Three new things I learned at Wordcamp Boston 2011

Posted on July 27, 2011


WordCamp Boston 2011

WordCamp Boston 2011 was held this past weekend at Boston University. It was a blast! I learned so much and I can’t wait to put into practice what I’ve learned.

The three biggest things I learned from WordCamp Boston are listed below.

1. It is possible to get inexpensive and GOOD web hosting.

BlueHost, HostGator, GoDaddy and HostMonster are just a few that came highly recommended by the speakers.

I’m very excited about this since I now have NO excuses for delaying my move to WordPress.org. Currently, my blog is hosted on WordPress.com, which means that WordPress takes care of everything for me, the setup, upgrades, spam, backup and security. With WordPress.org, I must install the WordPress software on a server. The best thing about Worpress.org is that I have more control over SEO, Search Engine Optimization.

2. It’s not about the tools.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the latest tools. It’s much more important to keep in mind why you’ve blogging. Creating good content is much more important than having the latest tool or fancy widget.

For those of you wondering what the heck is a widget, it’s a piece of computer code that can be added to an application. For example, the category listing you see on the right side is an added widget.

3. It’s better to create content that’s evergreen.

Blog content should be timely, but not dated. This means you want your content to stand the test of time. Will it still be relevant 3 months from now? Six months from now? Later? Sure, you can mention current events, but tie them into something bigger. The example given at WordCamp Boston 2011 was if you were writing about Amy Winehouse dying at age 27, you could tie in all the musicians that have died at age 27 and your post would have more staying power.

This makes sense on one level, but I’m not sure how this would apply if you’re writing a “how to” post about something technical, like the latest Facebook Privacy settings. Facebook is always tweaking their privacy settings so it’s hard to stay current. Perhaps you could emphasize where to find the settings to make your post more evergreen.

I will be doing more detailed posts on what I learned at this great event.

What new things have you learned lately?

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