The fourth WordCamp Ann Arbor just wrapped up, and the initial feedback is that it was the best one to date. Two years ago I wrote a post summarizing what I had learned leading WordCamps prior to stepping down as lead organizer. Now I’ve been involved in another two and have seen the camp I started grow into something much bigger than I had imagined. The truth is many great WordCamps lose steam and fade away after a few successful runs. Starting a WordCamp is difficult. Keeping one going is even harder. Yet somehow we managed to do so and looking back I can see several key things that lead to growth and improvement every year. First and foremost you have to think about who’s your successor. Develop a Line of Successors The WordPress foundation strongly recommends a new lead organizer after two successive years. This is for good reason, no one should monopolize an area. It also creates an opportunity for new energy and ideas. That said I’ve seen more than a few camps fade away when an organizer stepped down and there was no one to take their place. I had my successor in mind after the first year. I knew Kyle Maurer was the right person to take over as lead organizer.
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