No, not NerdCamp, although I’m sure there will be some similarities. This Saturday is WordCamp, a day long conference/seminar about all things WordPress. So why did I sign up for it last month?
True, this thing runs on WordPress, but thats not exactly a compelling reason to go. I guess it comes down to a couple of reasons. When I first started tackling custom themes, the whys and wherefores weren’t exactly obvious. I do have a better handle on the structure now. My reliance on a modded theme instead of using the custom one that is currently a collection of images and CSS snippets on my hard drive is, however, an indication that my handle is loosely gripped.
I also want to know more about the internal plug-in architecture. I have a couple of ideas for side projects that need more than blog functionality, but I am reluctant to build out a whole web site. When I do that, I tend to go overboard, overengineer, etc. If I can extend the WordPress platform for those bits of functionality I need, it would be a big win.
Finally, I guess its to network a bit. As a fairly well experienced software architect in this town, I tend to shy away from professional networking. Its all a bit cheesy and mostly chest puffing. Perhaps if I come at it a bit sideways, through my avocation instead of vocation, I can build up a more robust circle of acquaintances that, when it comes down to it, are still technical in nature.
So, thats where I’ll be Saturday. Cheers!