Not a very interesting blog post but just some thoughts about the kinda things I’ve been up to recently. Specifically WordPress! More specifically: Talking about WordPress!
I did my first talk at MWUG last month. Man was it scary going up there and rambling to 50 or so people. Maybe it wasn’t quite 50, but it felt like a lotta people! Everyone was saying the fear will go away when you get up there and start talking, I didn’t find that, I was actually screaming internally most of the time. That’s just me being dramatic, though. The talk went will, people clapped and I got asked questions I could answer – it was like I knew what I was talking about! I guess that’s the key, just know what you’re talking about.
I am pretty critical and feel I can do better next time, but hurray, I spoke in public! Y’know what, I did it twice!
This is me talking at MWUG and then a week later talking at WPLeeds with Keith. Keith is so chill and sounds ace when he speaks – it balances out my high pitched ‘HI I KNOW HOW TO WORDPRESS’ voice. My first talk was on duplicating your WordPress website to a staging site, for safe development. Keith and I tackled common support issues together, and that’s the talk we’ll be taking to WordCamp Manchester.
The great thing about doing it at Leeds first was that we got some really good feedback. There’s plenty to add and expand on, so I’m feeling pretty confident that we’ll have a good talk down for the main event.
Further to talking about WordPress, I’ve been developing my own plugin. Which is actually going pretty well. I’m a fairly novice coder and typically alter existing scripts that almost do the thing I want so they actually do the thing I want. This was different, I’ve been coding the plugin from start to finish and I’m pretty darned excited to get it out there. It’s basic as heck – it’ll just be a shortcode which puts your current Fitbit steps for the day anywhere you like.
But you’d be surprised how much I’ve had to learn to get that working. I’ve learned about WP_CRON and how to create my own CRONs using curl in PHP. I’ve also nearly perfected my own OAUTH2 script, which Dav said is pretty hard to do! That said, the reason I’ve not pushed to finish the plugin just yet is because I’ve hit a pretty bad encoding issue which I can’t get past. So hopefully one of the fine developers I’ve been bombarding with questions for the past week can help me overcome that. But yes, I feel like I’ve gained some pretty rad knowledge in the past few weeks.
That’s it really, not interesting, but I wanted to blog this little milestone of now being a WordPress talker type person! I’ve been making WordPress websites (for fun) for years, and I totally enjoy bringing that to work. Oh boy, I should blog about some of the terrible website ideas I’ve had in the past. Anyway, laters!