Tired Elf

I’ve only been in California for two weeks.

It doesn’t feel like that. It feels like forever at not at all, both at the same time. Last week, I went to Tybee Island, GA, for the WordPress Community Summit which was totally awesome (save me getting sick on Monday night). I met a lot of people, got networking in, and talked about a lot of code, and learned how to make things better.

One of the things I didn’t do was suggest a topic to discuss at the summit. See, I know what I know, and I get to talk a lot because I’m a pretty up-front, agressive, ballsy person. I will speak up when I see a need to, and I’m not shy (just ask anyone from Monday, when I shouted for folks to keep it down). So for me, I needed to try and shut up and listen for a while. I kind of did this, though there was a failure on some ends. I have trouble not speaking my mind.

Ah well.

What did we talk about at WPCS? A lot! And there’s a lot to do, but I’m trying to do one thing at a time. I am getting better at delegation. I’ve started to pawn some of the Make/Support stuff off to other people, like Siobhan and Christine, who are way better than I am at organizing writers, and educating. I’m happy being a front-man for people, but I felt like I was dropping the ball a lot. But doing everything is a bad idea for anyone, so I’m picking one, Support, to be my main focus. We’re actually doing good. In order to do this, I have to hand off other sub-groups of Support, like Documentation, Education, etc etc. Hence why I’m the ringleader.

Things I did on Tybee:

  • Met a ton of people and promptly forgot their names
  • Learned how to better sanitize my code
  • Verified that everyone wants a plugin-check plugin and started working on one
  • Fixed my DreamObjects plugin
  • Installed ImageMagik on my server
  • Battered IIS7.5
  • Baked 150 mini pumpkin muffins

I think I liked it a lot more than the traditional WordCamp (which I mentioned to Andrea Middleton, the WordCamp Maven). Instead of being talked at for 45-60 minutes, I talked with people about things. I’d really like to see more un-conferences in the future for WP.

Oh and there was an open contest on whomever got the best picture of me to use as my new avatar. As soon as I collect them all, you guys will get a vote. This one was by Lisa Sabine-Wilson, whom I finally got to meet. We have a whole mess of pictures up at Flickr.

This is a lame post, but I’m tired!