WordCamp Pittsburgh 2017 opened with Kevin W. Hoffman sharing his surprising path to involvement in the WordPress community, how he’s learned from the community, and how he’s able to help others build their confidence and skills.
I’m here at WordCamp Pittsburgh – a year later than I’d planned. I’m among about 150 WordPress [the leading blogging and “content management system” software] users and future users sharing our stories, things we’ve learned, and finding new ideas and tools to communicate. This is Pittsburgh’s 2nd WordCamp, and I was sidelined from attending last year because of unexpected eye surgery. That was then – this is now.
While I learned helpful things at the WordCamp sessions, I was introduced to a new sense of Community among WordPress people that I haven’t experienced elsewhere. Most of the day’s sessions were geeky things about WordPress and online storytelling, but the opening keynote presentation by Kevin W. Hoffman highlighted the human side of this community.
I’m among the people who will be editing and posting videos of the 2017 WordCamp Pittsburgh sessions during the next few weeks. In the meantime, I want to share the video of a presentation Kevin mentioned in his keynote, one that influenced him and has gotten me thinking too. It’s Cory Miller speaking at WordCamp US last December.
It’s surprising to find important personal and human vulnerability at a tech conference. Or is it?