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WordCamp Toronto 2008

April 26, 2008 @ 21:50 By: gordon Category: Meta, WordPress

I’ve been blogging for more than ten years.

Initially, it consisted of putting up some HTML pages when I was on a trip or when I did something particularly noteworthy, such as my first flight with a passenger as a licensed pilot.  Eventually, I found a piece of software called Pivot, which made it easier to blog, but I found it a bit cumbersome to customize.  One thing that set Pivot aside from other blog systems is that it did not rely on a database behind the scenes, meaning it was fairly straight-forward to set it up.  Instead, it generated HTML files for each entry.  But I couldn’t do everything I wanted to with it and updating the look-and-feel was becoming increasingly frustrating.

So, I looked at other blog systems out there and eventually settled on WordPress.  A slick, database-driven system, it had lots of bells and whistles and it was just easier.  My frustration level went down significantly.

Since then, WordPress has become very popular and is used by some of the largest blogs on the Internet.  The user community is very active and they hold events called WordCamps, one- or two-day events with various speakers and networking activities.  I noticed that there’s going to be one held the first weekend of October in Toronto, so I signed up.  It’s only $25 and for that I get lunch both days and a t-shirt, too.  Hopefully, my schedule won’t change between now and then. 🙂

9 Responses to “WordCamp Toronto 2008”

  1. This looks like something I should go to. Would you be into car pooling? Since you link the Bagel Shop you must live near me.

  2. gordon says:

    I do live just a few blocks away from it. Carpooling might work.

  3. Okay, I’ve put a query into the organizers and I’ll make a decision if I’m going when I hear back. I’m betwixt Island Park, Tunney’s, Scott and the Parkway.

  4. gordon says:

    Sounds good… I live and work near Holland and Scott. If my office were on the other side of the building, I could probably see you out the window.

  5. Hey there,

    Thanks for blogging about WC Toronto. I was on vacation the past couple of weeks and just getting caught up on e-mail, but I’ll be adding info to the site later this week and I’ll also be contacting some people who have inquired about presenting so we should have some schedules up too.

  6. Looks like I’m going to WordCamp Toronto! I guess we’ve got all summer to arrange carpooling.

  7. gordon says:

    Sounds good! I’m looking forward to it — I’ve never been to something like this before. I don’t mind driving so consider the offer of the right seat extended.

  8. I’ll be covering gas then, even if it’s $100 a tank! Can we take this off-blog and continue by email? (it’ll be quicker turnarounds from me)

  9. Gordon, as “keeper of maps” I wondered if I could pick your brain. I’m exploring how best to get info onto maps for use by a property owners association (cottage owners around a lake). Can we talk?

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