WordCamp Birmingham 2015

WordCamping in the Black Country

Last year at WordCamp Europe Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of WordPress, encouraged companies and freelancers working with WordPress to try and give 5% of their time back to the project – to sustain it’s future. I have taken more than my fair share from the WordPress community over the last 8 years and I’m always looking for new ways to give back.

I have supported users in the WordPress Support Forums & on Stack Exchange, organised my local WordPress meetup here in the North East of England and contributed code to core.

My goal for 2015 was to speak at a WordCamp. I have had plenty of practice speaking at my local meetup in front of 20-30 people, but I felt my experience and knowledge could be broadcast further afield. I had attended 7 WordCamps before this one and every time had learnt something new. WordCamp Birmingham was slightly different though because as well as learning I was also imparting my knowledge.

My talk was titled ‘Improving the UX of Search in WordPress’. If people attending my talk learnt one thing – I hope it was that not all websites need a search on their site. Here are the slides.

I also did a lightning talk at the end of the day which was ’10 Micro-Improvements to WordPress’.

WordCamps aren’t just about talks though; they enable me to spend time with like minded people (always inspiring) and leaves me going away from the event with new-found enthusiasm – WordCamp Birmingham was no different.

Next up, WordCamp London.

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