Get Kids Blogging at the Digital Family Summit

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Attending the Digital Family Summit this coming weekend in Baltimore, Maryland? Our own Karen Arnold will lead a workshop to teach kids and their families how to get started blogging on WordPress.com. Karen, along with Velda Christensen, Alx Block, and Jennifer Dodd will be on hand to teach kids and their families how to set up their WordPress.com blogs. The workshop will break into smaller groups to help kids customize their sites. The WordPress.com workshop takes place on Saturday, October 12th from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Already registered and need some ideas on how to get started? What does your child/tween/teen love? Horses? Lego? Video Games? Books? Pets? Sports? Blogging about hobbies and interests is a great way to help kids learn more about what grabs their attention and meet other kids and families with the same interests. Kids also gain important digital literacy skills and learn how to be…

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WordCamp ABQ 2013 – Part Two: Sessions

My recap of WCABQ wouldn’t be complete without some words about the fabulous speakers and sessions that made up the main day of WordCamp.

First of all, I couldn’t possibly write a recap post without mentioning the fantastic volunteers and organizers that made WordCamp possible. The planning team worked their tails off: Ray Gulick, Maralyn Beck, Julianna Silva, Jamii Corley, Zerek Welz, Cara Christenson, Mary Garcia, Brooks Walch, and Samantha Metheny. We also had some super volunteers who are too numerous to mention here and a rockstar list of speakers.

Without further ado, here are the pics, courtesy of Melinda Hess and Patricia Letter of Convivial Studios.

This year we added our event to a calendar of tech events called Tech Fiesta ABQ, part of an effort to support and encourage tech activity in the city. It was fun and made it possible for us to use the Convention Center for the sessions. We had a lovely lunch in Civic Plaza which I do not have pics of, but was probably, after the Hackathon, my favorite part of the weekend.

We had a couple more photographers roaming around so there may be more pics that appear eventually, but this is good enough for now, right?

Want more info about WCABQ? Take a look at the website.


WordCamp ABQ 2013 – Part One: Hackathon

WordCamp ABQ has been over for weeks now and it is high time I blog about it. Right? Right.

We kicked the WCABQ2013 off with a rockin’ hackathon organized by a fantastic local volunteer, Brooks Walsh.

Wait, what’s a hackathon? Well, hackathons can take several different shapes, ours is essentially an effort to create a website from start to finish for a local organization that needs help. This year we selected a local charter school, Corrales International School, in need of a redo since their old site was built in Joomla.

Our hackathon is fun, it is intense, we run behind, we catch up, and it always turns out great. This year we had a core team that really kept it together till the bitter end. Other folks in the community came by to lend a hand as well. Running concurrently is a Meet & Greet for attendees and speakers. We do these events at the same time for a couple of reasons. One, folks want to meet and greet and two, lots of attendees may not think they can take part in a hackathon and this is a way for them to see the work going on. It’s a community effort and everyone benefits.

Here are the pics:

Our caliber of hackers this year was amazing, Brooks really brought together a fantastic team. They were able to get everything sorted, even including a plugin at the last minute to add a teacher role. The plugin messed some things up: the menu got deleted and some redundant data appeared, but the team was able to revert everything and fix it all up with only minor rebuilding.

As always, we learn how to do things better for future hackathons. For example, we elected to use a theme to save time, but we used one that nobody was familiar with so that slowed the work up a bit. Another thing that slowed our work was experimenting with using the client’s web hosting space for the development site. Once we figured out this was going nowhere, the team figured out a workable solution, sticking the dev site on Dreamhost temporarily.

In the end, an organization in need of a website received a pretty great start.

Want more info about WCABQ? Take a look at the website.

Custom WordPress minifig


A friend of mine at work makes some super cute WordPress swag. This minifig takes the cake though, it’s the best swag so far. Now I want a WP Lego set. I can just picture it: the minifig pictured here, a standing desk, a cute computer with stickers on it. There’d have to be a cup of coffee, with a WP logo of course.

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Managua: Part Three