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WordCamp Birmingham was two awesome days filled with nothing but my favorite topic ever, WordPress of course. Andre Natta from The Terminal did an awesome job of organizing it and he even put the icing on the cake by snagging Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress, to come and be the lunch keynote.

Like most conferences, there was more than one track to choose from. I found myself bouncing back and forth between them for one reason or another, sometimes torn between what seemed interesting and just good old fashioned loyalty to friends. I could go through each and every session that I went to, but I’d rather just do what needs to be done, and link you to everyone’s notes and slides:

Session 1
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org by Tom Brander
Jumping into WordPress Plugin Programming by Dougal Campbell

Session 2
Write and Wrong: A Framework for Ethical Blogging by Wade Kwon
WordPress and Your Brand by Sara Cannon

Session 3
Content Strategy + WordPress = Awesome UX by Andy Ford
Essential SEO and Analytics for WordPress by Jeremy Flint

Lunch – Matt Mullenweg: WordPress Town Hall Meeting

Session 4
Using WordPress to Create and Manage your Non-Profit Community by Scott Schablow
Beyond the Blog: Setting up a Full Dynamic site with WordPress by Mitch Canter

Session 5
Making the Move and Asking for Help by Jerri Ann Reason
Plugins to Die For by Tammy Hart

Session 6
Design Your First WordPress Theme in Minutes by Brett Bumeter
WordPress Security by Mitch Canter

Of course, I got to spend the entire day with my good friend Esra’a Al Shafei from MideastYouth.com who gave the closing keynote. People gathered in close as they listened to what she had to say about blogging for the rights of others (yeah it was because she’s quiet, but it was also keenly interesting).

Sunday morning, I sadly dropped my friend off at the airport, and then met up with everyone over at Shift to continue the WordPress obsession. I gotta say, this was probably the best idea ever. Rather than having yet another day packed full of presenters (which would have been cool too), we enjoyed just kicking back and chatting the day away about what we had learned the day before, new ideas we had, and answering questions for those that were thirsting for more. Brandon Sheats even gave an impromptu presentation on the difference between Flutter and Pods.

So there you have it, WordCamp Birmingham was a true success. Thank you, Andre, and thanks to everyone else that made it possible, especially all of the attendees.