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There are two reasons why I’m looking forward to next month’s WordCamp New Zealand 2010.

First, I expect to expand my WordPress know-how. I use the software to manage other websites. You can run a WordPress site with zero technical knowledge, but I want to dig deeper.

While raw knowledge is useful, that’s not the only reason I’m going to WordCamp.

At WordCamp I’ll meet dozens of like-minded people grappling with similar issues. We’ll swap ideas and experiences. In some cases I’ll be doing the learning. In others I’ll be doing the teaching. Either way, our collective pool of knowledge will increase.

I’ve found this way of learning motivates me. I’ll come away with extra knowledge and fresh ideas, but I’ll also be charged-up.

There’s another great aspect to this kind of learning. Although it is busy, it gives you the time and mental space to reflect on what you already know. You can view things from a different perspective and to pull the various threads together.