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Am I A WordPress Addict?

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Oh boy – this is great! ManageWP posted a list of 34 ways you know that you’re a WordPress addict. I would say I qualify since I’m a hardcore WP evangelist and rock it as much as I can for my genealogy purposes. I’ve done webinars about it – with another talk coming up in October.  Here is their list, with the ones I can admit to bolded.    #17 in particular gets in my craw! (as Kalonji would say…)

  1. Your RSS feed has more WordPress blogs in it than any other.
  2. You have Chrome Sniffer installed just to see if websites you visit are running on WordPress.
  3. The last thing you check before you go to bed is your WordPress dashboard (complete with comments and analytics).
  4. The first thing you check in the morning is your WordPress dashboard (complete with comments and analytics).
  5. You’re subscribed to
  6. You stop looking for plugins to solve your problems and start developing them instead.
  7. You can’t code plugins to solve your problems so you pay someone to code them for you.
  8. You refuse to travel to locations without wi-fi.
  9. You find yourself contacting other webmasters just to find out what plugin they’re using for a particular function on their site.
  10. You pre-ordered a WordPress 10th Anniversary t-shirt.
  11. You have to contact us to get custom pricing for your WordPress website management needs.
  12. You’ve written diatribes about the WordPress WYSIWYG editor.
  13. You’ve reacted in horror when someone has told you that they use the WordPress theme editor.
  14. You know who Matt MullenwegMark JaquithVladimir Prevolac and Joost de Valk are.
  15. You cringe when someone spells WordPress with a lowercase “p”.
  16. You have had to get up in the middle of the night to write a blog post that was running through your head.
  17. You feel a rush of irritation when someone refers to a blog post as a “blog”.
  18. You’ve developed a ridiculously basic plugin despite your non-existent coding skills.
  19. You check out our Themes of the Month posts every single month even though you’re not looking for a new theme.
  20. You check out our Links Mashups posts even though you are subscribed to just about every WordPress blog on the planet.
  21. You spend hours choosing between two plugins when the difference between them will barely make a difference to the user experience.
  22. You chastise people for using fake WordPress logos.
  23. You’ve heard of ManageWPWordPress SEO by YoastAkismetDigg DiggEdit Flow andVaultPress.
  24. You consider the discovery of What the File one of the highlights of your year.
  25. You love a plugin that’s only been downloaded a handful of times and make it your job to promote it to the world.
  26. The word “jetpack” makes you think of a plugin rather than flight.
  27. You delete a plugin on principle because it creates an unnecessary top level link on your WordPress sidebar.
  28. You spend more time talking about WordPress than you do working with WordPress.
  29. You dream about meeting Matt Mullenweg.
  30. You act like an excitable schoolgirl when a popular plugin developer responds to your email.
  31. You travel to another country just to go to a WordCamp.
  32. You’ve never even considered using another Content Management System.
  33. You can create a child theme in fifteen seconds flat.
  34. You create a new blog just so you can work with a theme you like the look of.

Well, 18/34 — slightly over half of them.  Can’t say that qualifies me, but it sure sends me in that direction doesn’t it! LOL.  Awesome list indeed! Can I add one more?

#35 – You start teaching your kids WordPress so that they can help you manage all your sites.   Yep. Miles is learning it this year. 🙂

A Night of Education

Earlier this week, Kalonji and I attended an informative lecture at Vanderbilt’s Black Cultural Center. We’d only learned about it after my sister sent me the link, but we were so glad we were able to catch it! The lecture was given by Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  The Schomburg Center is the premier place of research of African-American life and Kalonji and I are quite hopeful that we get to visit one day.

Dr. Muhammad’s talk was titled “Partners in Crime: Statistics and The Logic of Post-racialism” and was educational and interesting. His discussion started with the 1890 census, so you know my genealogical ears perked right on up! There were so many aspects to his talk that I couldn’t begin to do him justice here, but he has a book published “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America” so we plan to pick that up so we can read more.

Generally speaking, Dr. Muhammad talked from a sociological-historical perspective on how statistics have been used to argue viewpoints on crime statistics of blacks and how it is important to look beyond the numbers in search of the background context. After the lecture, we had a chance to speak to Dr. Muhammad and even Jihad got a picture!

Now, despite having been at Vanderbilt for close to 12 years now, I’ve never been over to the Black Cultural Center. Guess there’s a first for everything. 🙂 It is a nice building and I enjoyed the current art displays – art was by Tamara Madden.

We had an overall great night! Thanks Dr. Muhammad for the talk. Oh, did I mention that he is also a great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad? Kalonji got the biggest kick out of that!

Virgin Mobile Social Media Fail

I debated whether I should make this my 1st post of the new year, but I have to get it out.

Once again I have been utterly disappointed in a major company’s communication failures via social media. I am a huge supporter of social media and how it can be used for communication; platforms like Twitter and Facebook provide instant ways to communicate yet it is so frustrating to see them underutilized.

Since our move in October our primary means of online access has been through Virgin Mobile’s pre-paid broadband access. I was looking for cheaper options for getting online and their $40/month unlimited 3g internet seemed worth trying out. Especially the MiFi device, which allows multiple computers to connect to the same wifi signal. The speeds/quality of the streaming videos we watch are not ideal, but tolerable, so overall it’s been okay.

Yesterday afternoon however, an outage began. After multiple attempts to call customer service I finally reached an agent who was able to confirm the outage. Yet, no idea of when it would be back online. I checked Twitter too and found people reporting outages.

28 hours later as I write this my service is back online, but in this time frame despite the fact that VirginMobile has at least two Twitter accounts (here, and here — one of which explicitly states is the customer service account) and a Facebook page, they were absolutely silent until about 1pm today. The Twitter customer support account did not respond to tweets nor provide any info despite this occurring during their stated support times. Very frustrating.

VirginMobile, you could at least let us know that you were listening.  If you couldn’t handle the volume of phone calls, you could have announced that on FB, Twitter, and your website earlier than you did. I hate to even think of customers who may have been purchasing devices during the outage – were they informed? You have so many options and ways to manage the incident via social media.

And to top it all off, I just received a tweet from customer service asking me which outage I was referring to in my tweet to them earlier today, when there is a notice on the Facebook page several hours old about the outage.  How unfortunate.

Family Vacation to Florida: Days 5 & 6

Saturday June 5th, 2010

Saturday was our last full day in Florida.  My mom was off work so she was able to venture out with us.  We had hot dogs for lunch, which Miles was kind enough to make (he totally rocks!) and then we went out to play miniature golf on the beach @ Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf.

Their golf course was 18 holes and unfortunately, we went out at the hottest point of the day.  The course was neat though – themed with decor of palms, pirate ships, cave taverns, etc.  As well as beautiful views of the ocean and intercoastal water.

They also had baby alligators that we were able to feed.

Miles & Jihad quickly got ahead of me so I didn’t get many pictures of them playing, but they did play the whole course! Kaleya decided at about hole 8 that she was too tired & hot to continue. I didn’t blame her! Before she quit she took this picture of me and I just love it!

Following the miniature golf, my mother found another free site for us to visit – the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. The sanctuary is is the largest wild bird hospital in the United States and was just down the street from the miniature golf. A quick trip down Gulf Blvd and we were there. Let me tell you, birds were everywhere!

Even Kaleya got into the spirit and started taking pictures.

The Sanctuary is right on the shore, so even though we were not dressed for it, we decided to go play on the water — Miles was insistent on “touching” the Gulf of Mexico. 🙂 We had such a great time on the water! The kids found more seashells and it was so beautiful out.

In this video clip Kaleya runs from an approaching wave.

After the beach we went back to my mom’s, had a big spaghetti dinner, then called it an evening. Sunday was spent on the road coming back home to Nashville. Utterly exhausted, but we had a great trip!