This is my first attempt at live blogging, and on someone else’s laptop, which is always tricky.
As a newbie blogger, I find it all quite exciting. You can see pictures over on Lisa Risager’s blog. There is no specific agenda. People are just chatting with old friends. Others have put sticky notes on their laptops to indicate what topics interest them. It’s great to walk around and read these topics. Someone is converting from another system to WordPress, but I can’t help there, so I move on. I met two newbies who suddenly made me feel experienced with my two-month-old blog. I could even show one of them something about themes, which made me feel that I was finally a contributor, and not just a taker.
What have I learned?
Well, I was puzzled about the difference between trackbacks and pingbacks. Very nice Philip from blogbar.dk gave me some helpful advice. Pingbacks are automatic, and probably favored by those types who think spamming is cool. Naturally, some choose to block pingbacks in the hopes of avoiding extra channels for spam to their site. Trackbacks require someone to copy and paste the URL for a post, so there is a lower risk of spam coming in that way. So, I will not bother with pingbacks. Not that I have, but now I have no interest in them.
I can see that my theme has an update, and I was bit nervous about that. I don’t mind testing things, but not if you end up with loads of cleaning, fixing, and tweaking. “Theme” Thomas is here so I could quickly ask a few questions about that. Basically, I should just upload the new theme, and if there are problems, I can just go back to the previous level. In other words, now I am not so scared to work with themes. (If you are experienced with blogs or WordPress and laughing at my nervousness now – don’t forget – you were once a newbie!)
I was impressed with Lisa’s pictures on her site, which I have already referenced. Her blog entry was so simple. She just made a link and inset the references to thumbnails of her pictures. Couldn’t be easier. She uses 23hq, which is a Danish site for photo sharing. I haven’t starting taking pictures and uploading them to that type of site, but it sounds quite smart. She doesn’t have to do any editing. 23hq does it all. She uploads one picture and all res-sizing is taken care of by the site.
There are so many aspects to blogging tools. You can start blogging from the moment you install your WordPress blog, but getting to know it well can keep you busy for quite some time. I had never realized that I could edit features of my theme until today. Eureka! This is located under Presentations in the administration panel. Smart!
When I go home, I want to download Widgets from Automattic. “Theme” Thomas demonstrated that. It looks quite interesting. It provides a means to edit your sidebar without going into your WordPress php files. Basically making your life easier so you can get on with writing.
Well, I think I’ll go and wander around a bit more and see what else I can learn.