When the call for proposals went out for WordCamp Brisbane, I thought about submitting a proposal; I think I submit proposals for most of the conferences I attend. But iMoot was coming up and/or under way. And with the new home and the renovations we’re slowly working our way through, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to attend anyway.
But I remember looking at my twitter stream during the last WordCamp Brisbane, and I remember wishing I was there. The Australian WordPress community is a fantastic, supportive community. And a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to attend. Even though much of my day to day is eLearning, edutech and Moodle, WordPress is still a huge part of my life. So I bought a ticket and booked my flights.
But I still wanted to contribute, so when the call for volunteers went out, my hand went up. I remembered how many of the Brisbane WordPress community volunteered at WordCamp Sydney last year. Yesterday I was honoured to be the Room MC for some really wonderful presentations, and quite a bit about SEO, copywriting and SSL/HTTPS certificates. Really useful take aways.
But the best talks at any conference take place in the hallways. It was really great seeing old friends, making new connections. It is always good to reconnect with the WordPress Australia community.
And I’ve even managed to get in some LMS discussions, even a few Moodle conversations, this weekend. There are a few WordPress based LMSes; one I’m aware of is Lifter, but I have never used it. I’m inspired to try it soon to compare it with the LMSes I’m more familiar with. And of course there’s Edwiser Bridge, a bridge between WordPress and Moodle. We’ve experimented with this plugin a few times at Pukunui, and I think it’s a great solution.
WordCamps are held around the world, and tickets are usually around $50 – yes you read that right. You’ll head home with inspiration and ideas.