WordCamp Orange County 2019

WordCamp Orange County 2019

GreenGeeks Web Hosting is proud to be sponsoring this year’s WordCamp Orange County April 27th and 28th. The event is held at The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation for the fourth year running.

If you plan on attending this year’s event, grab yourself a ticket and prepare for some WordPress action!

Heading Out as a Team

This is the first time our WordCamp crew will be able to attend the Orange County event as a team, and we are pretty excited about it. We plan on doing some fun things as a group, and we’ll be sure to capture those moments and share them on social media.

This is also my first WordCamp Orange County, which is super exciting for me!

Fun Facts About Orange County

  1. Santa Clarita is usually associated with the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park. However, the park is located just outside city limits in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), located in Valencia, is also among popular locales.
  2. The area had 234,353 people visit their pools in 2016. The visitors enjoyed the 1,174,000 gallons of water spread across three pools at the Aquatic Center.
  3. These days everyone seems to have a smartphone in hand. But did you know that the first telephone came to the Santa Clarita Valley on July 12, 1900? The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. established the Newhall Telephone Exchange on that day, and the second phone was not installed until 1911.
  4. He lives in a pineapple under the sea, but SpongeBob’s creator, Marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, was a CalArts student in 1989 right here in Santa Clarita. He developed the prototype for the cartoon character and now has an estimated net worth of $90 million.
  5. Picture 422,000 pounds of trash…that is how much was removed from The Santa Clara River during the annual River Rally.

WordCamp Orange County is right around the corner and so is my flight. I’m pretty excited to see this place I’ve never been to and explore some awesome sights. Although I will be busy at the event, don’t think I won’t find a way to explore.

I’ll have some pictures and possibly even some interviews to share when I return next week!

Here’s to an Awesome WordCamp Orange County in 2019!

Thank you to the organizers, volunteers, speakers, and sponsors. Without you all, WordCamps around the globe would not be flourishing like they are now.

Find out how you too can make a difference in WordPress by visiting the community website.

WordCamp Lancaster 2019

WordCamp Lancaster 2019

GreenGeeks Web Hosting is happy to be sponsoring WordCamp Lancaster. This camp will take place on April 27th, 2019 at iu13 and will be the sixth anniversary of this WordCamp. Refer to the official WordCamp website for exact location, tickets, and further details.

We’re excited to be growing our WordCamp team to fit our needs better, but unfortunately, we won’t be scaled enough to attend this wonderful event. With that said, I will be active on our Twitter account throughout.

Feel free to tweet along with me!

I like to throw fun facts into my blogs with the intention of helping some of the attendees find some cool stuff to do while in the city!

President James Buchanan
15th U.S. President – James Buchanan

Here are some of those fun facts about Lancaster:

  1. James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States, moved here after college and died while residing in Lancaster. He is buried in Woodward Hill Cemetery.
  2. The WordPress Lancaster Meetup has over 460 members but historically only has 5 to 20 attendees at their meetups. Do you know what that means? They have more time to help each other succeed with only a few members to focus on.
  3. The 2017 census showed a whopping 542,903 people living in Lancaster.
  4. Milton Hershey, famous for his candy, opened his first shop (Lancaster Caramel Company) in Lancaster in 1866.
  5. The Fulton Opera House in downtown Lancaster City is America’s oldest theater in continuous operation. It’s also known as the Grand Old Lady of Prince Street and has been in service since 1852.
Fulton Opera House
Fulton Opera House – Lancaster, PA

If I was attending WordCamp Lancaster and there was one place I could go it would probably be the Fulton Opera House. Just so I could say I’ve been there and to see a show of course! If you attend and aren’t a local, you should check it out and tell us what you think.

Thank you to the organizing team, all the sponsors, the volunteers and of course the attendees. Make sure to learn lots and have fun.

Happy camping!

WordCamp Miami 2019 – Recap

WordCamp Miami 2019

WordCamp Miami 2019 was held at the FIU College of Law, Maidique Campus. This was my second year attending WordCamp Miami as a member of GreenGeeks and it surely won’t be my last.

This camp is something special for many reasons but one in particular.

Last year during this camp I met so many individuals that opened their arms as if I were a long lost family member. For that very reason I was able to have very deep, real and meaningful conversations.

And not just about WordPress and business, but about mental health and so much more.

This is just one of the many reasons I highly recommend and eagerly attempt to get people to come to camp with me. WordPress is about people, and each individual in the WordPress family at every level supports and makes this community what it is.

Flying In

FIU College

As everyone around the world experiences issues with flights relating to the 737-8 and 9 MAX jets being grounded, I myself was also a passenger whose flight got diverted.

It took me a solid 14 hours to get to Miami but when I finally got in, I slept like a baby.

Thankfully, I got in stress free and only a bit tired. I know of a few community members that had their flights diverted as well and took twice as long to make it into Miami.

I am just happy we all made it in one piece.

Friday

Florida Clouds

The team got up at 7AM ready to enjoy the day. We attended some workshops then helped around the camp a bit. I personally enjoy having the first day be full of workshops. Typically I always miss the workshops, which didn’t happen this time!

For that, I am thankful.

One of my favorite workshops was held by Nathan Ingram of iThemes. His talk/workshop is called: What I Wish I’d Known About Freelancing.

“Our success as freelancers is built upon the lessons we’ve learned from our biggest mistakes.” In this talk, Nathan draws on more than 20 years experience in the web business to share 10 important lessons he had to learn the hard way and common mistakes we all can avoid.

Each lesson is summarized in a succinct, proverbial statement and then unpacked with examples that will make you laugh, cringe and think.

Some of the best and strongest points I took away from this and I also thought others might find useful included Scope Creep – Keep within your written agreement and try not to fall out of scope.

If a client asks over and over to add something, and you’re willing to do the work, then add it. However, make sure they understand that they’re going to be paying an additional fee for that add-on service.

How do I figure out what I want to do? You need to figure out what your superpower is. What do you do best? What makes you happy which you also happen to be extremely good at? Figure out a way to monetize it as soon as possible.

You are not alone. Freelancers typically face the same struggles. Feeling isolation, sleeplessness, productivity problems and so much more. If you are one of these people who struggle, you should find a peer group.

Find a meetup or a group of people who focus on that specific subject you’re looking into pursuing. Use that group to lean on, to get assistance and feedback from. Use these types of groups/meetups to learn and grow.

You will appreciate what you did in the future.

Do what you do best and find trustworthy partners to do the rest.” – Nathan Ingram
Debt is a ball and chain. Money mistakes will cripple your business. Be sure to keep an eye on the finances, and also make sure to execute smart decisions regarding business purchases.

Build recurring revenue as quickly as possible. Without it, long-term success is virtually impossible. Start eliminating recurring expenses and build recurring revenue.

Friday VIP Dinner / Speaker Sponsor Party

VIP Dinner

On Friday evening, the team attended the after-party at the Dave and Buster’s in the Miami Dolphin Mall. When we arrived, we were met with drinks and snacks, as well as an abundance of welcoming speakers and other sponsors.

We hung out at D&B for a little over an hour. Then, we ventured over to Texas De Brazil for a little appreciation dinner we put together for a few amazing individuals as well as the team.

I’d been at a similar restaurant, however, I’d never been to this particular place. Our private room looked like an old fashioned wine cellar you would likely find somewhere fancy in Italy.

After enjoying a wonderful meal and many salad bar items, as well as a few drinks, the team split up and everyone went their separate ways. A few of our group members decided to join the CigarCamp group for some drinks and a cigar.

I personally don’t smoke cigars much. However, I consider these events as special occasions, and I highly enjoy a special occasion cigar.

A big thank you to Chris Lema for a great cigar and awesome location choice!

Saturday

WordCamp Speaker

The team was up early yet again for another wonderful day of WordCamp. We headed to FIU and got the booth prepared for a busy day of slinging t-shirts and educating fellow WordCampers about the GreenGeeks way!

After about an hour of helping the team, I headed over to the KidsCamp to see if there was anything I could do to help.

Unfortunately there were some technical difficulties, but as a team we put our brains together and did what we could to work together to fix it. A resolution was found fairly fast and Sandy was able to proceed with the KidsCamp.

The remainder of the day was packed full of three different tracks, KidsCamp and a whole lot of networking. This included the wonderful WordPress users, company owners, agencies and so many more.

Closing Remarks

With Josepha Haden | Twitter: @JosephaHaden and John James Jacoby | Twitter: @JJJ

For the closing remarks on Saturday evening, Josepha Haden and John James Jacoby had a guided discussion and Q & A. I felt this was a definite need after a year of craziness.

First, questions were asked to Josepha in regards to many different things such as what her direction will be and how she plans to move forward with her role in WordPress and the community.

Following Josepha, JJJ presented a slideshow and talked about how “He is not the future of WordPress” and how he’s always been a part of the beast since the beginning days.

John also commented on how the historians of WordPress should step into a mentorship role and prepare the next generation of WordPress historians.

I personally think that’s an incredible way to put it. It makes me feel like I can’t wait to see what the future of WordPress holds for us all.

The After Party

After Party

Every year after an extremely long day of talking to hundreds of people, listening to speeches, helping volunteers, writing portions of blog posts, taking pictures and so much knee pain, the WordCamp group heads over to Chili’s Too for some good ol’ shenanigans.

We talk even more, meet even more people, drink, be merry and plan for the same thing the next day.

Karaoke is always a part of this night, and something I am sad to say I missed this year. I was a bit too busy spending my time having epic conversations with old and new friends.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

WordCamp Miami has a special place in my heart, and I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given to allow this camp to be that special place.

Thank you to David Bisset, all the volunteers, the speakers and all the other sponsors.

We are WordPress.

WordCamp Miami 2019

Neon WordCamp Miami

GreenGeeks Web Hosting is sponsoring WordCamp Miami, March 15th – 17th, 2019 at the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus in Miami, Florida. This is the 11th year for WordCamp Miami, and we are so excited to be involved with such an amazing camp.

This is going to by my second WordCamp Miami, and here are a few reasons why I think you should attend this amazing event this year.

    1. There is guaranteed to be karaoke
    2. Isn’t it almost spring? Weather is going to be awesome during these two epic days!
    3. Miami is known for its art and architecture. With Wynwood Walls, and so many other local spots to check out, the street art is simply worth the time exploring.

Fun Facts About Miami

Mayaimi

Miami gets its name from one of the native tribes that lived there.
The Mayaimi lived here in the 16th and 17th Centuries. The image above is a depiction of the Mayaimi hunting in their modern day Miami.

Miami welcomes about 14 million tourists per year.
Over 10% of the Miami workforce is focused on the tourism industry. It’s also known as the “Cruise Capital of the World,” as Miami has the largest ship port on Earth.

Who invented sunscreen?
“The formula for Glacier Cream was picked up by a company called Piz Buin, named after the place Greiter was sunburned and thus inspired to invent sunscreen. One of the first popular sunscreen products was invented for the United States military by Florida airman and pharmacist Benjamin Green in 1944.”

Be thankful Mr. Green was able to produce a product that eventually evolved into something much greater and quite an awesome tool we should all use when out in the sun.

See You in Miami!

In closing, I’d like to say that Miami has an incredible amount of everything to offer be it art, architecture, science, food, the fabulous sun, sand and ocean views. I am so excited to share and experience all of these things with our ever growing WordCamp team!

We’ll see you soon, Miami.

Geekpuu

WordCamp Phoenix 2019

WordCamp Phoenix 2019

GreenGeeks Web Hosting will be sponsoring WordCamp Phoenix, Arizona, February 15th – 17th at the Phoenix Convention Center. This is the 10-year reunion for WordCamp Phoenix, and we are so excited to start an awesome year off with such an amazing camp.

This camp will be three days long, hosting 44 sessions and hoping for 500+ attendees, as well as 53 speakers! The first two days will feature three to four tracks as well as workshops at the Convention Center. Continue reading “WordCamp Phoenix 2019”

WordCamp US 2018 – Recap

WordCamp Nashville 2018
The WordPress Community is supportive but I never thought it would be this supportive… Thanks to WPMUDevMan for being so supportive!

WordCamp US 2018 was held at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The architecture of buildings in Nashville is absolutely incredible and very art-esque.

In the Music City Center, WordCamp was held throughout the facility. This allowed patrons to wander the halls of this intricate building. The Hallway track is where the sponsors were set up and where a lot of socialization took place between many individuals.

I’m sure a lot of business deals were made during this awesome weekend! Continue reading “WordCamp US 2018 – Recap”