Hello World!

Just another WordPress training site? I’ll let you be the judge…

I’ve spent almost five years preparing for the journey that I’m inviting you to join on June 22.

Since 2007 I’ve been learning and growing as both a WordPress designer and developer while also meeting with so many incredible people throughout our community. In that time I’ve also been forging and building some incredible relationships. You could say that I’ve known for quite some time that I’ve wanted to do something just like this, but it wasn’t until about a month ago that I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

What is it?

In May the idea finally struck me: hire my expert friends to teach me cool new things about WordPress. After mulling the idea over for a few days I took to Evernote and started writing down all the relevant information I could think of in order to get started. I put together a list of about 44 experts who I thought would make great presenters and contacted 27 of them right away. Every single one of them said, “yes!” Two days later I designed, built and launched WPSessions.com

How will this work?

WPSessions are basically a hybrid between WordCamps and WordSesh, but focused on a single WordPress topic. These will be a monthly event, so you can get your WordPress fix all year long!

Each session will feature three separate presenters and each presentation will be about an hour long, with roughly 40 minutes allotted for slides/demo and 15 minutes for Q&A with the experts. These presentations are broadcast live and we have a chatroom embedded beside the video so everyone can interact and participate. Each session is also recorded, so you can watch it later if you miss the broadcast, and then again and again.

What can you expect?

When you sign up for a session you can expect one thing for sure: you’ll learn WordPress tips and tricks from WordPress experts with real-world experience. You can also expect a warm and inviting environment, where you can feel comfortable asking questions and confident that you’ll get the best answers.

Does it get any better?

I’m pretty excited to get started, and I have lots of plans to build and grow the content of this site. One part I’m most excited about is that every session will be released for FREE on WordPress.tv after a few short months. This means that every time you join me for a session, you’re personally helping fund high-quality, informative WordPress videos that benefit the greater WordPress community.

The only way all of this works, though, is if enough people show interest in attending and watching these sessions. The first few are just a test run, so I need all the help I can get filling seats. A tweet of encouragement that I’m on the right track wouldn’t hurt, either. You can find WPSessions on twitter as @WP_Sessions, and you can find me as @rzen.

What do you think?

Enough about what I have to say, what do YOU have to say? Do you like the idea? Is there a specific WordPress topic you would like to know more about? Let me know in the comments!