Wordcamp 2007, day one

I meant to post more live from Wordcamp yesterday but ended up just taking notes instead, which I may or may not get around to writing up into proper posts. For now, I’ll summarize a little and give my general impressions of yesterday’s sessions.

The most interesting talk by far was White Hat SEO Tips for Bloggers, by Matt Cutts, of Google’s search engine spam team. He gave us some really great tips and dispelled some of the persistent search engine indexing myths that crop up from time to time.

The other particularly interesting talk was Designing the Obvious by Robert Hoekman, Jr. who wrote a book by the same name. He talked about designing blogs (or any other type of web site) with your audience in mind and how to best present your content without all the unnecessary cruft that litters most blogs (and most other types of web sites).

Jeremy Wright‘s talk on Blog Monitization was somewhat interesting, although not really related to anything I’m doing. The rest of the sessions were nothing special; Getting Involved with WordPress was a little boring and the woman doing Kicking Ass Content Connections [sic] was just annoying. Unfortunately, she didn’t stop with her talk; she had to throw her two cents in to everyone else’s too, just to make sure we didn’t forget about her. People who always have to be the center of attention really bug me.

The day wrapped up with cocktails at Lucky 13, a bar just down the street from the Swedish American Hall where the event is taking place. I’ve been meaning to check this place out, it looks like a pretty nice punk rock dive bar, but decided that hanging out there with a bunch of tech conference nerds (and I say that in the nicest possible way) probably isn’t the best way to do it. I don’t do well in those sorts of social situations; I’m just not outgoing enough to hang out with a bunch of people I don’t know and likely have little in common with. So I opted for Homestead last night instead. Now, three martinis later, I’m running a bit late for today’s Wordcamp sessions. That’s ok though; once again, the morning sessions aren’t particularly interesting to me. I have to say, the scheduling this year worked out pretty well for me.


Lloyd Budd says:

Hi Kenn, thank you for the thoughtful posts on WordCamp. I am happy that your overall opinion was that it was a good event.

Bummer that you didn’t enjoy Mark’s and my session. Any suggestions on how we could do a better job in the future?


Kenn Christ says:

I don’t think there was a problem with your presentation, but rather that I just wasn’t personally very interested in it. Although I don’t contribute much to the WP community I am pretty familiar with it and and the various ways to get involved. I was in and out of the room during the session and the bits I did hear weren’t really telling me anything new. So it was me, not you. No offense intended.