As many of you already know, WDS folks are regulars at the tech events around the world–particularly when it comes to WordPress. We love teaching, we love learning, and we love meeting people in our community. Recently, though, Lisa received an invitation to something unexpected, and it was an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up.
Lisa was invited to speak at the Design Bloggers Conference later this month! Now, this isn’t a conference focusing on web design, but on interior design. It does seem a little outside of our purview, doesn’t it? Considering the new reports that WordPress is hosting almost a quarter of the sites worldwide, it may not be as surprising as you (and we) initially thought!
For the last five years, the Design Bloggers Conference has been held in Atlanta, and touts itself as “the only conference specifically focused on the interests of bloggers on interior design.” Their goal is to help interior design bloggers learn to build a brand, have a spectacular blog, and advance their careers. The event offers everything from business development advice to extensive networking opportunities where working interior designers, architects, industry bloggers, and sponsors like Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, Cambria, and more can rub elbows and create new connections.
What we found really fascinating about this opportunity is what this ultimately means for the growth of WordPress. One of the conversations that seems to be permeating the WordPress community is, “Where do we go from here?” We’ve hit a point where the value of what WordPress offers is being recognized by those who haven’t been converted yet, and now niche industries, like this one, are reaching out to well-known WordPress experts (like Lisa, and like Tony Perez, who will also be at the conference) to show them the way.
While the WP community continues to expand and become stronger, it’s inarguably insulated, and at this point, we all know that the next step is not just cultivating our own community, but evangelizing about WordPress to the masses. Everyone wants a piece of the WP pie, and we’re ready to serve it.
The Design Bloggers Conference – February 25-27th, 2015
Lisa will be speaking on how to use WordPress, both “out of the box” and otherwise, as well as why WordPress is the management platform of choice for content and social media marketing. She will also be sharing on WordPress’ incredibly versatility and universality.
Lisa and Tony will be both be speaking on February 26th at 3 and 4 PM, respectively.
Attendees will also be able to find Lisa at the blog clinic, which is taking place on Wednesday, February 25th. It’s free for all conference attendees, and will include the following goodies:
- Meeting one on one to discuss your blog and business
- A free evaluation of your blog by an expert
- Direct guidance that takes into consideration the current state of your site, as well as your goals
- Basic tech and content support
- Fundamental SEO and social media marketing insight
The blog clinic runs all day from 8 AM – 9 PM, and we will announce when Lisa will be available there on our Twitter, so be sure to keep an eye out!
This is a huge step forward in the growth of WordPress as a platform, and as always, we’re excited to be a part of it.
If you want to hear more about the conference itself, be sure to follow the conference hashtag #dbcatl. If you’re thinking of attending, registration is still open. If money is a concern, one of the generous sponsors of the conference is offering scholarships that you can apply for here.
Lastly, HEY! Design Bloggers Conference attendees, make sure to swing by and say hi to Lisa, and if there’s any questions or suggestions you have before conference time rolls around, leave us a comment below!