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WordCamp Milwaukee 2013

Hey kids, it’s almost time for WordCamp Milwaukee again, and I’ve been invited back to speak on the topic of my choosing. Mwuhahaha! But seriously, I’ll be covering the importance of blogging to the Maker & DIY communities, and why you should… wait, I don’t want to give it all away. Come to my session… I’ll probably have lots of photos and some bulleted lists, and maybe a robot or a laser or something.

I’m amazed at the lineup of speakers this year. There’s over 35 people covering a wide variety of topics, not just WordPress, but design, web development, business, blogging, and, way more than I feel like typing right now.

You Twitter nerds can get your hashtag fix with #wcmke, and @WordCampMKE will also be droppin’ the WP knowledge.

And just for you, dear RasterWeb! readers, is a special discount code that features my difficult to spell last name.

WordCamp Milwaukee 2013
Coupon Code: Prodoehl
Date: June 8th-9th, 2013
Location: Bucketworks
Tickets: $25 for the weekend pass


WordCamp Milwaukee

Even though I’ve been attending BarCamp like events since 2006, and hosted Web414 for many years, I still hit these periods where I think that I have no right being in front of a crowd talking about something. Don’t get me wrong, I love to talk, and I love sharing my knowledge, but I occasionally question my own credentials.

That brings us to WordCamp which happened this past weekend. I wasn’t very involved in the event (though I did help sponsor it) but during the planning I was asked to do a session, and I said “Sure! I can do a session on blogging with WordPress” which was the most generic thing I could think of at the time.

So about a week before the event, Dusty asked me for description of my session. I wrote a rambling paragraph and emailed it off, still not sure what the focus would be. I then got busy, as I often do, and didn’t prepare anything before the event. I got there Sunday about an hour before my session, and cobbled together 6 slides, of which I only showed about 4. None of that really matters though…

How did it go? It went well. It went fine. It went… good. Yeah, it went good.

I need to take my own advice. The thing I’ve told people time and time again at BarCamp events is “You are an expert at your own experience” and damn, that’s the truth. Seriously, that may be the smartest thing I’ve ever said. If someone is more of an expert at your experiences than you are, well, you may have a stalker, and hey, then you have experience being stalked!

Here’s the thing… I just rambled on about my experiences blogging, and showed some of the blogs I write for, and some of the tools I use. There were questions I couldn’t answer. That’s OK. I asked other people in the room. I’ll never assume I’m the smartest person in the room, even if it’s just me and the cats. All I can do is share my own experiences. I can tell you what I’ve done, or what I think, and occasionally I can tell you the right way to do it, but even then, it’s going to come from my point of view.

Also, it helps to yell and swear. I tend to do this when I talk to a large group. Someone from Chicago invited me to do a session at their WordCamp in the fall, and I had to confirm they actually saw my session. You know, the session where I told people interested in making money to get the hell out! I guess yelling and swearing works sometimes.

So the good news is, you may not have to prepare for your BarCampMilwaukee session this year. Just show up and talk about your own experiences. If it doesn’t work, feel free to yell (and swear) at me. You’re welcome!


WordCamp Milwaukee

WordCamp Milwaukee is upon us! This coming weekend, June 2nd and 3rd, 2012 will see the first official WordCamp event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

WordCamps (from what I can tell) are sort of a hybrid between a BarCamp-style unconference, and a “real” conference, taking parts from each one to create something else.

There will be a user track and a developer track, so depending on your skill level with WordPress, there should be something appropriate for you. There’s also the WordPress Workbench/Unconference part of it, which is less structured, so if you just want to hang out and learn a bit about WordPress, that may work best for you.

Somehow the folks organizing this convinced me to come and talk about WordPress, and I’ll have a session titled Blogging With WordPress. If that page is still blank that means I haven’t yet written up a description. I should probably do that. Is there a topic you’d like me to touch on? If so, let me know…

And just because I don’t know what I’m taking about, that doesn’t mean the other speakers don’t. Some of them have written the book on WordPress. Literally!

So yeah, this weekend: WordCamp Milwaukee. At Bucketworks. See you there!


OK, I have to admit, I thought the Photojojo captcha was cute, clever, and fun, but if you’re not into photography, and are more of an electronics nerd… I have just the captcha for you!


I saw this one over on the Adafruit Blog and then found this post about it. And if you’re running WordPress, you can install the plugin and use it on your own site.


R.I.P. Vox 2006-2010

Vox is closing on September 30, 2010 (via, great subdomain, btw!)

Vox launched in October, 2006 and is closing down less than 4 years later. Plenty of people have been blogging for 5 years or more, so really, 4 years is not a long time. There’s some information on moving your Vox blog to Posterous or (I’d pick, they have a longer track record and I see them lasting longer than Posterous, and they also provide a path to export from to eventually host your own WordPress install. Truth be told though, Posterous is becoming a bit of a powerhouse, so who knows…)

This highlights something I’ve been an advocate of for quite a while, owning your content online, and owning your identity online.

By “owning” I’m referring more to owning the place where your content lives. There are prolific producers on the web nowadays who put everything into other people’s baskets. They post on Twitter, FaceBook, Flickr, Blogger, Posterous, and all sorts of other sites… none owned by them. If you started a blog in 2006 on Vox and it grew to something huge, you’d now be in the boat with all the other Vox users looking for a new home.

Moving from one domain to another and maintaining your momentum, making sure people know you’ve moved, and are able to find you can be done, but it’s best done if you have control over the old domain, or at least if you can control the old posts, perhaps pointing people to the new home. When services shut down this may not be possible. I’m not sure yet how Vox will handle this…

I wish all the Vox users good luck in their search for a new home… don’t forget that your own blog on your own domain is always an option.

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