Calling All Central PA WordPress Users

I’m looking to organize a WordPress Meetup of sorts for all users in Central PA. I don’t care if you’re a developer, designer, or just a user… please, come on out and join the fun. It will be a great resource for everybody to learn and network. If you’re just a user and have a need, somebody should be there that can fill it for you.

As far as location, I was thinking the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. For a time, lets say the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7PM?

If anybody has other preferences for time and venue, please let me know and we can adjust as necessary.

With that being said… I’ll see you at the first WordPress Harrisburg Meetup on Wednesday June 10th, at 7PM at the Abbey Bar at ABC.

P.S. As an added bonus, I’ll pick up the drink tab for the first meetup.

On Other Projects

So lately I’ve been caught up with some other projects. I’ve been trying to develop a new site which should be launching in the near future. I have a domain name and twitter account, which will be released in the near future. I’ll also release some other details as time gets close.

Besides that, it’s just been my normal workload keeping up with my garden outdoors. Speaking of which, I need to go weed it tomorrow.

The only other thing I have which has been keeping me away from what I’d rather be doing is maintaining a friend’s yard while he’s selling his house. It’s about 3/4 of an acre that needs to be cut one to two times a week until the growth slows down. I spent a few hours on that today when I would have rather been working on my new site. Oh well, he sweetened the deal with the $1000 he has invested in a commercial grade mower, blower, and trimmer. I get to keep all of those in return for mowing his grass for a few months.

WordCamp Mid-Atlantic Wrap-up

I made it down to WordCamp Mid-Atlantic in Baltimore, MD yesterday to meet some old friends (Mark Jaquith and Aaron Brazell) as well as make a bunch of new contacts. As some of you already know, or learned yesterday, I was pretty involved in WordPress back in the day. I had stepped out for a bit due to personal reasons and am now trying to get re-involved in the community as well play catch-up with all the changes.

Fact Check: I was having a rough time yesterday trying to remember exactly which version I started with. According to the earliest ryanduff.net page on archive.org dated Feb 4, 2005, I had posts in September 2004. Cross referencing with WordPress Versions, that would mean I started with WordPress version 1.2 since 1.2.1 was not released until October 6, 2004. Now that that’s out of the way…

Overall, there was a TON of energy and the turnout was excellent. The presentations, despite a lack of much choice were also good. And like any unconference, if you didn’t like what somebody was presenting, you can walk out and go to another session or start your own. There was even a genius bar for anybody with questions. I stopped for a while to mingle with some of the more technical people there like @sivel @onefinejay and @ericskiff. We got to reminisce over old times as well as talk about the general direction of WordPress.

I’m still waiting for my MingleStick email to come through so I can access the contact info for the people I met. I like to keep on top of that before I start to forget things.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for things on the net, make sure to search for the #wordcampmidatl hashtag. We have @technosailor to thank for that one! :P