This past weekend I went to camp, WordCamp that is. Reno-Tahoe WordCamp promised that I would leave having learned something new, and I gotta say they delivered. I learned about plug-ins, widgets, helpful tools, coding. I also learned how crappy one can feel when one forgets to take allergy medicine for two days in a row. Perhaps the most important thing I learned is the importance of putting pen to paper and hash out a plan.

From designers to developers to everything in between, mostly everyone stated the importance of planning before starting out on a WordPress adventure. I think WordCamp speaker Russell Aaron said it best, “Changing Post-It notes is much easier than changing code.” Remember folks, work smarter not harder.

"I'm going on an adventure!  But first I have to get Post-It notes"

“I’m going on an adventure! But first I have to get Post-It notes”

Writing things down and having a plan will not only make your life easier but keep you focused on the most important thing for an ad professional, focusing on your client’s customer’s needs. If you keep focused on that more often than not you will have a successful product. Another speaker, Chris Lema, argues this point. Sometimes you ignore the needs and focus on the tools. Without a written plan one is more likely to meander from the needs to the tools. Developer or designer writing stuff down usually means that your first plan is the best plan. Meaning you’ll more likely be focused on the important stuff for your client and not the awesome tools offered by WordPress (let’s face it some of them are pretty awesome).

Well that’s what I found to be the most important thing I learned. Not to say that it’s the unanimous best thing everyone learned. I can only speak for myself. Part of the reason is that I’m a bit of rookie in WordPress (I can’t read code to save my life). You gotta learn to crawl before you walk, unless you’re my niece then you learn to walk before you learn to crawl.

I would like to thank everyone who was involved with WordCamp. All the organizers, speakers, volunteers, etc. It was extremely insightful and fun. I really learned a lot. All that’s left to say is: “When is the next WordCamp!”

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  1. Megan Duggan
    Apr 30, 2013

    That was my favorite quote from Russell Aaron, as well! Glad you had a great time and thanks for the thoughtful write-up! Cheers.

  2. Russell Aaron
    Apr 30, 2013

    I do not think Chris Lema’s talk and mine argued at all. I would say they co existed. The needs of my presentation focused on what the site actually does, in order to help convert. Chris’s talk was almost the sae thing. His just covered more cost over time.

    Thanks for the mention Sir!

    • Juan Alemon
      Apr 30, 2013

      I agree with you Russell. You guys actually said about the same thing. I’m sorry I couldn’t articulate it better. I didn’t mean to have them seem as contrasting ideas. I really enjoyed your presentation.
      Thanks for the input.