Saturday, June 10, 2023

WordCamp Phoenix 2023 – Wrap-up


WordCamp Phoenix 2023 was a great camp! The place was best, the camp was extremely well participated in, and the organizers, speakers, and volunteers were amazing. I am so fortunate to have actually had the ability to go to!

Showing Up for WordCamp Phoenix 2023

My one-hour flight from LA was extremely smooth. For those of you who have actually flown to Phoenix prior to, you would understand that on most days, it is windy and it might be a little frightening to land there. However I was fortunate, and whatever went excellent.

After signing in at the hotel, I decreased to the lobby to consult with Ericka Barboza whom I had actually not seen considering that WordCamp United States in 2022, and we offered each other a huge hug.

We then ate to consume at Barrel & & Bushel(* )situated in the lobby of the hotel and we got captured up on work and camp things. Ericka and I delighting in a sandwich at Barrel & & Bushel

Barrel and Bushel
Speaker-Sponsor Occasion

Thursday night was the Speaker-Sponsor occasion at

Arizona Wilderness Developing Co. situated in Downtown Phoenix, a couple of blocks from the hotel where we were remaining. As we strolled to the place, we recognized how hustling and dynamic the location has actually ended up being. Rather a distinction from the last time I existed in 2020.

As we strolled in, we acknowledged the group of WordCampers and we might not wait to state hi to everybody.

We encountered

James Tyron from Quickly Entertained. Ericka and I had actually not seen James considering that WordCamp United States in 2022 and we got captured up on brand-new jobs he is dealing with with his business. While attempting a few of the regional beer, we got a huge hug from

Adam Warner from GoDaddy and talked with Dave Ryan with Bluehost and Newfold Digital. I have actually understood Dave for a very long time, from lots of camps back. Dave resides in Phoenix and is likewise among the organizers of the camp and he informed me he had actually been extremely hectic dealing with the camp.

He had actually a cast on his arm as he had actually fallen and hurt himself, however he stated he was doing excellent and remained in excellent spirits.

Speaker-Sponsor Occasion

Speaker Sponsor Event
I then found

Kathy Zant of KadenceWP. Kathy and I had actually understood each other for several years and utilized to face each other the night prior to each camp while checking out hotels with bell carts packed with boodle. I had actually guaranteed her a huge hug, and I offered her a truly huge one and I hugged her lot of times throughout the camp.

What can I state, I am a huge hugger!

After individuals had actually been delighting in regional tacos,

Raquel Landefelt, the camp Sponsor Wrangler, went on phase, offered presents to each speaker, and thanked all the sponsors. Matthew Clancy, the Lead Organizer, likewise came on phase to present himself and state his thank yous. All of us understand that absolutely nothing would occur without the amazing work and enthusiasm of the organizers.

As the night went on, we fulfilled a great deal of old and brand-new good friends, such as

Maddy Osman from the Blogsmith, and Jessica Spart, likewise part of the arranging group. And we went on having excellent discussions with everybody. Very First Day of Camp

WordCamp Phoenix 2023 was held at

Occasions on Jackson, a big and beautifully-restored previous vegetables and fruits storage facility integrated in the 1930s within strolling range of Downtown Phoenix. I enjoyed this place in 2020 and I still believe it is an ideal place for this camp.

Getting Prepped

Ericka and I strolled in and got our registration badges. The very first thing we did was visit the boodle table to get our WordCamp Phoenix boodle and to thank the volunteers who were there for all the work they do at these camps.

We found

Michelle Frechette, Director of Neighborhood Engagement at StellarWP. Previously, Michelle had actually tweeted that if you took a pic with her and retweeted it with a specific tag, there would be a contribution made to BigOrangeHeart whose focus is supporting and promoting favorable wellness and psychological health within remote working neighborhoods. So, the very first thing I did was take that image with her and publish it on social networks, as a lot of the other individuals in the camp did too.

Michelle Frechette and Anna Gargioni taking a photo at WordCamp Phoenix 2023

Michelle and Anna WordCamp Phoenix
Kathy Zant was standing and the Kadence cubicle, which was the very first cubicle at the entryway of the place, and naturally, we hugged once again!

Somebody had actually published on Twitter that if you were at the camp, you needed to state hi to

Chad Beatty with, who is likewise among the sponsors, so I searched for the table and I did simply that. I likewise met Baljinder Singh with who informed me he understands our extremely own Marco Berrocal. He was assisting at the Joy Bar and we talked a bit.

While awaiting the camp to begin, I encountered

Alex Vasquez whom I fulfilled at WordCamp Long Beach in 2019 where he was on the arranging group, and Matt Kopala with SiteDistrict, whose journeys I follow on social networks. I likewise stated hi to Devin Sears from Bluehost. I have actually understood Devin considering that my extremely first WordCamps in 2019 and have constantly had a good deal of regard for him. It was good to see them once again and capture up.

Beginning The First Day

On the first day, I had the ability to go to a couple of discussions. “Social Network and Growing Your Audience” by Darreyl Davis was extremely fascinating to me.

Darreyl is an Ohio local who has actually resided in Arizona for 15 years. In his discussion, he discussed how to develop interesting material for social networks, enhance your site for optimum exposure, and determine the success of marketing projects.

He likewise welcomed a surprise visitor speaker on the phase,

Maddison Gaffney, a social business owner, neighborhood contractor, and teacher with over 100K fans on social networks who shared her experience and how she got where she is while addressing concerns from the participants. Prior to the lunch break, I likewise saw “Make The Difficult Possible: Develop a Long Lasting Effect On your Neighborhood by Doing Work Worth Doing” by Keely O’Connor. It was an inspiring discussion that left the participants with the following concept: “Act, think in yourself, you are the director and manufacturer of your life”.

Lunch Break

At lunch break, we took pleasure in taco bowls in the outside location of the occasion area. We relaxed the round tables and talked with everybody. The Arizona sun was good and warm, although we were being in the shade.

It was a fantastic setting for lunch!

Lunch Break at WordCamp Phoenix under the Arizona warm sun

Lunchtime at WordCamp Phoenix
In the afternoon, we followed Cheryl Marquez, who went over a really fascinating and hot subject which is “Blogging in the age of AI: How to Stay Relevant and Competitive.”

She went over numerous AI tools and the constraints of those tools. I discovered it to be a really fascinating discussion.

After the first day of the camp was over, Ericka and I treated ourselves to supper at

The Compass It’s a revolving dining establishment situated on the extremely leading flooring of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix. Supper was tasty as was the red wine, and the views of Downtown Phoenix were amazing. However the very best part was sharing individual stories in between us.

We ended up being much better that night.

Taking pleasure in a tasty supper at the Compass Dining Establishment

Ericka and Anna at the Compass
Day 2 of Camp

On Day 2 of WordCamp Phoenix, Ericka and I participated in a great deal of the discussions.

In the early morning, I saw Alicia St. Rose who becomes part of my regional Meetup. She discussed the block editor in her discussion “You’re Welcomed to a Block Celebration.”

Alicia was extremely helpful, and she likewise had celebration music at some times of her discussion that made for an enjoyable hour.

After that, we listened to James Tyron discuss the brand-new Website Editor in “Shooting Hoops with WordPress’s New Website Editor: Idea for Raising your Site-Building Video Game.”

Prior to lunch, we saw Maddy Osman discuss Material UX in “Material UX: How to Develop a Fantastic Reader Experience.” I liked it when she stated, “

A great user experience is practically undetectable“. I concur 100% with that.

Lunch Break at the Camp on Day 2

Lunch break got here and it looked like the early morning went so quick. We beinged in the outside area once again and talked with individuals sitting at our table, consisting of

Maddy Osman, Christina Hills of, Cheryl Marquez, and Donald Luke who becomes part of my regional Santa Clarita Meetup. I have actually been on many Zoom Meetups as we both participated in practically in the last couple of years. It was good to fulfill face to face for a modification and chat about things occurring in the neighborhood.

In the afternoon, we saw a couple of more discussions, Femi Lewis in “Construct your Online Existence: Brainstorming Exercises to Establish your Material Method”, Robert Windisch in “How to Scale WordPress/WooCommerce”, and Subh Sahal in “Protecting your WordPress Site: Finest Practices and Tips for Beginners”.

All the discussions were truly fascinating!

And easily, it was currently time for closing remarks. Matthew Clancy welcomed all the volunteers to come to the phase to provide an unique thank you for their work. Volunteers are an essential part of camps and they genuinely deserved our gratitude.

Some organizers and volunteers being cheered on the phase at closing remarks

Closing Remarks WordCamp Phoenix 2023
The After Celebration

The After Celebration was likewise held at Arizona Wilderness Developing Co. in the very same outside heated covered outdoor patio where the Speaker-Sponsor occasion was held the night prior to.

It was a truly good night, and the Arizona weather condition was best. We were all thrilled and tired from the 2 days of camp however prepared to celebration.

We had beverages and food and spoke to a great deal of individuals consisting of

Carol Stambaugh and Jessica Spart from the arranging group. Then we fulfilled a few of the participants whom we had actually not fulfilled at the Sponsor and Speaker supper such as Tammy White and William Bay. Prior to we understood it, the clock struck midnight and we needed to head back to the hotel and get some rest, specifically Ericka who was going on a long journey back to Costa Rica the next day.

From Delegated Right: Anna Gargioni, Ericka Barboza and Jessica Spart

After Party in Phoenix
Unfortunately, it was time to bid farewell to Ericka. We hugged lot of times in the hotel lobby resisting tears. I will miss out on Ericka quite and want to see her once again at a camp quickly.

The next day, I headed to the airport to capture my return flight to LA. I took an image of the downtown location from the hotel space flooring and bid farewell (or see you later on) to Phoenix.

One last image from the hotel prior to I go house

From the Hotel
Another WordCamp Phoenix remains in the books!

A substantial thank you to the organizers, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and naturally, the Phoenix WordPress neighborhood.

Till next year!


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