In 2011, my WordPress developer friend, Russell Fair and I were asked by WordPress Foundation to organize WordCamp Atlanta. We were targeted, I mean chosen, because we were both active in the local WordPress community hosting Meetup Groups and spoke at other WordCamps. At first we both resisted thinking, “No way. We’re way too busy.” But, after losing our minds we stepped up and took it on.
And, I’m very glad I did. Over the last four years, I’ve had a lot of fun, made great friends, learned a lot and have had some big adventures all because I said yes.
WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg came to our first WordCamp Atlanta in 2012. We held it at SCAD that year, and in every picture of me I am wearing my MailChimp Monkey hat. Whatever made me think that was a good idea? Despite that, Matt gave me his American Express Black Card to charge lunch for the 400 attendees. A couple of years ago, a contingent of people from Asheville attended WordCamp Atlanta and thought they would like to have a WordCamp there. We mentored WordCamp Asheville when they were getting up and running and I got to do my first Keynote speech there last year. [Read more…]