WordCamp Scranton Followup

It’s been a little over a week since WordCamp Scranton, the dust as settled, and I have slept. First, I want to thank everyone who came out: attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers. I also want to thank Johnson College for being such a great host. Finally, big thanks to Matt Mullenweg for taking time out of his busy schedule to come make the first WordCamp Scranton truly special.

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I’ve been thinking more about the TIL Podcast and what I need to do to make it a show people will actually listen to. I need a good hook to draw people in, and I’m not entirely sure one that’s just, “I learned stuff,” is good. See Friday’s post for why (spoiler: there are a lot of them).

I’m thinking about doing, “Things I Learned Offline.” It might be a good hook and there is human interaction. I can build a story about how I came into the info, and the present the fact at the end of the show.

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When I woke up this morning I though, “I’m going to get a bunch of stuff done before work.” It’ll be a productive day! Then I spent 20 minutes wrestling with Chrome.

My account needed to be re-verified. Fine. 2-factor auth. Great. “Your sync passphrase is different from your Google password. It was set 2.5 years ago.” What did I use 2 and half years ago?! I figured it out. Then I get an SSL Error on this site. I use a self-signed cert since I’m the only who logs in. I can’t seem to make this a verified source. Switching to Safari.

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On Friday I was presented with a problem that I had no idea how to solve. Unfamiliar with most aspects of it, I did what any reasonable person would do. I freaked out and went to bed.

After a solid night’s sleep I did some research, came up with a plan, and by Sunday afternoon, I had a good solution to this problem implemented. It was frustrating, but invigorating when I finished.

My favorite part about programming is just that. I went from “no idea where to start” to “working solution” in less than 48 hours. Problem solving at its best.

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Yesterday I mentioned that I’ve been kicking ideas around for the third iteration of TIL Podcast. The key is just putting it in a format that I can and will actually do.

While the 1st format (a group of my friend and me talking about stuff) was great, it was difficult to coordinate. The same goes for the 2nd format: a one-on-one discussion.

The other problem was making it weekly. That’s simply too much for me, right now. Making it every two or even three weeks, will allow me do it and do it right. Here’s to making it work.

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So much for writing a lot this week! I’m hoping Sunday will provide me ample opportunity for reading, writing, and R&R.

I’ve been kicking around lots of ideas for my seemingly defunct TIL Podcast. Now that I have a nice new mic (Blue Yeti – thank you Prime Day) I’ve gotten a second (third?) wind for doing it.

My latest ideas are to either: go back into old blog posts and do updates on the podcast, or jot down some things I learned over 2 weeks and talk about them.

Either way, much like Justin Timberlake, I’m going solo this time around.

Summer Reading

Admittedly, I have not been reading as much as I ‘d like to this year. I was hoping to read 2 books a month; unfortunately I started more than I’ve finished. That is, up until last weekend when I went to the beach. I managed to read 3 books over the course of 4 days. Allow me to tell you about them.

Note: There are no spoilers in this post! Feel free to read ahead.

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I will be doing a lot of writing this week. a lot of writing. WordCamp Scranton was over the weekend, so the last 2 weeks saw me immersed that. I was making sure the event went off without a hitch. It did.

That means there were a great many things I didn’t get to do, including tons of blog posts. I have a list. It’s long. Keep an eye out for these posts, as well as ones with more substance, and maybe even a review or two.

I will also get the sponsor and wrap posts up for WordCamp Scranton.