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WordCamp And WordPress Meetups

It’s deep into WordCamp season, and now that WordCamp San Francisco is nearly upon us (it’s tomorrow), everyone is buzzing about WordCamps, WordPress meetups, and basically anything related to WordPress users getting together to learn from each other and/or get plastered.
For those of you that have never been to any such event, or may not even know what I’m babbling about when I mention things like “WordCamp”, Lorelle on WordPress has a great post about just that.
From Lorelle on WordPress

A WordPress Meetup allows locals to get together and learn from each other on how to use WordPress. There are formal WordPress meetups and informal ones, covering nothing but WordPress or including WordPress as part of other topics on web publishing and social media. WordPress meetups are usually held monthly or quarterly.
A WordCamp is a day or two long event with sponsors and dozens if not hundreds of WordPress fans gathering annually. WordCamp Toronto was the first, I believe, to have a three day WordCamp event, but there are no rules. It differs from a WordPress Meetup because it is offered rarely instead of regularly.

Her post is pretty detailed about the structure of WordCamps and meetups, and even tips on how to organize them if you want to start one (right down to how to convince the “rock stars” of the WordPress world to come and speak), and she includes a long list of WordPress meetups that are already going if you’d rather join an established group if there’s one in your area.
I’ve been to a few Meetups and they can be a lot of fun, assuming you’re a bit of a social person. And there’s no better way I can think of to meet “all the right people” in the WordPress world than to hit up a WordCamp, so if you’re looking to make some new contacts and learn a bunch of stuff in the process, that’s the way to go. Just hope they don’t drop the ball on the recording the presentations (I’m looking at YOU Toronto).