WordCamp Atlanta 2018

I have had the fortunate of being apart of the 2018 WordCamp Atlanta Organizer’s Team.  My responsibilities was overseeing the volunteering.  With over 700 attendees, making sure the registration area was well manned, having the happiness bar staffed, explaining the role of room monitor to new members of our community, understanding the needs of sponsors, speakers and volunteers, and meeting new contacts within the WordPress Community… was a little overwhelming.

Luckily we have an AWESOME WordPress Community.  Especially our lead organizers, Mickey Mellen and Brad Morrison, who quickly gave out roles and responsibilities.  The presents of Kathy Drewein and Diana Nichols… who have worked on the last five (5) or more WordCamp Atlanta, making sure we cross every “t” and dotted every “i”.

On Friday, with the assistant of April Wier, we conducted the Beginner’s Camp.  Discussing everything needed to create a WordPress web site, from domain creation to web hosting selection.  Equipped and ready to answer a huge range of questions from what is the difference from WordPress.com to WordPress.org to hosting questions (should I go with share hosting to manage hosting).  We discuss ways to create a web site and why we used WordPress.  After lunch, we split the group into three sub sections.  Along with Rhonda Sterret, we discuss plugins, page builders, themes (especially child themes), and hosting options.

On Saturday, my schedule was to greet all the volunteers, assist with the T-shirt distributions, make sure all the room monitors understood their roles and responsibilities, help with the registration table, direct all the attendees to the validation (parking) table, trouble shoot potential audio and video issues, welcome sponsors, rekindle old friendships, and create new friendships.

While my schedule did not allow me to attend some of the sessions (of my friends), I was able to offer encouragement to many…and am looking forward to WordPress TV.  Our after party was filled with three entertainers, a magician (who was incredible), balloon artist, and character artist…food was flowing!!!

While Sunday was a little more laid back, I was schedule to do a lighting round presentation on “How to get your Second Client?”.  The presentation was about 15 minutes (should have been longer) and I answered about 15 minutes of questions. A few days removed from the conference, it was a huge success on so many levels…my commitment to my WordPress Community.

Image courtesy of Katerina Pavlickova.

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