Today is the last day to sign up to speak at Genesis Camp. Most folks in the GenesisWP Slack group will know what this means, as well as many in the GenesisWP Community, but what about you? Are you familiar with Genesis Camp? Are you wondering if it’s a teen Bible study thing? (If you happen to google it, like I did, that’s what you might find).
The Genesis Camp I’m referring to an an 24-hour, online, community-organized event for the developers, designers, and do-it-yourselfers who work using the Genesis Framework for creating WordPress websites.
I got involved with Genesis Camp because of Sridhar Katakam. He had come to my rescue a number of times when I was first working with this framework, (as did many others in the Genesis Community). Before that, I had been using various WordPress themes and was tired of the learning curve each time I tried a new one. I wanted to get good at one theme and then learn how to customize it for different websites. I read blog posts by Chris Lema, Chris Brogan, and WP Beginner, and after a ridiculous amount of research, I finally decided to try the Genesis Framework.
Maybe you are new to WordPress and you are wondering, what is a framework? You can find more info about this on the WordPress Codex website, but the easiest way to describe it is a no-frills “parent” on your website, who removes what you don’t need, and makes it easy to protect the functionality you create when you install a “child” theme on your site. As WordPress updates, you will have saved changes in your child theme. If you didn’t have this child theme, when there is an update, your changes would be lost.
I was learning how to customize my Genesis child theme, (and realizing how stinky I was with CSS), when I began searching for help. There were folks on Google+ responding to my questions, but then I found the Genesis Facebook group. At the time I kept trying different Genesis child themes and was learning about various plugins, CSS tricks, and so much more, and this group was incredibly helpful. I was also learning from the daily tutorials that Sridhar posts and I signed up to join his membership site with hundreds of tutorials specifically written for the Genesis Framework. Sridhar also created a Slack group where many Genesis enthusiasts share information. More about the popularity of slack here.
Some of the folks in the Slack group suggested an online event for Genesis and Genesis Camp was born. This is the inaugural event and it has been my privilege to work in a small capacity helping to organize the event. Many others, from all around the world, have giving countless hours designing the program, calling out for speakers, updating a Trello board, creating the website, sharing on social media, testing software, participating in online meetings, and more. Studiopress is not associated with the event, but they have generously offered hosting through Synthesis.
Topics for the Genesis Camp include:
- Genesis (and WordPress) Development
- Business Development and Processes
- Business Management — e.g. invoicing, time tracking, payment scheduling, contracts
- Web Development Workflow
- Tools/Programs – recommendations, how to use
- Plugins — recommendations, how to use, e.g. how to master ACF, the best plugins for membership sites
- Collaboration — developer/designer, freelancers working with agencies, working in teams, etc.
There will be 45 minute live sessions (30 minute talk, with 15 minutes of questions), as well as panels and videos. There are many ways to get involved!
One of my favorite things about this event is the energy and enthusiasm of all who are participating. A lot of us have walked through fears we have, say, of asking someone we don’t know to speak, or deciding to speak when we are actually rather shy. It’s great to come together in a fantastic community where most folks goal is simply to be helpful.
So you, reading this, are you involved in the Genesis Community? Would you like to share on any of the topics above? Are you thinking of speaking, but want to ask a question on our contact page, Twitter (@genesiscampwp) or Facebook? Or let me know if I can help? I’m trying to give back to the community that has helped me so much.