I’m writing this while at the Raleigh-Durham International airport and although I’m anxious to get back home, leaving North Carolina feels different than most of my return trips from WordCamps.
I’ve just attended #WCRaleigh where I also presented “Curating Content in WordPress” and it was an excellent event.
Although I’ve never been to Raleigh before, for some reason it felt comfortable. It felt like home. Maybe this was because nature is all around, even in the heart of the city, and that reminded me of my home state of Michigan. Or, perhaps it was the people I met.
My last trip this September took me to Arlington, Texas for WordCamp Dallas / Fort Worth. The camp was hosted at the E. H. Hereford University Center of the University of Texas at Arlington and held three tracks: Blogger/Community, Business, and of course, Developer. We were particularly keen to sponsor and attend #WCDFW, in part because our friends Carrie Dils and Marc Gratch were two of the event organizers.
Imagine a stranger walked up to you in a social setting and asked: I don’t know you but…
Then they ask why you’re here and what you’re interested in.
Your reaction might be similar to what you see below:
Finally getting to meet Samuel Wood, or “Otto” as he’s more commonly known, was a long time coming as I wrote about in my WordCamp Nashville recap. Otto is a WordPress core contributor, a staple on the .org plugin review team, and an all around nice guy.
In this episode of our WordPress Community Interview series, Otto explains how he started with WordPress, his role in creating tools for a better WordPress.org experience, and what he sees for WordPress in the future.
I recently found myself smack dab in the middle of “Music City” attending and speaking at WordCamp Nashville. I also met a person in the community that I highly respect and that I’ve had many conversations with online but had never met in person. When I finally met him, I was a bit giddy. More on that below.
As a WordPress newbie in 2015, there was so much for me to see and learn about the community. One day, during my many hours of research, I came across a little yellow bear-like (or dog-like?) cartoon animal. I thought to myself, “What the heck is this thing and why am I seeing it hugging a WordPress logo, among other curious objects?” So I dove a bit deeper into this magical creature, which I later came to know and love as Wapuu.
As part of my double-feature this weekend, I attended both WordCamp Salt Lake City and WordCamp Los Angeles. With my speaking engagement at #WCSLC on Saturday, I missed the first day of #WCLAX, but caught an early morning flight Sunday and caught up with my fellow campers right as the second day started. This year WCLAX was hosted at the Golden Eagle Ballroom at California State University Los Angeles and held three tracks.
This week I took a puddle jumper up to Salt Lake City for WordCamp Salt Lake City where I spoke on website security. Before the conference I met up with friends from our partner, Bluehost, who generously offered to give me a tour of their Provo data center. I couldn’t pass up seeing this facility that I’d heard so much about. Mike Hansen picked me and Carrie Dils up and away we went to Provo. As is the case with many data centers, the building didn’t offer much on the outside, but once we signed in and passed security, we were able to enter and traverse the impressive monument to technology.
If you’ve ever visited Phoenix during the summer, you know it’s hot. The kind of hot that can run your electricity bill through the roof if you like to keep the inside of your home habitable. My role at SiteLock takes me out of town on a regular basis, which means I don’t spend a lot of time at home and don’t necessarily need to cool it while I’m away. Why not give the air conditioner a rest, go a little greener, and save some money in the meantime? For many, that’s easier said than done. We have a tendency to forget to change the thermostat before leaving and end up with a stomach-turning electricity bill at the end of the month. Now, you could consider using a programmable thermostat, but if your schedule isn’t exactly static, it might not be the perfect fit. Most of the time I don’t even think about the thermostat until after I’ve landed in another city. It sure would be nice if I could set my thermostat remotely. I’ve decided it might be time to consider a letting the Internet of Things (IoT) into my home.
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