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  1. Carrie I love the post. It is another example of why I dig you as much as I do.

    While it took me a long time to get active in WordCamps, I’m so grateful that I did. I have met a ton of wonderful new friends and have also forged some great business alliances in the process. While my husband always questions my WordCamp adventures, I know they are invaluable for my happiness, personal growth, and the overall success of our business. Yes I have fun, but they are also business. I’m blessed to be able to combine the two into one great weekend.

    I would encourage WordPress users to jump in. Don’t be hesitant like I did. Take the plunge and go fully into the event. Don’t just sit in presentations, join hallway conversations and share taxi/uber rides. You’ll meet new friends and you’ll realize you can go much further in WordPress when you go along with a few friends.

  2. Perfectly described! For those that haven’t attended — I just went to my first WordCamp in Austin, TX earlier this year. I had a blast! I was blown away by the people. It’s so fun to just plop down at a lunch table and introduce yourself. And know that I’m not the social butterfly person, but there it is easy. Even though I was brand new I still found folks that I was able to offer technical tips to. And, I discovered the greatness of Desktop Server who had a vendor spot. In short, attending help me see that this WordPress community is REAL, very real and welcoming even more so in person than on the Twitters 🙂

  3. Excellent advice, Carrie! Wish I’d read this before Austin. I skipped a session to get some sleep (I hadn’t slept in a few days) and felt guilty. But it helped me be prepared for the 2nd day. I also didn’t introduce myself to enough people. So excited to change this at WCDFW.

  4. Just bought a Prom Dress for WPMU. Now what? I think Sofia is to cold for shorts and flip flops. All this dilemma’s. I’m glad all your other tips are great and really can be helpful. Great blog Carrie.

  5. Hi Carrie,

    I’ll be attending WordCamp DFW in October and it’s actually my first WordCamp. I’m so excited to be around people who understand what I do are passionate about it as well. Thanks for writing this post! It’ll be exciting to actually meet the people I follow in real like.

  6. Great post! Reminded me of my first WordCamp in Austin, TX 2013. I was star struck by Rachael Butts because she was my inspiration to get into the business. Then I found out about you and I was star struck at WordCamp Austin 2014! Ha! Thinking of going to WordCamp SF. Talk about star struck!

  7. Great post! I did my first WordCamp this year and it was great! (I was the one live tweeting, like EVERYTHING.) One of the things that surprised me was there was no 15 minute meet-and-greet time on the “big” presentation day. Not everyone goes to the dinners (we & several others did not), and not everyone will feel comfy chatting up others at the lunch table. Meet-and-greet is a great way to collect business cards and get into the groove of networking. It’s also a great way to get the lay of the land, so to speak – and it forces the local group members to get away from each other to say “hello” to new people. We tend to stay in our comfort zones.

  8. One more thing I learned — if you’re bringing your computer, get a backpack for your stuff. I looked like a big ole noob trying to manage my hand bag and over-the-shoulder computer bag. Everything bumping into each other and constantly falling off my shoulders. Here comes Miss Carrie calm, cool and collected with her backpack with everything stowed 🙂 I’ll be ready next time.

  9. Great post, Carrie! I went to my first WordCamp in Seattle earlier this year. I brought my iPad instead of my MacBook Pro and wish I had brought my MacBook Pro. It would have made it easier to take notes and participate in some of the more technical sessions (like working with SASS). Also, if Morten Rand-Hendriksen is speaking, don’t miss it! He is awesome! I wish I had gone up and told him about all of his Lynda classes I took and how much he’s inspired me. Won’t miss that opportunity again should it arise. And I promise to introduce myself to you, Carrie, if I ever get the chance.

    • Hi Pam!
      I had a total star-studded moment when I met Morten last year at WCSF. I first learned WordPress through his Lynda tuts, so he’s a hero (albeit humble one) in my book.

      Will you be at WCSF this year? I look forward to meeting you one of these days!


  10. I love WordCamp! You can actually talk to people about what you love without getting a blank stare and a yawn.
    My first WordCamp in SLC a few years ago, Matt Mullenweg was there. I was such a noob I didn’t know who he was. (I do now.) I also know that the “famous” people are down to earth and will share their cheezy fries and awesome knowledge with you.

    If you can, I recommend attending some of the after parties too. Make friends, get great ideas for your own business/website, help someone else… who needs sleep?

    • Hey Rebecka – I love the story about Matt. 🙂

      Glad you brought up after parties. Those are a great way to continue conversations in a relaxed environment.

  11. Awesome post.

    As a WordCamp n00b, I needed to hear some of this advice. Easy to start getting imposter syndrome or to feel like you’re the only person who sucks at networking 🙂

  12. Really well timed post. Just yesterday I was trying to convince myself to attend a WordCamp and actually get involved in the community. I’ve built or worked on around 100 WordPress sites over the last couple years but have kept to myself. I think you pushed me over the edge to plan on attending the DFW WordCamp.

  13. Loved this post. I hope to attend a WordCamp soon. I’m actually considering the DFW one, but it might be a bit pricey for me, what with airfare, etc.

  14. Cool. By the way, I noticed the images on your Podcast page don’t center on smaller resolutions like the rest of the content. If you add
    .post-type-archive-podcast .entry-header { text-align: center; }
    to your stylesheet that ought to fix it.


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