20 Reasons To Attend a WordCamp

Ask twenty people why you should go to a WordCamp and you’ll likely receive 20 different answers. A recent post by Waseem Abbas, of Cloudways, is proof positive. He asked 20 different members of the WordPress community, including yours truly, why you should attend a WordCamp. He’s compiled the answers into a slidehsare document.

Like Heather Baker Steele, I view WordCamps as family reunions with family members I want to socialize with! The WordPress family continues to grow rapidly every year and WordCamps are opportunities to not only strengthen relationships but also to create new ones.

Check out the official WordCamp schedule to see if there’s an event near you. Also check Meetup.com to see if there’s a WordPress meetup close by. WordPress meetups are like WordCamps but on a much smaller scale.

Last but not least, if you’re planning on going to your first WordCamp, read this survival guide by Carrie Dils. The guide contains advice that improves the chance you’ll have a great experience.

What’s your reason for attending a WordCamp?

8 Comments


  1. Good article Jeff. I would highly recommend attending a WordCamp for sure. That’s how I got hooked on WordPress and WordCamps in general. I’ve been to over 15 WordCamps as well as organizing WordCamp North Canton for the past two years. You meet great people, attendees and presenters (and organizers) alike. I’m made some really great friendships from going to WordCamps. The wealth of knowledge you gain is worth every penny and every second. I just presented at WordCamp Toronto and had a great time. Made lots of new friends and reconnected with some old ones and learned so much.

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  2. Thanks for the shout out, Jeff. Love it. :D Heather Steele quoted it well. I will share my experiences when I attend any.

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    1. Wait, what? You’ve never been to a WordCamp? You’ve got to fix that. Meet me at WCSD in 2015 — it’s going to be an awesome group of people.

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      1. Well, so many things are planned for 2015. We will discuss WCSD. Indeed, it will be an awesome group of folks. ;)

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  3. Hah family you actually want to see is a good way to put it! Looking forward to the 2015 WordCamp and meeting more of the extended family.

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  4. I’ve attended 4 WordCamps so far this year (Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, Toronto) and hope to fit another one in before the year’s end (Vegas, here’s looking at you!)

    They’re great events, and as is the recurring theme in the slides, it’s about community more than about learning WordPress. The more camps you attend, the less time you spend in sessions, and more time you spent in the “hallway track” – be it hanging around the coffee, or helping out in the Happiness Bar.

    I’ve never met a community so willing to help each other out, to teach, to debate, or maybe just lend an ear.

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  5. I’ve been using WP since 2-point-something, but never attended a WordCamp before this year. Now that I’ve been to one, I can’t figure out why I never attended any before.

    It is a great opportunity to meet others, network, learn and start friendships.

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