Talking to Developers about Content

Following up on yesterday’s post, I’ll also be speaking at Confab Higher Ed in November.


I really enjoyed the conference last year: impressive keynotes; focused, carefully curated set of breakout talks; and a great crowd of motivated, inspired folks fighting the good fight to improve digital experiences for students, prospects, alumni, and faculty across the range of higher education.

My talk this year is “Engineering Influence: Talking to Developers about Content.” I’ve long said that Content Strategy folks need to exert more influence on technology and can’t just “stay out of the conversation” when it turns technical.

How do content people (those who come to the conversation fundamentally concerned with content production, quality, clarity, and experience) talk effectively with technical people (those who come to the conversation fundamentally concerned with a technical system perspective – what to build, maintain, or customize)?

This isn’t to say content strategy folks should try to take over technical architecture, or to give technical folks a pass on their need to care about content and user experience – just to give some tools / techniques for making that conversation more effective.

San Francisco Here I Come

Although it has been a travel-heavy fall this year, I’m super-excited that I’ll be giving a talk at WordCamp San Francisco!

I’m Speaking at WordCamp San Francisco

The camp is taking a different approach this year, mixing sets of lightning talks in between more traditional conference sessions – see the full schedule.  My talk will be in the set of lightning talks titled “WordPress in Context”  and is called “Learning from the other 78%.”

The basic idea is to look more outside the community of believers and see what we can learn from those we rarely talk to – the folks who aren’t at WordCamps or meetups because they aren’t (yet?) users.

IndieWebCamp, BarCampBoston 9

One of the joys of being “an internet person” in the greater Boston area is that there is always more going on than you could possibly actually participate in.

Case in point this very weekend is both IndieWebCamp Cambridge and BarCampBoston 9.

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Weekend Coding

Took advantage of a rare non-travel, non-camp weekend (other than BarCamp Boston 9 planning session) to clean up WPBook and WPBook Lite.

Facebook has changed the way the API is versioned, and new apps made in Facebook are no longer able to call the v1 of the API, use FQL, or other things I was depending on.

So, I’m releasing today new versions of both.

For WPBook Lite, which is the one you have to use if your blog is not accessible via HTTPS, the new version will be 1.6.1.

For WPBook, which enables the Facebook Canvas page in addition to the features of WPBook, the new version will be 2.7

I’ve also tested both with WordPress 4.0 and added plugin icons that WordPress now supports.

As always, please use the support forums for support issues, not comments threads here. Thanks.

August WordCamp Talks

Trying out SEO Slides (disclaimer – 10up is an investor in SEO Slides) to embed slide decks here from rather than from Slideshare or speakerdeck.

First WordCamp New York, a talk on Modernism Post-Modernism, and Responsive Web Design:

“These fragments I have shored against my ruins”: Modernism, Post-Modernism, and Responsive Web Design from 10up

Then, from earlier this morning at WordCamp Maine, a talk on Delivering the News on WordPress with Matt Fulton from MaineToday Media:

delivering-the-news-on-wordpress from 10up

Finally, my keynote from WordCamp Maine after lunch, on the power of free software and community:

building-communities-building-software from 10up