WordCamp Columbus – the Good and the Sad

It has been two weeks since WordCamp Columbus was held on August 1st and 2nd and I have been struggling over writing this post. It was well attended, the venue was very suitable for a WordCamp, the volunteers did a great job and overall it was a great event. That is the Good. At the end there was some Sad news but I will save that for later.

The event was held at CompuSuites which was a great venue. There was lots of parking, a large reception area for registration,  areas  for networking and the Happiness Bar. Plenty of coffee, soft drinks, water and a ton of snacks were available throughout the day. Lunch was provided by City BBQ and was the absolute bomb! This is a place I am going to have to make an effort to visit when I am Columbus.

Five tracks were offered, with a nice variety of presentations. It seemed that attendance in each session was evenly split.. Three of the rooms were smaller, which made for a more intimate setting. The main lecture room was very comfortable and was well suited for the kickoff and wrap-up sessions.

It was great to see people who I have met at past WordCamps like Mitch Canter, Dustin Hartzler, Nathan Driver, Joe Rozsa, Jonathan DavisAngela Bergmann and others (I can’t remember right now). AND it was great to make new friends.

On a Sad note, during the wrap-up, Angie Meeker stated that she would need some serious help if there is to be a WordCamp Columbus 2015. In the back of my mind, I thought that Angie did the lions share of work preparing the events over the past several years. I never heard her complain or make any type of negative statement. Anytime I saw Angie, she was always positive and upbeat. A WordCamp is a team effort and what you see on the day of the event is just the tip of the iceberg. The majority of the work takes place behind the scenes, so to speak. Arranging for the venue, seeking sponsors, arranging for snacks and  lunch, toilet paper, the list goes on and on and on and on.

I sincerely hope that someone in the Columbus area is able to help her and keep this WordCamp event going.