I had a great time chatting with folks at WordCamp US 2022 in San Diego. The event felt more intimate than previous years and reminded me of WordCamp San Francisco 2014. I spent the first two days of WCUS shooting interviews with interesting WordPressers. You can see the full playlist of interviews here.
Did you know The San Diego Zoo is only an 8 minute drive from this year’s WordCamp US location? The San Diego Zoo is one of three zoos in the United States that has giant pandas. That got me thinking about a Wapuu/giant panda mashup.
I’m so excited about WordCamp US in September. Like many of you, I haven’t been to a WordCamp in years, so I thought I’d share some travel advice for San Diego. If you’d like some better travel advice, we’d recommend this WCUS travel thread by @GoGinaMarie.
Generative text-to-image tools, like Dalle-2 and Midjourney, are all the rage this summer. I used an AI tool called Craiyon to generate an image based on the prompt “WordPress mascot” and then redrew the results in a more consistent style. Here are the results:
The Torque Social Hour is a weekly livestream of WordPress news and events. This week we talked to Michelle Frechette, the Director of Community Engagement for StellarWP, about a new site called WP.events. This new site is a community repository for WordPress meetups, WordCamps, WorkShops, and livestreams. We talked about how this site is powered and what new features to expect in the future, plus we discuss a few upcoming WordPress meetups, including WordFest.live.
The Torque Social Hour is a weekly livestream of WordPress news and events. This week we talked to Nyahsa Green, the Editorial Director at MasterWP and a Software Developer at Howard Development and Consulting, about how to bring more new users and developers in the WordPress community. Nyasha has published a few great articles on MasterWP about the topic, so we were really excited to have her join us on this episode to talk about it.
The Torque News Drop is a report on the most pressing WordPress news. This week we talked to Joost de Valk, the founder of Yoast SEO, about his recent article “WordPress’ market share is shrinking“. Joost has been tracking these CMS market share reports for years and had great insight into why he thinks WordPress’ numbers have slowed down and what WordPress needs to do to keep growing.
Happy Spring. WordPress 6.0 is almost here!
Elon Musk reached an agreement to buy Twitter yesterday. So far he’s discussed enabling “long form Tweets”, Open Sourcing the algorithm, and adding an edit button.
Hey y’all, Happy Holidays! Have a great time with your family and friends this year. Thanks for reading Torque!