Every now and then I like to remind people about upcoming WordCamps. WordCamps are locally-organized, casual conferences held all over the world that focus on WordPress. Bloggers, developers, and every other kind of WordPress fan get together to show off cool things they’ve done with WordPress, teach and learn from each other, meet new co-conspirators, and generally have a crazy fun day or weekend with other people who share their love of WordPress. Often, members of the WordPress.com team from Automattic are in attendance, and would love to meet more of you!
There are WordCamps this weekend inAlbuquerqueandPortland, so if you're anywhere near these cities, you should try to attend (we’ll be there!). In Portland, theWordPress Foundationalso will be sponsoring some special activities aroundSoftware Freedom Day(I’ll be at this one, testing and giving a sneak peek to attendees of some new features in the works).
Is there a WordCamp coming up near you? Let's find out!
Sep 15:WordCamp Cape TownCape Town, South Africa
Sep 16-18:WordCamp AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque, NM
Sep 17-18:WordCamp PortlandPortland, OR
Sep 24:WordCamp LisboaLisboa, Portugal
Sep 24:WordCamp GermanyKoln, Germany
Sep 25:WordCamp SofiaSofia, Bulgaria
Oct 1:WordCamp LouisvilleLouisville, Kentucky
Oct 8-9:WordCamp SevillaSeville, Spain
Oct 15-16:WordCamp JabalpurJabalpur, India
Nov 5-6:WordCamp TorontoToronto, ON
Nov 5-6:WordCamp Gold CoastGold Coast, Australia
Nov 5-6:WordCamp PhillyPhiladelphia, PA
Nov 12:WordCamp CaguasCaguas, Puerto Rico
Nov 12-13:WordCamp KenyaNairobi, Kenya
Nov 12-13:WordCamp DetroitDetroit, MI
Nov 12:WordCamp RichmondRichmond, VA
Nov 12-13:WordCamp DenmarkCopenhagen, Denmark
Dec 17:WordCamp Las VegasLas Vegas, NV
Feb 3-4WordCamp AtlantaAtlanta, GA
There are also a number of WordCamps still in the early organizing stage that do not yet have dates set. These include: Ft. Wayne, IN;London, UK;Edmonton, Canada;Baku, Azerbaijan;Oslo, Norway;Sacramento, CA; Birmingham, Alabama;Pittsburgh, PA;Omaha, NE;Orlando, FL;Tokyo, Japan;Paris, France;Zagreb, Croatia;Nashville, TN,Washington DC,Baltimore, MD;Bangkok, Thailand;Istanbul, Turkey.
Hope to see you soon at a WordCamp near you!
Whether you're a WordPress.com veteran or blogging newbie, the updated version of Learn WordPress.com is sure to teach you something that you don't already know.
The tutorial contains ten short sections on popular topics such as:
- Personalizing your site's appearance
- Meeting others in the WordPress.com community
- Blogging from your mobile device
- Getting more readers
We've also added a section called 10 Super Awesome Insider Tips. It contains pointers on how to use some of our coolest (but easily overlooked) features like Distraction Free Writing, which expands the text editor and hides the modules on the publishing screen, to help you stay focused while you create content.
So have a look and tell us what you learned! And if there's anything you want to know more about, be sure to let us know.
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