Working For Fame Or For Cash [en]

[fr] En organisant la journée de conférences Going Solo, je me trouve directement aux prises avec mes difficultés face à l'économie du peer. J'organise un événement qui dégagera je l'espère assez de bénéfice pour que je puisse me payer, ainsi que mes partenaires. En même temps, j'espère trouver des personnes prêtes à donner de leur temps en échange de la visibilité que leur apportera leur association avec Going Solo. Mais je ne sais pas trop comment m'y prendre. Je trouve difficile de rendre les choses claires.

I’d like to introduce this reflection by quoting [Tara Hunt](http://horsepigcow.com/), who writes the following in a post titled [Please Stop Crowdsourcing Me](http://www.horsepigcow.com/2007/12/21/please-stop-crowdsourcing-me/):

> I came and I thought, hey, this is kind of neat-o and it empowered me at first. I thought, “Awesome! They want my opinion! They listen!” and I offered it and the feedback was, “Great idea!” and I watched as you implemented it, then benefitted from it and I felt good. I was great at first, but then after a while, I started to feel a little dirty…a little used…a little like cheap labor, replacing people you probably laid off or decided to save money on not hiring because you were getting so much great value out of my time. Maybe it was because it seemed that you believed you could ‘tap’ my well of ideas or ‘pick my brain’ endlessly? Maybe it was because my generosity goes so far and you overstepped your bounds? Maybe it was because you had a chance to reward my efforts, but dropped me like a wet rag as soon as I asked?

Tara Hunt, Please Stop Crowdsourcing Me

I just came upon her article a few minutes ago as I was aimlessly clicking around in my newsreader. It’s funny, because I’ve been thinking of this post I wanted to write for a few days now, and it’s right on the same topic.

I’ve already [felt uneasy about the “Peer Economy”](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/12/09/donnant-donnant/) (if I may call it like that before). About the fact that certain businesses actually get a lot of stuff for free from their enthusiastic users — stuff they would have to pay for, otherwise. The point I understood about a year ago is that the fact that people contribute voluntarily to help improve services like WordPress, GMail, Twitter, and countless others is what allows us (the community) to benefit from great tools like these free of cost or way cheaper than what they’re worth. I’m comfortable with that.

However, I agree with Tara, there is a fine line to tread. As a company, you don’t want people to feel used. And like Tara, I’ve had more of my share of people/companies who want me to “take a look” at their stuff and “tell them what I think” — picking my brain for free. And I don’t like it. If I’m [passionate](http://headrush.typepad.com/) about your product, then yes — I’ll give you feedback. You probably won’t even have to ask me. I’ll blog about it. If you’re smart, you’ll point out what I wrote, give me credit and link-love, thank me publicly. But I didn’t do it for that. I did it because I liked your product, or because talking about your product fulfilled one of my agenda, in a way. I’ve given products/companies like [WordPress](http://wordpress.org), [Dopplr](http://dopplr.com), [Twitter](http://twitter.com), [coComment](http://cocomment.com), [Seesmic](http://seesmic.com) and a bunch of others valuable feedback *because I wanted to*, because I loved their stuff.

That doesn’t mean that I’ll do it for any product or service that crosses my path. If you’re one of the lucky ones, well, good for you. If you’re not, you’ll have to pay cash ([experiential marketing](http://climbtothestars.org/focus/experiential-marketing/) is one of the ways a company can use cash to make up for lack of immediate passion on the part of this particular human being). Just like I’ll help my friends out for free and open blogs for them just because I love them, some companies out there benefit from “free intelligence”. Others need to pay for a similar service.

You get the idea, I think.

Now, here’s what I really wanted to bring up with this post.

As you know, I’m putting together an event for the month of May, [Going Solo](http://going-solo.net). (If you’re a freelancer or a small business owner, you should plan to come, by the way ;-).) This is my first event. I’m not going to be doing it alone. Thing is, I realised I’m a bit shy about asking my friends to help me out, because on the one hand, I want to keep the event expenses to a minimum, and on the other hand, I don’t want people to get the impression I’m trying to “crowdsource them” — as Tara expresses above.

This is made worse (and way more uncomfortable for me) by the fact that this is not a non-profit venture. I’m going to be investing quite a lot of time in this adventure, and I hope to be able to pay myself enough to have made it worthwhile. Ditto for my sales and logistics partners. So, yes, we’re hoping the event will make a profit (against all odds, it seems — everybody tells me that if you’re first event breaks even, you’re very lucky).

So, I know that part of the difficulty I’m facing here is my own inner workings. Despite what some people on IRC may think 😉 I’m somebody who doesn’t find it easy to ask for help/stuff. I always feel I owe people (except when I feel I’m owed, in a kind of weird back-swing dynamic).

There are certain things that I need for the conference, where I’m hoping I’ll manage to find somebody who is willing to “work for fame”. Taking care of the website is one. Design is another. Similarly, I’m hoping to strike up a partnership for the WiFi and bandwidth we need for the event.

In fact, there is some similarity between “working for fame” and being a sponsor/partner. You provide stuff for free (or almost), and in return you get visibility. So maybe I need to switch mindsets. Instead of looking for “people to help me”, I’m looking for “individual partners” for the event.

I feel like this is a thought in progress. I’m not exactly sure what I think, or what to do, or what is “right”. I’m particularly embarrassed when I start talking with friends or contacts about this or that they could do for the event, because it’s not clear from the start if we’re talking about a partnership (work for fame) or Real Work (work for cash).

Any insights appreciated. I feel like I need to step out of my mind a bit to find a way out, and you can help me out with that by sharing your thoughts.

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About a Date [en]

[fr] La journée de conférences Going Solo aura lieu le 16 mai et non le 9. Mes excuses à ceux auprès de qui j'avais confirmé la première date.

Oh. Sorry to disappoint you — not *that* kind of date. Yeah, just a calendar one. Before Christmas and end-of-year festivities interrupted my [blogging about Going Solo](/tags/going-solo/), I wrote about [the headache involved in picking a date for an event](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/12/16/headache-picking-a-date-for-an-event/).

Over the last few days quite a few people have been asking me if the date I announced (May 9th) was “final”. My answer was: as final as it gets at this stage.

I met yesterday with my sales partner, and amongst other things, we double-checked the date. Two problems popped up: the first — and not the least — was that she would be in Africa on a business trip at that date. Oops. The second is that there are quite a few bank holidays around the 9th. The French are off on the 8th (victory WWII I think), and Monday is a bank holiday in Switzerland as well as France. Not mentioning that the previous week-end is a four-day week-end.

So, we looked at other dates. 16th May was good (there is even a possibly exciting collision with a music festival here in Lausanne in the evening — I’ll tell you more when I can) except for the fact that the [Next08](http://www.next-conference.com/next08/) conference is the day before in Hamburg. Well, the public isn’t exactly the same… so it’s not such a huge deal. My apologies, however, to the conference geeks out there who would like to make both of the events and who will end up having to squeeze travel in between.

So, please pull out your calendars, and scratch out 9th May (you’d written it down, hadn’t you?) and replace it with May 16th, the next Friday.

More news? Coming. I’ve been wanting to blog about the content I’m planning for Going Solo for quite some time now (always “tomorrow” — bad, I know) but “other stuff” seems to have developed a habit of getting in the way. No more of that, I promise. You can expect regular “Going Solo” news from now on — shortly on a dedicated blog which will be ready for public consumption as soon as I’ve imported all these posts and added a little content.

Aside from that, I met with a designer this afternoon to talk about visuals (a huge scary and opaque domain for me, I want to blog more about that) and we’re narrowing down on a venue.

Should I also give you some Going Solo updates via Seesmic, I’m wondering?

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Two Successes! WPD2 and WoWiPAD1 [en]

[fr] Aussi bien le Website Pro Day 2 (WPD2) que le WoWiPAD1 (World Wide Paperwork and Administrivia Day, ou bien "Journée Paperasse" de son petit nom) ont rencontré un franc succès.

Du coup, on remet ça. WPD 3 (sur Lausanne, mais vous pouvez saisir la balle au bond et organiser des événements-frères ailleurs) le 16 janvier, et WoWiPAD2 dès que quelqu'un d'intéressé m'aura contacté pour fixer une date.

Je trouve aussi qu'une journée pour bloguer à 100% (finir les brouillons, écrire ces billets auxquels on pense depuis des lustres mais y'a toujours plus urgent à faire) serait pas mal, ainsi qu'un pour mettre à jour ses uploads de photos sur Flickr... (quoi? vous êtes à jour? zou!)

I’ll be brief, because I’m running around a bit like a headless chicken these days with tons of different things to do, and the blog gets neglected. So, here’s a short article, rather than no long article (because that’s what tends to happen).

Both [WPD2 and WoWiPAD1](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/12/26/wowipad1-and-wpd2-news/) were a great success. I really think that gathering people together towards a common goal on a given day is a really good idea — especially for people working from home, or freelancers.

The Lausanne branch of the Website Pro Day initiative have already decided that we needed a WPD3. The date that has been chosen is January 16th. Make a note of it now! I’ll create a Facebook event shortly.

WoWiPAD1 (that Suw wants to rename the “Administrivia Day” because she doesn’t like the ugly acronym… who can blame her?) saw participants joining us from all over the place, including [Ton and Elmine from the Netherlands](http://www.zylstra.org/blog/archives/2008/01/world_wide_pape.html) and even [Stowe Boyd from San Francisco](http://www.stoweboyd.com/message/2008/01/world-wide-pape.html). We posted updates to [the event wall](http://www.facebook.com/wall.php?id=7437407283), [Twitter](http://hashtags.org/tag/wowipad/) (most of them private, unfortunately), and [Seesmic](http://seesmic.com). I’ve collected [links to related Seesmic videos](http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=7437407283) in the event links.

Personally, I’m ready for WoWiPAD2. If you are too, ping me and we’ll choose a date (better to be at least two people to set a date).

I’m also ready for “Write All Those Blog Posts Already Day” (100% blogging, a chance to finish drafts and catch up on old post ideas!) as well as “Digging Through That Flickr Backlog Day” to upload those photos you took six months ago and still haven’t seen the light of day. Ping me if you’re interested, and we’ll make them happen!

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WoWiPAD1 and WPD2 News [en]

[fr] Le deuxième Website Pro Day aura lieu ce vendredi à Lausanne. Nous sommes 4, il y a de la place pour encore une ou deux personnes si bosser sur le canapé ne vous dérange pas.

Quant au World Wide Paperwork and Administrivial Day (WoWiPAD, le jour consacré à faire un sort à sa paperasse, chacun chez soi) le 2 janvier, je suis épatée: une dizaine de personnes se proposent de participer à cette opération de solidarité! Joignez-vous à nous. Si vous n'avez pas de compte Facebook, il suffit de laisser un mot dans les commentaires.

As dates are drawing nearer, a short update on both the first World Wide Paperwork and Administrivia Day (WoWiPAD) and the second Website Pro Day (WPD). (See [my previous post about these two initiatives](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/12/17/wwpad-wpd/) for background information.)

WPD2 Lausanne will take place this Friday. [Ollie](http://b-spirit.com/blogollie/), [Julien](http://julienhenzelin.typepad.com/), [Anne-Paule](http://air2rien.ch/), [Carlos](http://blog.osez.ch/) and myself will spend the day (9am-6pm approx) at Julien’s place working on our professional websites. So far, no other sister-events have been announced, but I still have hope! (If you’re in Lausanne and would like to join us, we probably have space for an extra person or two, if you don’t mind working on the couch.)

WoWiPAD (renamed following [Greg](http://cascades2alps.blogspot.com/)’s [suggestion](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/12/17/wwpad-wpd/#comment-346265)) will take place all over the world (yes!) on January 2nd, 9am-6pm approx (local times). So far, [10 people have confirmed their participation on Facebook](http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=7437407283). Join us! (If you don’t use Facebook, you can sign up in the comments of this post.) I’m thinking about opening a temporary IRC channel for the day, to help give some sense of connection to the various people participating (though of course, we don’t sit in it chatting, we’ll be hacking away at our paperwork.)

Who’s in?

– me 😉
– [Elmine](http://elmine.wijnia.com/weblog/)
– [Henriette](http://henrietteweber.com/)
– [Virginie](http://www.derriere-le-hublot.com/)
– [Andrea](http://whiskeykitten.wordpress.com/)
– [James](http://www.imajes.info/)
– [Charles](http://blog.todekaproject.com/)
– [Julien](http://julienhenzelin.typepad.com/)
– [Olivier](http://b-spirit.com/blogollie/)
– Sarah WH
– [Chris](http://lascribe.net/)
– [Ton](http://www.zylstra.org/blog/)

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Headache: Picking a Date for an Event [en]

[fr] Une journée de conférences nécessite un lieu et une date. Le lieu étant fixé, la date a été source de quelques maux de tête -- en particulier pour choisir le jour de la semaine.

Je me suis arrêtée sur vendredi, qui est un jour léger côté business, en général, et qui permet aux personnes faisant le déplacement de rester à Lausanne pour le week-end, rentabilisant ainsi le voyage. Je trouverais également bien que l'on organise un barcamp à cette occasion.

Concrètement, je pense au 9 mai. Voyez-vous des conflits? Y a-t-il des choses prévues à Lausanne à cette date, déjà? 1000 paires d'yeux valent mieux qu'une. Je compte sur vous pour me dire si j'ai raté quelque chose.

When you [organise an event](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/12/14/announcing-going-solo/), not only do you need a [location](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/12/16/picking-a-city-for-an-event-lausanne/), you also need a date. You know, things happen at the intersection of time and space.

A rough glance at the calendar made me choose early May, as it’s far away enough to give us time to put things together (some people have gasped at how short it was, but I’m sure we can pull it off), and it’s also kind of empty on the conference front. I’ve asked around and gone through upcoming, and that time of the year seems pretty conflict-free.

Then, the trouble starts. We decided to go for a one-day event to start with. This means that we expect people to fly in for **a day**, which… well, might seem “not worth it” to some.

My initial idea (which, after much detours, I’ve come back to) was to hold the event on a Friday, so that people could stay an extra day or two during the week-end to make the trip worth it. I even thought about motivating the local [barcamp community](http://barcamp.org/) of the city we’d be holding the event in to place a barcamp on that week-end.

Then, the headache started. Maybe Friday wasn’t such a good day after all, because with a week of work behind them and stuff creeping up to be dealt with before the week-end, we would suffer lots of defections. So, how about Monday? Well, Monday is usually a heavy business day, and people are all sluggish from the week-end, so they might drop out too. So I sent out a quick poll on Twitter, asking people what seemed the best day to organise an event for freelancers.

Needless to say roughly each day of the week and week-end was suggested, along with very good reasons for or against each one.

In the end, I listened to the voice of reason, impersonated by [Suw](http://chocolateandvodka.com/), telling me there was no perfect day and that the most important thing was to put on a great event, with valuable content that would make it worth the trip for people to come, and that this would be the deciding factor for people rather than the place and day of the week.

In addition to that, I got feedback from a couple of tech event organisers who said that Friday could be quite good for one-day events. So, Friday it will be.

Let’s get practical: I’m looking at Friday May 9th, but before I set it in stone and we book a venue for that date, I’d like to know if you see any conflicts (1000 pairs of eyes are better than one). Is there anything with that date I haven’t thought of?

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Announcing Going Solo [en]

[fr] J'ai annoncé il y a quelques semaines que j'avais des projets de création d'entreprise: c'est en route, et nous préparons pour début mai une conférence-événement (une journée de conférences) à l'attention des indépendants du web. En dehors de savoir faire des trucs cools, être indépendant (ou une TPE) pose un tas de problèmes "accessoires": comment fixer les tarifs? approcher les clients, ou mieux, les aider à nous trouver? s'en sortir avec l'administratif? trouver un équilibre de vie entre travail et loisirs, surtout si l'on a fait de sa passion son métier?

Après avoir pensé à Berlin, Paris, et Londres -- nous visons un public européen -- nous avons finalement opté pour Lausanne. A deux pas de l'aéroport de Genève, très joli cadre, et aussi, pratique pour les organisatrices principales, toutes lausannoises.

Je vous parlerai de tout ceci plus longuement dans les jours à venir!

So, here we go. [As I mentioned in my last post](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/12/12/news-from-leweb3/), things are shaping up enough for me to start talking about them, even though a lot is still “floating”.

I’m taking the plunge into the event business. The first one I’m organising is *Going Solo*, a one-day conference in the beautiful and easily accessible city of Lausanne in Switzerland, which also happens to be my home town. It will take place early May.

**Going Solo will fill a gap in the current conference offerings: it’s an event for freelancers of the web industry** (soloists, hence the name) and very small businesses — from all over Europe.

Being a freelancer myself, I’ve come to realise quite a while ago that there is more to freelancing than “knowing cool stuff” and having people around willing to pay for it. How do you fix your prices? Close deals? Find clients, or better, help them find you? Collaborate with others, whether soloists themselves, or employees in a huge company? Deal with taxes, contracts, accounting, and all the rest of the boring administrative stuff? Achieve that delicate “work/life balance”, when you’re one of the lucky ones who turned a passion into a job?

Going Solo will address all these issues (and others), providing those attending with valuable insights and tools which will help them become better at what they are doing in the business world. (Sounds almost like a press release, doesn’t it? I’m practising for the sponsor offerings… shhh.)

In simple words: this is the kind of event I would have wanted to attend two years ago when I was struggling with the idea of becoming freelance. It’s the kind of event I would have liked to attend a year ago when things took off and I started realising how complicated all this “business” stuff was. And it’s also the kind of event I want to attend today, having faced the ups and downs of freelancing in the fast-moving world of new media, in the early stages of starting a company, and wondering what “holidays” means now that my everyday life is split between “hang out online”, “travel to foreign cities”, and “talk about exciting stuff with people”.

Where-when-what-how-why?

I’ll follow up later with a little insight into what’s going on. Be warned, though: you’re going to be following some thought processes here, and might be faced with decisions-in-the-making and not-sure-what-I’ll-do-yets. I welcome all feedback.

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Reboot9 Was Bub.blicio.us! [en]

[fr] J'ai écrit une série de trois articles au sujet de la conférence Reboot pour le magazine en ligne bub.blicio.us, qui couvre la scène "tech" de San Francisco et de la Silicon Valley -- et maintenant, aussi, l'Europe!

Les articles sont composés principalement de photos avec quelques commentaires. N'hésitez donc pas à aller y jeter un coup d'oeil même si l'anglais n'est pas votre langue préférée.

I’ve written a three-part series about [the great Reboot 9.0 conference I attended in Copenhagen](http://reboot.dk) a couple of months ago for [bub.blicio.us](http://bub.blicio.us). bub.blicio.us? From [their about page](http://bub.blicio.us/?page_id=2):

> bub.blicio.us is here to help capture the excitement behind everything two point oh – especially the party and event scenes in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. No panels, no keynotes, no tradeshows, just a lens into the social scene that’s energizing and shaping Bubble 2.0 and the new Valley economy behind it.

> Keep us on your party list. Let us know about your events. Send us the things we just won’t see on upcoming.org. We might just send someone out there to cover the soiree.

So, now that all the articles are online — full of photos! photos, photos, more photos! — let me point you to them:

– [Reboot Part I – Even Europe is bub.blicio.us](http://bub.blicio.us/?p=201)
– [Reboot Part II](http://bub.blicio.us/?p=226)
– [Reboot9 Part III](http://bub.blicio.us/?p=294)

Reboot9 Second Day 12

As a reminder (so that this can serve as a general wrap-up post), I also did my best to liveblog most of the sessions I attended:

– [Opening Talk](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/05/31/reboot9-opening-talk/)
– [Jeremy Keith: Soul](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/05/31/reboot9-jeremy-keith-soul/)
– [Alexander Kjerulf: Happiness](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/05/31/reboot9-alexander-kjerulf-happiness/)
– [Ted Rheingold: Learning From Dogs and Cats](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/05/31/reboot9-ted-rheingold-learning-from-dogs-and-cats/)
– [Stowe Boyd: Flow, a New Consciousness for a Web of Traffic](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/06/01/reboot9-stowe-boyd-flow-a-new-consciousness-for-a-web-of-traffic/)
– [Marko Ahtisaari: Attention! On the Near Future of Marketing](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/06/01/reboot9-marko-ahtisaari-attention-on-the-near-future-of-marketing/)
– [Lee Bryant: Human Need (Kozarac)](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/06/01/reboot9-lee-bryant-human-need-kozarac/)
– [Ewan McIntosh: Are We Ready For the Citizens of the Future?](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/06/01/reboot9-ewan-mcintosh-are-we-ready-for-the-citizens-of-the-future/)
– [Leisa Reichelt: Ambient Intimacy](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/06/01/reboot9-leisa-reichelt-ambient-intimacy/)

And of course… [the photos](http://flickr.com/photos/bunny/collections/72157600420715249/) (here, by [interestingness](http://flickr.com/search/?q=reboot&w=36521983709%40N01&s=int)).

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Barcamp en terre francophone (WineCamp) [en]

[fr] [WineCamp](http://winecamp.pbwiki.com/WineCampGenevaLake) is a barcamp-like event which will take place June 15-17 just on the other side of the lake from Lausanne. If you watched [the Zurich BlogCamp](http://barcamp.ch/BlogCampSwitzerland) go by, yearning for something similar but closer to the beautiful French-speaking part of Switzerland, here's your chance. Add a slightly green colouring to the event and wine-tasting, and there you are!

Il n’y a pas longtemps, je me suis rendue à Zurich pour [Blogcamp](http://barcamp.ch/BlogCampSwitzerland) (où j’ai d’ailleurs fait [une présentation sur le multilinguisme dans le monde des blogs](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/03/25/blogcamp-multilingual-blogging-session/)).

Dans un billet qui est passé à la trappe (encore un! décidément, je crois qu’il y a plus de billets que je n’écris pas que le contraire) je comptais parler un peu du fait qu’un événement de type [barcamp](http://barcamp.org/) a inévitablement une couleur très locale, et que malgré ses ambitions européennes, la rencontre de Zurich était en fait toute suisse-allemande, avec quelques visiteurs “étrangers” en provenance de francophonie.

Donc, si vous déplorez qu’il n’y ait encore rien eu de ce type en Suisse Romande, faites un petit saut de l’autre côté du Lac Léman pour vous rendres à [WineCamp, édition Léman](http://winecamp.pbwiki.com/WineCampGenevaLakeFR). Voici ce que dit l’annonce de l’événement, qui aura lieu du [15-17 juin à Saint-Paul-en-Chablais](http://upcoming.org/event/173203/):

> Les passionnés de nouvelles technologies (geeks) et les acteurs du monde associatif (ONG et associations à but non lucratif) du monde entier sont bienvenus!
Toute personne qui veut partager, apprendre et contribuer à l’optimisation du potentiel que représente l’utilisation des nouvelles technologies pour le monde associatif et les acteurs humanitaires.
Tout activiste du mouvement open source (du monde du logiciel libre) qui pourra être présent.

> Tout cela dans le but d’explorer comment la nouvelle vague des applications sociales qui sont si proches et si chères aux yeux des développeurs actuels peut aider à participer à une évolution des outils utilisés par les associations à but non lucratif. Et, idéalement, la plupart seront ou deviendront libres, open source…

En plus de fonctionner comme un barcamp (auto-géré, informel, très ouvert), vous pouvez y ajouter:

> * une focalisation sur les besoins des associations à but non lucratif et ONG
> * un environement loin-de-la-ville
> * un premier jour sans wifi
> * une ambiance de camping avec du bon vin, de la bonne nourriture et un feu de joie
> * un deuxième jour avec du wifi

Ça vous dit? Filez vite vous inscrire — ou mieux, proposer une présentation. Je ne pourrai malheureusement pas être de la partie à cause de mon départ imminent (le 18 juin) pour San Francisco.

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Events in WordPress [en]

[fr] Prise de tête pour trouver un moyen d'utiliser WordPress pour afficher des événements (des billets spéciaux, mais pour lesquels on précise aussi une date de début et de fin d'événement). Il faudrait qu'on puisse afficher les "événements encore pas terminés" sur une page spéciale.

Deux plugins m'offrent des solutions partielles, mais je suis incapable de les transformer en solutions totales. Toute aide serait bienvenue.

Besides using WordPress as a blogging tool, a client of mine would like to use it to display a page of upcoming events. I’ve dug out a number of plugins which *somewhat* do the job, but getting things to work exactly as we want is proving to be a pain in the neck.

As I’ve been stuck on this for a few weeks now and still see no light, I’m offering this problem to the collective mind out there in hope that a bright solution pops up somewhere before we go live (which is… very soon — hear my desperate plea for help).

**Here’s what we want**

* events should be posts (this rules out [Shrikee’s Events Plugin](http://www.sothq.net/projects/events-plugin/))
* events have a start date, and an end date — time is unnecessary (this rules out [RS Event](http://www.sargant.com/blog/wordpress-plugins/rs-event/))
* events should show up in the normal flow of posts and on their own category page (we don’t want them on the home page, but I can exclude the category manually, so that’s a non-issue)
* we should be able to display upcoming events on a WordPress page (I’ll stick whatever code is needed in the template for that page) — “upcoming”, here, meaning events whose end date is not yet past.

**Partial solutions**

At first, I thought about using [upcoming](http://upcoming.org/) or [eventful](http://eventful.com/), but for quite a few reasons this won’t work out in our situation.

[Event Calendar](http://wpcal.firetree.net/) seemed like a good candidate, although we didn’t really need the “calendar” itself. I hacked the layout of the event posts so they displayed OK. However, the main bit is missing. Event Calendar [provides a way](http://wpcal.firetree.net/advanced-queries/) to list all the events “after today”, by calling http://blog.address/?ec3_after=today for example. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work on our setup (probably something we did to the rather hacked theme. I’ve had a look at the source code but couldn’t really figure out what happened when that variable was passed, so was unable to reproduce anything ressembling it in a Page template.

Another problem is that this will not show events which have started yesterday but which are not yet over, if I’m not mistaken.

Last but not least, we have two event subcategories, so I’d have to create two (or even three) separate event pages — but I guess that if I manage to make one, filtering posts by category shouldn’t be too hard.

Another solution would be to use [Posts Expire and Posts Begin](http://wunder-ful.com/wordpress-plugins) [as described in this forum post](http://wordpress.org/support/topic/106025) I stumbled upon yesterday. Again, these plugins provide a way to call “posts which have not yet expired” with a particular URL: home/?orderby=post_end_date. Again, I haven’t manage to dig out the code and stick it in a Page template — trying to rewrite a pretty URL to that one is source of much hair-tearing upon this server I have very little control on, and I haven’t found a way to make it work.

The other problem I’d have to work around if using these plugins is that expired posts are not displayed in the blog anymore. I’m not sure what code in the plugin takes care of that, but it would have to be commented out.

**Help**

So, I have two partial solutions here, but I’m stuck making progress on either. Do you have any ideas which could help me out — either to make one of my partial solutions a working one or to find a third one?

I’d really *really* appreciate help on this one. Thanks a lot.

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Qui sera au Bloggy Friday après-demain? [fr]

[en] Bloggy Friday next Friday. Who'll be there?

[Viendront](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/09/03/bloggy-friday-tous-les-deux-mois/):

– bibi
– [Raph](http://bonpourtonpoil.ch/) et [son invitée](http://barzi.net/fredoche/)
– [Anne Dominique](http://annedominique.wordpress.com/)
– [Yoan](http://yoan.dosimple.ch/blog/) *veut rencontrer plus de [blogo-célébrités](http://yoan.dosimple.ch/blog/2006/08/26/)*
– [Elisabeth](http://zabeth.wordpress.com/) *c’est le moment d’écrire quelque chose pour impressionner tes nouveaux lecteurs!*
– [Virginie](http://www.derriere-le-hublot.com/) *arrivera vers 21h si ma mémoire est bonne*
– [Samuel](http://blog.letamtam.ch/) *je crois que j’ai enfin fini de l’appeler Sylvain — nous confirmera sa présence vendredi… soir?*
– [Mr. Tortue](http://www.captaintortue.ch/captainblog/) *le [podcasteur fou](http://idprod.ch/james)*
– [Ollie](http://www.b-spirit.com/blogollie/) *pas sûr mais aimerait qu’on lui garde une demi-chaise*

Auraient bien voulu:

– [Cath](http://cath.wordpress.com) *agenda qui risquerait d’exploser et de tapisser les murs de l’Evêch’ de fondue*
– [Lyonel](http://lyonelkaufmann.ch/) *la faute au [Festival du Jeu](http://www.festivaldujeu.com/)*
– Rabbit *la faute [aux chinois](http://www.superlocal.ch/lausanne/enville/?p=262#comment-280)*
Corsin la faute à trop loin, mais venez à barcamp.ch si vous êtes assez geek
Gabriel famille…
Matthias famille… (moralité: venez au Bloggy Friday avant d’avoir trop d’enfants…)
– [Julien](http://mudry.org/photoblog/) *la faute à [BD-Fil](http://www.bdfil.ch/)*
– [Ölbaum](http://ithink.ch/blog/) *la faute à “j’arriverai trop tard”*
– [Nico](http://blog.zepitt.ch) *la faute à trop à la bourre*
– [Barzi](http://barzi.net) *la faute au souper de famille*

Pis les autres, alors? Vous viendez, ou ne viendez point? J’ai oublié quelqu’un?

La liste sera mise à jour au fur et à mesure…

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