It was very enjoyable and I did learn a lot from the guest Speaker’s, including Raul, about workdpress. It was worth the time, and I did a lot of networking too–as all good bloggers do. There was a good turnout from what I could see, maybe about 80 to 100 people, and how could you tell there was a room full of geeks? The amount of lap-tops. Every lap-top at one time or another was showing the WrodPress log in page. Now that’s a room full of geeks.
Raul Pacheco was the first presenter. He talked about WrodPress from a newbie’s perspective. I have to say, he is a master in social networking.
Kulpreet Singh at http://kulpreetsingh.com/ talked on security with WordPress, and it was really good. I actually got so much information from his talk that while he was presenting from his PowerPoint presentation, I was busy implementing some of his recommendations on my blog here. He really had some food for thought for keeping hackers out of your blog.
Rebecca Bollwitt, who wowed us with her MAC…., was talking about customizing your WordPress theme and adding pages. She was geared towards the intermediate WrodPress user. She made me remember back in the day when I was searching for my “favourite” theme and I kept changing it every five minutes. I guess I’m getting older now because I change maybe once a year now? She even has a Flash Video of Raul speaking during his presentation.
John Chow–Now this guy is something. Just in spam alone he had over 700,000 comment-spam that his filter caught! His talk was on how to get traffic to your blog, and make some money too. His methods are quite interesting. Some of his tips are common sense, but his “evil” methods are way beyond where I would want to go with my blog. Stuff like RSS feeds and linking, I will start doing, but forking out money for get people to link to my site is not the direction I want to go. But I like the “evil” methods anyway…. It is nice to see someone who tests the limits of Internet like he does.
Seeing other LINUX users there was an unexpected sight. I think maybe there should be a LINUX or Ubuntu bootcamp so that open source users can get together and see how the rest of the community works. After all, there are many similarities between WordPress and LINUX.
It was a lot of fun and a great experience. I will definitely go to another one!
[ADDED July 19, 2008] For the life of me I could not remeber the guy who spoke about the busines end of blogging, in other words, why should businesses have blogs? The guy works for, or owns BLue Fur, which has both a website and blog. Blue Fur is an Internet server company that is operated within Canada. Here is the link for their Blog, which he also used as part of his presentation: The Blue Fur Blog.