WordCamp San Francisco 2011

Ok, so I know this is actually kind of late. Ok, so it’s really late, but I wanted to share some of my thoughts from attending WordCamp San Francisco back in August.

WordCamp San Francisco was a hugely inspirational event for me. First of all, actually getting to meet so much of the community in real life was unreal. Many of the people I met I’d interacted with on Twitter or elsewhere online. Most I’d never interacted with at all. I’d never been around so many people who share my passion for WordPress. It was positively infectious.

More than anything, I think this WordCamp was a celebration of the ascendancy of WordPress. There was certainly a sense of it the whole weekend (I thought so, anyway), and the statistics in Matt Mullenweg’s keynote support the idea.

WordPress is coming out as a viable enterprise solution. Plenty of people have speculated about what’s next for WordPress; I’ve heard theme shops, marketplaces, premium plugins, and more. What I haven’t heard is Enterprise.

I’m not talking about a blog. I’m talking about WordPress as an enterprise CMS, even without a blog component at all. I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of this starting in the next twelve months.

Mitcho Erlewine gave a great talk on this topic; the point he stressed was that we can do this, we can do it better, and we can do it now. So what are we waiting for? 1

Aside from the overall feel of the weekend, I have a few more thoughts on the whole weekend.

Holy crap, the WordPress community is AMAZING. There are so many amazing people doing so many amazing things with this platform. For example, the stuff that Dan Milward is doing with WordPress blows my mind 2.

It’s all about the people. The talks were amazing, but the times when I was just hanging out talking to people were the really valuable moments. Getting to connect with that many people and share my passion with them, and experience their passion–that was the coolest thing about WordCamp San Francisco.

Ok, I lied a little bit, my absolute favorite part of WCSF wasn’t talking with other people (in general), though that is way way up there.

My real absolute favorite moment of the whole of WordCamp San Francisco was meeting Ptah Dunbar. We were sitting next to each other in the tech track on Friday (I think it was during the lightning talks); he introduced himself and I immediately recognized his name. I mean, who wouldn’t? I introduced myself and he knew my name, which I found very surprising. I said I was sure he must have seen me on twitter, then; he thought for a moment, and said “No, I’ve seen you on Trac.”

Blew me away. Someone I look up to in the community who lives nowhere near me knew me from my contributions to the community.

Made my whole weekend.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on WordCamp San Francisco. I can’t wait for my next chance to geek out with people at that level again.


  1. That’s a very good question which, unfortunately, is out of this blog post’s scope. But I promise to return to the subject in the future.
  2. I know that video is from a different WordCamp; I got to see him using it (and Matt Mullenweg playing it) at WCSF, though, so it’s fitting.

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  1. Ptah Dunbar

    Hey John!

    I share the same sentiments about the event. So many people doing amazing stuff with WordPress, out of the box projects like what Dan demoed just keeps me engerized and inspired to take it even further.

    And it was great to finally meet you! I had no idea you’d be there. After noticing your username, it was just like seeing old friends given all your comments+patches I’ve seen in trac. Definitely a highlight.

    It was great to meet you, looking forward to next time (I’ll be at #wcphilly next)!


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