PhotoCamp Utah WrapUp

I have to give a major digital pat on the back to all of those great people that put on PhotoCamp Utah this last weekend. The event was huge, exceeding my expectations with membership, the quality and caliber of speakers, and the interaction with fellow photographers. Well done all.

With that great event, I had the great pleasure of sharing some thoughts in a presentation that I called PhotoBlogging with WordPress. From the course description:

Do you take awesome pictures and want to show the whole world? Learn more about how to showcase your photos with using blogging software by WordPress.

This will showcase tips for anyone from beginner to advanced. No need to understand photography, just a basic knowledge of web tools. General overview of topic will be presented, with a few ‘hands on’ examples.

With this topic of blogging, I was a little nervous that: 1. a lot of people might be blogging, but not using a hosted version of WordPress making themes and plugins difficult. 2. Might be using other software like TypePad/Blogger/Tumblr.

So, with that being said, at 9:30 Friday night I started to build a new site that would remedy both of those problems. I built a custom tailored WordPressMU/BuddyPress/bbPress site that had themes and plugins that would appeal to a photographers that were looking to get into blogging.

So, here I am announcing Photo-Bloggers.com. If you have wanted to get a rich, photoblog, and wanted to tie into a network of other photographers, now you can. There is a rich gallery of themes, some premium photo themes, and plugins to improve the experience. If you have  a theme or a plugin that you would like to see added, let me know and I will toss it in the pot.

If you are interested in WordPress development, integration, or have other questions, feel free to contact me through the comments here, email (whyisjake {at} gmail dot com) or through Twitter.

Once again, thanks to all of the conference organizers, volunteers and sponsors for making this a great event.

Utah WordPress Meetup

WordPress Logo A few weeks ago at the January Geek/Blogger dinner Thom Allen, Joseph Scott, Spencer King and I were all talking about how cool it would be if there was a time when WordPress developers/users/designers could get together and hash out whatever they were working on with the collective body of users. So, in the community nature of WordPress, I decided to put something together for next week. If you are new to WordPress, a seasoned vet, or somewhere in between, you would likely get something out of this meeting. If anything, come for the snacks. I am going to commit my wife to making some delicious bananna bread. (Will you honey?)

Details

Location: Casa de Spurlock (My House)

Time: Wednesday, 18th of March 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Topics: Anything that you want to talk about. I just got a new TV that we can hook up laptops too, so bring your lappy, and examples of what you are working on. If we do have a good response, I will see about moving to a larger location, but we should be ok… (I know, famous last words…)

Event Registration on Upcoming.org

Twitter hash tag: #utwordpress

WordCamp Denver Wrap

Just a quick post to say what a great time I had out at WordCamp Denver. The Crowd Favorite Guys put on a great party, and I was glad that I got the chance to present. For those that don’t know, I presented on BuddyPress, an up and coming open source framework for developing social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace. BuddyPress is what we use to power Petomundo!, the social site that I am developing. If you are interested in learning more about BuddyPress, feel free to contact me, or jump into the forums.

Another link to a kid that is doing a lot of good with BuddyPress, Nicola Greco is a 15 year old kid in Italy that is doing a lot of BuddyPress plugin development in Italy. Thanks for all the hard work over there.