So I’m feeling pretty restless after that episode of The Walking Dead so why not blog about the awesome weekend I had? This weekend the 34SPeeps went to WordCamp Manchester, and boy did we do it full force!
The day started with Siobhan and Dav picking up Terry and me. Most of the gang were already there – we weren’t late were we? I think we rolled up just on time at 8am, and quickly helped out with the unpacking.
We had some ace swag as always – trendy t-shirts, notepads and stickers. This time the stickers were Manchester themed! Noel Gallagherpuu FTW!
This WordCamp felt like a big deal for me personally, because it was the first WordCamp I spoke at, as well as being the last one of the year and the home one. I really wanted it to go well.
And I’m fairly sure it did! Keith and I did our talk ‘The White Screen of Death – A Tech Support Tale’ and I’ve had some really nice comments after the talk and on Twitter. Everything during feels blurry now because I was nervous, but I’m totes grateful to everyone who came to watch as well as our ever-awesome, supportive colleagues. I’ll throw the slides up in a section on my site soon.
Dank came for the first time, as did Pete, they enjoyed what they saw, so I’m glad about that. Terry and Dav also got their hands on our spare tickets and were super helpful in Tweeting and helping set up and unpack the stand and stuff, despite not being part of the work crew it’s nice to have them around showing their support.
Joe and Phil were utter legends and mustered up the courage to talk that day! Both of them did a Lightning Talk – Joe gave a humorous talk on customer service and he importance of error logs. Phil gave a quick talk on preparing your site for a surge in traffic. It’s ace that the guys were feeling inspired on the day and it got a lot of people Tweeting and chatting to us.
Tim also gave a very topical talk on DDOS attacks – what they are and why everyone was talking about them that weekend. There’s something menacing about the way he spoke to cheerily next to a ‘We’re all doomed!’ Slide.
I spoke to some awesome people, colleagues, clients and other people in the community. Maybe messed up the notebook display on the Bytemark stand… It’s okay, me and Mike are cool.
Wapuu was there too! He had a great time! Especially when modelling the umbrellas WordCamp Manchester had provided the crowd with!
Aside from the great talks my 34SP.com colleagues did, I went to some really interesting one. Dave Green’s talk on coding standards was a highlight – especially as I’m just getting into properly coding plugins, it’s good to know there’s a preferred method which I need to learn more on.
Jonny A’s talk on coding menus was also great for that reason. I think I picked my talks very much on my current interest in coding with WordPress – despite being a novice compared to these guys. One talk I wish I had seen was Carolyn’s. But I was in too much of a tizz worrying about messing up my own talk around that time so I look forward to catching her on WordPress.tv!
The organisers were great, particularly Tom’s reassurance before we went to give our talk. Oh and the food and after-party was top notch!
I never really know what to say about the events other than ‘YAY I had a great time!’ – so yeah. I did. I’m always on a high after these things because I feel more unified with my team and junk. I’] even looking forward to talking again!