Phoenix, Arizona – Who Knew?

I was in Phoenix, Arizona for the past couple days for the Press Publish event. We had one recently in Portland where I wasn’t able to take as many photos, so I made a conscious effort to take more in Phoenix. To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Phoenix, but wow, it was beautiful. We were at the most-Phoenixy hotel, The Clarendon Hotel, and it was pretty awesome. The photo above is from the rooftop. That’s Phoenix. The southwestern, hipsterish vibe was perfect for a hipster-hating hipstery LA girl like me.

The event was tiring, but so worth it – just like Portland. I wish I had more time to explore the city because most of what I saw was Airport > Hotel, Hotel > Venue, Hotel > Airport. This time around I was able to talk to the speakers more, which got me super motivated. As an employee of WordPress.com, the one thing I stopped really doing once I got hired was blogging, the irony. It’s sort of that feeling where baristas spend all day with coffee and the last thing they want to do after work is make another cup of coffee. I spend all day trying to figure out what’s wrong with other peoples’ blogs that I stopped just sitting down and reading blogs or writing in my own, which is a shame.

But, I was “TA-ing” Cheri’s writing classes at Press Publish and it was such a strange, but wonderful feeling to just write. I am the complete opposite of a writer. I remember I passed the International Baccalaureate English exam with a 7/7 (sort of like the AP tests). That’s complete crap because that allowed me to pass out of every English class in college, and of all the students that attended Berkeley, I needed one. Whatever. We had some free-writing exercises and it was awesome. It got me motivated enough to just start publishing posts again. It felt a little weird pushing people to create blogs when I myself sort of abandoned my own blog. If there’s one thing I hate more than anything are people who don’t lead by example, but with their mouths. Hah, sounded just like my grandpa there. 🙂

Back to the conference, the speakers were awesome and I highly recommend checking out their blogs here. I really hope that this conference continues as it was probably one of the best WordPress conferences that I’ve been to. It’s focused on content more than the technical aspects of WordPress, which motivates you to blog more. Thank you to all the speakers and organizers of Press Publish. It was truly a great event to work at. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

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