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WordCamp Nashville 2016 – Music City Didn’t Disappoint

I recently found myself smack dab in the middle of “Music City” attending and speaking at WordCamp Nashville. I also met a person in the community that I highly respect and that I’ve had many conversations with online but had never met in person. When I finally met him, I was a bit giddy. More on that below.

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WordCamp Pittsburgh 2016 Recap

This past weekend I spoke about WordPress security at the first-ever WordCamp Pittsburgh. The night before the event I was invited to a speaker dinner at a local maker space called TechShop, where we were provided a tour of the facilities and equipment, and given freshly-created speaker gifts hot off the laser.

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The Wonderful World of Wapuu

As a WordPress newbie in 2015, there was so much for me to see and learn about the community. One day, during my many hours of research, I came across a little yellow bear-like (or dog-like?) cartoon animal. I thought to myself, “What the heck is this thing and why am I seeing it hugging a WordPress logo, among other curious objects?” So I dove a bit deeper into this magical creature, which I later came to know and love as Wapuu.

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WordCamp Los Angeles 2016 – City of Angels

As part of my double-feature this weekend, I attended both WordCamp Salt Lake City and WordCamp Los Angeles. With my speaking engagement at #WCSLC on Saturday, I missed the first day of #WCLAX, but caught an early morning flight Sunday and caught up with my fellow campers right as the second day started. This year WCLAX was hosted at the Golden Eagle Ballroom at California State University Los Angeles and held three tracks.

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WordCamp Salt Lake City 2016 Recap

This week I took a puddle jumper up to Salt Lake City for WordCamp Salt Lake City where I spoke on website security. Before the conference I met up with friends from our partner, Bluehost, who generously offered to give me a tour of their Provo data center. I couldn’t pass up seeing this facility that I’d heard so much about. Mike Hansen picked me and Carrie Dils up and away we went to Provo. As is the case with many data centers, the building didn’t offer much on the outside, but once we signed in and passed security, we were able to enter and traverse the impressive monument to technology.

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Letting the Internet of Things into Your Home

If you’ve ever visited Phoenix during the summer, you know it’s hot. The kind of hot that can run your electricity bill through the roof if you like to keep the inside of your home habitable. My role at SiteLock takes me out of town on a regular basis, which means I don’t spend a lot of time at home and don’t necessarily need to cool it while I’m away. Why not give the air conditioner a rest, go a little greener, and save some money in the meantime? For many, that’s easier said than done. We have a tendency to forget to change the thermostat before leaving and end up with a stomach-turning electricity bill at the end of the month. Now, you could consider using a programmable thermostat, but if your schedule isn’t exactly static, it might not be the perfect fit. Most of the time I don’t even think about the thermostat until after I’ve landed in another city. It sure would be nice if I could set my thermostat remotely. I’ve decided it might be time to consider a letting the Internet of Things (IoT) into my home.

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WordCamp Tampa 2016 Recap

Last week I had the rare opportunity of being able to drive to a WordCamp rather than fly. That’s because I attended WordCamp Tampa held on the campus of the Unversity of South Florida (USF), which was just over an hour from my home in Sarasota.

I also spoke this weekend about getting creative with contact forms and although I’ve attended several other Florida WordCamps, it was my first time at #WCTPA and it did not disappoint. The first sign that this was going to be a great day was the location.

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Case Study: Ricardo Serpa

Website Background

RicardoSerpa.com is a website dedicated to the photographic work and professional blog of Ricardo Serpa. Serpa first began his career in photography over 25 years ago when he left his day job as an export manager in Brazil to chase his true passion, photography. He became a photojournalist at Jornal Do Brasil, a Brazilian newspaper, where he worked for three years before deciding to pursue photography on his own terms.

Serpa knew that as an independent photojournalist he needed a way to share his photography portfolio, so he created RicardoSerpa.com. The website allows Serpa to share his photo galleries of trips he has made around the world, stay in touch with his audience, and provide information on his new endeavors such as teaching. “My website is the single most important aspect of my life as a professional photographer. It is my window to the world; my own way of showcasing my work and promoting my travels.” Without his website, Serpa would not be able to reach and interact with his audience the way he is able to now.

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Aaron Campbell (iThemes) – WordPress Influencer Interview

I sat down with Aaron Campbell from iThemes at WordCamp Fayetteville to talk about his WordPress experiences and what brought him to the Arkansas WordCamp. I actually met Aaron for the first time in Vienna, Austria during WordCamp Europe 2016, and had the pleasure of talking shop with him about security. 

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Happy Labor Day

Have a safe and happy day off, WordPressers!

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