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my torrid affair with WordPress

IT’S PROBABLY NO SURPRISE to hear me say I love blogging, and I also love WordPress, the blogging platform this site is firmly rooted upon. I’m a believer. So much so that Margaret Roach Inc., the purveyor of A Way to Garden and lots more top-secret media monkey-business-to-come, is co-sponsoring the first WordCamp in New York City, set for Oct. 5. It’s a one-day workshop where bloggers and software developers and the like gather to hear expert lectures and network with others who are likewise hot for this empowering technology. I’m honored to give back this little bit for all that has been given by WordPress.

  1. Melinda says:

    Margaret–my husband has been on WordPress for two years and has one of the most recognized sites in his field. He’s amazed by the different appearances between users. Wish we could make it!

  2. margaret says:

    I love how few degrees of separation there are between all of us, Melinda. I do. The LiDAR video by Radiohead that’s on your husband’s blog…that’s the second time today that I have been shown it! First time was on the blog of a supergeek I “follow.” Thank you for sharing our “other” common thread.

  3. margaret says:

    Hello, Karen #1, and don’t be afraid of WordPress.org. Once you’ve mastered the dashboard of .com, and found a hosting company, it should be an easy switch, with lots more possibilities. I’ll be there waiting for your arrival…

    Welcome, Karen #2, a garden AND WordPress colleague. How nice to hear from you. And now, a trip to your blog is in store for me…

  4. margaret says:

    @Kathy: What I was told is that my portion of the sponsorship will help pay for Podcast by Charles Stricklin of Dallas, who will be able to come. Not official…just what they hoped when I signed on last week. So I think the answer is yes. Did you see the play-by-play from Ziff-Davis reporter who went to San Francisco WordCamp recently?

  5. Melinda says:

    If anyone is a super geek Margaret, it’s my husband. It’s amazing how the internet makes everything seem small now, isn’t it? I suppose I should get cracking on my own blog (via iWeb and my Mac), but I really prefer relaxing and reading someone else’s work for now. Thanks for sharing.

  6. margaret says:

    Welcome, Jamie. Having taken a quick trip to your Blogger address, I think you have plenty of experience already and will find WP more exciting and powerful, well with the learning curve. Keep us posted on your progress!

  7. Jim/ArtofGardening says:

    NOW I find out how much everyone likes WordPress. Just this weekend, I moved my blog from iWeb to Blogger. Oh well, next update…

  8. margaret says:

    @Jim: Oops. You know, I almost didn’t post about this because it’s not gardening…but apparently it’s another subject many of us share an interest in. We will see you on WP soon… :)

  9. Jim says:

    YES! I’ve started using WP during my day job at Johns Hopkins, to help doctors communicate with the public at large about current hot topics in patient care.

    And, in my free time, I’ve begun working on developing new plug-ins. Good stuff!

    I love WP.

  10. Kit says:

    Well, just got off the phone with my writer Mickey Friedman of http://penguinsunited.com/ – but he is a self admitted curmudgeonly sort – being counter to almost anything organised, but Pam Keuber of Retrorenovation will be there.

    Thanks for being one of the sponsors, you are a gel that really puts her money where her mouth is – heh – that is a compliment.

    ;)

  11. Nancy says:

    Margaret, Just trying to get a website (blog) started with wordpress since I saw you on Martha (how great) Your domain is awaytogarden-com.ptn3h8t4-liquidwebsites.com without the wordpress.com in your domain. When signing up that was the choice I had domain.wordpress.com, I would rather drop the wordpress.

  12. margaret says:

    Welcome, Nancy…and great question. This is one of the confusing bits at first. I use http://wordpress.org, because I have my blog hosted elsewhere (not by wordpress.com, which provides free blogs and hosting if you desire). Martha and I use the .org version; it’s still free (except the hosting), but you can use someone like http://bluehost.com for under $10 a month, including registering your own domain name (without the wordpress suffix that the dot com version includes).
    Have a look at the dot org homepage, and I think it will help clarify.

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