5 Ways PodCamp Rocked My World in 2010

podcamp nashvillePodCamp:Nashville is on its way back to town on March 26th and I’m the next stop on the PCN ’11 Blog Tour.

I’ll borrow the following description from a copywriter more talented than I:

PodCamp is the ultimate symposium for anyone interested in online media to share ideas, hear from industry leaders, and participate in discussions and demonstrations. It’s a forum for bloggers, marketers, content creators, educators, podcasters and the like to gather, network and learn about the latest trends, tricks and technologies in the interactive world.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first PodCamp last year. In a lot of ways, it would be the catalyst for a year full of some new friends, great experiences, and so much more. Here’s how one day was able to do all that:

PodCamp Taught Me Stuff

This is the most obvious one. That’s why it gets to go first.

From tips on user experience design from Justin Davis to WordPress wizardry with Mitch Canter, I learned some amazing things. Thanks to Griffin and their pushup contest giveaway, I even learned that Scott Stephens could do 10 pushups much quicker than I.

PodCamp Introduced Me to a Community

Nashville has a hustling and bustling tech crowd, but I really didn’t know anyone. So, I decided to volunteer during the day of the event. For a seemingly irrelevant real estate guy, I was amazed at how welcoming and friendly everyone was.

Courtenay Rogers was our fearless volunteer coordinator. She’s an amazing person and someone I am honored to call a friend. Through PodCamp, Courtenay, and all of the other wonderful people involved, I’ve built some incredible relationships with people I would never have met otherwise.

PodCamp Helped Me Rediscover My Inner Geek

In the 6th grade, I used to call local businesses and ask them if I could build their webpages for them. In 7th grade, I was president of my school’s computer club. That’s right. I was King Geek. At some point, society told me that wasn’t cool, so I suppressed my geekdom.

There’s something liberating when you can get together with a group of people who rekindle a part of yourself that had been long lost. I’ve had the chance to re-embrace my inner nerdiness and run with it. Heck, I even decided to co-found a technology startup.

PodCamp Was the Launching Pad For New Adventures

From PodCamp, I got to establish friendships with awesome people like Dani Heileman and Nathan Baker. From those friendships, I got to participate in crazy ideas like a real life four square tournament. It never came to be, but the organizational meetings were fun.

Random partnerships, exciting new business ventures, and other wacky happenstances are all normal after-effects that you can expect to experience if you choose to attend this year.

PodCamp Sucked Me In

The community, the friends, and the event compelled me to come back for BarCamp and take the reins on its sponsorship effort. As a part of the crew, I learned that I had a whole new skill set that I had yet to tap in to. I also got to learn just how passionate people are for this community.

Here are a few of them:

So, I had a great experience and I think you can, too. Go to PodCamp:Nashville’s website and sign up today. It’s free, so I’m not taking any excuses. Also, if you’d like to sponsor PodCamp:Nashville, contact me for additional details.

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