WordCamp London (EN)
Last weekend I was in London, visiting WordCamp:
WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress.
If you work with WordPress you want to visit WordCamp.
WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.
First time speaker
London is not the first WordCamp I visited but it is the first time I am a WordCamp speaker. It has been a dream for me to talk at WordCamp for quit some time. I wanted to be part of the event, contribute, tell a story but until I knew what story I wanted to tell I didn't apply. But now I was ready, so this was a special event for me.
I was the first speaker on Saturday.
My story "What's love got to do with it" is a personal story of how a little incident can have a big impact on somebody (me). Doing a talk in English (not my native language) and knowing I hadn't told it before without bursting into tears made me pretty nervous.
Thank heavens I practiced a lot, there were friendly faces in the audience and my personal fan club was insight.
I thought I timed my talk perfectly but in the end my time was up and I wasn't finished. Aaargh. I didn't cry (only sob a little) until my talk was over but that was ok. It was a relieve that I got my story out and it was good to see that my story touched my audience.
I was so proud of being on that stage 😀
Mc'ing in the afternoon
After doing my own talk I was hosting the other talks in one of the rooms of the event. It was so awesome being the one to introduce 3 speakers and a panel who all talked about trying someone else's perspective and being inclusive.
Here are my take aways:
Bad research is really easy to do
Listening is de foundation skill and it's free
To keep in mind when you do your research:
- doing the right amount and the right research is a good business decision
- Adaption is key
- Acknowledge the limits
- Mute yourself
- Rinse and repeat
Design decisions can influence accessibility
20% of people in the UK have trouble with accessibility, something to consider when your building a site
Resizing and zooming are not the same thing
The Lego site is great (accessibility example)
If you're not inclusive you are not diverse
Tone of voice manifests itself in everything
Step out of your own head into the head of your user
People want to know: "Am I expected here, Am I accepted here, and am I respected here"
Moving beyond your own perspective and think about 'What would it be to not be me?"
Everybody has a choice
Hiring from another company is just moving the problem.
When all the talks were done it was Party time! I love being inspired at WordCamp but I also loooooove having a good time with my WordPress friends.
On Sunday I started the day with the unbearable likeness of design by Sarah Semark. I love sheep and she had one in her presentation 😀
Together with Yoast crew I flew back to the Netherlands that same night.
Thanks to the great organisation, volunteers, speakers and sponsors who made this an amazing event and I was so happy and proud to be part of it. <3
Next WordCamp for me will be in Paris, looking forward to it already.