BarCamp Milwaukee reflects the wealth of talent and intellect in my city of choice

This afternoon I attended Milwaukee’s second annual BarCamp, which is about a lot of other things, but is primarily smart and creative technologists coming out to play. (The tag clouds below are from the BarCamp Milwaukee site, where attendees are asked to state their interests in the same way that presentations / activities are given relevant keywords.)

BarCamp TagsIt was stimulating to experience the free-form workshops, and exciting to imagine what this event will grow into with a few more years of publicity and support.

As I write this late on a Saturday night, the events are still taking place. BarCamp runs non-stop through tonight and into Sunday afternoon. When I return to give my presentation at 10 AM tomorrow, it will be interesting to see the level of wakefulness of my audience.

Under the influence of seminars on topics like improving streaming video and using Ruby On Rails to build better sites, I couldn’t let the night go by without doing at least one software change to improve Digital Solid. It’s nothing you can see, but I’ve removed the nofollow attributes that appear in links with the comments that people leave.

Thank you Douglas Karr of The Marketing Technology Blog for this important search-engine-related modification to WordPress blogs (like this one). Doug, I owe you a lot. You’ve given me the strength to face a roomful of mostly developers tomorrow morning, safe in the knowledge that I too can hack code — okay, when given simple and explicit directions!

3 Replies to “BarCamp Milwaukee reflects the wealth of talent and intellect in my city of choice”

  1. You’re so welcome! Thanks for the kind words. It’s feedback like this that really makes a blogger feel great. Good luck tomorrow with your developers!

  2. Why did you remove the nofollow attributes for links in your comments? Caught up on all your comment spam? 😉

    I guess if you think about it though, it does make sense, since the comments that should remain on your page are comments that will have meaningful links. This requires a commitment to keep up with deleting comment spam however.

  3. Hey, Matt –

    You guessed it. I have a pretty good comment spam filter, and don’t let anything through that appears to be using my Google Rank for nefarious purposes.

    On the other hand, I’m glad to share this search engine halo effect with those who contribute to the dialog.

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