Hugh Lashbrooke’s This Month in WordPress is a great way to get a high-level view of how WordPress is changing. Here’s August, 2018 as an example. I can’t always keep up with all the WordPress news, so his posts make sure I don’t miss anything.
Automattic, the company I work for, has released Jetpack 4.5. It includes the
[vr] shortcode that my team mates worked on. The extent of my effort was modeling for some 360º shots so here is my contribution: panoramas!
First we have my favorite panorama. It’s a little lower res – shot with Dermandar on an iPhone 4 – but it’s the subject matter I love. The Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum:
Jenny and I stopped at a rest stop on our drive home from North Carolina and found this magnificent display purely by chance.
Next is an abandoned-ish building on the Belle Isle disc golf course:
The Belle Isle Conservancy. Also on Belle Isle but less abandoned and less tolerant of flying discs:
Finally, a panoselfie with my brother on Sugarloaf Mountain in Marquette:
Ultimately this post has been an excuse to brag to everyone. Yes, I’ve visited the Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum. Keep sharp, be sharp, act sharp, stay sharp, look sharp.
Last night I got downtown for the Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup. As an aside, there is a fun art installation downtown called LuminoCITY. I spotted it on my way in and recommend you check it out after dark.
The meeting topic was Productivity Tools & Workflows, with 4 quick talks:
- 5 “Getting Started” Productivity Hacks: Anthony Montalbano
- Manage your time and invoicing with Harvest: Deborah Edwards-Onoro
- Task Management with Trello: Eric Malcolm
- Pomodoro-ish: Amit Rathi
I took notes, but the talks are pretty well documented by Andy Melichar on his blog and Eric Malcolm on the Meetup’s blog. If you didn’t make it out, read those to get a good recap. I do have some thoughts though.
Anthony’s getting started tips were great. He uses a Flic with IFTTT to tell RescueTime to lock him out of time-wasting site and disable notifications. e uses a dedicated voice recorder to remember things. I’m interested in the implication that single-purpose devices lend themselves to higher productivity. I have been reading more since I got my Kindle. I wonder how much of that is tech novelty and how much is from having a dedicated device.
Eric’s presentation on Trello was eye opening. I know people love Trello but never had much luck making it a part of my workflow. Seeing someone use it helped me understand what it’s capable of. I’ll also have to check out the recommendations for Trello’s blog and their inspiration page.
I am going to try to adopt Eric’s process of having boards for each “project” in his life as a backlog and then moving those things onto a board with daily columns to schedule his day. It might work well with the 1-3-5 system Anthony advocated.
The other talks by Deborah and Amit were great too, so great I don’t really have anything to add. Next month is Quarterly WordPress Q & A Workshop, come on out!