PodCamp Pittsburgh 6 Afterward

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Another PodCamp has come and gone. I honestly can’t believe how fast the past few years have flown by. The first time we’ve been in a new location since year two, the third year of streaming sessions and posting them later, and the first time we’ve felt like we’ve had enough space for the event.

Learn . Interact . Apply

At the end of the PodCamp weekend Justin Kownacki and Rob de la Cretaz came to me with a story about an attendee who, after a year, was still contemplating a bog. Their natural reaction is to question the hold up and get started. This lead to Rob and Justin putting together a quick talk about taking what you’ve learned at PodCamp and applying that knowledge to your life. Right here I want to encourage everyone to just start writing. WordPress has an amazing philosophy around this topic and there are a lot of really smart people there working to make sharing your message simple. I’ve got a follow up post in a draft to encourage applying so keep an eye out.

What is Your Project?

I know a number of people are starting new blogs as a result of PodCamp. Please make sure you let me know when you start. If you already have leave a comment or ping me on twitter or Facebook. I’m curious to see what gets created as a result of the event.

One project that I learned about on Sunday is Jennifer Caple’s documentary film project about Kraynick’s Bike Shop. I’ve only been to Kraynick once but it is a really interesting place. Thought I’d give a plug as an interesting project and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Looking toward the future

I have been slow to record my thoughts about this years event because I feel as though PodCamp Pittsburgh is at a cross road. Now don’t interpret that statement as though I feel something is wrong with PodCamp. This year we produced an excellent event that has received an awesome response from attendees. Tons of positive comments and notes keep getting back to me even a week after the event.

Justin Kownacki wrote a list of 12 things he’s thinking after PodCamp which hits on the topics that lead to me think we are at a crossroad. Mainly it has been interesting to see how the event has organically grown over the years. First as a peer to peer learning event that has now become a more traditional conference with focus on 101 to 201 level learning. It is an interesting concept to consider and something that will be on my mind as we look forward to future events.

With that said I’m proud of everyone who contributed to PodCamp Pittsburgh this year and look forward to what the future holds.



3 thoughts on “PodCamp Pittsburgh 6 Afterward

  1. As a first timer to PodCamp, I have to say I really thought it was an awesome event. It’s hard to believe that you’re able to organize 2 days worth of programming, find a space to accommodate everyone, and provide tasty snacks without having to charge attendees. That speaks a lot to the sponsors and the local community being willing to pitch in to help.

    Franklin is definitely one of the great stories from PodCamp 6. Supercharged by one part inspiration and 2 parts wordpress, he decided to dive into blogging http://franklinchen.com/ (complete with personally branded url and all). Some might call it a PodCamp miracle.

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