PDX WordPress Meetup

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Getting ready to hear Zack Tollman talk about hiring a WordPress developer.

Heading home after a great time at #wcsd

Using WordPress as your publishing hub

This morning at WordCamp San Diego I gave a talk titled “Using WordPress as your publishing hub. It went well and lots of people had great questions. If anyone has followup questions I’m happy to answer them in the comments. The slides are included below.

The blurb I sent in for the talk was:

WordPress as Your Publishing Hub will cover everything you need to know to simplify your web publishing. With Facebook, Twitter, and many other services it can be stressful to make sure you are publishing the right content in the right places. In this session you will learn how to simplify this with plugins, core features, and theme options. Best of all, you won’t need to know any code to do it! You can make WordPress your digital home on the web.

Plugins and Tools mentioned:

The Farmer

This farmer realizes that the relationship with her work, like any good relationship is, and should be, reciprocal. That the work, the land, would not be as good without her commitment to it. And, in turn, it returns that commitment to her. And, because of her intimacy with it, it returns that much more.

This. This passion. This love for what we are born to do. Whatever that is for each of us. Like her, our days should be filled with it. Every moment. We should wake up each day inching to get up to our necks in it. To be covered with it. To be a part of it. To be intimate with it.

Patrick Rhone – The Farmer.

BBQ Chicken & Apple Pie

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Three years on a beat, and then you move on

Chris Anderson as paraphrased by Andreas Kluth.

The first year after arriving to your new assignment was terrifying and exhilarating. It was a vertiginous learning curve, but you could ask dumb questions without fear and note that the emperor has no clothes.

In the second year, after the emperor had invited you in a few times to explain the subtle political dynamics that require him to go garbless for the ultimate good of the nation (but surely there were more important things to write about, such as his new elevated rail project), you would find yourself writing sophisticated analyses, traveling easily through the region, admiring your bulging rolodex and otherwise feeling very productive.

In the third year, you’d find yourself returning to stories with a certain cynicism and worldweary accounting of endless process. The elevated rail project has been delayed once again because of infighting within the opposition party. The emperor has no fiscal discipline. You understand everything all too well. It’s time to move on.