I’m heading to WordCamp Miami this weekend, where I will be giving a introduction to using AJAX in WordPress, and I’m reminded about the importance of going to WordCamps — independently organized, regional WordPress conventions. When I talk to people who are looking to improve their WordPress skills, workflow, or business the first thing I ask is if they have ever been to a WordCamp. It often seems like a weird question, when someone is looking for function, or a plugin or a service, but I stand by it. I ask for two reasons. The first is that for an incredibly low price, generally about $40, you get 1 to 3 days of workshops and presentations on everything WordPress — blogging, design, development and more — plus food and a cool t-shirt. That’s an incredible value, and a great way to level up your skills and meet new people. The other reason I ask is that WordCamps are a great first step to getting involved in the WordPress community. It’s not just about learning new skills, networking to find new leads for work or two build relationships or finding new collaborators. Going to a WordCamp is a great first step to finding ways to give back to the community. Giving back to the community
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