My Experience with WordPress Conference and Why You should attend one

#WCLagos2018
WordCamp Lagos 2018 @ Civic Centre, Victoria Island

“Bringing the WordPress community closer.

Thanks to WordPress, I was able to set up this blog three years ago without any professional help.

Since that time, I have had the privilege of having several online interactions with many other WordPress users and I would say, it has been mutually benefiting. But the interaction has remained online as I have never attended any terrestrial event for all wordpress users.

All that got to change over the last weekend as I attended the WordPress Conference – codenamed Wordcamp Lagos or #WCLagos2018 – on 10 March 2018, where the beautiful packages embedded in the event’s theme of “Bringing the WordPress community closer began to be unfolded before my very eyes.

Networking at WCLagos 2018
L-R: Feyi, Victor, Francis & Michael @ WCLagos 2018

For the first time in my life, I was under the same roof for a whole day with many people that have anything to do with WordPress.

Bloggers, Coders, web designers, digital marketers, lawyers, entrepreneurs etc, were there. And you know what, there was something for every one…

Understanding Wordcamp

According to the information provided by the organisers of wordcamp Lagos on the event site, here is an insight into what a Wordcamp is all about:

WordCamp is an all-encompassing term referring to a conference, a community organized and officially sanctioned event to deal with all things WordPress

They range from a one-day event to a three-day event depending on the local community organizing it. They comprise of but not limited to conference-like sessions, panels, interviews…, kids-camp, short or multi-hour workshops, and (en)lightning talks.

People attend to share ideas, learn about WordPress, talk about opportunities, and meet other WordPress users in person

For over a decade now, Wordcamp sessions have been reported to have taken place in many cities across some dozens of countries of the world. Lagos has now joined the league of world cities to have hosted a WordCamp conference.

Victorscorner @Wordcamp Lagos

WordCamp in my City of Lagos

Earlier in the year, I became aware that such a program was coming up here in Lagos – my city of residence; and I had made up my mind to attend.

Gratefully, I realised that my schedule could accommodate it. So three days to the event I was able to complete the online registration and on the D-Day I showed up for the workshops.

This was my first experience with a WordPress wordcamp and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Wordpress seminar

In fact, I later got to understand that this was the first city WordPress conference in Nigeria and in West Africa for that matter.

It was such a huge success by my own estimation, I had to go to one of the organisers to ask, “When is the next one holding please?”

Apart from the fantastic venue chosen for the event – The Civic Center, Lagos – there were many other reasons that made it worthwhile for me. And it is my pleasure and privilege to share my experiences with you.

8 reasons I think you should attend a WordPress wordcamp

1. Improve on your knowledge with WordPress

Generally speaking, the conference improved my understanding of the workings of WordPress as an “online open-source website creation tool” which presently powers 30% of the internet.

And specifically, I also gained improved knowledge in some areas of blogging, search engine optimization, digital marketing, web development in a developing country, to mention but a few.

I guarantee you that should you attend a WordPress conference as I did, there would be something new for you to learn from the various ideas exchanged at the forum.

2. Networking opportunities

It was not all about learning new things. The conference also afforded me the rare opportunity of having face to face interactions and networking with all kinds of WordPress users, from within my country and abroad as well.

Victor with Nobeel Molham @ WCLagos2018
Victor with Nabeel Molham @ WCLagos2018 Lagos

From bloggers to web designers, coders, CEOs, digital marketers, online payment companies, photographers, etc, I was able to engage with some of them in very meaningful conversations.

Now I can say that I have expanded my physical sphere of the WordPress community by reason of that conference.

Indeed, the WordPress community was brought closer to me on that day! You can have the same experience too.

3. Inspiration from people

There are many ways to receive inspiration; one of which is through the the people who have gone where you wish to go or have done what you want to do.

Wordcamp West Africa
Victor with Labi Francis @ WCLagos2018

Many things about the conference left me largely inspired. But the one that stood out for me was the personal story of Labi Francis, “a blogger, front-end developer, SEO expert, social media strategist and tech enthusiast.”

I sat in his class as he shared the story of how he grew from being a new comer with WordPress to the enviable position where he is right now. His humility was so apparent as he told his story of how WordPress has transformed his life.

And who says WordPress is incapable of changing your own life as well?

4. Very affordable fee

For a pre-registration fee of N3,500.00 (about 10 US dollars) per person, I found the conference to be very affordable and easily within the range of anyone who has any interest in WordPress.

To think that for that amount, you got to listen to multiple speakers, used one of the choicest high profile event centres in town, got one WordPress branded T- shirt for free, had a sumptuous lunch at a magnificent lagoon-front restaurant is nothing short of amazing.

It was an experience you would not like to miss. And I’m glad I didn’t miss it. That’s why I’m sharing my experience with you, hoping that you would be encouraged to attend the next WordCamp event in your community.

5. Some Freebies for everyone

Apart from the free WordPress branded T-shirts already mentioned, there were other free items given out to all participants as well. These included, small shopping bags and WordPress branded stickers of various sizes.

WordCampLagos

Also, for anyone who needed a taxi ride home after the program, a taxi company which was on ground at the event offered free (or discounted) taxi ride to the tune of two thousand Naira, an equivalent of about six US dollars.

I would definitely have benefited from the offer if I hadn’t driven to the event myself. So you see? There are alot of side benefits waiting for you when you attend a WordPress conference.

Victor Uyanwanne @ WCLagos 2018

6. Kids’corner

The kids were not left out of the conference. The organisers made arrangements that also included kids (under their parents supervision) who have interest in coding, web designing and WordPress generally. The good part was that they were separately and specially catered for, for a fee less than 30% of what the adult participants paid.

Although there might be limited spaces for kids, parents and guardians are encouraged to attend WordCamps with their kids. So next time you want to attend a WordCamp, please do not say no to your teen or preteen geek who wants to tag along with you. Both of you will learn and have some fun in the event.

7. Opportunity to volunteer

I learnt earlier that “All Wordcamp organisers and speakers are unpaid volunteers; they offer their services as a labour of love.

In the Lagos event, I could see that the volunteers were extremely friendly and very helpful, giving guidance and directions to the attendees during the program. And the help desk lived up to their name: very helpful.

WCLagos

So if you are a WordPress user – front end, back end or anything in between – and you want to offer your services free of charge, for the benefit of the WordPress users around you, a Wordcamp will be a good place to volunteer your time and talent.

During one of the side conversations I had with some people at the conference, I learnt that there are other WordPress meetups which also offer the platform for sharing ideas, volunteering and mentoring.

You may want to seek out the one in your community for active participation and collaboration with other WordPress users.

8. The after-party.

An “after-party for you to meet new friends, business partners, employees, employers, and life partner,” scheduled to take place at the conclusion of the day’s events was also included in the package promised by the organisers.

Unfortunately, I am unable tell you how this one went down because I didn’t wait to witness it. Sorry!

Wordpress conference
Some attendees of WClagos 2018 having their lunch

In the final analysis, I was convinced beyond all reasonable doubts that the the Wordcamp event delivered great “content and value” to all the participants.

So if you want to have a swell experience like I did at the just ended #WCLagos2018, please make plans to be part of the next WordPress Conference holding in your community.

What are your own experiences with WordPress Conferences? Share your story in the comment section.

©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne

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Echoes From My Heart 3

Inspiration

1. There is a message in the mess you might have found yourself in. Do not miss it.

2. Visit the past to learn from it. But do not settle there.

3. You need to throw up some expectations in order to catch some manifestations. You know what they, “expectation precedes manifestation.”

4. It is no use trying to please everybody. You will never be perfect at doing it.

5. Whatever you do, always try to focus well. By so doing, you will not even notice some distractions.

 

©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

Echoes From My Heart 2

1. If what you hold so dear to your heart is taken away from you, will your centre still hold?

2. If you have not made peace with your Creator, nothing on earth will truly satisfy you.

3. You may not know what is in someone’s heart until you hear him or her speak.

4. Good counsel can sometimes come from unexpected sources.

Getting your hope back

5. Understand that sometimes, your friends may not give you the best advice.

6. My life is not floating. It is anchored on God.

7. Without God, life doesn’t make a complete sense.

8. The prosperity in the church of God is a welcome development. The devil and his cohorts can continue to be pained.

9. If you have lost hope in life, please get it back.

10. God is bigger than all your problems. Focus on Him and not on your problems.

©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

 

10 Curious Blog Names I’d Like Explained

What is in a blog name?, you may ask. Your blog name often points to the direction or focus of your blog.

As was stated in the Story behind your blog name post,

Your blog name is one of the first things that readers notice about your site. Your name tells visitors what your blog is about, but also reveals a bit about you and your personality …Cheri Lucas Rolands

There are some blog names that I consider easy to understand in that you don’t need to crack your brain so much to have an idea what the blog is about, even before you pay a visit to their about pages.

For instance, some of my followers such as Josephina of Joseyphina’s World, David Ettinger of EttingersWriting, Malaika of Potential Doctor, to name but a few, have blog names that one might consider very straightforward to understand.

But then, there are also some other blogs that I follow or some of the ones that follow mine, that may be adjudged to have blog names that are not so straightforward to comprehend.

By that I mean that their blog names appear to have meanings that may not be so easy to decipher on the surface.

For the purpose of this post, I shall be restricted to highlighting some of my followers whose blogs I consider to have ‘curious’ names. Curious in the sense that​ further explanations​ may be needed to truly understand the exact meaning of the blog names.

I hope that the authors whose blogs I will highlight and link to in this post will find this as a veritable avenue for them to explain the correct meaning of their blog names to my audience. Therefore, this post will try to draw out the blog owners to throw more light on the inspiration behind their blog names.

First of all, it is not my intention to be critical with this post. (Forgive me if it comes across that way). Consider it my privilege here to voluntarily recommend these blogs that will be featured below.

My wish is that this post will precipitate some answers that will satisfy readers’ curiosity and clear our doubts as well. But if this post makes the blog writers feel uncomfortable in any way (which I hope not), they should feel free to let me know for necessary action.

Having said that, We can now take a look at the:

Meaning of blog names

10 Curious Blog Names I’d Like Explained

1. Tikeetha’s A Thomas Point of View

We know that Jesus’ Disciple known as the doubting Thomas, even though I have long realised that Thomas is more than a doubter.

I also know the blog writer Tikeetha is not the sister of the doubting Thomas😀 But is she his disciple?

I think not because I follow the blog and I don’t see Thomas’ spirit at work every time. So Tikeetha, would you kindly tell us why you chose a ‘Thomas point of view’ as your blog name?

2. Anne’s Freedomborn … Aussie Christian Focus

I have enjoyed following this blog from far away Australia. Over the period of our mutual interactions, I have come to know a few things about the author, including being a former atheist, who is now very passionate in following God.

But I have not come to fully grasp the true meaning of the blog name, “Freedom… Asssie Christian Focus.”

Over there on her blog’s first page, Anne tells the story  of an eagle which started life in a chicken’s world and lived like a chicken until one day when it discovered it’s true identity as an eagle and flew away to the sky.

The story is interesting, but are we missing something out on the true meaning of “Freedomborn … Aussie Christian Focus?”

In her response to a previous post on this blog, Anne stated, “…I prayed for a Name and I thought of Freedomborn… My Blog focus including Comments has often been about Freedom in Christ Jesus and what it really means to be Born Again and Perfected in Love…”

Over to you Anne, did I miss anything on the true meaning of the name of your blog?

3. Mikayla’s MiksBullshitsBlog

Mikayla, I am sorry if you think your write-ups are bullshits because they are not.

I have read through your posts and I saw no bullshits dumped anywhere. I saw them as very interesting perspectives on your life’s experiences, and they are full of lessons.

You have to keep writing, because you are definitely not dispensing bullshits. At the same time, I can’t but ask: Of all the blog names you could have chosen, why bullshits?

Mikayla, would you let us in on the reason you chose that name for your blog?

4. Vincent’s TalmidimBlogging

At the time I discovered the blog, the word talmidim was completely new to me.

Now I know it is a plural Hebrew word meaning, “Disciples,” referring to “those who leave family to study and follow the ways of their teacher [rabbi]. They study not only to learn what their teacher knows but to become the type of man their teacher is.”

That is a wonderful meaning. After all, I see my self as a disciple of Jesus Christ, aspiring to be like Him. But we need to hear from you Vincent: what is the inspiration behind your blog name, Talmidim?

5. Kristen’s The ungodly woman

Wait a minute, ungodly woman? Why would I want to follow an ungodly woman?

That was the question that came up in my mind the first time I ever saw that blog. But then I explored the blog and didn’t see ungodliness spattered all over the places.

What then inspired that kind of blog name? The blog’s author explains, “The way I see it, if sainthood and godliness is supposed to look like what so many practising Christians in America believe it to be, I’d much rather be lumped in with the rest of the sinners and ungodly ones.

Besides, as the ungodly woman, I have unfailing confidence that Christ is for me. Even, and especially, when His people are not.

Beyond what is obvious in the quote above, Dear Kristen, if you don’t mind, this is an opportunity to explain the philosophy behind the name of your blog, to me and to other readers.

6. Braddahr’s Cultural Atheists

I have written a few posts bothering on atheism before. To be honest, some avowed atheists that responded to those posts proved very difficult to relate with.

Even though a few of them were polite in my conversations with them, many of them were not that nice at all. So when ‘Cultural Atheist’ began to follow my blog, I was tempted to think, “there goes another atheist.’

But I came to realise soon enough that the author had already converted from atheism to Christianity. And I was pleasantly surprised about that!

Was that why the name ‘cultural atheists’ was chosen as the name of the blog?” Braddahr, if you are reading this, kindly explain to us the real meaning of Cultural Atheist as your blog name.

7. JD Mays’ Shattered in Him

I am curious to know what inspired this blog post.

As the author states on her blog, “By sharing her journey, her hope is to shine a light for someone who may be lost in the dark.”

That’s quite clear. But is there more to the blog name than meets the eye?

Dear Mays, do us a favour by shedding more light on Shattered in Him to enable us understand the blog better.

8. Lisa’s The Whisper Within

What is the Whisper within? Would I be wrong if I say it means the voice of the spirit on the inside of me?

Is it just a gut feeling or conscience or your sense of right or wrong?

Lisa says it is more than that; that it is something different and extraordinary. Wouldn’t you want to hear the extraordinary​ meaning of the whisper within?

Dear Lisa, what then is the true meaning of  the whisper within as your blog name?

9. Jacqueline’s A cooking pot and twisted tales

What do you see when you read that blog name? May be a lot of delicious meals hot off the pot, on one hand… Right!

On the other hand, I can assure you that the posts on that blog are not ‘twisted,’ What I don’t know is why the author named her blog a “Cooking pot and twisted tales.”

May be there is a story behind it. And I would like to hear it. So Jacqueline, would you tell us what inspired the name of your blog?

10. A  Beauty Beyond Bones

This prolific writer, I understand, prefers to remain anonymous. But her blog tells her story in a way that speak volumes about her. Her story is one of struggles, faith, courage, victory, hope and encouragement.

I have often wondered the true meaning of beauty beyond bones until I read her post explaining it.

My beauty is from Christ”  she says, “My beauty is not my own. It is because I am made by God.

“Yes, my physical body – my flesh, muscles, bones – they’re beautiful, because they’re the handiwork of the Lord. But it goes beyond that. My true beauty comes from the fact that Jesus is living inside of my heart. He dwells within me.”

That is quite inspiring, I would say. But is there anything you would want to add to enhance our understanding of your blog name, Beauty Beyond Bones?

To everyone whose blog is mentioned here, I expect you would leave a comment in response to the question on your blog name. Even if your blog is not mentioned, you can put in a comment as well.

©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

What Is The Story Behind Your Blog Name?

What is the story of your blog name?

Your blog name is your established identity on the blogosphere. And I want to believe that it was thoughtfully chosen.

As Cheri Lucas Rowlands observed,

“Your blog name is one of the first things that readers notice about your site. Your name tells visitors what your blog is about, but also reveals a bit about you and your personality.”

The purpose of this post is to ask you to share the story behind the name of your blog so that we can understand you more and relate with you better. But before I delve into asking you that question, I will like to first and foremost explain how I arrived at my own blog name.

I know it is not a so-fantastic story but it is my pleasure to share it with you all the same. As you can see, the name of this blog is Victors’ Corner.

Back in my undergraduate days many years ago, I used to ‘run’ a little motivational speaking session in my class. I would often stand in front of my classmates (usually before or in between lectures) to speak to my fellow students. I would encourage them to work hard, to not be discouraged, to not to give up hope and to always trust God for the best.

I used to call that little sharing platform The Victors’ Corner. The Victor in the appellation is not the Victor that is my real first name. But it referred to victor as an English word meaning a winner. My simple operating purpose was to inspire my fellow students then to become victors, succeeding (especially in academics) in flying colours.

Around the year 2001 when I opened my first email address, Victorscorner became the natural username to employ. But instead of the two separate words, Victor’s Corner, it became merged into one as Victorscorner. The apostrophe was done away with because, as you know, it is not allowed as part of an email username.

Then came 2015 when I had the privilege of starting this blog. WordPress requires an email address to set up an account. And as such, my already already victorscorner@yahoo.com became handy.

Victorscorner also became authomatically used as part of the blog’s domain name. And I later adopted it as the name of the blog as well.

However I will like to explain the little twist to it – the double entendre in it. At the initial stage, the blog name was in the singular form, Victor’s Corner, referring to one winner at a time on one hand, and my (real name, Victor’s) corner of WordPress on the other.

But I later began to see everyone on this platform as winner a in one way or another. So the name was tweaked to a plural form, Victors’ Corner. That is the form in which the blog name exists till date.

As I explained on the About Page, we are all winners in this corner.

I am a winner

You are a winner

Together we are winners.

That’s the story behind my blog name. You may read My About Page for more.

Now let me ask you: What is the story behind your own blog name? 

 

©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

Learn, Always Learn!

Learn, always learn.
Things to learn from

Learn, always learn.
Learn from people.
Learn from things.
Learn from books.

Learn, always learn.
Learn from places.
Learn from events.
Learn from history.

Learn, always learn.
Learn from nature.
Learn from animals.
Learn from all creatures.

Learn, always learn
Learn from every experience.
Learn from the good or the bad.
Learn, everytime, everywhere.

©CopyRight 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

Have You Read My About Page Before?

Victor Uyanwanne
Victors’ Corner

Have you ever checked out my About page? I thought I should ask you that question and then offer you a veritable opportunity to do it if you haven’t already done so. But even if you have read it before, you still have something to gain by reading it again.

For most blogs, the about page is usually one of the most frequently checked-out pages. This blog is not an exception to that behavioural pattern.

Over the past several months that I have been writing on this blog, there have been concrete evidence that my about page has been frequently visited, read, liked or commented on. This is your chance to read it (again).

My About Page

My name is Victor Uyanwanne. I live in Lagos, Nigeria with my wife and two kids.

You are warmly welcome to my blog, Victors’ Corner – a blog dedicated to providing wholesome inspiration for the family, life, and living – from a Christian worldview.

The name, Victors’ Corner, has a little history behind it. But here it suffices to say that it serves as a reminder that YOU ARE A VICTOR.

Yes, you are a victor, not a victim! So am I, and every one of us here. Why did I say that? Because God has never made a failure! You are definitely not a failure! Take that from me.

Here on this blog, you will find items on Inspiration, Christian living, lively Poems, Family, blogging matters and any other thing that tickles my fancy packaged to enrich your life, with a view to inspiring you to living like a victor that you are.

Let us enjoy the victorious journey together. Feel free to explore the blog as you like. I am sure you will find something beneficial to you, your friends and family.

We are VICTORS together in this CORNER. Let’s continue to inspire each other unto greater things. Your feedback is important to me, so leave me a comment or two as you read my thoughts.

You don’t have to agree with me if my views on this blog differ from yours. But if you ever disagree with me, let me know too. We have a lot to learn from each other.

On the other hand, if you like any of my posts, let me know by hitting the like button below every post. I am sure your friends will like it too, so don’t forget to share it with them.

Do have a rewarding experience here on  Victors’ Corner!

Much love!

Victor.

Uyanwanne Victor
Victor Uyanwanne

Your comments and suggestion are welcome.

 

This post was inspired by Tikeetha’s Welcome to my world