WordPress keeps growing. No, I’m not talking about downloads and audience dimension, I’m talking about maturity. Yes, even more. The reason I’m saying this it’s because for the first time a group of WordPress enthusiasts, specialists and contributors from all around the world gathered around in one common place and talked about things that you don’t usually (wrongly) associate to a open source software.
WordCamp Europe was the first international WordPress event with that in mind. Even Matt Mullenweg, the WordPress co-founder, was amazed by that. The people, the coders, the designers, the translators, the thinkers, (almost) everyone that is pushing WordPress forward was here. At the end of the day, these people are what makes WordPress what it is right now.
The Power of Communities
I personally have been involved in several communities through out these years. And if you underestimate the power of a community, you should think twice. “Two heads think better that one”. Ever heard that? Now multiply by thousands. Yep, scary and exciting at the same time.
Since I’m co-managing the Adobe community in Portugal (bipolar, right? :p), it’s very interesting to observe how different things are. And how similar also. And that’s the advantage of being part of such a diversity of things: you grow.
After the success of what the first edition was, there has to be next year. And the next one. And the next one…
Amongst that, the friends and (true) networking that you get from that makes the whole thing priceless. It’s a simple logic of human behavior… When a group of people get together for the same reason, strong relationships are build.
And that’s the beauty of WordPress.