Editors Note: this is part three of our account of the experiences we had at WordCamp Minneapolis 2016. Don’t forget to read part one from Brett, A Developer’s Take On WordCamp MSP 2016 , and part two from Tyler, MSP WordCamp 2016: A Designer’s Experience


I’m one of few who can say they’ve been at every WordCamp Minneapolis (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and each time it amazes me how much the community grows.

You’re a project manager, why are you at WordCamp?

My role with WordPress is an in-between one. You know,  the one where you may spin up a new site on your favorite host, update a plugin on another site, help a client understand why they should do it the right way, then five minutes later get a new business call that takes up the rest of your afternoon – all while forgetting to switch DNS you intended to get to two hours ago!  My title might as well be Gumby most days, and I like it that way.

The multiple tracks at WordCamp allow Gumby to bounce around and absorb as much as he can from the audience. Sometimes I am there for the content, sometimes I am there to simply hear Josh Broton’s passion for what he does. Most of the time, I’m simply there to network with others.

“WordCamps help me understand that we are not alone. I could be sitting right next to the CEO of a top WordPress agency or someone just getting started. Where else can you have that feeling of community in a set of web tools?”


Take aways from this year’s sessions…

  1. Home grown content and the use of social media are very powerful.
  2. Every business is different. Every client is different. Every site is different, yet we can use WordPress to solve almost every need.
  3. A lot of milkshakes are sold to commuters.
  4. Slow and steady wins SEO.
  5. Every page is a “landing” page on your site, because of search engine results.
  6. As a PM, I need to be like a chameleon and work differently with different roles… be a councilor to some and babysitter to others.
  7. 90% of problems can be solved via better communication.
  8. There are companies that can actually carry out the 20/30 rule, 20 blog posts every 30 days.
  9. That image you took from Google search results could have embedded DMCA meta data and the copyright owner will probably track you down.
  10. Stay flexible, this industry changes very quickly.

Chris Lema WordCamp MSP 2016
Chris Lema sharing his blogging secrets at WordCamp MSP 2016


I can relate!

The best part about WordCamp is the feeling of reassurance.  We’re not alone.  Durning our daily grind we’re always researching new ways, new technologies, new partners. When you meet up with people and listen to their point of views on the industry, you can immediately relate to them. Client challenges? We all have them. Crazy ideas? We all have them. Love for the industry? We all share it. WordCamps help me understand that we are not alone. I could be sitting right next to the CEO of a top WordPress agency or someone just getting started. Where else can you have that feeling of community in a set of web tools?


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