I've got my badge for the upcoming WordcampBoston. Here's why I want to be there.
Last year, physician I decided to 'walk my talk' and become a true Web 2.0 practitioner. I'd had it with theory alone, sovaldi and wanted to experience it myself so I launched my own blog, became a modest Twitter (via Hootsuite), and a more active user of Facebook and LinkedIn. I also subscribed to several other social media platforms, but those are the ones I use most often for the time being. My blog is built on WordPress. I got trained by Diane Bourque (WordPress expert and trainer) on how to use it and I have become as independent I want to be for the time being. I now post all my own articles, but I know that I haven't fully explored the tool's potential.
WordCamps are a great place to learn about blogging and many other aspects linked to keeping my space well and alive in the blogosphere. It's important for me to go through this learning process as I'm becoming more involved in personal branding and web 2.0 projects. I want to become a better consultant and feel more confident than ever in providing advice to small businesses and independent professionals who want to change the way they do business by using web 2.0 technologies. Showing by example is really essential for me. Those that know me will tell you that I am an authentic and sincere person and I want it to demonstrate it.
Here are some of the conferences I hope to attend.
10 years After The Manifesto: The Cluetrain stops at WordCampBoston. Some of the authors will take part in a panel discussion. Need I say more? I'm thinking of bringing my copy of the book and get it autographed.
AcademiaHigher Ed in Practice: I look forward to this one because I think that blogs could become a great educational tool. I was discussing this with a teacher friend of mine. She teaches literature. How about having a book review blog with content being provided by your students?
Get Seen: Web Video and Media 101: This will very new stuff for me. I really look forward to learning more about choosing and using the right equipment etc. One day, I hope to be able to use video and photography in my blog. I have lots of ideas about doing just that.
Rock My Blog: a marketing techniques presentation which will also look into increasing traffic, identifying great content, etc. All sounds good to me.
Using Plugins, Useful Plugins. I definitely need to know more about Plugins. Plugins are tools that extend the functionality of WordPress. I'm not a very technical person, but I have to learn and master the art of choosing and installing Plugins. Plugins are a fabulous asset to building great blogs. I know that much.
WordPress Powers My Startup: This conference is of particular interest to me. It will include entrepreneurs' testimonials about their transition to web 2.0, my favorite subject. I intent to write more and more about this topic.
I especially look forward to the WPChicks Brunch on Sunday morning. What a great idea. Can't wait to meet all these smart women bloggers and WordPress fans. We're very lucky to have famous and very interesting female bloggers here in Montreal. Michelle Blanc, Kim Vallee, Tara Hunt are a real treat. We have less famous bloggers and experts, like Diane Bourque, with whom I'll be riding to Boston. We'll have ample time to rea all 95 theses of the Cluetrain Manifesto one by one… Markets are conversations…. Conversations among human beings sound human. They are conducted in a human voice…..
I can't imagine being disappointed with my first experience at a WordCamp. At a minimum, I'll enjoy revisiting Boston. If you've attended a WordCamp before, tell me was your experience like?