I’ve been reading a few reports by some bloggers who attended the first WordCamp Malaysia at Cititel MidValley last week, and here’s my version, which I guess will be the only report by a non-geek regarding the conference :P Yeah, who would you expect to attend WordCamp if not bunch of geeks – who each and every of them owns at least an iPhone and a MacBook, or an iPad and iPhone, if not all three. And they tweet. And I mean tweet all times. So to define a geek from my observation should be a person who owns Apple gadgets and tweets. Okay. And they blog about tech, codes, design and such. Only those stuff.
I have a Twitter account but hardly tweet. I only realized I had Twitter when I had to tweet for Project Alpha blog contest, otherwise it would have still been left unused. And I dont own any Apple gadgets. And I blog about my sappy life and love. Only these stuff. Thank you.
I came to WordCamp merely because of my interest in WordPress. Although it means I’ve used only the free and feature-limited WordPress.com for over 2 years and only got exposed to the PHP and CSS codes of WordPress.org barely since 3 months ago after I got my own domain in March. I still dont know zillions of things WordPress has to offer, though I have to be thankful that I didnt go total clueless when they were talking about plugins and some technical stuff. And WordPress 3.0 is out now, but I’m still so pessimist to go checking it, given that I’m still far from finishing learning my current version and afraid the 3.0 may get me confused even more. Well, maybe later.
Matt Mullenweg in San Francisco saying hello to WordCamp Malaysia attendees. In case you dont know, Matt is the co-founder of WordPress and he released the first WordPress back in 2003. Or to be precise, on 27 May 2003, and therefore, there was a post-WordCamp event happening in KL the other day to celebrate WordPress 7th birthday by a group of Malaysian WordPress users (I said this coz I received the invitation via FB) which I was not able to attend obviously, coz I came home right away after WordCamp ended.
The attendees. I wasn’t in a good mood of taking photos during the sessions, and I realized I didnt take a good one showing the audience, except these views of empty chairs when everyone was out during some tea break =.= and even the environment outside during the tea wasn’t captured very neat either, I was lazy okay. And I was rather bit upset coz I couldnt make myself socialized with those people for some unknown reasons, I was rather feeling left out to be honest. I didnt manage to on my laptop to tweet. Yeah, everyone was tweeting throughout the session and a number of lucky winners to get free web hosting subscriptions were chosen from their tweets. People who came without lappies were tweeting using their iPhones and whatever gadgets. And I was like, “hm, am I really supposed to tweet too??” It seems that way works to get to know people who were in the hall with you instantly. Perhaps that’s the reason I was feeling left out, coz I didnt tweet! :( Let alone to talk outside Twitter, during the tea break. I knew it’s pointless and I should not expect people to approach me but I was the one who should go and say hi to them. But the groups looked too geeky to me for some weird reason. If only I had come along with a group myself, like most of them did. Instead, I was all alone and lost. Part of me said I shouldnt have been here.
The speakers. There were a number of them talking about various topics one after another, from WordPress history and development, intro to WP 3.0, theme framework, to SEO, BuddyPress, social media, plugins, bla bla bla.. and speeches by sponsors reps like Microsoft and some others I cant remember. The forum session was pretty nice, with 3 Malaysian top bloggers talking about how they earn pretty well only with blogging (and again, they blog about tech stuff and designs of course, what else do you think a blog that gets 100 thousands hits a day is about?). And Naoko of Automattic who came all the way from SF was surprised to get her WordPress cake for her birthday in KL :) I managed to take a photo with Aizat Faiz who was speaking about plugins which sounds a bit too techy for me, but he managed to convince the audience that simple plugins development isn’t that complicated like one would think. BTW I learned that he’s the first Malaysian employee of Facebook. Cool.
The food and goodies. Everyone was eagerly waiting to see what types of food and gifts we were to get with the expensive RM150 fees. I have to admit the food veriety was great, from the morning tea break to buffet lunch to afternoon tea. I helped myself some fresh raw oyster-lookalikes for the first time, I mean, they looked like oysters but they werent ones. And I ate ALOT of it hahaha, with few dishes I guess I could only get from a hotel buffet. Cakes and pastries were great too. Still, I dont think they’re really worth RM150 =.= at least to a poor kid like me.
WordCamp goodie bag was a bit disappointment. I was expecting more great freebies rather than pamphlets from the sponsors to sell their products. WordPress schwags are neat, I wish I could get more. And WordCamp Malaysia black t-shirt, which is, um, just okay.
Photo credit. I didnt have a chance to take a group photo like this coz Az was two minutes too late to reach this place when everyone was gathering for the mass group photo, otherwise I would have had him to take one for me. So I just stole this pic off another blog. Now can you spot me from those bunch? :)