This post, in which I get crotchety about faculty micromeddling, originally appeared Jul 7, 2014, on another blog of mine. In it you’ll find the origin story of the 30 Questions.
I developed the idea behind the 30 Questions exercise several years ago after a faculty member took it upon herself to become the university’s marketing department. She discovered the World Wide Web at 9 a.m. on a sunny Thursday morning. By 2 p.m. she was issuing directives as to the design and features of the university’s web site.
This post originally appeared June 30, 2014, on another blog of mine. It tells more about how we came to try the 30 Questions exercise. The order (which doesn’t matter) has changed and a couple of the questions may have been rephrased slightly, but otherwise it’s the same.
Nobody, not even web professionals, can look at a web site for 30 seconds and tell if it’s good. They can tell immediately if they think it’s attractive, and people with an experienced eye can pick out obvious problem areas. To assess a web site’s quality, we have to start by separating the content and function from the presentation.
So, I was at the WordCamp US party for speakers, sponsors and volunteers, and three times over the course of this evening I was introduced as the woman who was the Blue Screen of Death at WordCamp Philly in October.
Back in the spring I gave an impromptu talk on web content at a WordPress Philly meetup. Someone suggested it would make a good WordCamp talk, and someone else encouraged women to submit to WordCamp US this year … and, well, here I am.
WCUS is only 10 days away and my talk is ready to go.
One of the things I’ve been up to the past year is serving as one of 10 co-organizers of WordCamp Philly 2017, which was October 28 and 29 at the University of the Sciences. We’re winding down for 2017 and looking ahead to next year.
To get started, we’re again offering an opportunity for members of the WordPress community to join the organizing team.
If you’d like to be a WordCamp Philly 2018 co-organizer, apply online before January 1. Along with the application you’ll find information about what to expect in terms of time and activities. You don’t need to be a WordPress expert to get involved in planning a WordCamp. Communication, design, organizational and people skills are just a few of the assets that are more important than knowing code when it comes to planning an event.