May

May was a very busy month for me. Stay tuned!

WordCamps I’ve Attended

Recently we decided to create a new page on WebDevStudios.com highlighting all of the ways WDS team members contribute back to the WordPress Community. One of the items we highlighted is WordCamp presentations.

I sat down and listed out every WordCamp I have attended since my first one in 2009. I also noted which events I presented at and co-organized.

2009

WordCamp Mid-Atlantic – presented
WordCamp Montreal – presented
WordCamp Chicago
WordCamp NYC – presented

2010

WordCamp Boston – presented
WordCamp Chicago – presented
WordCamp Raleigh – presented
WordCamp San Francisco
WordCamp Mid-Atlantic – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized

2011

WordCamp Phoenix – presented
WordCamp Boston
WordCamp Raleigh – presented
WordCamp San Francisco – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized
WordCamp Las Vegas – presented

2012

WordCamp San Diego – presented
WordCamp Baltimore – presented
WordCamp NYC – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized

Misc Events

BlogWorld Expo Las Vegas 2010
BlogWorld Expo NYC 2011
South by Southwest 2011
Pressnomics 2012
WordPress Community Summit 2012

I’ve always enjoyed attending WordCamps and tech events. If you’ve never attended a WordCamp I highly recommend it. The amount of knowledge gained in 1-day of WordCamp is unmatched.

My plan is to create a custom section on my site to help track events I’ve attended, presentation slides, and videos if available.

September

Was busy.

I’m Married!

At this exact moment I’m on a beach in Bermuda getting married to the love of my life, April Heline! I truly am the luckiest guy alive.

Professional WordPress Second Edition is Coming!

It’s official,Professional WordPress Second Edition is in the works! I’m really excited to update this book, as it’s such a great resource for WordPress design and development. The original Professional WordPress is one of the HIGHEST rated WordPress design and development books on the market, and we plan on making the Second Edition even better!

The original writing team is back, with a slight twist. This version of the book will be written by David Damstra and myself. Hal Stern will serve as our Technical Editor this time around. As with the last book, Professional WordPress takes a more advanced look at WordPress. From dissecting core code, breaking down functions and classes, to exploring WordPress APIs in depth, this book will help you take your WordPress design and development skills to the next level!

The original book was written for WordPress 2.9 and is over two years old now. Surprisingly the book actually holds up pretty well in most areas. The new book will be written around WordPress 3.5 (we’re very forward thinking) and include all of the new features and enhancements that have been released over the past two years. I’m really excited for some of the brand new chapters we’re writing, including chapters dedicated to Multisite and Custom Post Types and Taxonomies. We will even have an entire chapter dedicated to working with WordPress locally!

You can follow our progress and any Professional WordPress Second Edition news with the hash tag #prowp2. The book is currently planned for a December 2012 release date, which will make it a GREAT stocking stuffer!

April

April Showers bring blogging failure. More coming next month!

February Came and Went

…and I didn’t blog.

New WordPress Podcast: WP Late Night Starts Tonight!

There’s a new WordPress Podcast in town: WP Late Night. Hosted by yours truly, along with Dre Armeda (Sucuri.net) and Ryan Imel (WPCandy.com), WP Late Night will be a bi-weekly live streaming video podcast all about WordPress!

I’ve been itching to get involved with another WordPress podcast for some time now. I had such a great time on the WordPress Weekly show with Jeffro that I knew it was only a matter of time until it happened. The show will be live streaming tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm EST. You can watch the show live on the WPCandy Stream page.

For more information on the show, and ways to participate, make sure you check out the WPCandy.com announcement post.

End of an Era – My Final SitePoint Podcast Episode

If you haven’t heard by now, I have officially stepped down from the SitePoint Podcast. My final episode was released on November 11th, 2011. This episode was released exactly 3 years and 1 day after the first episode of the SitePoint podcast, which was released on November 10th, 2008. I still can’t believe it’s been three years since the launch of the show.

The initial talks about starting a SitePoint podcast actually began over a year before the first episode was released. It took a full year to organize, plan, prepare, and record the first show.

I’ve had an amazing time recording the show over the years. We recorded a live show at BlogWorld Expo in Las Vegas 2010. I did some really fun interviews with Matt Mullenweg (of WordPress), Andy Peatling (of BuddyPress), Roy Rubin (of Magento), and multiple SitePoint book authors. We even won the Podcast of the Year award in 2010 by .Net Magazine!

Aside from the great shows we’ve recorded over the years, what I’ll miss most is chatting with my friends every few weeks. I’ve developed a strong friendship with Patrick and Stephan over the past few years that, as Patrick put it, extends far beyond the show. It’s been fun watching all of us grow, personally and professionally, since the start of the show.

It’s going to be strange not being on the show, but as they say all good things must come to an end. I’m confident this isn’t the end of podcasting for me, just the end of this chapter of my podcasting career. Until the next chapter!

I Survived WordCamp Philly 2011!

Last weekend was WordCamp Philly 2011, the second WordCamp to be held in the City of Brotherly Love!

I had the pleasure of organizing the event this year with Doug Stewart, Reed Gustow, and Anthony Bubel. The event was a huge success!

Saturday we had an amazing lineup of speakers covering four tracks and a classroom with all sorts of awesome WordPress related topics. Saturday ended with an epic after party at National Mechanics. Sunday we held a Developer Day with more hands on hacking, which is always a fun time!

Overall it was an awesome event and one I am extremely proud to have been a part of. The Philly WordPress Community really stepped up and helped put on an amazing event.

I gave a classroom style presentation titled “Creating Your First WordPress Plugin”. The slides are embedded below:

Be sure to check out the other great presentations on the official WordCamp Philly 2011 SlideShare group.