This weekend in Montreal was WordCamp Montreal 2012 – for those of you un-familiar with the event here is a quick blurb –
WordCamp Montreal is a conference about the world’s most popular blogging and CMS software WordPress. Developers, designers and users will come together for talks and workshops related to WordPress, and to network.
For the past 7 years I have been an un-official WordPress evangelist – travelling to WordCamp’s around the world and working professionally as a freelancer and sometimes in house at an agency as a WordPress designer, themer, developer etc. Not only has WordPress been a HUGE part of my life – the bread and butter that has always been there to support my family and I – I have also been a community leader and WordCamp organizer for 5 years! In fact this year marked my 5th year as an organizer!
All that aside – I was also there representing the vaping community. As much as WordPress has been a HUGE part of my life for the past 7 years so has vaping for the past 6 months! Not only has vaping been the ONLY success story in my journey to quit smoking there’s a strong, passionate, vocal, motivated, and dedicated community of millions world wide that strive for the same common good – the same can be said for the WordPress community 🙂
This weekend was another example of how vaping can affect the lives of smokers in a positive way. As an organizer most of my day is dedicated to wondering the halls, the common rooms, and the presentation rooms answering questions, directing people, putting out fires, etc. This year I was vaping my way through the day.
As a vaper we are used to poeple stopping us and asking questions – “What is that?, How does it work?, Where can I get one?” – so as vapers we have answers, and as I’ve said before – we have a responsibility to educate smokers and non-smokers alike!
WordCamp was no exception! I answered a lot of these questions during the 2 day conference. But, what excited me the most was bumping into other vapers at WordCamp! It was great to see other’s vaping and also spreading the good word. We managed to – I think sway a few smokers to give it a shot – I even gave an eGo away to one smoker who really wanted to start and give it try -hopefully he sticks to it!
One of my favorite moments during WordCamp was when the Happiness Bar turned into vaping 101 for about an hour as I educated a group of about 20+ people on the ins and outs of vaping, gear, juice, etc.
I had a great 2 days at WordCamp and having vapers around made it even more special – this is why community is so important and why if you believe in something strong enough and your are passionate about it you have to do what it takes to get the word out and educate the masses – as well as learn from them! This is why I blog, tweet, Instagram, pin, and stay on Facebook!
Keep on vaping!