From time to time I like to sneak a peak into what other WordCamps and Meetups are doing, especially in the different parts of the world.
Part of it is just simply morbid curiosity – I like to see what others are doing with WordPress, and the other part is a fascination with culture and the varieties that I’ve encountered throughout my life. One of the reasons for this is because of the fact that I’ve spent a good deal of time living in other parts of the world when I was a child and growing up and it’s something that I want my own family and daughters to experience as they get older as well.
I think there’s value in understanding other cultures and seeing how other people tackle similar challenges with life and with work and even with recreation. This greater awareness and worldview opens you up to all types of thinking and even innovation. The digital world has allowed us to hop over to Japan or the UK or Australia or South Africa with a few button clicks – how neat is that?
With over 30 folks joining in the last meetup it looks like it’s a fantastic community and there’s enough energy around to even have their first WordCamp in Summer of this year.
I would encourage you all to occasionally open your mind and spend some time in other areas of the WordPress community, especially the ones that you wouldn’t ever necessarily engage with just to see what all is going on around us.
Heck, you might even “meet” a new digital friend, build some international rapport, or even find a new partner for a WordPress-centric business. You never know.