Five RSS feeds I followed today

I followed several new to me feeds today and then decided—why not share? There may be no other way to rediscover the social network that is blogging.

“When the experienced don’t write, grifters step in, feign expertise, and sell it.”

Frank Chimero

Thanks to an Om post, I ran into Frank Chimero’s redesign blog. It should be an interesting experiment in writing about a process while it happens. It also provided the quote above, which I enjoyed and contrasts only a bit with my opinion that beginners should feel comfortable talking about their work.

That said—beginner does not equal grifter.

“Transparency prospers in a linked medium, for you can literally see the connections between the final draft’s claims and the ideas that informed it.”

David Weinberger

Earlier in the day, I ran into a David Weinberger quote I posted in 2014 that I found interesting. I followed the link to Joho the Blog, skimmed through the page, and decided I might find future content interesting as well. I even added his new book, Everyday Chaos, to my want-to-read list in Goodreads.

Bonus: that quote from 2014 is not entirely unrelated from the idea of grifters posing as experts.

I found AI Weirdness through a tweet that I can’t find now, but I had saved the tab to read later when I visited yesterday. This morning I decided to subscribe rather than pretend I’ll get back to the tab. I haven’t done anything with AI yet, so this may be an interesting and humorous way to become familiar.

Bonus: the title of Janelle’s TED talk, which is still on my list to watch: “The danger of AI is weirder than you think

And last, but not least, I followed both the IndieNews and This Week in the IndieWeb blogs via the main indieweb.org site as part of an effort to get more familiar with that community and technology.

An open source WordPress multisite talk

I was watching a talk at WordCamp Boise earlier today and thought to myself that it would be a great set of slides to open source so that others could give the same or a similar talk to their local meetup group or another WordCamp.

I then wondered why more people don’t open source their talk material. 🤔

I then realized I had never open sourced my talk material. 🙃

In well timed fashion, I spent some time this week recreating the slides for the multisite talk I’m about to give because I misplaced the Keynote files and only had a PDF. I’ve given several iterations of the talk over the years and it seems like a nice candidate to open source so that others can use it as a launch pad for sharing that knowledge or creating talks of their own.

I’m considering the latest version, built in Keynote, the most prepared, though I’ll link to previous iterations of the slides so that anyone can see how they’ve progressed. I built the first set of slides in reveal.js, but kept coming back to Keynote as it always ends up being the least time consuming way for me to develop slides. I’m happy to integrate any changes that others suggest, especially as multisite and the set of solutions built around it continues to ebb, flow, and grow.

The talk content is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The image of Thelonious Monk used on this page and in the slides was dedicated to the public domain by its photographer, William P. Gottlieb.

Download the slides for “Behind the Scenes of WordPress Multisite”

I’ll probably adjust this post or replace it with a page once I figure out a better way to structure this.

Talk history:

These are the videos and slides for iterations of the talk that I’ve done in the past. The videos available on WordPress.tv are also published under the same CC BY-SA-4.0 license as the talk material. I’m not sure if the LoopConf video on YouTube has a specific license, so maybe refrain from any remixes? 🙂

Note: There should soon be an accompanying video from WordCamp Boise that I’ll add to this post once it’s available on WordPress.tv.

Social crosswords

I recently went all in on my NY Times digital subscription so that I could play their crosswords. It’s been a long while since I tried doing crosswords on a semi-regular basis and I’m surprised in that I’ve actually gotten better during the hiatus. I have no idea why, but for now I’m just going to attribute it to reading more books. Bonus: they’re so much more approachable than the Guardian’s cryptic crosswords. Ugh.

Anyhow.

I’ve been having a lot of fun doing the mini crosswords and because there’s a “leaderboard” attached to those, it’s been fun to have a handful of people to compete against every day. The leaderboard is very temporary and very rudimentary, but it’s still fun.

If you’re a NY Times mini crossword player, you should add me as a friend so that you appear on my leaderboard. We can silently judge and cheer each other on! 🤓