Portland, by its nature, is a little, well, procrastinatey. You know what I mean. You get a bunch of smart people who are overly busy and think that they can do anything and sometimes—well most of the time—things tend to slide a bit. We just work well under pressure. Or something.
So it becomes downright newsworthy when a Portland event—and a camp at that—starts announcing speakers nearly five months in advance. But that’s that WordCamp Portland (@wcpdx) crew. Those WordPress loving organizers are just a different breed.
So who are the initial speakers?
- Jane Wells (@janeforshort) the UX Lead for Automattic (the company that maintains WordPress): “How WordPress Decisions Are Made”
- Brett Burmeister (@dieselboi) of Food Carts Portland (@pdxfoodcarts) will talk about how blogging and social media are helping raise the visibility of local food carts around Portland—and worldwide.
- Designer/developer Austin Passy (@thefrosty) of Frosty Web Designs will focus on theming and design for WordPress.
- Local photographer and logger Aaron Hockley (@ahockley) of Social Photo Talk will present on using multiple social media sites to promote your blog—and further your online identity.
What’s that? You have some WordCamp talk ideas of your own? Well, well, well Mr. and/or Mrs. Smartypants, you’re in luck. You see, WordCamp Portland is now accepting proposals for talks.
We’re now actively looking for speakers to fill out the rest of our lineup. We’ll again have two full days of conference, meaning we’ll be selecting several more speakers. We might do something different this year… longer presentations should be 45 minutes, but we also might feature shorter 15 minute talks. Topics should revolve around WordPress and blogging (pretty much anything related is fair game). Themes, plugins, authoring, content, legal issues, RSS, voice, writing, database/server admin, you name it….
So if you’re interested in getting involved in all the fun of this pure WordPress geekery on September 18 and 19, make sure to get involved with WordCamp Portland sooner rather than later.