Hanging in at her 7th WordCamp

It’s not even noon and we’ve resorted to “how about you watch a video while I listen to this talk” 

Morgan’s in the developer track soaking up some good stuff while we’re learning about blogging and community stuff. So fun to divide and check out our individual areas of interest. 

J’s been doing a decent job, but was getting a bit squirrelly so I pulled out the tablet, thankful we’d downloaded a couple videos already. 

She loves shopping for swag from the sponsors and meeting new friends but then needs a break. 

It’s so cool that the WordPress community can be a family thing for us.

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Frank Corso: Tips On How To Handle Your Accounting and Taxes

One more subtitling success story!

After a week or 2 of slowly working on subtitles for this video I uploaded them last night. One of the awesome WPTV volunteers did the background magic that makes them appear with the video already. Pretty cool, huh?

I selected this video to work on for a couple of reasons:

  1. It was only 23 minutes long. Creating the subtitles takes watching the video at least 3 times, so once you add in time to start and stop to type what’s being said, I’m looking at investing 4-6 times the length of the video to get it all done.
  2. With Morgan’s current employment we need to know about accounting and taxes. So, hearing about someone else’s experience and learning what worked for them was appealing.

It’s been about 2 years since my first subtitling effort and I’m still enjoying it! I love being able to contribute to the WordPress project. Doing the subtitles lets me keep learning, both about the material being presented in the video as well as using the software to create them, and learning about the workflow of the TV team. And,  using “Press This” to share about my experience has let me learn some about how that tool works. Fun stuff.

I think working on subtitles with the WPTV team is a great way for anyone to be involved.:

  • You get to work at your own speed, there’s not a deadline for finishing.
  • You get to choose which video to do, so you can learn something new, listen to a friend, watch one you wish you could have seen live, or use whatever other criteria you have for choosing.
  • It doesn’t require any special knowledge. If you can type (in the language used by the presenter) you can do it. There are great step-by-step instructions available with screen shots that show you what to do.
  • You’re making something that could really be helpful to someone, whether listening to and hearing the video is difficult for them, or the language in the video is easier for them to read and understand than hear and understand. By creating the subtitles you’re making the material available to a wider audience.
  • When it’s all done you can see your work!

So, if you’ve been looking for a new fun project, I’d like to encourage you to give this a try. It’s been good for me! Let me know how it goes if you jump in 🙂

What we’ve been doing lately

WordCamp OKC planning sums up our answer to “what have you been up to lately?” I say it’s our answer instead of my answer because it’s been a great joint project for Morgan and me and because J gets to hear a lot about it. Between communicating with our organizing team, creating/scheduling posts, thinking about which topics would be the best fit, and just obsessing about lots of details that probably aren’t even really mine to obsess about it has taken over 🙂

I knew it would be a good learning experience, and that has been true. I’ve learned not just about WordPress, but about working with a team of essentially strangers, and a lot about myself.

In the land of WordPress learning: I can now schedule posts and tweets to happen later -so I can set up a whole series at one time but release them at the appropriate times, cool, huh? I experimented with “edit” and “quick edit” and found they’re useful for different things. I also figured out that posts go on the front page and trigger an email to people subscribed to the site while pages don’t do that. So, if we want people to know a page exists it’s helpful to make a post about it, too. I know, for more experienced WordPressers, all those details probably feel a bit like the ABC’s, but to me it’s been good to get a real understanding of how it works. And, I know when the slack chats about events happen each day.

Often in the afternoon when J wakes up and wants to play I’m finding myself saying “let me finish this thing then I’m all yours” She’s doing a great job being patient with that. It may help that she has loved her experiences at previous WordCamps (stickers, friendly people, and Wapuu are pretty attractive to her). And, though it is sometimes tough I’m really trying to finish that one message and close up the laptop till later. It’s good for her to know we’re working on things, but also good to know that we’re here for her, too. Practicing balance in that will likely be a lifelong priority.

It’s scheduled for just over a month from now, July 30th. Tonight we released our list of speakers. They’re a good group. I’m proud of the quality of our lineup and look forward to hearing each of them next month. And, if for some reason I’m working on something else and miss a session or two, they’ll be posted on wordpress.tv later and I can see them there. You can too 🙂

It was fun to surprise my girl

At WordCamp US 2015 our daughter fell in love with Wapuu! She especially enjoyed the coins designed by Marktime media and distributed by GoDaddy.

So, when I saw a tweet about a crochet pattern for Wapuu I decided it was time to give crocheting amugurumi a try. You can read the article about the pattern too.

And, here’s the post from the creator. It’s fun to hear her version of how the pattern came about.

It’s so cool that the person who created the pattern made it available free for others to use. Not surprising, because that totally fits the WordPress community mentality, but cool in this time of lots of paid patterns available.

Doing something new with crochet was fun, and seeing her excitement as I finished the various parts was awesome. I was going to make it all a total surprise, but left it on the couch and she saw the pattern and figured out what I was making. After that she kept asking how each part was coming. It was fun to watch my progress together.

I have seen lots of pictures of amugurumi before, but just hadn’t ventured into giving it a try myself yet. Amugurumi is a knitted or crocheted stuffed toy.  While not perfect I think it turned out pretty well for a first effort. As time allows I may try some more animals or more Wapuus, we’ll see 🙂

You can see lots more pictures of Wapuu online.

Getting Ready for the 1st Contributor Weekend

This coming weekend is the first WordPress global contributor drive and I’m looking forward to trying something new. So far my experience with contributing to WordPress has been through creating subtitles on videos and attending WordCamps. So it’s kind of exciting to be venturing into a new realm.

It’s an online thing that lasts all weekend long, but here in Oklahoma City a few of us in our meetup group decided to get together at Chick-fil-A and work together. For me that means breakfast, a place for our girl to play, free WiFi, and seeing some familiar faces (we go there so much the staff greets us by name when we arrive).

So, between now and Saturday morning I’ll be reading all the info again to make sure I’m all set and ready to go when we get together. I haven’t looked at the support forums before so I have no idea if I’ll be able to answer any questions, but I’m looking forward to checking it out.

If you’re here in Edmond please join us if you can, and if not, you can join in online 🙂

Yay for Contributor Day!

I spent much of Sunday at the Contributor Day that was part of WordCamp US. It was great!

There were 3 big rooms full of people working on a variety of WordPress things. It was so cool to hear people meeting each other and sharing their experiences with the project and asking/answering questions of each other.

I was there to work on subtitling videos on WordPress.tv and see about helping others do that too. I’m glad to say it was successful!

I met some helpful new people and was able to share my experience a bit with a few who hadn’t worked on subtitles before. It’s exciting to be part of such a cool thing.

Several hours into it I decided to start working on a new video and see if I could finish one during the day. If I’d been able to stay until the end instead of bailing a tad early to deal with a fussy four-year-old I would have been able to do it. Instead I finished it up in the hotel that night.

I ended up really enjoying the video I selected. It’s from WordCamp Finland 2015. I had a list of ones that are under 15 minutes and I asked Morgan to help me find one that wouldn’t be too technical, so he picked “Why You Should Publish a Plugin on WordPress.org” by Otto Kekäläinen. He does a great job explaining some benefits of publishing your plugins on WordPress.org. For anyone who writes plugins and doesn’t publish them there, it’d be worth a listen, he has some great reasons why you should.

I finished it and submitted before bed. By the end of the next day the subtitles had been added. Now you can watch his video with English subtitles available. So cool!

So, besides my personal success in subtitling a video, I enjoyed seeing others working on subtitles too. There were at least three others who started their first one and two others I saw working on various ones in languages besides English.

In addition to the work happening it was really neat to see so many people visiting with each other and sharing their experiences. The WordPress community really is a fun, friendly, helpful group of people. I’m glad that I’ve been able to see it firsthand and hope that you’ll think about joining in. There are opportunities for people of all skill levels and interests. Check out the info about WordPress and find a way to join in the fun!

Thankful for WordPress

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It’s been pretty cool to get to step into the “computer stuff” part of Morgan’s world in the past 14 months or so.

Tonight I’m at the OKC WordPress meetup enjoying watching him give the presentation.

From attending a WordCamp, to starting a blog, to creating subtitles, to attending more WordCamps, to now finding and hiring a babysitter so I can go to the meetup too I’ve really enjoyed participating in the WordPress world (or community as it’s commonly called).

Oh, and when I got stuck tonight wanting to add links to this post, I just waited until the end of the presentations and asked the guy that actually works on the mobile apps how to do it. And, he helped me. So cool.

It’s been good for me personally and fun to have something else in common  with my husband 🙂

So cool!

Last night one of my aunts asked if there is a way to get an email when I update my blog. I turned to my husband (the man with much WordPress knowledge) as I said “yeah, I’m pretty sure there is” and discovered at that moment there wasn’t.

So he helped me know which things to click to add a “follow this blog” feature.

It worked! I’m a bit amazed that I could sit on my aunt’s sofa surrounded by family on Christmas Day and use my phone to change something that seems so significant to me.

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Just to be sure I tested it myself and received a confirmation email.

This one’s for you Aunt Mary. I’m so glad you asked!

Subtitling Success #2

I came back from WordCamp San Francisco inspired to work on some more subtitles.

I selected a video that was about WordCamps/Meetups because the topic was interesting to me, the speakers were easy to understand and the total video was about 13 minutes long. So it seemed like it would be a fun one to hear and wouldn’t take a huge amount of time to complete.

I really enjoyed the information that Jen Mylo and Andrea Middleton shared about these two areas. Though I haven’t ever attended a Meetup (childcare issues prevent it right now), I have been to 3 WordCamps this year. Hearing about how both are organized and what the expectations are for them was pretty interesting.

It ends up that it seems to take me about 6 times the length of the video to finish creating the subtitles. After entering them all you have to watch it 2 more times; once to sync them and then a 2nd to review/fine-tune the timing.  So this 13 minute video took me almost an hour and a half. A bit of that time was re-learning at the beginning, it had been a long time since the first one I did.

So, if you’re interested in learning more about how to lead a Meetup or Wordcamp, please check out the video – not only can you watch it, but you can watch it with subtitles if you’d like 🙂

And, if you’re looking for a way to be involved in a cool project, please consider working on subtitles yourself! There are step-by-step instructions available.