I didn’t even know I wanted a blog to tell you the truth. I actually went to university with a plan to study mathematics and become an actuarial scientist (math and money made for a perfect career, I thought).
After one year of university-level mathematics, I decided that I was done with the subject and I stuck with the computer science courses I had also taken.
Word Camps started back in 2006 and there have been hundreds since, but I only went to my first Word Camp in 2016, in Miami.
The organizers of Word Camp Miami made me feel so welcome.
Despite the fact that Word Press is the most popular blogging platform in Jamaica, and is used by many web developers to built CMS-based websites, there is not much of a Word Press community.
And despite my reading all about Word Camps and community meetups, I didn’t really think of myself as part of an actual community.
Jamaica is a small country, an island in the middle of the Caribbean sea. I want to get more Jamaicans to Word Camps and actively participating in the Word Press community in other ways (through contributing and meetups).
Most people know about our biggest stars (like Bob Marley and Usain Bolt), our culture (reggae music and jerk cooking) or our beaches. When I started out, Word Press was just a tool to get me to my goal.
But the community I encountered definitely made me feel welcomed and valued, and now I want to help others feel that way.
Going to Word Camp US is going to be an amazing opportunity, in part because of the size and breadth of the community I will get to interact with. I want to bring Jamaica into the Word Press community, and bring the Word Press community to Jamaica.
I signed up with the Word Press Community team as an organizer of the Word Press Kingston meetups.
Full of enthusiasm I came home, ran a survey to find out how people were using Word Press and declared I was starting local meetups.
When they notified me, I didn’t even remember I had applied.