"I'm a Drupal dev at a Wordcamp. Feel like a spy. Wish I had dressed more like James Bond."
Wrote that tweet this morning, deep inside enemy territory at the Cove at UCI Irvine's Applied Innovation department.
Before we get into the WordPress stuff, let's talk about the Cove.
I won't talk about it much but they had SO MANY KINDS OF CHAIRS YOU GUYS.
I have been working lately on a few educational offerings for artists and arts administrators--some workshops, some consulting/training gigs, that kind of thing. As I was writing one up today, I realized how much I like sharing my knowledge with others.
There have been times when I felt frustrated: Why do people always want to build their own websites instead of hiring someone like me who is actually quite good and speedy at it? Why do we feel so compelled to learn all the skills instead of asking for help?
Here is a first draft on How Google Chooses Things, aka Become more popular and beloved by robots.
This is a complicated question. Buckle in for a mini-essay.
Lessons for next DrupalCon:
I have a big jumbled bubbling stew of ideas related to visibility, outreach, community and belonging all bouncing around my head right now.
The day started out with a keynote that blew my mind for a couple reasons: 1) it was great and 2) she talked about periods, as in menstrual cycles, for a good 15 minutes.
DrupalCon Day 1
“People struggle to choose the open web.” -Josh Koenig, Pantheon
Man, there is a LOT to digest from one session of DrupalCon, much less a full day or a full con.
I struggle to choose the open web, and I believe in the open web. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed with the open web, because you have to build your own capacity (at least for now). The open web is a magical place, but it’s also a place where you have to take care of yourself a little bit more.
We’re one-fifth of the way to the end! Part of me thinks: Wow, how has it gone by so fast?! And part of me thinks: GOOD GOD I HAVE TO DO FOUR TIMES THIS MUCH.
I’ve been drinking tonight, again, because DrupalCon. We started at a fantastic bar called Bacchanal Wine Bar, where I spent much of the night slurping down mussels, drinking beer and wine, and remembering my former life as a tap dancer/trombonist. There are a handful of ghost-mes around the country, one of which went to Tulane and probably got eyeballs deep in jazz trombone and rhythm tap.
Inspired by poettersbetters' article on prepping for DrupalCon, I thought I would share a few tips of my own. I used to plan conferences professionally and I've seen a lot. There are people who show up and drag their way through the day, perking up only for coffee and snacks.