State of the Word 2013 – @photomatt at #wcsf
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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be in Seattle on June 8th to speak at WordCamp Seattle, a conference for writers, designers, developers, and others using the WordPress platform.
First, if you’re anywhere in the Pacific Northwest and use WordPress and haven’t yet purchased a ticket for the event, go do that now because it’s on the way to being a sold-out event. Then come back here, and read more about the fact that I’m speaking about
Writing Workflow for WordPress
Having blogged for over 12 years, a majority of that time with WordPress, and having written thousands of articles for a variety of websites, I’ve figured out some tips, tricks, and methods for ensuring a relatively frictionless writing process that produces pleasing results.
This talk will be aimed at intermediate and advanced users who are already familiar with WordPress basics such as posts vs. pages, installing a plugin, adding images, and other fundamentals.
My talk will encompass a look at how I write articles for the online world. From a process standpoint, this flow will include:
- capturing and prioritizing ideas
- drafting articles
- preparing an article for publication (proofing, adding media, etc)
- post-publishing promotion and followup
I also plan to dive into specific tools for the process, including:
- writing in Markdown (why, how to learn, and tools)
- managing scheduled posts (plugins that help)
- a system for ensuring steps in the publishing process aren’t overlooked
- a quick look at article promotion tools that don’t involve spamming or sleaze
Attendees should walk away with several ideas for increasing the efficiency of their writing and publishing process using a WordPress platform.
As I wander the web I find interesting things. I share:
- Google Analytics Power Tip: Advanced Social Media Segments
Nice little tutorial by Christopher S. Penn about how to drill into specific social traffic sources with Google Analytics
- Shit WordPressers Say
Aaron Brazell WordPress-es a meme
- 20 Pro Tips For Photographers on Google+
Great tips from Thomas Hawk
- Your words are wasted
Scott Hanselman explains how blogging solves so many of the problems often cited with social networks
- Blogging is alive, well and very inspiring
Marshall Kirkpatrick on WordCamp Portland and blogging in general
What have you seen lately that’s interesting?
Twas the day before WordCamp
And all through the ‘net
The chatter got stronger;
Would it be the best yet?
Affordable tickets mean that more can attend
With your interests in writing, design, or back end.
Those low-priced tickets always seem to make sense
But it means we have sponsors for most of the expense.
The speakers are ready to drop knowledge and tips.
About half are local and half came on trips.
Some topics are basic: good knowledge for all.
Others are specialized for a more narrow cabal.
We found out on Thursday that Matt would return.
His “town halls” are interesting; it seems too soon when we adjourn.
Will the topics keep folks on the edge of the chair?
And I wonder if someone will ask about his hair…
Portland likes unconference so of course we have that.
Less-formal presentations that more resemble a chat.
We’ll solicit ideas and put them on a wall.
Then narrow the field of ideas big and small.
With a schedule and topics there will be information
In slide decks and demos and lots of oration.
Though our speakers are savvy they’re also quite nice
And will happily talk with you and give you advice.
For as much as we talk about speakers and plans,
Much learning can be had by just talking with fans.
It’s the connections with people that are really the thing
That make this an event that’s worth attending.
The event is the work of many volunteers.
We should pause during the fun and give them some cheers.
Over the past weeks and months, their lives have been affected
As families, businesses, and hobbies were neglected.
Coffee in the morning will get juices flowing
To help brains ingest WordPress things as our knowledge is growing.
And since this is Portland we’ll eat better here.
There will be noshing on barbecue, Whiffies, and beer.
Like similar events there is sure to be swag…
Pint glasses and stickers and some sort of nametag.
You’ll see that W everywhere that you go
And we’ll take extra care not to use the fauxgo.
Thanks to connections that pass through the wall
Those not in attendance will hear of it all.
We’ll be sharing our thoughts, both simple and complex.
You’ll find them by searching wcpdx.
Sunday is Dev Day for those who get into the code.
Talk plugins or themes and hope the bits don’t explode.
A great chance to get going for all those who swore
That this was the year they’d start contributing to core.
We like open source and the freedoms allowed.
Sometimes the answer is built by the crowd.
Whether code, docs, or other help – no contribution is too small
If it results in a WordPress that’s better for all.
When the event comes to an end the words are concise.
We’ll be sent on our way with a bit of advice:
“You’re full of ideas, go implement… don’t wait.
Happy blogging to all! The future looks great!”
I hope to see you tomorrow at WordCamp Portland!
It’s the morning after WordCamp Seattle and I’m in my hotel room thinking about the morning after such events; while some of the specifics are Seattle, the ideas are broad.
If you were at the event yesterday, perhaps you have a few business cards you acquired. Now would be a great to enter those folks into your contact database (I use BatchBook) or task management system (I use OmniFocus) for followup. Don’t let these linger… follow up on those connections before you move onto other things and forget. I’m having coffee with someone I met at WordCamp later this morning.
Perhaps you can reflect on the fact that Laura reassured you that no, you don’t need to be active on every social network that exists and that it’s okay to use just a few that help you connect with your core network.
Maybe your inner command-line nerd is all ready to dive into WordPress at the Command Line as explained by Daniel.
If you enjoyed Scott’s keynote, where he explained that often the secret to a successful blog is a lot of hard work, it might be time to get to work. If you want to hear some of Scott’s other great ideas, I can recommend his book Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds.
If you’re like me, at least once during the day you watched one session but wished you could’ve also seen something else going on at the same time. Keep an eye on WordPress.tv where the video from the talks will be uploaded within several weeks.
But most of all: do something. There were too many smart people and too many good ideas to walk away from WordCamp without at least a couple options to make you life (and probably your blog) better.