It is now over a week since I attended my second WordCamp. The first one I attended in Mumbai, India – where I was slightly disappointed with the lack of WordPress related discussions. But I was not really complaining and looked forward to another one in the city of Baroda. The WordCamp in Baroda was better than the Mumbai event as it had more WordPress related content being discussed and shared.
I thought, I would sit down and write my views on WordCamps that I have attended. The idea of this post is to take stock of how things might be at WordCamps being hosted in India and how could they get better.
What I found lacking at WordCamps!
WordPress is not exactly very popular in India. It has a decent following but nowhere developed like it is say in western countries. I think there were some basic things that I found lacking at WordCamps I attended.
I won't be too harsh on the two WordCamps that I attended as I saw organizers themselves sharing their experiences with other organizers very freely. This is crucial as sharing their experiences will improve WordCamps a lot more in the future.
What I would like to see in India's WordPress community
I am using the word 'community' instead of 'WordCamp' on purpose.
India's love affair with WordPress is simply beginning!
I suspect India does not have a very strong WordPress community. There is a lot of interest in it surely but most students are not exactly aware of it. There are many WordPress developers who work freelance in India. But many of them are not exactly organized as a community. Hopefully with more WordCamps all that will change slowly by surely.
As WordPress is open-source, it's biggest supporters will always be college going kids who do not exactly have a lot of resources but have the adventurous spirit to learn new things.
Considering India will have a lot of young people who might not find fancy jobs in IT, I am sort of betting on them finding their true calling with WordPress.
Useful Links for WordCamp and WordPress Meetup Organizers
If you are interested in taking part in WordCamps or organizing them you might find some of these links useful.
Finally, as I was writing about WordCamps in India, let me inform you about the next one. WordCamp Pune 2013 will be held on the 23rd &24th February 2013.
Do drop in your comments and views about WordCamps and WordPress events in India.
Editor's Note: This post is part of our TDIS ( Thank Devil It's Sunday) feature, where we publish casual and personal posts.