I leave early tomorrow morning for Automattic’s annual Grand Meetup. (Search “grand meetup” on this blog to see last year’s posts.) It’s a weeklong chance for me to see my coworkers (all 450+ of them) in person. We work on projects or take classes, attend workshops, and mix some fun, work-free stuff in there too. I’m flying into Vancouver Tuesday and then making the trip out to Whistler on Wednesday afternoon to stay for the week. I haven’t used Instagram Stories yet, but I figured this adventure is the perfect time to try it out, so if you want to catch some behind-the-scenes looks at my trip and what it’s like to be at the GM, follow me on Instagram.
Hi, WordPress Day-ers! As promised, here are the additional notes to accompany my slides from my session, “From Sharing to Hashtags: Social Media Musts for Your WordPress Site.” Slides are shared here. (And thanks for joining me!) Everyone else: I made this presentation for WordPress Day at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Jose on March 22. Some of the information is geared specifically toward nonprofits, but lots of it is pretty universal for using WordPress & social media together, so enjoy! 🙂 Note: I’m not rehashing all of the text on the slides, so look at those for the main ideas and images. These notes include the additional things I said and things I wish I would’ve had time to say.
WordPress Day was a success! I talked about social media and WordPress: @sarahblackstock talking about where to find your supporters on social media at #16ntcwp #16ntc pic.twitter.com/3TxrueCooj — Ira Horowitz (@ira_horowitz) March 22, 2016 And then I celebrated with a milkshake for dinner: Celebratory milkshake for dinner! Also: fries & hotel lounging. #mymilkshakesj A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Mar 22, 2016 at 6:54pm PDT It feels good to be flying home tomorrow having accomplished a goal I set for 2016. And it’s only March! 😀
I’m speaking at the Nonprofit Technology Conference’s WordPress Day tomorrow (March 22) in San Jose, California. 11:30-12:10pm From Sharing to Hashtags: Social Media Musts for Your WordPress Site – Social media is a must for every organization in 2016. We’ll check out the sharing features built right into WordPress, as well as top plugins, apps, and tips, to update your social media strategy and extend your reach even further this year. My slides are posted here. Additional notes to accompany them will be up by Wednesday. Wish me luck! 🙂
New @wordpressdotcom @instagram account is looking pretty sweet, follow for inspiration: https://t.co/XOq21AXBLL — Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) March 18, 2016 I recently started a side project at work. We had an Instagram account but weren’t using it, so I wrote up a proposal with content ideas and Instagram best practices and… ta-da! I’m sharing standout WordPress.com content there now, like quotes from pieces on Discover, beautiful photos from blogs, and screenshots of great looking websites. Follow: @wordpressdotcom. Sidenote: Add this to the list of why I love working at Automattic. It’s a real do-ocracy. If you see something that needs working on and want to be the one to do it, you can go for it and I love that.
If you pay any attention to the tech world, you know there’s a diversity problem, so seeing the big tech companies share their stats and set goals to do better is awesome. See: We’re committing to a more diverse Twitter Love & appreciate this part: “We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter.” 34% of Twitter employees are women, but they only take up 13% of the tech positions, and the race makeup isn’t better, so clearly there’s work to do, and I’m glad to see them working on it, especially since I love Twitter.
That empty chair is haunting, as are the words these women use to tell their stories of assault. “People often these days say, ‘Well, why didn’t you take it to the police?’ Andrea Constand went to the police in 2005 — how’d it work out for her? Not at all. In 2005, Bill Cosby still had control of the media. In 2015, we have social media. We can’t be disappeared. It’s online and can never go away.” —Tamara Green NY Magazine’s story featuring 35 women who were assaulted by Bill Cosby is moving, horrifying, important, and a sign of our time. Things are far from perfect, but this kind of story wouldn’t (and didn’t) get published even ten years ago. And social media has changed our world forever. Read the entire piece here.