Here’s what I’ve been working on for the last several months: BoomTown’s WordPress-based buyer’s site. Our team is doing amazing work and I’m thankful to be a part. I’ve been working a lot on the behind-the-scenes stuff, getting things optimized and performant. It has been really cool to infuse BoomTown with a healthy dose of open-source software, too.
There is still lots of work to do, but hearing our clients’ reactions to the alpha at the Unite conference has been a shot in the arm for all of us. I’m really excited to see how our efforts translate to success for our clients.
The Social Media Club Charleston steering group is meeting in a few days to review 2009 and look forward to 2010. It’s been a great kickoff year for SMC (at least from my perspective), with a core of great engagement and a fresh helping of new faces at each meeting. If you’ve attended one of our panels or networking events this year, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you! You’re making Charleston’s technology and social media community stronger by participating.
Here’s another chance to participate — I’m interested in what kind of panels and events you might want to see next year. This is what’s on my drawing board so far:
- A frank discussion about disclosure online. Social media’s nature is driven by disclosure — but are we giving away too much? I’d love to see a local privacy expert or two come out of the woodwork to help us with this discussion. Privacy is a big part of our culture, and a discussion about how much privacy we’re ceding using tools like Twitter, Facebook, Brightkite (and, in some cities, Foursquare) and the like could be incredibly enlightening.
- A panel about crisis communication in the age of social media. After last week’s AdFed U panel, Lyn Mettler, Mike Haskins (Executive VP for Marketing at College of Charleston) and I got to talking and crisis communication — and how it’s changed — came up. One of the high points of my college career was a seminar on crisis communication put on by CofC’s Department of Communication Advisory Council, in which we had to generate a response to the Firestone/Ford Explorer incidents in 2000, where faulty tires caused a number of traffic accidents, some fatal. (I blogged about it shortly afterward if you care to read more and don’t mind my awful 2006 style.) Three years ago, we talked about stalling the press with refusing to comment and waiting for a statement. With social media, everybody’s the press, and it’s very hard to stall a tidal wave. This would be an incredibly beneficial panel.
- And, of course, the networking events people love. We like to put the “social” into “social media,” and we’ll continue to do so.
The floor’s yours now — what do you want to know about? Sound off in comments.
…and the verdict on Building Online Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress is largely positive! See reviews at Adminspotting.net, Free Software Magazine, and a great review from the founder of Drupal. We also got a bit of a nastygram on Amazon, as well, but that’ll happen.
If you’ve read and used the book, please share with me and the Internet at large by writing a review on Amazon or other pertinent Web development sites! I’m constantly looking for sites that have reviewed our effort, and I’d most definitely like to keep tabs.
Via Robert Douglass.
I’d like to announce the availability of MelWashington.com, the official website for my friend Mel and his Christian rock band. I’ve known Mel since 2nd grade; “bruthas from another mutha,” so to say, so it’s pretty awesome to do a website for him and hope it takes off. :) This project has been more than a few months in the making. It’s a simple WordPress 1.5.2 installation retooled a tad to be a bit more CMS’y. I’m holding off for a little while on migrating him to WordPress 2.0. What we’ve got right now is working pretty well, so that may wait for a little while.
Please stop over to his site and feel free to say hello! :)
Patrick O’Keefe interviewed me for today’s episode of The Community Admin Show, his bi-weekly podcast concerning all things online communities. Inside he asks me about the book, securing your phpBB, and more. Check it out if you get a sec!
I hope everyone out there had a fantastic Christmas or first day of Hannukah (take your pick)!
The book I co-authored, Building Online Communities With Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress should be available today, December 26, according to Amazon. So, while you’re doing your returns tomorrow, or perhaps looking for that outstanding after-Christmas sale, please feel free to drop in your local bookstore and look for it. It’ll be shelved in the Web design/Web development section of your local bookstore. If you see it, please tell me where you saw it!
Look out for my posts concerning phpBB and the world of forum communities in general from time to time on Ablog, the official blog of Apress, the publisher responsible for Building Online Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress.
I’ve seen the book! I got seven advance copies via UPS today. It came out wonderfully well, and I think I’ll find it a fantastic resource for my recent forays into Drupal and WordPress. My co-authors, Robert Douglass and Mike Little, have done excellent work in their respective sections. Preorder it now so you can save bookoo bucks on it. It’s out on December 26, so when you’re doing all your holiday returns, please stop in a bookstore and think of us. :)
Side note: I’ve been very busy the last week or two, hence the minimal blogging. Additionally, nightwind went down this weekend (bad power supply) and I need to get that running soon so my Windows logon doesn’t expire. (This is why most sane individuals have redundant domain controllers.) I can’t say when it will ease up but I’ll hope to resume a more regular schedule soon. :)
The intent of jaredwsmith.com was never to rest on its laurels as merely a WordPress blog. No, my ambitions for this site far transcend anything I have ever attempted. The goal is to leave it all on the table, and for people to take it for what it’s worth. In short, this could be very cool.
We’re entering the production stages of the book now. It’s getting quite exciting! You can now look for a release around December 19, 2005.