Phoenix WordCamp 2009: Tale of the Tweets #phxwc
If ever there was a day that needed – nay, demanded – a Tale of the Tweets, it was Phoenix WordCamp 2009.
What’s WordCamp? Only an all-day WordPress extravaganza! Picture 500 bloggers, wanna-be bloggers, vloggers, developers, programmers and WordPress enthusiasts gathered under a huge tent at the Arizona Grand Resort for all things WordPress.
Some speakers were um, not so helpful. They shall remain nameless to protect the guilty. Some were entertaining. And some were awesome. You will undoubtedly be able to tell from the tweets which speakers were more (or less) awesome than others.
I was taking notes on my laptop and then I had the epiphany: why not share some of the highlights (and lowlights) on Twitter and then convert the whole day into an epic Tale of the Tweets? If you want to follow the entire Twitter stream for the day from everybody that was live-tweeting, search #phxwc.
My key takeaways from the day at WordCamp:
- WordPress is freakin’ awesome and will someday rule the world
- Be passionate about what you do
- Be yourself and establish your voice
- I do not know anything about coding or developing
- The geek/tech/blog/business/marketing community in Phoenix is really really nice
Without further ado, I present the Phoenix WordCamp: Tale of the Tweets
Question: how can you advise clients on blogs when you don’t have a blog yourself? #phxwc
I’ll be live-tweeting #phxwc, so move along if you’re not interested in any of this blogging/social media stuff.
Categories are the life blood of our blogs b/c they are the table of contents. #phxwc
Purpose of WordPress is about content and your voice. This isn’t news, but an important reminder. #phxwc
This is the year of original content. #phxwc
Today’s obvious statement: Learn to write to be read well. #phxwc
Sorry, but there there is no situation in which jeopardy music is appropriate. Especially at WordCamp. #phxwc
Helpful hint to maximize search hits: Stop using pronouns. Start using nouns. #phxwc
If you want to get someone’s attention, show them something they’ve never seen before or show it in a way they’ve never seen before. #phxwc
To stand out, be outstanding. #phxwc
Use a plugin. Linking to download is soooo 1999. #phxwc
So WordPress is a content management system? And your site doesn’t have to look like a “blog”? #phxwc
Hey speaker guy, make sure your presentation doesn’t have spelling or grammatical errors. K. Thx. Bye. #phxwc
SEO keys: make proper tags. Title tags, description tags, keyword tags. #phxwc
Not going to lie. I am confused by this SEO presentation. Is it just me? #phxwc
Let the record reflect that @katiecharland has excellent taste in computers and jewelry. Men? Not so sure.
New plugins are coming! WordPress is taking over the world! Bwaaahaaaa. #phxwc
Food. Must. Have. Food. #phxwc
Oh god help they’re doing the wave at #phxwc. I do not do the wave. Anywhere. Ever.
WordPress is changing the world! If by “changing” you mean “taking over”. Then yes, WP is changing the world. #phxwc
Wait. I can download WordPress? And it’s constantly changing? Thanks #phxwc!
Crowdsourcing. Leverage other talents. #phxwc
Wow. Over/under on number of tweets about crowdsourcing this presentation currently at 10. Who wants the over? #phxwc
Two kinds of people: WordPress experts and people who need a WordPress expert. #phxwc
Note: @vegasgeek responded: You totally should have added “yet” to the end of that tweet! #phxwc
This Merlin Mann dude is actually funny. Though enough with ripping off Dana Carvey’s grumpy old man. #phxwc
I feel so inadequate here using Twitter on the web and my blackberry. At least I have a black MacBook. #phxwc
Words to live by: Liars don’t prosper. #phxwc
Personal publishing/having a blog in and of itself is not social media. We confuse personal publishing and social media at our peril. #phxwc
Listening to what’s being said, responding and changing. Now that’s social media. #phxwc
“Friend” is not a friend. It’s just a person with an icon. #phxwc
True social media is not natively scalable or proportional. #phxwc
Voice. With Howard Stern you know what you’re getting. Voice is key. #phxwc
You create an editorial voice every time you point someone somewhere else. #phxwc
The problem with expectations is that they get made regardless. You need to manage expectations. #phxwc
If you know who you are, you don’t have to sweat your brand. Your brand is you. #phxwc
You only need to manage your brand when you don’t know who you are. Or you’re not interesting. #phxwc [AMEN]
Whether you’re just starting out or doing this for a while: give more than you get. Help people. Participate. #phxwc
Listen. Look. Share. Learn. Be with real people. Meet them. Learn from them. #phxwc
Always make time for the people that are the center of what you do. “Friends” are not friends. #phxwc
Oh man I am so doing a Tale of the Tweets for #phxwc.
Don’t just follow the herd. Follow your instincts. Do it as well as you can as often as you can. If it doesn’t work, do something else. #phxwc
Blogs require lots of attention. They’re like a dog. #phxwc
Guy next to me keeps jostling his knee which causes the entire table to shake. Grrrr. #petpeeves