My WordCamp London Weekend

This weekend just got has been a long and stressful weekend to say the least! I’ve taken part in my first ever WordCamp and I’m glad I can kick my feet up now and relax. A WordCamp is a conference based around the WordPress CMS where people from all different kinds of backgrounds come together because of one common interest. WordCamps happen all around the world, but WordCamp London happens to be one of the biggest WordCamp in the world. So it comes as no surprise that when I volunteered to help organise it, I was in for a shock!

It took roughly six months to organise and meant weekly meetings became a regular thing on Monday evenings. I didn’t realise the amount of effort people go through to organise these things and it’s made me appreciate them so much more. Balancing the responsibilities of being an organiser and having a full-time job is no easy feat. Every Monday night I’d sit down somewhere and prepare for that regular Monday meeting, going through each item on the to-do list and discussing it with the team.

I can’t believe it came around this fast though. I unfortunately couldn’t make it to the Contributor Day on the Friday, where people split into teams and contribute to the project in one way or another. I did however brave it into London getting both a train and a tube ride there and back on both Saturday and Sunday. Something which I was warned would be tough, but it was okay. The event itself was great though. Not only was the swag on offer really cool, the people I met and talks I listened to were brilliant. Lots of different agencies from all over Europe attended with a vast array of knowledge in all kinds of things. There was so much to take in.

Over the course of the weekend, my favourite bit of swag was the LEGO figures from the Yoast SEO team, which was a really original idea. The talk I enjoyed the most though came from Matt Brunty on the topic of Content Security Policies with a live demo on how to, and not to do it.

Overall I’m really happy with how it all went and it feels like such a great achievement to be able to say that I’ve helped organise a WordCamp. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while but didn’t really know what to do. I think I jumped into the deep-end, but I’m glad I did. Lastly, I just want to say a huge thank you to the rest of the WordCamp London 2018 team; the work they did was next level and I’m just happy to have been a part of it. If you have the opportunity to attend one, I encourage you to do so!

Written by Dan

I drink lattes and write things.