WordCamp Boston 2017 Boston University

WordCamp Boston 2017 was another awesome event! WordCamp Boston is an annual 2-day conference for WordPress developers and users.

If you are a hard core coder or a business guy like me, there is something for you. WordCamps are held all over the country and WordCamp Boston usually takes place at Boston University in July.

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For $40 you get two days packed with presentations, panel discussions, and a Happiness Bar. On top of that there are a variety of vendors there to learn from and get advice. They are there to sell product, but I’ve never has the hard sell from anyone. It’s just not how the WordPress crew rolls.

WordCamp Boston 2017 at BU

Saturday morning I missed the Opening Remarks, Keynote presentation and sessions. Lunch was all gone by the time I rolled in around 1:30 pm.

Mostly I attended sessions on using WordPress and topics for running your business on WordPress. I did sit in on a few developer and designer sessions that were only slightly over my head.

There is still plenty that I do not know or understand, and there always will be. I know what HTML and CSS look like, I just don’t want to look at that stuff for very long or I’ll fall asleep!

While I may never learn how to code a website from scratch, each year I learn a few new things. Three years ago I learned about the eCommerce platform called Woo Commerce. I still only know the basics, but it was a breakthrough that allowed me to move my web site to the next level.

This is why I go to WordCamp. One golden nugget like that is worth an entire weekend!

Last year I learned a lot from the GoDaddy team. It wasn’t as life altering as Woo Commerce, but it was still very helpful.

This year I sat down and spoke with a nice young lady about some issues I’m having with Woo Commerce. I knew many of her answers, but hearing them from an expert confirmed that I was on the right track and not wasting my time. It  was great to kick around some ideas with someone who really knew their stuff.

It’s always exciting to learn something new and WordCamp Boston never disappoints. This year I learned some great tips about SEO that I actually understood and can actually implement.

If you use WordPress, look for a WordCamp near you. In the GBA we have a user group called WordPress Boston which meets monthly. You may have a similar group in your neighborhood.

Blog well my Friends!

Andy

The Amazing Weekend

The Amazing Weekend

How many of those have you had? The truly amazing weekends are rare or in name only. My weekend began on Friday, so there’ a +1 right there.

Off to college

On Friday we took my youngest daughter to college. My oldest daughter had not gone back to school yet, so it was a full on family affair. We all dropped her off, so I thought it was appropriate that we were all there to see off the youngest.

My baby girl is going to a small art school north of Boston, so it was a short drive.  Much like Northeastern, the college is tightly integrated into the town, with housing in the neighborhoods around the college. The “Campus” is really the entire down town of this old New England town.

We unloaded all of her belongings and brought them up to her room and met her room-mate and her parents. My oldest is at an engineering school. Three years ago we saw all kinds of interesting kids when we dropped her off. At art school we saw the other end of the nerd spectrum.

I was really surprised at the poor sense of aesthetic that these art students had. I guess this isn’t a fashion school, but still.

We stayed for lunch and watched as the class photo was taken. Since we’ve done this all ready we didn’t stay for the family orientation. We are 30 minutes away and as I say, we’ve done this before. My wife stayed to take our little girl on one more shopping trip, my oldest and I headed for home.

Many of you with whom I’ve traded notes know that I have been thinking of this day for a while now. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I wasn’t sure if the youngest would be tougher or if it would be less traumatic as we’ve done this before.

We are now officially “empty nesters.” I’m certain it hasn’t hit me yet. But I’m certain it will. My oldest went back to college on Saturday.

Wordcamp Boston 2014

wordpress,mit,wordcampSaturday I went to school, MIT to be exact. I work next door to MIT, but other than the book store I’ve never been in an MIT building. Wordcamp Boston 2014 was held at the MIT Media Lab. WordPress supports something like 23 million web sites and blogs around the world, so being at the MIT Media Lab was very appropriate.

We had the entire 6th floor. For $20 I got to attend seven sessions, have lunch and got a cool t-shirt. This has to be the bargain of the decade.

The first session was on WordPress migrations. I’m planning a migration so I thought this session would be perfect. This was just what I needed and I could ask questions. I was excited.

I work at a software company but I’m in marketing. All of the magic that goes on behind the screen is unfathomable to me. When the guy started talking about FTP, directories and migrating data centers, I thought I was fucked. I thought I was going to spend the rest of the day lost in the technology forest, looking for a deer trail or the sun to get my bearings.

The next session was on APIs but the guy who was supposed to give the talk couldn’t make it. I know what an API is and was hoping to learn about APIs relevant to my needs. Unfortunately the guy who gave the presentation was way over my head, again. I was getting a little frustrated.

Fortunately many of the other sessions were on topics that I could grasp like plugins, security and e-commerce. I would say that more than half of the seminars were over my head but the others made the day worthwhile.

They say the more you know the more you know that you don’t know anything. Yeah, I’m there. I don’t know jack!

Sunday Long Run

A good run can cure many ills. This week we had 14.6 hilly miles on tap. My buddy Don and I made up our own route for the last few miles, again. We ended up running 13.71 miles. Not bad. I think we were both done by the end. My pace was 23 seconds faster than last week’s 16.81 run.

I ran some good hills and I definitely felt it. I was able to spend some time essentially running by myself and my thoughts. Having that clear channel with no signal can be so sweet sometimes. Just paying attention to traffic and how my body felt, nothing else.

I think busting up those hills was just what I needed. Saturday was intellectual gymnastics, Sunday was purely physical. Friday is still bouncing around in there somewhere. That will take some time to sort.

Run well my friends!

Andy

© 2014 anagelin

WordCamp Boston 2014

WordCamp Boston 2014

at MIT Media Lab is today! I feel so lucky to live five miles from this meeting and to have the opportunity to go!

Iwordpress,mit,wordcamp‘ve been blogging for over two years. While I’ve learned a lot about writing there is so much on the technical end that I do not understand. There are so many options and features that I have no clue about.

WordCamp Boston 2014

is a great opportunity to learn about what is available to WordPress bloggers, learn from experts and meet fellow bloggers.

New WordPress editor

I decided to try the new editor this morning. Looks like it will take a little adjusting and not sure how this will turn out as we always seem to have funky little “features” that catch us by surprise.

The side bar has some cool looking new features that I will need to spend some time looking at and figuring out.

Run well my friends!

Andy

© 2014 anagelin