WordCamp Toronto 2012 in Review

WordCamp Toronto DevelopersWe’re done! Now that the feedback survey results are posted, we can mark the end of a very long WordCamp Toronto season.

Unlike 2011, we ran two conferences for 2012: In September, we organized WordCamp Toronto for end users. In November, we organized WordCamp Toronto: Developers 2012.

As with last year’s event, my responsibilities for WCTO 2012 focused mostly on communications. I handled email newsletters, the website, responding to emails, and so on.

I wasn’t perfect, but despite some shortcomings that I’m very much aware of, I feel like I’m getting better at this kind of work.

My Favourite Moments

  • No stress in November. The anxiety that came with September’s conference was completely gone the second time around. Everything was in place and we knew what we were doing. It was fantastic.
  • Glowing reviews of the panel session. It was a leap of faith, and I stepped in at the last minute to moderate. We didn’t know how it would go, and it ended up being a complete success.
  • Seeing the signage for the first time in September. We looked super slick with the banners and posters. So pro!

What about next year?

At this point, I think we’ll stick to hosting a single event in 2013.

  • Running two conferences back-to-back takes up too much time.
  • Splitting the event into two conferences six months apart would eat up our entire year.
  • We’ll be more focused when running a single event.
  • We can start preparing early and make sure all feedback critiques are acted on.

Update: We don’t know what we’re going to do for 2013. Official plans TBD.

I’m not thinking much about WordCamp Toronto 2013 right now, though. The Toronto WordPress Group needs to find a new venue and presentation lineup for next year.

Along with the Meetup group is WPToronto.com, my latest self-inflicted project. It’s a business directory and job board for WordPress professionals in the Toronto area. I’ve been talking about it for a while, but with WordCamp duties, I just didn’t have the time for it.

Here’s hoping it all works out.

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