Most Meetups go down like this – show up a few minutes early hoping for snacks (after all, you come over right after work most often), get a comfortable seat with a good view of the night’s presenter. This August night was no different if you have your Meetup 52 FLOORS ABOVE DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, ARE TREATED TO AN EVENING WITH CHRIS DO, and you’re FEATURED PROMINENTLY ON A SEGMENT FOR HIS POPULAR YOUTUBE CHANNEL SHOW! Not to sound all Fan Boy and such but this was (yet again) another example of why the WordPress Community is so cool!
Jeff Large, an entrepreneur and leading voice in Podcasting space and a fellow presenter sat at a table with a beer and over the next 48 hours we had genuine conversations about family, business, toys, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and our connections to WordPress. We connected over the weekend, hung out at one another’s talks, after parties, then went our separate ways. We stayed in touch over media channels – until he called on me to appear on his show, the Jeff Large Podcast, “Cherish Life Every Day”, September 20, 2018.
My first exposure to the concept of a WordCamp was here in Los Angeles, my hometown. The location and faces have changed, but the things that make the WordPress Open Source Project such a cool Community experience still remain and burn as strong as ever. Here is some feedback from those in attendance on social media (Twitter and Instagram):
My return to the very windy, Windy City (after 30+ years) also signaled stepping onstage to speak again, this time at my very first WordCamp. Held at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in the West Loop, it felt emotional and satisfying to continue healing and growing back into WordPress. Here is some feedback from those in attendance on social media (Twitter and Instagram):
Held in the largest room for the WordCamp, the Beach Room was the gateway to the conference, visible to all attendees from the stairs or lift to the second-floor location (see first Tweet below). Large monitors on all sides display messaging, CART services, and slide visuals making a truly immersive experience for my message of hope and motivation. Here is some feedback from those in attendance on social media (Twitter):
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