Working for Automattic, every so often, we get the opportunity to help out at conferences and events around the nation (and world). For the past few years, WordPress.com has been a sponsor of New Media Expo (NMX), a conference for bloggers and podcasters in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year, however, is the first year that NMX is a part of NAB.
I, along with my coworkers, Rebecca, Nick G., Jon, Brooke, Nick H., Daniel, and Dustin are the lucky Automatticians that are staffing the WordPress.com booth this year.
With over 100k people in attendance, the first 2 days (today is day 3) were very exciting. It’s been great meeting WordPress users from all areas. I’ve had the pleasure of working the Happiness Bar and answering user questions about their blogs and getting set up.
One of the most exciting moments for me has been when I helped a user to start a site on the spot. This particular user came up to our booth and explained a bit about himself and said he didn’t have a website. He was a graphic novelist and producer and has been very active on social media. We got him set up with a website for him to put all of his projects so that his fans and future coworkers could find him and see what he’s been up to. It was exciting to show him how fast and easy it is to set up a website. He left here happy and looking forward to further building his site.
It is events like these, where we get to interact with the users face-to-face that really make me love my job. Having someone you’ve never met, just come up and say, “I love WordPress!” really brings a smile to my face.
If you’re here at NAB, please stop by our booth! We are in the North Hall and we’re here to say hello and answer any questions you have.