My WordCamp experience

This year I helped organize WordCamp Sacramento as the Volunteer Wrangler. It was fun and a little stressful. A little stressful only because there was one track I had forgotten about. In total we had three tracks and the second day I had forgotten to set up one of the tracks with somebody to record or introduce.

You could imagine what that was like.

Throughout the entire event I made an attempt to go to every room and make sure all the volunteers were doing good. If they needed something to eat, something to drink, or just needed a break.

There is a reason for that. I wanted to take care of them because they were taking time out of their lives to not only help me but help with the event as well. 

Now, the fun part was getting to see all those people learning and sharing their stories and experiences.

Before the event I had been contemplating on whether or not I wanted to be the lead organizer for next year. The more time went on and the closer we got to the event, the more certain I became I wanted to be the lead for the next year.

I want WordCamp Sacramento to continue for our community.

One of the things about WordCamps is that they are affordable. At $20 per day, you can’t really beat that. Depending on which one you attend, it will vary. Some offer shirts, some offer lunch on both days, some will offer some amazing dance after party. I’m sure all those organizer also had lofty goals in mind when they planned their event; the main thing is that they all offer opportunities for the attendees.

Opportunities to learn, share, and network. I’ve been trying to keep an eye on posts which attendees have written to get a better idea of how to plan for the next year. So if you have a post about WordCamp Sacramento, please do share it with me. I’d love to hear about it.

I’m sort of looking for things that can be addressed and things that can’t.

The cool part is that we have some of the pre-planning already started:

  • We have a theme in mind
  • We have possible slogans
  • We have a possible location
  • We have ideas to make next year’s better

I’m not going to lie when I say that I’m scared to be the lead for next year. When I told a few of this, they were more than ecstatic for me and said I would be a good lead. It really caught me off-guard. A lot of that is because I still don’t see myself in a lead role.

There are a few things I’m looking forward to though. The first being the experience. I’ve never really organized something like this. The closest would probably have to be our local Meetup group or my son’s birthday party but those are much, much smaller. It is a bit out of my comfort zone so that’s the biggest reason I’m looking forward to it too.

This will be a lot of fun for me and very scary. I can’t wait.

Contact forms are odd

On my site I have two forms. One is just a random one I created and the other is a contact form used for – you guessed it – contacting me. Over time I’ve gotten a few random ones that make me laugh only because of the content they contained.

The ones that really made me laugh were those which mentioned sleep deprivation. I don’t know why those really made me laugh but they did. I think a lot of that was because for a few years I was working two jobs that required me to be sleeping for a few hours at a time.

They were, of course, quickly disregarded. There was one who wanted to write a post on my site about it and that really took the cake. It really was like they don’t read my posts or the form in general because they used WordPress Support as the reason for contacting me.

Life related

On a bit of a side note and I guess very much WordPress related, I will be at WordCamp Sacramento this year as the Volunteer Organizer. Some already knew that and some didn’t. What I haven’t really said to others is that I’m looking to be the lead organizer for next year.

I’m a little nervous and very much scared to take that leap but I think this is something I need to do. Not so much for myself but for our local community.

The other, possibly, random thing is that I began working on a small quilt for my kiddo. I still have to cut up the fabrics and make sure I’ll have enough because I can’t for the life of me decide what pattern to make. I just know I will be using some fabrics he liked the patterns to.

Code related

This week I did a bit of an exercise for WP Rocket and it challenged me a little because I used Vim to edit everything. Yes, I really want to get more comfortable using that. I mainly use Sublime Text but when I can, I use Vim to make changes. A lot of that is because I like using the command line a lot more lately.

The fun part was looking at the code and getting familiar on how all the things worked. What I don’t understand is how I managed to get it all to work without having read any of the documentation. I looked at three files and began to look over the filters and hooks.

I know last week I mentioned reading things on JavaScript and using it to make a quick script. This week it wasn’t so much. I also need to be a little heads down since I want to finish the pull request I began for the Health Check plugin. It reads the .htaccess file and outputs some information for the user. It will only do it if the file is readable because it needs to get the contents and check for WordPress rules.