAG! Shirts, Stickers, Can Wraps, Notebooks, Pint Glasses and more. All the speakers got some rad skateboards too. Mighty Jealous!

I am already excited for next year. Anyone who is considering going but is still on the fence, JUST GO!!
I want to add a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who organized, presented, and sponsored WordCamp Minneapolis. I would not have had the same experience if it were not for all you!

Thanks for listening to my ramblings!