I chronically write my post-WordCamp summary about a month after the event and this time is no different. At least I’m consistent. :)
This year’s #WCIL took place at the end of May and a day before we left on a long-planned and long-awaited, 2-week vacation to Norway. Knowing that I was not yet packed, my time at WCIL was really limited this year. While I found the few sessions I attended interesting, most of my time was spent networking and reconnecting with folks I haven’t seen in a while (apparently much to the consternation of a few people sitting behind us, sorry!).
Click on each image to read a bit more about each:
Miriam Schwab sharing WCIL statistics.
In between sessions
The view from the 26th floor
Chrome and Android Graffiti
One of the biggest changes to earlier WordCampILs, next to the move to the Tel Aviv area, of course, was the addition of several sessions in English. In my view this also contributed to the nearly 400 WordCampIL signups and according to the stats that were shared at the beginning of the day, apparently 70% of those were first-time attendees. While not all 400 showed up, it was clear that both the change in venue and English language sessions contributed to the explosion in interest.
What was missing from the day’s sessions, for me personally, was a continuation of getting one’s feet wet in WordPress (the standalone software), following last year’s Getting to Know WordPress (Hebrew link). When I look at the above statistic, it doesn’t tell me how many of those 70% newcomers were developers or users and catering to everyone’s WP needs in a one-day event is, of course, a challenge. While there are plenty of resources (free and paid) on the internet to learn WordPress, face-to-face interaction is always first priority for me.
Sadly, by mid-afternoon I had to say goodbye to WCIL and, therefore, missed the last 3 sessions of the day. My empty suitcase and a 03:30 wake-up call were waiting for me at home. All in all, it certainly was worth it!
If you’re here, stop and say hi to the gray- haired woman in the blue shirt and the blue netbook. :)
A stunning 400+ WordPress enthusiasts signed up for WordCamp Israel this year. That’s a new record and even before the event schedule was published! You can check out the schedule here, and the list of speakers here.
Given previous years, we know that not all 400 WP’ers will be attending the event, but it’s not entirely clear how to let the organizers know that. So if you find you won’t be able to attend and want to free up your place for someone on the waiting list, either use the email address info at wordcamp dot org or the contact form on the WCIsrael website.
Remember: WPcomMaven will be there as well and I’d love to meet you and talk about setting up and getting the most out of WordPress.com. Drop me a note in the comments here or use my contact form.
See you Tuesday in Tel Aviv!
With a little less than 3 weeks to go before WordCampIL, registration is officially open.
Mark your calendar:
When: 27th May 2014
Where: Google Campus, Tel Aviv
Hours: 09:00-18:00 (subject to change)
While there’s no fee this year thanks to Google’s generous donation of their co-working Campus space, you still need to register ahead of time. Last year’s WordCamp in Jerusalem saw nearly 250 WordPress enthusiasts, so lock in your place now. (And hurry! 75 people signed up within 3 hours of registration opening.)
I’ll be there the entire day, so if you’ll be attending WordCampIL this year and would like to chat about WordPress.com, leave a comment on this post or use my contact form.
Following several tests in two different browsers, it now seems that in spite of a Staff remark to the contrary, if a site owner has disabled the Reblog button on their site, it does not appear to be possible to reblog a post from that site via the WordPress.com Reader or anywhere else the Reblog button may show. Even if the Reblog button does appear, it is a “placebo button”, i.e. it seems to work, but does not produce the expected results.
With assistance from Sylvia of 2Sojourners, we know the following as well (as of the end of March):
When reblogging from a WordPress.com website that has images embedded from a 3rd party site, like smugmug, those images are not transferred to a reblogger’s Media Library. They are, however, hotlinked from the 3rd party site if that site allows hotlinking. Consequently, if you are paying for bandwidth on that 3rd party site, anyone reblogging those posts on WordPress.com is adding to your bandwidth costs.
If the original poster initially allowed reblogging on their site, but later turned off reblogging, the entire content of the reblogged post disappears, including the link back to the original site. This leaves behind only the reblogger’s comment (if any) and any images that may have been transferred to the reblogger’s Media Library. In the case of my test post from 2Sojourners, this left only the post’s Featured image in my test site’s Media Library. (Featured images must be uploaded to WordPress.com in order to appear.)
Screenshots of the test process are being worked on and I hope to upload them shortly. Many thanks again to Sylvia for giving me permission to test reblog her site.
Will it stay this way? Given WordPress.com’s ever-changing environment, probably not.