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WordCamp NYC 2014

This past weekend I attended WordCamp NYC in Brooklyn. This was my 3rd WordCamp — I attended WordCamp Baltimore 2012 at the Maryland Science Center and WordCamp Philadelphia 2012 at Temple University’s Alter Hall. I was glad I was able to go and I learned a lot of great stuff. Here are the sessions I attended along with (some of) my notes and thoughts:

SATURDAY

9:15am // Introduction to Plugin Development, Presented by Craig Ralston
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10am // Put a little Backbone in your WordPress!, Presented by AdamSilverstein
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10:45am // Leveling Up: From Beginner to WordPress Warrior, Presented by Beth Soderberg & Courtney O’Callaghan
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11:30am // From housewife to hero: giving back and moving up, Presented by Andrea Rennick
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~ Lunch Break ~

 
1:15pm // KEYNOTE: Free Software, Free Labor and the Freelancer: The Economics of Contributing, Presented by Boone Gorges
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2pm // Blogging Basics (Dangerous Writing), Presented by Mary Beth Coudal
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You’re reading this on my blog, which I use not only for self-expression and to keep myself writing, but also to practice all of my WordPress stuff.

Mary’s session was more about the art of blogging and getting yourself out there (rather than perfecting or improving upon my WordPress skills).

Here is what I walked away with: I hope to write more often, but also to complete some tasks I’ve been meaning to complete that I’ve been putting off. I have a tendency to keep posts in my “drafts” folder for eons, intending to finish them “later” and then never getting around to it. I’d like to complete those posts that are waiting in my “drafts” queue.

And, as you may notice, my “about page” is empty, as I’ve been meaning to write it — so I’d like to do that as well.

I’ll leave you with this: Mary said she once blogged for 66 days in a row, the amount of time it takes to form a habit — what inspiration!

 
2:45pm // 6 Ways to Up Your Theme Game, Presented by Tracy Levesque
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Tracy tweeted out the link to the slides from her presentation:

 
3:30pm // Accessibility Beyond Coding: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility, Presented by Svetlana Kouznetsova
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SUNDAY

 
12pm // Design Decisions Make Delightful UX, Presented by Chris Cochran
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12:45pm // Understanding WordPress Core Functionality, Presented by Suzette Franck
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1:30pm // Freelancing: Real Talk, Presented by Lara Schenck
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I do some freelancing on the side, and hope to one day in the very distant future do it full-time, so I thought this panel would be good to listen to. . . and indeed it was! 🙂

Here are their Twitter handles:

And of course Lara tweeted out the link to their wonderful resources doc:

 
 

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