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Happy 15th Birthday WordPress!

Fifteen years ago today the first version of WordPress became available for download. Today WordPress powers over 25% of the world’s web sites.

WordPress.tv and Me

I’ve been tinkering with HTML for 17 years, but when I started to get serious about blogging I moved my site to WordPress. That was in 2012, and WordPress was already nine years old. I made lots of newbie mistakes and came-up with all kinds of ways to break my site.

I attended my first WordCamp in 2013 and learned an amazing amount. It was split into different tracks so you could pick the sessions that made the most sense for you. At the time, I was mainly in the novice sessions. One of the many resources I was introduced-to was WordPress.tv. Most WordCamp presentations are recorded and the videos are posted there for anyone to view.

WordPress and WordCamp Rock

WordCamps that followed found me in more advanced sessions. Four years after attending my first WordCamp, it was time to give back. I put my name in the hat to be a presenter at WordCamp Seattle 2017, and I was selected to be part of a Lightning Talk panel on Blogging & Social Media.

I enjoyed both the presentations themselves and our time afterward in the speaker lounge answering additional questions.

After I’d had a chance to digest the sessions I’d seen and participated in, I wrote a recap of that WordCamp. Then I watched and waited for the videos to be posted.

WordPress.tv to the Rescue

Many folks who weren’t able to be there or attend my session asked if it would be recorded. I told them yes, but I didn’t know when it would be posted. I was curious to watch it too!

The video from that presentation was eventually published on WordPress.tv, but it was three months after the event and I’d stopped keeping an eye out for it.

This WordPress anniversary was the perfect opportunity for my own viewing party. I found the video and critiqued it.  Not bad, considering how surreal it can be to see yourself on video.

On this WordPress birthday I’m also raising a virtual glass to its offspring: WordCamps around the world, and WordPress.tv that shares the wealth!

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