I’m excited to announce that I will be speaking at WordCamp Toronto 2009. I will talk about various ways to use WordPress and provide tips on how I setup my WordPress sites (this site, Best Web Gallery, and IconDock). The event will take place in downtown Toronto between May 8 – 10, 2009. I have five tickets to giveaway. For your chance to win a free ticket, submit a comment in this post before May 4, 2009.

How to Get a Free Ticket?

  • Post a comment in this post stating why you want to go.
  • One entry per person. Duplicate comments will be voided and deleted.
  • Winners will be contacted by email (so make sure your email address is correct).

Comment entries will be accepted until May 4, 2009. Then five winning numbers will be generated randomly from the comment list. Five winners will receive a free ticket to WordCamp Toronto 2009.


Marty Romero
Apr 24, 2009 at 1:19 am

Excited to know you’ll be speaking at WordCamp. I’m a graphic designer (print) that has made the transition to web design. For the last 2 years I have been striving to write valid, standard compliant code. I have never had a chance to listen to any leading designer / code ninja speak at any conference and would love to start learning from experts in the field.

Apr 24, 2009 at 1:38 am

nice. i have one!!!

Shirley Luong-Do
Apr 24, 2009 at 1:39 am

I am excited because I know that CG6 can do great things! Also, I would like to learn the various ways I can utilize WordPress in a non boring way. I’ve been to social media sessions and not one has focused just on WordPress. I have my own little company and would like to start with WordPress. As well as I represent other not-for-profit organizations and would like to help them gain wider recognition with as much free advertising with a blog as possible.

Michael Roberts
Apr 24, 2009 at 1:43 am

I am a veteran IT and web technology specialist that has deployed WP and looking to expand my understand of those that actually use and make it to better meet their needs.

Apr 24, 2009 at 2:18 am

I love WordPress so much

Apr 24, 2009 at 2:53 am

this is awesome ! I wanna go :)

Apr 24, 2009 at 2:54 am

I want to learn more about webdesign, WordPress and web stuff from professionals. I really enjoed WebExpo 2008 in Prague.

Josua Pedersen
Apr 24, 2009 at 3:39 am

I wanna explore wordpress deeper. Also I have never been to either Toronto or to a expo focused on Web.

joep muijres
Apr 24, 2009 at 3:58 am

I Love you so much!

carrie Drazin
Apr 24, 2009 at 4:34 am

I would love to go to WordCamp Toronto!

carrie Drazin
Apr 24, 2009 at 4:35 am

I would love to go to WordCamp Toronto! I am new to WordPress,
but eager to learn it all.

Craig Farrall
Apr 24, 2009 at 5:35 am

Wow, I would love to go to this, and would be my first webdesign things like this, so would love to go.

Gwóźdź web designer
Apr 24, 2009 at 6:32 am

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Hernan Puente
Apr 24, 2009 at 7:32 am


Apr 24, 2009 at 7:43 am

I would love to go to WordCamp Toronto becouse I love your websites, and the way you used wordpress to bild up this fantastic web site. I love wordpress, and I know that it is one of the most useful an easy-to-customize CSM in the world.

Stuart Thursby
Apr 24, 2009 at 8:00 am

I would love to go to WordCamp Toronto because you can never learn, know or strive for too much when it comes to knowledge, and refusing to expose yourself to new or better ways of accomplishing something will only harm you in the long run.

Apr 24, 2009 at 8:09 am

There is only one reason that I want to go to WordCamp Toronto and that is to hear you speak! :-) Plus, it would be a cool place to meet new people that have similar interests.

Apr 24, 2009 at 8:12 am

I would love to go because my WP blog is pathetic and I’m in serious need of instruction.

Apr 24, 2009 at 8:12 am

Would love to hear you speak and Toronto is just a short trip up the Thruway for me. Conferences are a great way to recharge and excite you. Thanks!

Bernd Artmüller
Apr 24, 2009 at 8:13 am

wow, this would be great…I love wordpress so much…it’s not that hard to learn and very flexible and I would really learn more about it..

cheers, bernd

Vince Chan
Apr 24, 2009 at 8:17 am

All my blogs are wordcamp based.. so I’d love to hear your tips and best practices on setting them up. There’ll be other speakers sharing their knowledge.. so how could I pass this up? Random number generator, pls pick me!

Apr 24, 2009 at 8:18 am

I’m using WordPress for 80% of my projects, so I’d love a chance to get more involved in the community.

Apr 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

i have never been in wordcam in Toronto, it would be great chance to learn something new…

Valerie Babin
Apr 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

I will love to get to know a bit more about WordPress!

Apr 24, 2009 at 8:21 am

Think this will be fantastic to attend!

Apr 24, 2009 at 9:04 am

I have a very close friend who I haven’t seen in years that lives in Toronto. Going to WordCamp would not only be the perfect excuse to tell my wife why I have to go to Toronto, but I’d also be given the opportunity to learn so much more about the tool we use on 90% of our websites.

Gas from Minnesota to Canada: $200
Road Munchies: $40
Being able to party with your buddy after attending an extremely great opportunity to learn about an amazing tool without getting in trouble with you wife: priceless.

Apr 24, 2009 at 9:07 am

this will be a great opportunity to learn from the pros..

Apr 24, 2009 at 9:08 am

looking forward to this!

Jennifer Hancock
Apr 24, 2009 at 9:18 am

Cause you know I’d have your back. :) Just teasing. Really looking forward to the game and the information you’ll be sharing!

Thanks so much for the opportunity!

~ Jenn

Angelia Reed
Apr 24, 2009 at 9:19 am

I’ve never been to an event like this and it would be incredible to go!

Andrew Montgomery
Apr 24, 2009 at 9:20 am

Excited to hear your tips and to watch the game. NUMBER GENERATOR—RIGHT HERE! :)

Almog Koren
Apr 24, 2009 at 9:53 am

Just started to use wordpress, It would be great to hear you tips , and to get involved with the community.

Apr 24, 2009 at 10:15 am

I’ve recently started looking into learning wordpress myself and seeing as this site has been bookmarked for so long, it’s a great resource and I think that this would be a great way to learn. Besides, it would be cool to actually learn this sort of thing surrounded by people of similar mindset.

Apr 24, 2009 at 10:16 am

hook it up! i’d love to go!

Neha Goyal
Apr 24, 2009 at 10:31 am

Would love to attend and learn more about WordPress web dev.

Apr 24, 2009 at 11:04 am

Cool. I’d like to become proficient with WordPress. Sounds like this will be a good learning experience.

Apr 24, 2009 at 11:11 am

Not only do I want to go, but I have to go, because my better half won a ticket for herself on another site. Entering the event as a pair of ticket winners might make me want to develop a wp-luck plugin :)

John Leschinski
Apr 24, 2009 at 11:21 am

I’d like to go, becuase why not?

Dan P
Apr 24, 2009 at 11:24 am

let’s hope the spirits of the RNG are kind to me this time ; ]

What better way than to learn from the best.. and finally not from a video tut!

Jenn Elliott
Apr 24, 2009 at 11:36 am

Lets make this happen. Beverages of the sparkling and non-sparkling variety for all if i go!
Well definitely beverages of choice for some.


Apr 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I’d love to go.

Apr 24, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Oh yeah, I’m precisely heading to improve my Worpress-tweaking skills. This conf could be a strong point.

RC Concepcion
Apr 24, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I’d love to go to this.. even if just to cover for our magazine!


Rommel Miraflores
Apr 24, 2009 at 1:31 pm

How exciting this must be for you, to speak at WordCamp 2009. What a fortunate opportunity. You get to educate people about different uses for WordPress and other topics.

How excited I am just to enter this contest, I’d love to go. I wouldn’t mind picking up some tips from professionals and getting exposed to the whole industry. I’m usually stuck learning it all from my computer. An opportunity indeed.

Good luck to us all (especially me – oh, and I guess it would be cool to see/meet R.C. or any of the other Adobe guys there)


Rommel Miraflores
Apr 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm

by the way, I live in the Toronto area, so I wouldn’t have to travel far to hear you speak at the event…

Apr 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm

i would love one

Apr 24, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I would love to have a chance to go.

Apr 24, 2009 at 2:41 pm

I’ve never been to anything like this and it would be awesome! :D

Apr 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm

After working with, and breaking wordpress over my knee many times in the past month, I’d love to have a chance to hear some good about it again.
Plus, I need inspiration for my own blog.

Apr 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Ooooh. There’s a WordCamp in Toronto? Really? Cool. Now I have to go. :D

Apr 24, 2009 at 3:12 pm

WOO wordcamp! I’d LOVE to learn more about using wordpress

Desmond Liang
Apr 24, 2009 at 4:23 pm

I didn’t get ticket to FITC 2009 at the lucky draw. Hopefully I would be lucky this time.

Marijan Šuflaj
Apr 24, 2009 at 4:47 pm

First, I want to congratulate you:). I do not want to enter the competition because I live in Croatia and there is no chance for me attend this event.

I just wanted to congratulate you and say that I’ve learned a lot from you You, your site and success encouraged me to open my blog because I’m young (18 years) and want to learn a lot more from you. Thanks:).

Apr 24, 2009 at 5:11 pm


My birthday is the 10th of may, so I think that would be a great gift!

Matthew Craig
Apr 24, 2009 at 6:07 pm

As a designer who is beginning to divulge into the world of wordpress designs I think going to WordCamp would be a great experience for me to listen and learn from the experts. I’m always trying to enhance my flexibility as a designer and wordpress is another huge obstacle that I must tackle. Plus I live about 15 minutes from the downtown core ;)

Soheil Alavi
Apr 24, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Niiickk, I just graduated from Digital Media Arts in Seneca@York. give me ticketssss. :D

Apr 24, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I just discovered WordPress and would def LOVE the chance to learn more about it… This would be one of the best things ever :)

Corey Dutson
Apr 24, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Oh man, I’d love to go to this! As I’m planning to work with small and new businesses to get a web presence, the idea of customizing a WordPress build is a fantastic solution! The more I know about the platform the better!

I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I can get the chance to go. Even the student price (which I am) I still cant afford to go on my own dime.

Zain Syed
Apr 25, 2009 at 3:58 am


I <3 art.

Megh Suthar
Apr 25, 2009 at 7:06 am

I will be lucky enough if i get this one, i live in Toronto, it will be great if i could win. I have done some css and jquery but it will be really good if i can put some of my fingers in wordpress.

Apr 25, 2009 at 7:39 am

good luck everybody :)

Cameron Kucz
Apr 25, 2009 at 10:15 am

Thank You for the offer….I just started working with wordpress this year, have made good progress I think, but would definitely benefit from the WP camp.

Also used your excellent “Photo Strip” tutorial.

Keep it up.

Apr 25, 2009 at 10:24 am

I would totally love to go to Wordcamp Toronto because I really want to learn some great tips on WP. Also, I live in Toronto. I live at Bloor and Jane :P

Apr 25, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Good luck with your presentation.
Toronto is nice city too.
Anna :)

Apr 25, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Take me to the WordCamp!

Apr 25, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for the update…would love a chance to see what great tips you can provide!

Brad Bowen
Apr 25, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Sounds like a fun time. :) Feel free to pick me as the random lucky winner!

Apr 26, 2009 at 12:04 am

I’d love to come out to WordCamp to support WP as a whole and to meet the local community that powers its growth in Toronto. Cheers to the lucky winners!

Apr 26, 2009 at 7:18 am

good lucky!

Edward Cheung
Apr 26, 2009 at 9:56 am

I’m looking forward to WordCamp Toronto! Was introduced to it by my instructor Brendan, who runs PHUG, BackSpaceStudios, and Dropthedigbomb. anyway, as a poor starving student, free tix would be divine :)

Apr 26, 2009 at 10:18 am

I would be the happiest boy ever!

I totally love to go.

Thank you for the opportunity

Aaron Laibson
Apr 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I’m one of two web developers for the design company for which I work. We use WordPress to power almost all of our clients’ sites and our own company site, and I use it for my personal sites as well. I’m constantly finding new ways to tweak and use WP and all of my knowledge has been powered by searches and the WP forums (and WDW), so I consider myself a proud member of the WP community. I love WordPress, and getting some professional tips and guidance would be a huge boost for me both professionally and personally.

Laurie Holcombe
Apr 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Working as a web developer for a design company, we use WordPress to power many, if not all, of at least a portion of our clients’ sites. I personally have been a very long-time user of WordPress and have continued to be pleased and amazed by the huge, helpful community of WordPress users who provide tips and tricks and great plugins. I would love the opportunity to take part in WordCamp and come away more knowledgeable and with exciting new ideas that I can incorporate into client sites and my own personal sites.

Jeremy Curry
Apr 26, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Been Following you since the beginning, and this is exciting! I’m not too far from Toronto, now I must consider going to WordCamp, maybe I’ll see you there?

Michael Lynch
Apr 26, 2009 at 7:50 pm

I realize that every web designer, film-maker, musician, artist and creative is keeping connected and secure using WordPress. It’s becoming ubiquitous. I only started using it recently but love it so far. I can see the potential of such a powerful developing tool and would love to learn more at WordCamp 2009.

Mario Gomez Sanchez
Apr 26, 2009 at 8:05 pm

I’ve just graduated in computer sciences in Montréal and Web Dev has been in my mind from the begining of my formation. Now having the chance to assist at a conference here in canada would be very exiting! Even if I don’t win I’ll try to be there for sure!

Your work is inspiring and has helped me a lot in my projects!
Continue the good work…

Shyamsunder Shahane
Apr 27, 2009 at 12:03 am

Thanks for a great opportunity, but I won’t be able to make it as I can’t afford to travel. All the best to other designers here and good luck

Apr 27, 2009 at 2:11 am

Pick me! Pick me! I would LOVE to go!

Apr 27, 2009 at 6:36 am

just get it

Robin Bastien
Apr 27, 2009 at 6:55 am

Hey Nick,
I have never been to a web seminar and would love to finally go to one, and as I’m just starting to dig deeper into WordPress, It would be very beneficial to me and I’d use the information to encourage a better web.


Apr 27, 2009 at 7:31 am

i’m in :)

Moataz El Wesimy
Apr 27, 2009 at 7:37 am

i hope i will get it this time!

Apr 27, 2009 at 8:40 am

I will be selected….. Pick meeeee :)

Michael Parenteau
Apr 27, 2009 at 9:04 am

I would love to go to WorldCamp, I am a big fan of Your work & WordPress!!! I saw you in FOWD New York and loved your Illustrations… I would like to go because I feel that I could learn more about WordPress and theme building with an artistic flair… and because my Ancestors are from Canada (Montreal)… but I have never been!

Apr 27, 2009 at 9:26 am

What a great way to get lots of comments ;)

Sandra Smith
Apr 27, 2009 at 10:32 am

Very excited by it being in TO and fingures crossed will be able to go

Apr 27, 2009 at 11:21 am

I hope I can win this time! I live in Detroit.. and This conference could be a great reason to know Canada :D


Apr 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm


I want to go!! I love doing websites and I want to get excellent at this art!


Angela West
Apr 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I think many websites will be moving to the WordPress format and would love to get tips and tricks for the three WordPress sites that I manage and the many that I write for.

Josie Smith
Apr 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Excellent! I would be thrilled at any opportunity to hear you speak in person.

Apr 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I’ve been developing sites for 7 years now, mostly using Microsoft’s technolgies (ASP and ASP.NET now) at the day job. Whenever I can I try to go with the open source flow. All my freelance jobs are done on Unix using PHP and whenever possible I try to use wordpress for a website project.

WordCamp would help me get upto speed with WordPress and I would like to talk to the people who use it on regular bases as to were it is going in the future.

Brian Bento
Apr 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Would love to see you speak. New to the design game and want to become a WordPress Master. Currently just a lone padawan working things out on his own.

Apr 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm

I live in toronto and i’d love to go to wordcamp! I’ve just started setting up my website using WordPress and I’m still learning, so it would be a great conference to go to.

Apr 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm

a beautful site !

Apr 27, 2009 at 10:01 pm

nice! It will be cool if I can go to toronto for word camp.

Apr 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm

What a good timing ! I’ve been learning how to use wordpress as a Cms and amazed at how beautiful the program is. I would be happy if i get the ticket *crossing my fingers

Apr 27, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Another awesome opportunity! WordPress has fast become the platform I try to suit to any project, and it does amazingly well.

Apr 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I would love to go…

Cameron Starr
Apr 28, 2009 at 2:57 am

That would be completely awesome. Thanks for the opportunity!

Dena Saperghy
Apr 28, 2009 at 10:14 am

Hi Nick,
We worked together briefly at the Yellow Pages – and as I was looking around for WordPress info on the internet, I came upon your site. I must say I’m in awe of what you’ve done!! I would love to hear you speak at the conference.

Apr 28, 2009 at 11:17 am

Hi… I would like to see u speak… im living in Montreal so I think is going to be easy to be there :) tks…

Kathy Bankston
Apr 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I would love to go….please- oh please- Pick Me!

Apr 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm

would LOVE to attend. have been meaning to get my hands dirty in wordPress for some time now. this just might be the shove i’ve been looking for…


Ray S
Apr 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Ive been following your website for years. Even moved to Toronto based on advice on the site. I have been a huge fan of word press and i am very excited to be part of this contest!

I want nothing more than to be a leet web designer like you :)

Apr 29, 2009 at 7:48 am

I wish I could be at the conference. I’m just starting to get back into using wordpress again and It has improved a lot.

Unfortunately I’m in Boston and a trek to Toronto wouldn’t work for me.

Keep up the good work and please take the show on the road.

Apr 29, 2009 at 7:48 am

Please let me come, I would love to hear you speak!

Matt Anderson
Apr 29, 2009 at 9:40 am

Another great opportunity to live, learn and listen! I am in Salt Lake and would love to cruise up to Toronto to hear you speak. Sign me up brother!!

Apr 29, 2009 at 10:05 am

Hey, maybe I will win. I would like to learn more about WordPress and how it can be used. Thanks.

Joy Corion
Apr 29, 2009 at 11:34 am

I love WordPress!!! Would love to hear you speak and I live in Toronto.
Joy :)

Sam Young
Apr 29, 2009 at 11:53 am

Was thinking about making the drive up from Vermont. I am a WordPress lover and think it would be great to connect with you Canadian WordPress folks. The debut of Flashpress also looks hot! Hook me up with some free tix and I’ll hop in the car and drive on up. Anyone want to carpool from New England?

Apr 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm

WordPress Rules! Open Source! And yeah I’m looking forward to seeing you speak in Toronto.

Jeremy Vandermeij
Apr 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I would like to go because I am super green when it comes to wordpress, but i have started my own business around using wordpress as a user friendly and intuitive CMS for my clients. I also can’t afford to go without winning tickets! Love the blog!

Levi Sitters
Apr 29, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Love the way you always give away stuff. Thanks.

Federico Espinosa
Apr 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm

It’s an opportunity to learn more about WordPress and meet the guru’s of WordPress.

Leah Jewer
Apr 29, 2009 at 2:59 pm

WordPress is a great tool. Would love the chance to learn more!


Apr 29, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Well, I want to go there to learn from the masters in their field and right now I am trying to learn how to become a webdesigner

Linda Chance
Apr 29, 2009 at 9:44 pm

To be the most creative person I can be… To learn, to share and to help others open their minds has I am facing my fears. Thank you and God Bless.

Apr 30, 2009 at 10:25 am

I’m just starting out with WordPress! I’d love to attend the event :)

Amanda Gann
Apr 30, 2009 at 11:45 am

I’m a stay-at-home mom who is also a part-time graphic/web designer for an IT company, as well as doing freelance on odesk.com with as much time as I have left available. I would love to be able to go with my husband to this event, who is a developer, but alas, my daughter’s first birthday is May 8th and her party is May 9th – maybe free tickets to the next place you are speaking??? I love to visit your site for the kick in the butt of inspiration I need, and would love to have a better understanding of WordPress functionality.

Raymond Kao
Apr 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Hoping to expand my knowledge and see what the show has to offer

Apr 30, 2009 at 4:25 pm

I would love to learn and network :)

Hope to hear from you soon!

Apr 30, 2009 at 8:41 pm

yea wordpress! :D

Richard Chassie
Apr 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I’ve had a WordPress blog for over a year and am looking forward to going to the WordCamp 2009. I’ve been to events like Podcamp Toronto 2009 and really like the interaction that this type of gathering provides: you meet interesting people who come together to share ideas. It’s one of the best ways to learn. See you all at WordCamp 2009.

Flavia Tarzwell
May 1, 2009 at 7:41 am

I am right downtown and would absolutely love, love, love to go to WorldCamp…
Thank you for the wonderful giveaways!

May 1, 2009 at 9:31 am

I’ve started blogging in the year 2002 when I was eightteen and full of stories to tell out of my life. So I decided not to write emails with things happend to my friend in Australia. Instead of it, I started writing online Diary. WordPress came out to be the software solution I was looking for. It is great to keep my memories, pictures, galleries and stuff up to date. My friends and all other interessted people can add my feed and be informed about me and my life. So, what’s next? I’d love to go to Toronto as a journalist and the personal diary blogger that I am. Please say: Yes, you can!

May 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I went to Word Camp last October, and was really inspired to try to use the WordPress software as I gradually built an editing and writing business. I’ve only recently gotten my website, and finally moved one of my WordPress blogs to it. Needless to say, the income level is very low while I’m still at the beginning, and I was looking forward to the next WordCamp TO (which I thought would be later in the year) for more great ideas, to really build things. Now that my blog is on my own site, so many of the ideas I heard about last year can now be implemented, if I can refresh my memory about them and talk to others to get ideas and tips.

Now I discover today that WordCamp is next week, not later in the year! And no matter what it costs, I can’t afford to go. This is really disappointing.

mike Lucas
May 1, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Hey, I’d be pretty stoked to win a ticket! Definitely wouldn’t be an empty seat!

Cheers for the chance, Nick! :)

Yamil Nakhleh
May 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I really would like to go!!

May 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Becouse I love WordPress – that is my job! I hope that I`ll win :)

May 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm

After a few drinks on the Saturday night (happy b-day Yaro!!) I think that the real reason that anyone would want to go is to get to know a few more like -minded people, get ‘alcoholized’ and make friends for a long time after the conference is over (it’s not always about business, y’know..)…oh, and yes “develop myself as a designer and an artist and so on…. :P” (tounge in chick).. Have a great time whoever goes there!

May 3, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I want to go to WordCamp to see the culture/personality of the people which will help me choose my career more carefully.

I would also love to see you in person and other great designers and writers.

May 4, 2009 at 10:20 am

Love your site! Am very excited about the opportunity of winning a ticket to WordCamp and hearing you speak about WordPress. Sign me up for this contest!


Alissa Pesta
May 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I think I’m too late, but sign me up if it’s not! Thx!

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