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First Ever All Virtual WordCamp Worked Brilliantly

Due to the Covid-19 corona virus pandemic, most WordCamps, the conferences held about the WordPress CMS (Content Management System), were cancelled.

This weekend, WordCamp San Antonio (Texas), quickly made their WordCamp all virtual!

They utilized both Crowdcast (for the speaker rooms) and Zoom for the hallway chats. You know what? It worked great. They even had live captioning.

Those platforms along with Twitter and the hashtag #WCSATX the camp was great. The pandemic overall is showing that the internet can help keep connections alive and people in touch.

In fact, this event was attended by more people, who wouldn’t have attended in person, because it was online. I know I wouldn’t have gone, being from the Philadelphia area.

It will be interesting to see if most WordCamps have a streaming option going forward once we figure out Covid-19.

Did you go? What did you think? What did you take away from the experience as well as the talks.

Keep Busy In You Biz

Now Is A Good Time To Work On Your Business

We’re all social distancing, quarantining, trying to stay healthy during this Covid-19 pandemic. For many of us entrepreneurs we need to get creative on how we stay productive while working.

Gina Rubel, of Fruia Rubel in Doylestown, has some great tips on how to make physical distancing time productive for your business.

Here are some ideas of things you can do. Thanks Gina for putting out such a great post.

  • Clean up your home office – I for one needed to finally clean up my home office. I was working from a co-working space for the past few years, so coming home to a messy home office wasn’t going to cut it. This can be therapeutic too. There is something about setting up a work space, to me at least that is fun and rewarding.
  • Educate Yourself – There are tons of free and paid services out there that you can do to learn new skills or brush up on old ones.
    • Udemy
    • Coursera
    • LinkedIn Learning/Lynda
  • Read, read, read – I have to admit I need to get better at this, but pick up that business book you’ve been meaning to read and engross yourself in it.
  • Listen to podcasts and find new ones to listen too – I love this tip from Gina. There are so many great podcasts out there and with this pandemic, many traditional media outlets are putting out podcasts as well. Here just a few suggestions:
    • The TWiT Network
    • Make Me Smart from Marketplace
    • TED Talks Daily
    • All The NPR podcasts
    • Ask Pat (Flynn)
    • Details Therapy with Amy Landino
    • Distributed with Matt Mullenweg
    • Creative Class Podcast with Kaleigh Moore and Paul Jarvis
    • Digital Marketing Dive with yours truly
  • Review and update your Website – Now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning on your site.
    • Update the blog
    • Change the design around
    • Update the copy
  • Update and review the technologies you’re using – Do a quick audit of all the tech you use day-to-day. Are these tools you use all the time? Are there better ones out there?
  • Tackle the tasks that were in the “might-do” part of your list
  • Setup time to talk to colleagues, co-workers, and friends on Slack, Zoom, Skype etc. to exchange ideas and stay connected.

With all these things to do, you can’t say you’re bored. Now get to it.