The constant reinvention of web development

This constant wheel reinvention is something we seem to be wired to do. We can be optimistic and hope that good things fall out of it, but so often what is left is a mess. Teams find themselves with projects that no-one has the skills to fix, due to them being based on a toolchain that only a few people understand how to use. Businesses are handed websites by external agencies, using a technology that quickly falls out of favour, and when they want an update the next contractor looks at it, and suggests a rebuild.

HTML, CSS and our vanishing industry entry points (Rachel Andrew)

I feel this. Even at a lower level — like, say, building WordPress sites — it’s easier for a developer to scrap what already exists and build something new.

Back when I was doing agency work, if a potential client ever asked about a website redesign, this is the exact approach we’d take.

Hell, even if we built their existing site, our process would’ve changed. We would’ve moved on to new frameworks, new tools, new systems.

WordPress meetup organizer survey for WordCamp US 2019

I have the pleasure and privilege to join April Wier, Victor Ramirez, and Meagan Hanes — my fellow Canadian community wrangler! — in hosting the Grow Your Meetup workshop at WordCamp US 2019.

To prep for the workshop, we’re looking for WordPress meetup organizers to share their experiences with us in a quick survey. Gist:

To prepare for the workshop, we’re looking for insights and advice from other WordPress meetup organizers. What’s worked for you? What hasn’t worked for you? We’ll roll your contributions into our workshop materials.

Note: You don’t need to be attending the workshop to submit a response!

Submissions are anonymous, but you’re welcome to identify yourself for kudos (!), follow-up questions, or to stay in the loop about the workshop.

Are you a meetup organizer? Take the survey!

Know someone else who organizes a meetup? Send them the survey!

The more we hear from other organizers, the better. Meetups can vary quite a bit from one community to the next.

Bottom Line, Up Front

While the decisions you make may not be life-or-death, you probably also spend a lot of your time communicating with people who are busy, whose time is valuable, and who deserve at least the same level of consideration. That’s why BLUF is such a useful model. Whether you’re writing for your company’s blog, writing Slack messages to co-workers, or writing emails to customers, BLUF can help you cut through the noise and connect.

BLUF: The Military Standard That Can Make Your Writing More Powerful (Animalz)

Nielsen Norman Group does a great job of this with their article summaries.

Crowdfunding = trust

Part of a much longer thread worth reading.

h/t Patrick Tanguay (Sentiers Media) for the referral in his newsletter.

Shoutout: The DEV community

Where programmers share ideas and help each other grow. It is an online community for sharing and discovering great ideas, having debates, and making friends. Anyone can share articles, questions, discussions, etc. as long as they have the rights to the words they are sharing. Cross-posting from your own blog is welcome.

About DEV

Came across this programmer community the other day. VERY cool.

Reminds me of Glitch. Similar aesthetic.

Empower by GoDaddy

It made perfect sense for GoDaddy to align its vision with its corporate giving program, with the aim of equipping entrepreneurs in underserved communities who lacked the support and resources to learn how to build their small businesses. GoDaddy took the unique approach of partnering not only with national nonprofits but also with local organizations in more than 40 cities across the nation, where programs were developed that met the needs of each individual region and aligned with the missions of the nonprofit partners.

via GoDaddy and Jane Boyd Community House (Ragan)

I have so much respect for my colleagues on the Empower team and what they’re doing to support neighbourhoods around the United States.

Keep reading…Empower by GoDaddy

Time to Spread Firefox again?

Welcome to Spread Firefox. You are our marketing department, a diverse community of people tired of swatting popups, chasing spyware, combatting identity theft and installing security updates you could set your watch to. You have a vision of the 21st century web and are ready to push it to the world, wresting control from a monopoly that has let it stagnate.

The Spread Firefox! campaign (via Web Archive)

A couple weeks back I dropped a tweet saying I was moving back to Firefox as my primary browser. I’ve sworn by Google Chrome for years, but the recent push towards privacy and performance won me back.

I did some digging into the old Spread Firefox! campaign that pulled me into Firefox the first time round. That brought me to the Wikipedia article on Firefox, and that led me to this archived version of the SFX community site.

Millions of people are already using Firefox and helping us chip away at Internet Explorer’s marketshare. More than 80,000 websites already link to the Firefox page, with an additional 200,000 linking to mozilla.org. The buzz about Firefox was too hot for the blogosphere and has consumed the mainstream press: this month alone, Firefox has been declared officially “Wired” (IE? “Expired”), USA Today is recommending that its readers use Firefox, and Walt Mossberg, perhaps the most influential tech writer in the US, is telling Wall Street Journal readers that, if you’re worried about security, Firefox is a good way to go.

That post was made 15 years ago. Now Firefox is back, fighting to protect the privacy of its users. Is it time for us to #SpreadFirefox again?

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.

Keep reading…Four years at GoDaddy

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)