A Few Takeaways From WordCamp Bucharest

Oana Filip

We’re keen to attend Word­Camp events most­ly because we gen­uine­ly believe in the pow­er of mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions. Com­mu­ni­ties such as Word­Press are an excel­lent source of learn­ing and grow­ing.

Alin, Radu, and Vlad from our team went to Word­Camp Bucharest, and they’re con­fi­dent this kind of events help them become bet­ter play­ers. I asked them how did this expe­ri­ence shape their per­spec­tive, and I gath­ered insights that might con­vince you to stick to future episodes of Word­Camp, no mat­ter if you’re a free­lancer, an employ­ee, a con­trib­u­tor or just a Word­Press believ­er.

I came back with more trust in the Roman­ian Word­Press com­mu­ni­ty (it’s larg­er than I thought).

Vlad on the Need of Creating Stronger Bonds

This was my first Word­Camp Bucharest, and it was refresh­ing to be part of it. I have pre­vi­ous­ly been to two Word­Camp Europe events, but the expe­ri­ence is quite dif­fer­ent. Not bet­ter, nor worst, but I man­aged to get com­ple­men­tary results from these two events.

The small­er scale of this Word­Camp allowed for a sense of cozi­ness and inti­ma­cy with the oth­er atten­dees. I man­aged to have more per­son­al and relaxed inter­ac­tions with the oth­ers with­out feel­ing rushed by the end­less num­ber of peo­ple buzzing around me, as I felt at the Euro­pean event. I believe this will lead to stronger ties with some of them.

The sec­ond gift that I got by attend­ing the con­fer­ence (and con­trib­u­tor day) is the moral and ener­gy boost that I man­aged to extract from the crowd. I came back with more trust in the Roman­ian Word­Press com­mu­ni­ty (is larg­er than I thought), with a much-need­ed joy that there are oth­er entre­pre­neurs in Roma­nia (and its neigh­bors) that think and act like us. We are not alone! Yey!

Alin on the Power of Being Inspired

If you ever won­dered what an active com­mu­ni­ty is, don’t miss the next Word­Camp. Attend­ing for the sec­ond time to Word­Camp Bucharest was a real achieve­ment for me. I met amaz­ing peo­ple with the same ambi­tions, and I real­ized how vital is to gath­er around and share knowl­edge, sto­ries, and ideas.

The big win was to see how oth­ers are work­ing and how they can achieve maybe more than I do, with the same amount of time and effort. The val­ue of knowl­edge shar­ing is enor­mous, and this is what makes this kind of meet­ings a real bless­ing for me.

On top of that, I under­stood that this kind of meet­ings could also take place with a high­er fre­quen­cy in what we call local mee­tups. I’m now one of the peo­ple who want to build strong and pow­er­ful local mee­tups and can’t wait to do that in my town. I know who should I talk with about that, so I’m keen to make it hap­pen.

The best part of attend­ing this event is that every­body wants to help no mat­ter their back­ground or skill set.

Radu on the Joy of Helping Others

This Word­Camp edi­tion remem­bered me that there are a lot of peo­ple will­ing to do great things. Being a cus­tomer sup­port and deal­ing with a bunch of tick­ets can fre­quent­ly make me for­get about the big­ger pic­ture.

How­ev­er, the best part of attend­ing this event is that every­body wants to help no mat­ter their back­ground or skill set. I think that this is where lies the par­tic­u­lar val­ue of the Word­Press com­mu­ni­ty: it makes you a bet­ter pro­fes­sion­al on mul­ti­ple lev­els. More­over, you active­ly help the com­mu­ni­ty grow, which is price­less.

I would attend more sim­i­lar events around the Word­Press top­ic if I’d had the chance since it helps me be aware that I’m part of some­thing big­ger and bet­ter. And what else could keep my moti­va­tion up and kick­ing in the long run?

As Vlad would say ”One thing is guar­an­teed: Word­Press and the Word­Press com­mu­ni­ty are stronger than ever.” The truth is that this ecosystem’s suc­cess and con­sis­ten­cy lie in each of us, and by embrac­ing such events we only show sup­port and grat­i­tude, and this is price­less. See you at the next Word­Camp! 👋

Oana Filip
Oana Filip

Digital storyteller @Pixelgrade and community builder for creative industries. A true believer in the power of making the world a better place.