Thanks for hanging out first thing in the morning, WordCamp Chicago!

If you’re looking for the sources of the data in my presentation, click the links inside the actual slides. You didn’t think I’d use data without telling you where to read more, did you?

As promised, here are some of my favorite tweets this morning. Unfortunately, no one was angry or petty with me, so no truly hilarious ones to post—but check back!

We had a good time, didn’t we, WordCamp Miami? There was plenty of information to fit into a small bit of time. With the video and the slides, you go back and take those notes that I told you not to take. 🙂

My slides have links to the sources, so you can find plenty of research and further reading there. (One of the studies’ links is acting up, so you can view Google’s cached version).

Here’re some of my favorite tweets:

Based on the feedback so far, I think walking through the Transients API was helpful to some folks! I’ve loved digging into it and making code both intelligently performant and readable.

As usual, the article on the WordPress Codex is the best point of reference, but there’re lots of great examples and tutorials out there—just remember some of the “gotchas” we covered (near the end of the slide deck).

As I am wont to do after a talk, here are a few of my favorite related tweets so far:


Thanks for the warm welcome, WordCamp Phoenix! Apparently, this part of the country has absolutely no trouble showing up at 8am—the room was packed.

Since I had to shorten things up from when I last presented this, we had to skip the ever-enjoyable “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” video I usually show first.

The slides themselves have links to my sources and are helpful in getting the gist of what we talked about. Here are some of my favorite tweets that took place during the session:

I loved giving this presentation. In lieu of a more traditional, linear this-is-how-you-do-something-better presentation, we stepped back and discussed reframing the place where all of our content actually comes from. We confronted our assumptions about our own users (current and potential clients/volunteers) and applied the way we converse in-person to the way we create and present our content. Simply being more self-aware allows you to be more conscious of the ‘conversation’ you’re having on the web!

It would be too difficult to summarize everything we discussed in 90 minutes (of which we used every second), so here’s just a few of the interesting pieces of content tweeted or Instagram’d during the presentation, along with a few items to help. For the most part, these tweets cover ideas that weren’t on the slides, so I hope they’ll assist with context.

First off, the video from the 5th slide:

As I noted on Twitter, if you enjoyed my presentation, I’d love for you to request me at your local conferences or suggest places for me to apply to speak. It was my first time giving that talk, and, based on feedback, it seemed to really help some folks. I love that! I’m passionate about seeing people get connected to what they’re looking for more quickly.

If you have a speaking suggestion, reply to me on Twitter (that link will tie it to my originally-tweeted request) or send me an email.

Feel free to contact me, as well, if I can help answer any questions! While we can always discuss any potential projects, I’m also open to helping you in any way I can to make a better web.

October 11, 2012 — Leave a comment — In Blog, Digital Atlanta, Presentations, SEO