From The Other Side: The WordPress Dev World from a Blogger’s POV

I’ve never been called a user before. In my world I’m a writer, an editor, a blogger, a creative. I know my role in the agency world, consultant world, and publishing world. I have literally no clue about my role in the blogging world, despite having been a blogger since 2008. At WordCamp I felt like an exotic animal sitting in on the zookeepers’ meeting. They certainly respected my role and wanted to honor it. But I never realized brilliant people were building and supporting my blog for me. I assumed the toys and plants and prey staged in my exhibit were just there, but smart and resourceful zookeepers placed them there.

Source: Love blogging? Look behind the curtain. | Naptime Writing

This is a beautiful write-up from an “user” who attended WordCamp San Francisco, which is the WordPress conference of WordPress conferences. It was the first WordPress conference and the one that draws everyone—so much so, they’re going to stop calling it WordCamp San Francisco and take it on the road.

While I found WordPress as a blogger wanting a platform that didn’t lead me to cursing, I hadn’t considered what it is like for someone who hadn’t realized how much thought, consideration, and energy go into creating a platform for the content creators of the world.

Typical Blogging Experience

I started writing a post about why I’ve started running and immediately wanted to drop in a pretty way to display a recent run. I use RunKeeper, so I searched if they have oEmbed support. I realized I asked them on Twitter about this almost a year ago when my tweet was the first result.

Then, I fall down a rabbit hole of figuring out what data is in RunKeeper and realize that while it can track sleep and syncs with Up, it doesn’t sync sleep data from Up. That leads me to a blog post explaining a screwy-but-functional way to manually push that data up (curse the Internet of things when they don’t talk to each other right).

After more falling deeper into the rabbit hole, it’s 20 minutes past my personal deadline to publish and I hadn’t written a word on the original post.

Control Eluded State Leaders in Ebola Crisis


Had the state used its public health powers more robustly, health care workers who treated Duncan might not have been circulating in public, and much of the ensuing panic could have been stilled.

Source: Control Eluded State Leaders in Ebola Crisis | The Texas Tribune

I’m glad to hear reports that the first nurse is now testing negative and that this didn’t get out of hand. Public health issues like this are fully within the role of government. It saddens me that Texas loves to claim independence until something isn’t right, then we blame it on it on Federal inaction.

How A Coal Miner’s Autopsy Proved A Top Doctor Wrong

When a coal miner’s lungs finally gave out, his autopsy proved a top doctor was wrong — giving hope to thousands of other miners.

Source: How A Coal Miner’s Autopsy Proved A Top Doctor Wrong

Continuing the topic of medical/public health stories, BuzzFeed—of all places—has this piece about a top doctor in determining if coal workers have black lung who seems to not be that good after all.

It is an incredible tail that reveals a devastating flaw in who trusts who during these hearings.