Four years at GoDaddy

Old GoDaddy sign

I hit the four-year milestone at GoDaddy this month. This is the longest I’ve worked at any company, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

I love helping local small businesses. It started in college, with projects about local economic development. It continued after graduation with my freelance and volunteer work.

But GoDaddy wasn’t looking for a small business advocate when I joined. They were looking for a community manager.

So let me back up here.

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Social media & the corrosion of democracy

If you spend hours each day on social media fuming about your opponents, you are still participating in the corrosion of democracy, even if you are participating from a morally impeccable position. And so the conventional wisdom among the politically clued-in – that what this moment calls for is more engagement with the news – may be the opposite of the truth.

via How the news took over reality (The Guardian)

September Shred

Happy Monday! (+ Labour Day)

So here we are in September. Firmly 3/4 of the way through 2019. How’s it going?

At the start of the year I laid out a series of goals/priorities. As the months went by, many — but not all — of those goals fell by the wayside.

With the end of the year in sight, I’m starting to think about 2020, and how to best roll from this year into the next one.

Which brings me to the September Shred.

I heard about this from my wife and I’m pretty sure it’s a personal fitness thing about losing weight.

And while we’re going in on that together I’m also thinking about what other things I could shred from my daily routine.

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Fall 2019: WordCamps & meetups are back on the calendar!

Happy Monday!

We’re nearing the end of the summer and my attention is turning to the fall.

Autumn is a busy season for community groups. Attendance picks up as fair weather gives way to grey skies. Meetups, conferences, and other indoor events fill the calendar through to the new year.

I’m joining my friend Brent Kobayashi on August 27th to co-host the first of a new monthly meetup series. We’ll talk about building WordPress sites for not-for-profit organizations. I haven’t done much NFP work in a while and I’m eager to jump into the conversation.

Also coming up, I’ll be:

Co-hosting WP Durham’s Fall Social meetup on September 5th. We’ll be at Brock St. Espresso in Whitby, which is fantastic, because it combines two of my favourite things: websites and coffee.

Keynoting WordCamp Rochester 2019 on October 5th. I’ll be talking about the history of WordPress as a platform and as a community, and where we can go from here in 2020 and beyond.

Speaking at WordCamp Niagara 2019. My session is a step-by-step walkthrough for building a community hub website with WordPress.

Co-hosting the “Grow Your Meetup!” workshop at WordCamp US 2019 on November 1st alongside some talented organizer friends.

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Recommended newsletters & more guest posts

Happy Monday!

An article appeared in the New York Times a while back lauding email newsletters as an alternative to social media. Excerpt:

My favorite new social network doesn’t incessantly spam me with notifications. When I post, I’m not bombarded with @mentions from bots and trolls. And after I use it, I don’t worry about ads following me around the web.

I agree with the premise, but from the perspective of a subscriber.

Newsletters have become my primary means of consuming news. I was a voracious Google Reader user in college; and for the first handful of years after, I used Twitter as a sort of pseudo RSS replacement. But, as time went on, I couldn’t keep up with the flood of links.

Curated email newsletters became my go-to alternative. Every week I receive a thoughtfully compiled digest of interesting links, and usually some commentary from the newsletter’s author.

At the moment I’m subscribed to dozens of these digests, covering a variety of topics. So I’m curating my favourites on a new Recommended Newsletters page.

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