9 a.m. I’m here in the offices of the Charlotte Observer at a blogging conference
We’re now in the introduction phase. Some interesting folks here:
Mike Rundle, founder of 9Rules.com
Deanna Campbell, who used to work for me and is now sitting two seats down. I didn’t recognize her until she stood up and introduced herself.
The keynote speaker is a lead developer from WordPress.org, whose name I didn’t get.
Lots of Facebook/Twitter users here.
Many, many of the folks here have multiple blogs.
11:22 a.m. Just got back from the “meet and greet” session. Interesting stuff — it was actually less informal and more structured than I anticipated, which turned out to be great. We ended up covering a lot of big issues, like security, how to publicize your site, and so on.
11:33 a.m. We’re now in the Technical/Design panel. Mike Rundle is here — he’s talking about design tips for your site. I think he went over the head of a lot of the audience.
2:10 p.m. Just finished with my panel — “Content.” We had a pretty good discussion. I always think it’s a little funny that in this sort of conference, “content” gets lumped into a single session. The whole point of blogging is supposed to make all the tech/design stuff easy so that you can focus on content. It’s a little odd to be talking about it in a completely generic way.
2:23 p.m. Now we’re in the “Marketing” session. One of the presenters is talking about video — don’t just write, do videos too. I agree, but the video’s got to be relevant. There’s no point in doing a video just to read a script you wrote. Why should I sit there watching you on a webcam when I can just read what you wrote anyways?
2:27 p.m. This guy is talking for ten minutes for his “two minute introduction.”
I forgot to mention this earlier: I met elevator guy. Nice guy. He’s actually interested in starting a psychology blog!
3:13 p.m. Now it’s time for the Keynote. Mark Jaquith, one of the five lead developers from WordPress is talking.
There are 12 million blogs on WordPress.
Mark is talking about the WordPress development philosophy. Basically the idea is to keep it extremely simple and minimize user options. This maintains the usability of the product over the long term, since it’s never mired in needless complexity.
Now he’s talking about the new features of WordPress 2.7. It sounds pretty cool.
Wow, this is a dramatic update. I might actually be interested in using some of these features. In the past, I’ve found that WordPress updates don’t actually offer much for the user. The big feature is automatic upgrades. It’s a behind-the-scenes change, but it’s going to have a big impact on the bloggers.
They used eye tracking software (!) as they created the new interface in order to make it more usable.
Cool! He actually just released beta 3 live during the conference!
Of course, as a trailing-edge technologist, I probably won’t be downloading it for some time now.
That’s about it from the WordCamp. Interesting conference!