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WordCamp EU

Over already, time flies when you’re having fun.

Continuing on from WordCamp London I was chosen to also attend WordCamp EU, in Paris for 16th & 17th June.

WordCamp London prepared me for the usual stuff, the volume of visitors though had rocketed from ~500 up to almost 3,000 which was crazy! Also bumped into a few old faces which was cool.

I arrived late Thursday night after having my flight delayed. Friday was intense, from 7:30AM through to almost 6AM, Within the first 3 hours we’d given away the lions share of our T-Shirts, through the years WP Engine have gotten a name for themselves for having the best shirts in the business, which I’d tend to agree with. New designs for every convention and actual proper fabrics – not run of the mill tees with a logo, bright color and starched. We also had some of the usual stuff, shades, a bunch of stickers and our French themed sticker too! And fidget spinners.

Thursday night we had a trés exclusive afterparty at a bar in town, the spicy home. Around 100-150 people squeezed in and somehow we had a magician. After that, we showed up to another afterparty we co-sponsored for plugin development. Fell into bed around 1am to do it all again Saturday. Worth noting at some point around then one of my own personal servers had a raid array fail over, ultimately lost a whopping 18tb of backups. Re-downloading them as we speak.

Thankfully, Saturday was quieter. That coupled with our now almost depleted stock let us have a bit of a breather and some of us managed to get in a talk. Luckily, I managed to grab the Q&A with WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg which was really good. On the whole, it’s great to start recognising people, even those from competing companies and having a chat. As always, it’s fantastic to have clients come up to us also with their success stories, of how much they enjoy it with us. It’s great to know that we’re making peoples lives easier, good for the soul.

That’s pretty much it, writing this up from a Bus Eireann rattler that’s still an hour from Limerick. Can’t win em all.