Speakers and Schedule

We have all of our speakers lined up and have finalized the schedule for the weekend. You can check out all the speaker info here and the schedule here. We have an amazing set of talks and workshops line up this year.

 

We will be kicking off the weekend with an inspiring keynote from Chris Lema about Taking action when we do not know the full extent of the results. It will be followed by an amazing 3 hour hands on workshop for beginners by Bob Dunn. If you are new to WordPress or thinking about where and how to start learning WordPress, this is the workshop for you. Bob will give you the essentials you need to get started with WordPress and his session will also help you with the other beginner sessions we have on Sunday.

 

For the first time, Seattle WordCamp is offering a kids workshop. It is an amazing opportunity for the kids to actually get their hands on a blog and learn about blogging and staying safe online.

 

We have tracks and sessions for everybody who uses/makes a living with WordPress – developers – beginner and advanced, bloggers, business owners and everyone in between. Stay tuned for a detailed post about the different sessions.

 

If you love the WordPress community and want to give something back, WordCamp is an awesome place to do that. We have an introductory talk about becoming a part of the WordPress community on Sunday which is followed by a Contributor track where you will be able to get the tools you need to contribute to WordPress.

 

Added to all the informative sessions, we also have the after party on Saturday where you can go with your new friends and keep the conversations going. More information about the after party coming soon!

The One Change that Turned My Blog from a Hobby into a Business

by Kimberly Gauthier, Dog Nutrition Blogger for Keep the Tail Wagging and WordCamp Seattle 2016 Speaker

10 Blogging Habits that Kill the CompetitionHow many times have you sat staring at your blog’s analytics, wondering what you could do to make the numbers finally start ticking skyward? I was told not to obsess about my blog’s analytics. “Just produce quality content,” they’d say. I’ve learned that publishing blog posts isn’t enough and I’m sure you’ve figured this out as well.

In 10 Blogging Habits that Kill the Competition, I will be sharing the 10 things I did to help me take Keep the Tail Wagging from a small blog in a big pond into one of the leading dog nutrition blogs on the Internet in less than three years.

Today, I’m going to share the principal change that made the biggest impact.

Niche Blogging

When I narrowed my blog’s focus to raw feeding, I left an ocean of pet bloggers and found myself in a small pond. Within a year, my traffic increased 500% and I was labeled an authority in raw feeding.

Sounds simple, right?

Looking back, it was the simplest thing in the world. It was also a complete accident. I stumbled upon this good fortune, because I had a dog with allergies and a reader who wanted to know more about what I was feeding him.

After my accidental fortune, I began to pay more attention to what was working for my blog.

Create a Unique Voice

Although I was in a small niche, I wasn’t the first person to blog about raw feeding; not by a long shot. I was, however, the first person to approach the topic as a novice who was learning alongside her readers. I’m not a veterinarian or a canine nutritionist and never felt comfortable telling others what to feed their dogs. As a result, my blog became a place where people could get information and ask question without feeling the pressure to transition their dogs to raw.

Without realizing it, I had created a unique voice.

Promote What’s Working for You

When the traffic began to grow, I saw more monetization opportunities. It was tempting to throw every banner ad in the pet sphere on my blog, but I’ve learned from past blogging experience that this rarely works.

Instead, I promoted what was working for me and my dogs. I began addressing problems and offering the solution that worked for my dogs and sprinkled affiliate links throughout.

I had integrity and the audience that followed me because I didn’t judge them, added my recommendations to their shopping carts.

Becoming a Big Fish in a Small Pond

None of this happened overnight. It takes a tremendous amount of focus, passion, and discipline to build a successful blog. And for me, it took a bit of luck as well. At WordCamp Seattle, I plan to share everything that I’ve learned and that I’m doing that has landed me on the first page Google results for “dog nutrition blogger.”

Don’t miss out on Kimberly’s session!
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Introducing Seattle WordCamp Speakers – Part One

We have received a total of 63 speakers and 89 topic submissions. We have carefully reviewed the speakers and the topics and now we have the first set of speakers ready. Hop over to the speakers page to see our speakers. We will be adding more speakers later this week.

We will be having 3 tracks with speakers and workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. Check out more about the beginner workshop on Saturday. We will be putting up the final schedule later this week.

Have you bought your tickets to the Seattle WordCamp yet? Well what are you waiting for? Purchase them now.

Get To Know WordPress – A Three-hour Workshop for Beginners

We’re getting excited for WordCamp! While we’re still working on finalizing the schedule, we wanted to share one of the great workshops we’ve got lined up!

Whether you are thinking about using WordPress or have just started, sometimes there is that moment of hesitation. Are you doing the right thing? Is this going to be as easy as everyone says it is?

Let’s all remember: “easy” is a relative term.

One of the challenges that keeps some from going to a WordCamp is the unknown. When you are just beginning to use WordPress, it can be scary. What if you don’t know what they’re talking about? Or maybe you feel you need to understand it more in order to attend.

First, there are always great sessions that go through specifics to help you get started. And there are many helpful people who are more than willing to answer any question you have.

What could be more comfortable than knowing you will learn those basics in a setting where you have a nurturing space and no question is too “simple”?

Bob Dunn

Bob Dunn of BobWP

This is what Bob Dunn’s 3-hour Get to Know WordPress Workshop on Day 1 of WordCamp is going to be all about.

He’ll take you through the basics. Not only will you have a better understanding of WordPress, but you will feel more prepared as you dive into sessions on the second day.

To learn more about what he will be sharing with you, check out the workshop description and make sure to grab your ticket to WordCamp. And oh, by the way, Bob will be hanging around as well if you have more questions.

See you there!

WordCamp is Going to the Kids

KidsCamp is coming!

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but KidsCamp has been sweeping the nation at WordCamps from coast to coast over the past year or so. We are over the moon to be including it in WordCamp Seattle this year and introducing the next generation to the awe and wonder of WordPress.

KidsCamp Seattle 2016

KidsCamp is a half-day workshop taking place as part of WordCamp on Saturday, October 29th from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. It will be a hands-on learning experience especially for kids that covers:

  • Learning about WordPress and all of the cool things it does
  • Being safe online
  • Setting up their own site on WordPress.com
  • Changing themes and adding widgets
  • Creating posts and pages and adding images
  • Good blogging habits
  • Sharing and following
  • And way more!

You’ll need to bring:

  1. An “age appropriate” kid – 8-14 years old
  2. A laptop or tablet that can connect to the internet so they can roll up their sleeves and work during this workshop
  3. Some ideas about topics they might like to write about
  4. Some images on their device so they can practice uploading media
  5. Login ID and password for their own WordPress.com account **

** Before the workshop, please help your child create a WordPress.com account which requires an email address. If they’re younger than 13 you’ll need to do this for them.

Tickets are only $20. We’re limiting it to just 30 kiddos, so don’t miss out!

We are asking that parents stay on-site with their kiddos. This is not childcare, and you’re responsible for your kiddo. Please don’t drop and run. You are welcome to sit in on the workshop with them. Or if you prefer, get your own ticket and enjoy the oodles of other fun and informative WordPress presentations taking place that day.

GET YOUR KIDSCAMP TICKET NOW!

Key Note Speaker

This year we are thrilled to announce Chris Lema as our key note speaker!! He will be talking about taking action when we do not know the full extent of the results.

26780058280c80b810b84o-1024x680Chris Lema coaches companies building commercial products in the WordPress ecosystem. He’s also a daily blogger, a public speaker, and product strategist. He helps companies leverage WordPress, and helps WordPress companies find leverage.

For twenty years Chris has developed and managed high performing engineers to build software products – particularly SaaS products in a variety of B2B vertical markets. He’s also spent the last ten years coaching startups on product development & marketing strategies.

Chris will be opening the weekend at 9:00 AM on Saturday, so don’t be late!!!

 

Tickets are on sale now!

Tickets are now available for 2016 Seattle WordCamp! Get yours now.

We are at the WSCC Conference center – 3rd Floor. You can find the directions and parking information here.

This year we are offering lunch vouchers/gift cards from many nearby restaurants. Please make sure you select your lunch option when you buy your ticket. We cannot guarantee your choice of lunch option if you are buying your ticket after Oct 20th.

We will be posting some of our speakers and topics soon.

What are you waiting for – purchase your ticket now!

In Search of a Few More Good Speakers

SPEAKER SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

We’ve received some exciting speaker submissions so far, but we’re still searching for even more dynamic speakers to round out our roster and bring you a rockin’ WordCamp in October.

We’re looking for speakers who can teach WordPress best practices, open people’s eyes to what WordPress can be, and speak about all the other things that come with running a WordPress site or business (social media, analytics, consulting, collaboration, etc).

Below are a few topic ideas that would be a good fit for our audience and might help get your creative juices going:

  • What is the life span of WordPress themes, frameworks, and plugins? How to choose components for stability and longevity and how to deal with a website (and clients) when important tools go away
  • When to do-it-yourself in WordPress and when to get professional help
  • Good and bad practices in responsive WordPress design and development
  • Getting started as a freelance business – how to break into it
  • Using GitHub and other development tools
  • Intro to plugin development
  • WordPress for Kids – introducing the next generation to the wonders of WordPress
  • Lessons learned from doing __________ with WordPress / YOUR WordPress story
  • Hiring and working with people to help with WordPress

But don’t let this limit your imagination! Deadline to submit your proposal is Midnight, September 1st. CLICK HERE to fill out the speaker application form.


Recommend a Speaker

If you’ve seen someone who you think would be a great speaker at WordCamp, share their info with us below, and we’re happy to reach out to them directly!

 

Call for Speakers

Speaker submissions are now closed!

We are happy to announce that WordCamp Seattle 2016 is officially accepting speaker applications. We are currently looking for speakers who want to share their knowledge with over 700 attendees. We want you to be a part of it! If you’ve ever even vaguely thought it would be fun to speak at a WordCamp about something of interest to the community, why not apply to speak?

Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when sending us a description of your amazing talk:

  • Nothing’s too small, but some topics are too big: You should plan to be able to deliver your talk in about 30-40 minutes with time for questions. However, if your idea is for a very short talk, please apply. We’ll have some micro-slots available.
  • Describe your audience and your talk: You should be able to describe what type of WordPress user will benefit from your talk. Are you talking to devs? Bloggers? Both? Also, please summarize what you’re planning to say in one medium-sized paragraph. It makes it easier for us to review. Thanks 🙂
  • Don’t be sketchy: have a look at the agreement among WordCamp organizers, speakers, sponsors and volunteers. It’s all common sense, but good to keep in mind.

The deadline to submit proposals is Midnight PDT on August 1.

We are looking for a great and diverse speaker submission pool. Both new and experienced WordCamp speakers are welcome to apply, although we prefer you have some experience presenting to a group (such as giving a talk at a local Meetup). This year we will have tracks devoted to Design, Development, and Optimization, plus the opportunity to contribute to WordPress. If you’d like to propose multiple topics, please submit the form multiple times, once for each topic.

Add WordCamp Seattle to your calendar and we hope you will apply to speak!

 

 

WordCamp Seattle Announced

We’re happy to announce that WordCamp Seattle 2016 is officially on the calendar!

WordCamp Seattle will be held October 29-30, 2016 at the Conference Center at the Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

Subscribe using the form in the sidebar to stay up to date on the most recent news. We’ll be keeping you posted on all the details over the coming months, including speaker submissions, ticket sales and more!

What is WordCamp anyway?!

WordCamp Seattle brings together WordPress enthusiasts from around the Northwest for two days of education, edification, and community. Whether you’re a developer, a designer, a consultant, an agency, a blogger, or a publisher, WordCamp will take your WordPress skills and enthusiasm to the next level.