March 31, 2008

5 Things I Learned about Bloggers from WordCamp Dallas

published this at 11:15 pm

Investment and Return

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Being a part of WordCamp Dallas was something I especially looked forward to — it’s always fun to be part of a conference where folks are deeply committed, even more to be part of one right before I’ve got one of my own about to launch in a few weeks. It’s an opportunity to learn, to connect, and to improve.

Still any trip is an investment. It means preparation. It means time doing something I don’t usually do — and the “usually dos” still need doing. So I make sure that go to find the value. Since I work on the people side, connecting businesses to clients and customers. For me, the value was getting to know more about how bloggers and learners and the way they respond to learning things new. At WordCamp Dallas, that wasn’t hard to see examples everywhere. Here are just three of the things that I learned about bloggers at WordCamp Dallas.

Whether I’m presenting or participating as an attendee, I always have to measure what I’m investing before I go to a conference or a seminar. Any such trip means doing something more and keeping what I do going at the same time. So I want to make sure that the investment will have a return.

None of these WordCamp learnings are new things. Yet the people, the thoughts, and the interactions were underscored each value in a new way. Every connection was worth every minute I invested to get and be there. It’s a worthwhile investment when folks bring us back to remembering what’s important about gathering together.

People like to do business with other people, not companies. We learn from each other because of the reasons the bloggers at WordCamp brought to the event.

Thank you WordCamp Dallas for reminding me of what I already knew.

What do you want to remember not to forget?

–ME “Liz” Strauss
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19 Comments to “5 Things I Learned about Bloggers from WordCamp Dallas”

  1. April 1st, 2008 at 8:36 am
    Easton Ellsworth said

    “People like to do business with other people, not companies.” Love it. Thanks Liz for a splendid review of what must have been a wonderful event.

    And here’s to that one conference … whatchamacallit … the one coming up a month from tomorrow!

  2. April 1st, 2008 at 9:45 am
    Jonathan Bailey said

    It was so great meeting you and I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure that I am there for SOBCon. Thank you so much for making the trip so wonderful!

  3. April 1st, 2008 at 10:49 am
    Alex Frison said

    It was a great pleasure meeting you at WordCamp. I’m really eager to go to SOBCon08 in Chicago. I know it would be so great. But unfortunately I will be in Europe by then already :(

    For everybody else, if you have a chance to go, do it. It will worth every penny!

  4. April 1st, 2008 at 5:42 pm
    Mother Earth said

    A gathering of like minded people that fosters something we can together get into the trenches about and learn along the way is certainly worth supporting…my dear.

  5. April 1st, 2008 at 6:30 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Easton!
    I’ve learned a lot at WordCamp Dallas that I’ll be remembering at SOBCon08 too. :)

  6. April 1st, 2008 at 6:32 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Jonathan!
    Meeting you at WordCamp Dallas was something I looked forward to and it was everything and more than I had hoped it would be! You’re wonderful! So is Mrs. PT!!

  7. April 1st, 2008 at 6:34 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Alex!
    You were the surprise gold of the trip! Thank you for all you did. Let’s try to talk before you go. :)

  8. April 1st, 2008 at 6:36 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Thank Karen,
    Supporting it is exactly what you’ve been doing. Thank you so much! Couldn’t do all we’ve done without you. :)

  9. April 1st, 2008 at 7:54 pm
    Alex Frison said

    Hey Liz, I feel flattered :)

    No worries, I won’t leave before we talked.

  10. April 1st, 2008 at 10:06 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Alex!
    Seriously.

  11. April 1st, 2008 at 11:12 pm
    Jonathan Bailey said

    Meeting you was everything I had hoped it would be too! Thank you very much for the flattery. I’ll pass it along to “Mrs. PT”!

  12. April 2nd, 2008 at 11:35 am
    Lin Burress said

    Hi Liz! WordCampDallas was awesome! One of the great things about it was learning about Woopra and getting my very own invite code. :)

    I’m loving Woopra and can’t say enough good things about it.

    I also appreciated the great speakers you mention in this post. I now understand the importance and value of hosting our own images, each on it’s own file, and being sure to apply Titles and Alt’s to pics and text links. I finally “got it”!

    I’m trying to find out if there’s an email list I can be put on to be kept informed about each WordCampDallas that happens well in advance. Any ideas of who to talk to?

  13. April 2nd, 2008 at 11:49 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Jonathan!
    It’s not flattery when it’s true!!

  14. April 2nd, 2008 at 11:50 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Lin!
    I so enjoyed meeting you! Yeah, images make a huge difference in so many ways.

    As far as the WordCamp list goes, I think the WordCamp.com blog may be your best source of information.

  15. April 2nd, 2008 at 5:54 pm
    Alex Frison said

    Hey Liz,

    I think it’s wordcamp.org , wordcamp.com doesn’t work. At least for today.

  16. April 2nd, 2008 at 7:49 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Alex,
    It’s notaniche.com that counts right now. People like to do business with people,

  17. April 2nd, 2008 at 10:04 pm
    Alex Frison said

    :D Yeah, especially when they are like you! Then it’s more than just a business.

  18. April 3rd, 2008 at 7:38 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi!
    Business is best when it fits into our life seamlessly. That happens when we like the people we do business with. :)

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