BarCamp Birmingham took place May 2nd, and it was a huge success. The official count was 94 attendees with 16 different presentations in the morning, and 19 in the afternoon. Presentations varied from subject to subject and were mostly tech related. A few subjects were “Why Women Will Want Your Blog” by Wade Kwon, “The Residential Real Estate Market” by Tom Brander, “Introduction to Flash” by Scott Fisk, and a fun “Social Media Round Table” led by Daniel Walters. The networking that was going on in the hallways were just as beneficial as the presentations. Business cards and ideas were flying everywhere you turned, and everyone was just having a great time in general. The party then “shifted” over to the new co-working space at Shift Workspace on 2nd Avenue where the networking and fun continued on.
Turning a Static Website into a WordPress Theme
While I cringe at the video that was posted (not because of the fabulous work that Jeremy Flint did, it’s just me), I’ve been assured by friends and colleauges that it’s not as bad as I think it is. If you’d like to take a look, you can watch Part 1, and Part 2 on Vimeo, and they are also embedded below. This was my first time to talk about what I do in public, but it was a great practice run for the several new opportunities I have on schedule this year.
I have already posted recently about some of those new opportunities, but this time I have dates:
- May 12th Date TBD at New Horizons I will be teaching my first class on “What is WordPress and How to Use It”. It’s also the first WordPress class to ever grace the schedule of any New Horizons locations.
- May 15th at Innovation Depot I will be presenting on “Using Media with WordPress” for May’s IPSA meeting
- August 20th and 21st at Innovation Depot is the Social South Conference, and I’ll speaking there
- September 26th and 27th at Shift Workspace is WordCamp Birmingham. I’ll be speaking there, and will even possibly play some design tennis with Mitch Canter.
It’s all so exciting, but I think my favorite part is just the interaction with real people face to face. I can call most of these people my friends now, and that’s a big boost to my confidence and productivity. See ya ’round Birmingham!
P.S. Today is my birthday.