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WordCamp Milwaukee

Even though I’ve been attending BarCamp like events since 2006, and hosted Web414 for many years, I still hit these periods where I think that I have no right being in front of a crowd talking about something. Don’t get me wrong, I love to talk, and I love sharing my knowledge, but I occasionally question my own credentials.

That brings us to WordCamp which happened this past weekend. I wasn’t very involved in the event (though I did help sponsor it) but during the planning I was asked to do a session, and I said “Sure! I can do a session on blogging with WordPress” which was the most generic thing I could think of at the time.

So about a week before the event, Dusty asked me for description of my session. I wrote a rambling paragraph and emailed it off, still not sure what the focus would be. I then got busy, as I often do, and didn’t prepare anything before the event. I got there Sunday about an hour before my session, and cobbled together 6 slides, of which I only showed about 4. None of that really matters though…

How did it go? It went well. It went fine. It went… good. Yeah, it went good.

I need to take my own advice. The thing I’ve told people time and time again at BarCamp events is “You are an expert at your own experience” and damn, that’s the truth. Seriously, that may be the smartest thing I’ve ever said. If someone is more of an expert at your experiences than you are, well, you may have a stalker, and hey, then you have experience being stalked!

Here’s the thing… I just rambled on about my experiences blogging, and showed some of the blogs I write for, and some of the tools I use. There were questions I couldn’t answer. That’s OK. I asked other people in the room. I’ll never assume I’m the smartest person in the room, even if it’s just me and the cats. All I can do is share my own experiences. I can tell you what I’ve done, or what I think, and occasionally I can tell you the right way to do it, but even then, it’s going to come from my point of view.

Also, it helps to yell and swear. I tend to do this when I talk to a large group. Someone from Chicago invited me to do a session at their WordCamp in the fall, and I had to confirm they actually saw my session. You know, the session where I told people interested in making money to get the hell out! I guess yelling and swearing works sometimes.

So the good news is, you may not have to prepare for your BarCampMilwaukee session this year. Just show up and talk about your own experiences. If it doesn’t work, feel free to yell (and swear) at me. You’re welcome!


BarCampMadison3 Schedule

This is/was the session schedule for BarCampMadison3, which took place on August 28, 2010. Feel free to ignore it. I’ve put it here for my own reference, as this is information I will need…

Start End Session Title Room
10:30am 11:30am Teaching Machines to Learn by Studying Nature 9-4
10:30am 11:30am LinkedIn Basics 9-5
10:30am 11:30am Empty Houses & Homeless People 9-2
10:30am 11:30am Ruby on Rails Build and Deploy a BarCampMadison App to Production 9-1
10:30am 11:30am Mathematica Training 9-3
10:30am 11:30am Drupal Theming 101 3-1
10:30am 11:30am Virtual Goods & Currencies 3-2
11:30am 12:15pm Git & Git Hub change open source 9-2
11:30am 12:15pm Linked In: Integrate with Multimedia 9-5
11:30am 12:15pm Bootstrap Your Company 3-2
11:30am 12:15pm Kids Camp Discussion [audio] 3-1
1:30pm 2:15pm The HackerSpace Movement [audio] 9-4
1:30pm 2:15pm Photoshop Touchups 101 3-1
1:30pm 2:15pm Build a Search Engine with Apache Solr & Lucene 9-5
1:30pm 2:15pm Freecycle 9-2
1:30pm 2:15pm Free Mathematical and Statistic Resources on the Web 9-1
1:30pm 2:15pm Personal Branding 9-3
1:30pm 2:15pm Linux on Low Powered Computers 3-2
2:30pm 3:15pm RFID Green Shed 3-2
2:30pm 3:15pm Intro to Hardware Hacking and Arduino 9-4
2:30pm 3:15pm SAAS Web app: Interface/signup/conversion discussion 9-5
2:30pm 3:15pm Mining on the Moon 3-1
2:30pm 3:15pm My Resume Sucks: Do I still need a paper one? [video] 9-3
3:30pm 4:15pm Net Neutrality 9-3
3:30pm 4:30pm Intro to Expression Engine 9-5
3:30pm 4:30pm Geeks & Sex 3-2
3:30pm 4:30pm How I learned to stop worrying and love the process 9-2
3:30pm 4:30pm Intro to Hardware Hacking and Arduino 9-4
3:30pm 4:30pm Our Ballot Box Startup Demo 3-1
3:30pm 4:30pm 5 ways to blog w/ Posterous 9-1
4:30pm 5:15pm Future of Web608 [audio] 9-1
4:30pm 5:30pm Open Share Tools and Techniques to Manage Web Devs 3-1
4:30pm 5:30pm Building Strong Communities for Hacker/Maker Spaces [video] 9-4
4:30pm 5:30pm Death of ads 3-2
4:30pm 5:30pm DIY Liqueurs 9-5
5:30pm 6:15pm Drupal Q&A / Drupal Toolshare 9-3
5:30pm 6:15pm How To: Make Dinner for your date 9-4
5:30pm 6:15pm Crowdsource Local Tech News – Tech in Madison 9-5
5:30pm 6:15pm Intro to Inkscape 3-1
5:30pm 6:30pm Accessibility for the Web 3-2
5:30pm 6:30pm This App can Text – Building a Twilio app in half an hour 9-2