I attended a full day workshop titled PRESS PUBLISH held by WordPress in Portland Oregon on March 28, 2015. WordPress.com is a blog WEB hosting service provider owned by AUTOMATTIC and powered by the open source WordPress software. It provides free blog hosting for registered users supported by paid upgrades, advertising and premium options. It was their first (inaugural) conference dedicated to BLOGGING. You can see a list of the topics covered at http://presspublish.events/events/portland/
I enjoyed all speakers but two were exceptional: Erick Prince-Heaggans and Jerry Mahoney.
Erick’s topic was titled: “Around the world in 80 posts.”
He wants to be the first African American male to visit every country in the world. So far he has visited 73. He is a professional photographer and blogs to help make things better for others. His talk was full of passion and give-and-take with the audience.
His blog can be found at http://minoritynomad.com/minority-travel-blog/
I dined at his table at lunch; he gave me contact information for a man who has blogged about travelling the world – without ever flying.
Erick is also owner and CEO of MinorityNomad.com and Founder of A World Beyond Youth Exploration. You can read more about this organization at http://www.aworldbeyondyouth.com/
Jerry’s topic was titled: “Which Came First, The Book Or The Blog?” His blog can be found at http://jerry-mahoney.com/best-oblog/
Jerry’s first published book, “Mommy Man: How I Went From Mild-Mannered Geek to Superdad” is about the crazy road he and his boyfriend took to become dads. You can find more information about his book at http://jerry-mahoney.com/mommy-man-the-book/ His talk was humorous and substantive.
I learned a lot from the 15 sessions I attended which included technical topics on widgets, add-ons, use of statistics, phone camera photo techniques, videos upload tools, theme selection, comment management, blog customization, publicizing, monetizing, tagging, categorizing and more.
But more importantly I had the opportunity to listen to a variety of women and men share their passion for blogging, explain how they attained a wide readership and describe how much effort they put into their craft. Several speakers triggered specific thoughts on how I might do a better job with my own blog.
I even got one-on-one help (in the Happiness Lounge) with improving my own blog, including help upgrading (free for a year) to the premium version of WordPress.
Please note that my blog is now at journeysofaheart.com (no longer at journeysofaheart.wordpress.com)