After four days of traveling across the country, we arrived in sunny Orange County, California, and after setting up camp at the Orangeland RV Park in Anaheim, Lisa and I ventured over to the AirBnB house where other members of Divi Developers were staying at.
Finally, after years of communicating with each other remotely, each from behind screens located at various corners of the globe, we were meeting face-to-face, and although we’d all just met for the first time, it felt as if we were all life-long friends, or family members, that had known each other forever. The chemistry between us was undeniable and connections were formed instantly. It was amazing to get to know the people behind the Facebook, Email, and Skype accounts, and we all enjoyed being given the space to share our ideas, passions, life stories and business goals – without needing an internet connection. #bestbusinesstripever
Witnessing the individual speakers selflessly give back to the WordPress community, in the forms of sharing knowledge, insight, and advice, was absolutely incredible. It inspired me so much that it has given me the courage to apply to speak at WordCamp Phoenix and WordCamp Dallas. Whether or not I am chosen to be a speaker is irrelevant, I will still be there supporting the WordPress community as a whole and proudly representing Divi Nation. So if you see me, please come over and say Hi, I would love to meet you! I feel strongly that our stories can benefit others that are beginning to walk along the same path I started only a few short years ago.
The one-on-one time shared between Nick Roach, the Elegant Themes members and the Divi Community was invaluable. From asking input from the developers and answering questions about marketing practices, to offering guidance on improving individual business strategies, the interactions were incredible, and the level of help and encouragement from Nick and the team was extraordinary. I was humbled to receive such great feedback for the Aspen Grove Studios Divi Demo Zone, and I’ve taken all of the kind words of support and enthusiasm for our product to heart. This has driven me to keep on evolving the Demo Zone to continue being a valuable resource for the greater Divi Community.
Getting to know the guys from Elegant Themes has been such an amazing process. Their unwavering dedication to helping the Divi Communities at all avenues, as well as their overall enthusiasm and interest in helping every one of our companies grow is inspiring. Elegant Themes is an absolutely astounding company to be affiliated with and I’m sure each of our individual businesses will shape and evolve with the insight, advice, and guidance offered by Nick Roach and the team.
Finally, the weekend came to a close and members of the Elegant Themes team shared their goodbyes. We retired for our last night at the AirBnB house for a very casual night to rest, decompress and to begin processing all that had happened over this amazing weekend.
I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of the Divi Nation Posse (The DNP, I think that has a good ring to it) and Elegant Themes. Meeting all of you has been a life-changing experience, and I can’t wait for the next meet up!
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Love this post, David! Fantastic job on capturing the essence of the experience from both a broad and personal perspective both. Very well done! 🙂
Thank you Terry, I have really enjoyed getting to know you better. Thank you for making me feel apart of and welcomed.
David, it was so nice meeting you, I truly enjoyed our talks, and hope we get to have many more. Is WordCamp Dallas in September still a possibility, I’m definitely planning on attending!!!
Hi Andrea it was great meeting you as well, I am so grateful to have met more of my “tribe” you and Greg were definite bonuses of WCOC! I will definitely be at WordCamp Dallas and I look forward to continuing the conversation!
Great stuff David! You said a lot of things I wish I could have said in our post. That’s why it’s so great getting to read everyone else’s recaps because each one provides a bit more perspective. It was wonderful meeting you in person and I look forward to doing it again!
Hi Nathan thank you so much for the kind words. I look forward to seeing you again my friend.
I can only say Woooow! I saw all your photos, videos and now I read your post and can only be said to be happy to be part of this great community and I hope that one day I will be able to shake hands with each of you!
PS. I hope your nomination for the next speaker WordCamp is accepted!
Thank you Fabio! I have no doubt we will meet one day my friend, Ciao!
What an awesome post! The Divi community is truly the best.
Thank you Janis, yes it truly is!
Nice post David… my goodness, a 4 day drive to get there! Well, at least you have had an incredible experience you won’t forget! Do well my friend!
Thanks Jacobus, I hope to meet you one day my friend.
Let’s make that happen David! 🙂