Key Takeaways from Reno-Tahoe WordCamp 2012

Issac Reid, Josh Koberstein and I went to the Reno-Tahoe WordCamp at the University of Nevada. WordCamp is a two-day conference and meet-up for WordPress users, developers, designers, writers and advertising professionals to network and learn about the platform and how others use it.

I definitely enjoyed Sterling Hamilton’s session (Noble’s lead developer). He spoke about working with freelancers and firms. Some of my favorite takeaways from his presentation were:

  • Do nothing without a contract
  • Close out a project if the scope drastically changes – DO NOT CONTINUE with the same contract. Go back to the scoping phase. It will save time in the long run.

Up to Speed

I personally took the most from the keynote, Chelsea Otakan. She said in order to stay up to speed in this industry, you NEED to actually do the work in its entirety. I totally agree.

Some key takeaways from her presentation:

  • Know what you are passionate about and dive into those projects.
  • Find stopping points in your project and then treat yourself for a job well done.
  • Keep learning. This industry moves fast and there are constantly new tricks.
  • Read the code. The new modules available. What are others doing that you can learn from?
  • Actually do the work for yourself. You don’t truly know until you try. Don’t fear code.
  • Review. Critique. Repeat. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to look at your work.

Overall, I thought the conference was a wonderful learning experience for me both professionally and personally. I wish it didn’t conflict with Reno Social Media Day though. I was really looking forward to smashing the competition in the Instragram scavenger hunt and winning the Samsung Galaxy Tablets. I do love a good scavenger hunt. Oh well. There is always next year.