Un résumé des divers billets que j'ai écrits en novembre 2007. Je sens que je devrais faire une version française complète de cet article... mais honnêtement, pas le courage de m'y remettre juste là!
A few days ago, I had an idea: why don’t I write a “recap” post of what I wrote during the month? Sometimes I go on writing binges and it gets a bit hard to follow, so maybe this will help. Note that some of the links here point to older posts, I’m not being 100% strict about “November” — but everything is indeed related to that month.
So, what was the deal for November 2007? Looking back, it was a busy month. Mainly conferences, as I travelled to Berlin for Web2.0Expo, Serbia for BlogOpen, and Paris for ParisWeb in the space of two weeks, giving a talk each time — and a fourth in Zurich when I got back. I also decided and announced that I was starting a company, and moved CTTS back to my server, upgrading WordPress while I was at it.
Talks and Conferences
Although I did live-blog quite a few of the sessions that I attended, I didn’t write a “summary” post like I did for FoWA or WordCamp earlier this year — heading off for Serbia and Paris right after, and being sick, I guess, didn’t exactly make for ideal conditions to be a model blogger. So, here’s a list of the sessions I blogged about:
- Kathy Sierra: Creating Passionate Users Workshop, and also her Keynote the next day (I got personal thanks from her for these notes, and many people seemed to appreciate them)
- Jeremy Keith: The Beauty in Standards and Accessibility (I really enjoyed his talk)
- Jesse James Garrett: Delivering Rich Experiences (only got the end of the talk, unfortunately)
- Ankur Shah & Gi Fernando: (Facebook API) Disrupting the Platform
- Lars Trieloff: i18n for Web 2.0
- Cory Doctorow: Europe’s Copyright Wars – Do We Have to Repeat the American Mistake?
My talk proposal didn’t make it, but I had a chance to give “Waiting for the Babel Fish” at Web2Open, the parallel unconference running during Web2.0Expo, in the Expo area. Somebody filmed a part of it, but unfortunately it never made it to me. It was fun, though — starting out with three people, and finishing with about 20 (the room was clearly hard to find, I myself got quite lost on the way).
I took photos of the conference (and a few of Berlin), of course.
Novi Sad (Serbia), BlogOpen
I was invited to Novi Sad in Serbia to give a talk about my experience as a blogging consultant. I had a great time giving the talk (and before that, taking silly facial expression photos to illustrate my slides) and was taken good care of by Sanja, who volunteered to act as my host during my stay.
My departure from Berlin had been quite hectic (wrong airport!) and I was provided with the most scary landing experience in my life, courtesy of JAT airways, when we arrived in Belgrade. Leaving through Belgrade airport to go to Paris was not exactly a fun experience, either. I tell it all in Berlin, Belgrade: Two Contrasting Airport Experiences.
It was nice to be in Paris, see my friend Steph again after many years, and meet all the fine people behind ParisWeb and the francophone web standards movement — some of whom I’ve known online for years through their involvement in Pompage.net, a web standards-oriented translation magazine I founded way back in 2001.
A video of the talk I gave should be available in a few weeks.
After the success of my talk How Blogging Brings Dialogue to Corporate Communications in September, I was invited to Zurich again to give a similar talk focused on internal communications: Blogging in Internal Communications.
Starting a Company
November was a busy month not only because of all the speaking and the travelling, but also because I took the decision to become a full-fledged business woman and create my own company. I announced this and also blogged some of my first musings as an entrepreneur: Competition, Colleagues, or Partners?. Way more about this in December or under the Going Solo tag.
Geeky and Other Stuff
I didn’t just blog about conferences and business stuff. As I mentioned, I also changed servers and upgraded WordPress on this blog, leading to an update of my Basic Bilingual plugin (update which was actually broken, but has since then been fixed — please upgrade if you haven’t), and some tortured thoughts about cleaning up categories on CTTS (I still haven’t done anything about this).
I also tried creating a Netvibes widget (a rather disappointing experience, in hindsight, though it was some fun geeking out).
Last but not least, I created a focus page on experiential marketing after a quick round-up of Stowe Boyd’s writings on the topic. (I’ve done some more thinking since then and need to update the page, by the way).
If you were to read only three posts?
- Kathy Sierra: Creating Passionate Users (Web2.0Expo, Berlin)
- Being a Blogging Consultant
- Experiential Marketing
Five? Add these two:
- Stephanie’s October Conference Tour: Web 2.0 Expo Europe (2008)
- Two Panel Submissions for SXSW Interactive (Language Issues) (2007)
- Reminder: Speaking Tuesday at Web2Open, Berlin (2007)
- My LIFT08 Recap (2008)
- Reboot9 Was Bub.blicio.us! (2007)
- Videos, Videos! And Kittens! (2007)
- Interview with Serbian Magazine (2008)
- My Notes of FoWA Autumn 2007 (2007)
- Web 2.0 Expo, Here We Are! (2008)
- Steph+Suw Podcast: First! (2007)