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  1. joe

    I can vouch for starting early. Having organized two WordCamp North Cantons… it doesn’t seem like you can start early enough. We started planning WordCamp North Canton 2015 the next day after ours was over. We’ve got a bunch of things firmed up already… many others in place but too early to lock in. Sounds like Ann Arbor had a great WordCamp. Congrats to them!

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    • Jeff Chandler

      I bet having those things shored up already takes some of the pressure off of you. That’s some dedication to the event by starting planning for the next one day after it’s over lol. Looking forward to the 2015 edition. P.S. my hoodie from that event is awesome, especially this time of year.

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  2. David Bisset (@dimensionmedia)

    Ha, we are planning WordCamp Miami 2016 right now (and of course 2015). :)

    But just wanted to add on to this: “I’d like to see more WordCamps incorporate the same or a similar session at the beginning of the event, especially if it’s the first one for the area.”

    Great idea for smaller or newer WordCamps. For larger and longer-running WordCamps, they shouldn’t discount this either but for those not able to fit it into the schedule… use the local meetup prior to WordCamp to go over everything. We do that in Miami because (1) everyone isn’t rushing around, the entire meetup is focused and (2) you have more than 30-40 minutes to answer questions, etc.

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    • Jeff Chandler

      Good advice with the use of the meetup. Since the session had about 30 people or so in it, that’s about the average size of a small WP meetup. Also, if it does get added to a smaller, first time WordCamp, it needs to be one of the first sessions of the day, not something after lunch.

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  3. Marc Benzakein

    Thanks for the write up, Jeff. David brings up a good point. In fact, it was from discussions I had with many at a larger WordCamp that I got the idea for the session.

    I agree that meetups are a great way to do something similar, but many first – timers may not have gone to a meetup or need that ice breaker once they get there because many times, it is a bit intimidating once they get the feel of it.

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  4. Sajan Kota

    Every WordCamp is a new experience, you will always have something new to learn and share. This is true not just for attendees even for the organizers themselves. There is always something new and exciting that you can learn about WordPress and of course its super fun so many WordPress users at one place.

    I totally agree that starting early will help create the buzz and get the word out. Looking forward to the WordCamp Mumbai 2015.

    Thanks jeff for the awesome post.:-)

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