Attending a Danish WordPress Meetup in the company of nice people is a pleasant way for a geek to recover from jetlag!
René blogged about it (in Danish, of course). I look forward to seeing pictures when the photographers upload their photos somewhere.
Podcasts and blogs
I was bit late, but caught the majority of Karin Høegh’s little talk about podcast blogs. She is working on a new tool here in Denmark for publishing podcasts called Podhandle. She feels there are usability issues with publishing methods and hopes that podhandle can provide good solutions. Not being a podcaster myself, I couldn’t really use that information, but I enjoyed listening to Karin’s talk and the discussion that followed. The atmosphere is always charged with energy and inspiration at times like these.
Statistics and your blog
Our talk soon switched to statistics programs. Several were mentioned, but the best summary can be found on Knut’s site. The content is in Danish, but anyone can figure out the links! I am not at the point where I need stats just yet. 🙂 I was curious about whether the stats you could find were truly usable by “ordinary” people. I never took statistics in school, but I am aware that they can be misinterpreted very easily. If anyone has any insight on that, I’d be interested to hear about it.
I posted that question at the meetup, and Knut responded by saying he felt statcounter was simple, but understandable. René mentioned slimstat and scribefire, a plug-in for Firefox. Maybe I garbled something in my few notes from today, but I am sure René said scribefire could be used for stats, but it looks more like a WYSIWYG editor. Comments, anyone? In this same discussion, René talked about feedburner feedsmith, a really easy name to remember! As the name suggests, it deals with feeds, but you can get some stats from it.
This, of course, got someone asking for sites that have free (or very inexpensive) photos to use on a blog. The following sites were mentioned:
Odds and Ends
The rest of the meeting – and the continuation at a local café – was random chit-chat, but very interesting chit-chat.
Peter Brodersen, the creator of findvej.dk, attended, and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with him and listening to him talk about the thoughts he had and has about wedding some Danish data with the Google API to make a very intelligent and very usable map tool. The name says it all – “find vej” is Danish for “find [the] street”. Even cooler is his Wikipedia project, which I hadn’t noticed. I have often just popped in, found a location, and popped out again. Well, what if you are curious about that old building that you pass every day on the bus to work? You know where it is located, so you use the wikipedia page to locate the building. You click on the wikipedia icon at that location, and a pop-up tells you the name of the building and includes a link to its wikipedia article. Of course, the idea depends on articles being available. The Danish wikipedia project is growing so more icons will appear over time. I can see that major landmarks are indeed included here, so the concept is off to a good start. Geeky Danes can follow Peter’s plans on his blog. As he mentioned, findvej.dk needs to be kept free of clutter, so where else do you record all the background info? A blog, of course.
In other conversations, I learned about WordPressMU, the multi-user version of WordPress, discussed copyrights and creative commons, and oh, I can hardly remember it all now. Forums, emails, and blogs are all wonderful tools, but a face-to-face meeting always adds an extra something.