March was a crazy month and I neglected my regular updates. Between touristing my first time in London, recording #DrupalCampLDN in person, flying back home just hours before the UK travel ban kicked in, adjusting to life in quarantine, working with my team to convert #MidCamp to an all-virtual conference, coordinating with #NERDSummit to also go virtual the same weekend as MidCamp, and then recovering from what was very likely Covid-19 myself (all the symptoms, but not bad enough to get tested), I had my hands full.
As I prepare to begin the year of recording ahead of me, I realize I haven't published an official 2019 year-end report, so here are last year's highlights:
When I’m recording an event, there are several recurring threads in conversation when chatting with attendees:
So many times, I see sites with a responsive grid of logos that only rely on width as the limiter. When doing so, square or vertical logos appear disproportionately large compared to their horizontal counterparts.
Exhibit A (BADCamp 2018’s sponsor footer)
It has been nearly a year since I’ve updated the status of my camp recording kits. Since DCSTL15, two other camps took me up on my proposal to sponsor my travel and hotel in exchange for me recording and posting their sessions: TCDrupal and BADCamp. And, of course, as a MidCamp organizer, that counts too. And with each of those camps, I’ve iterated and learned from invaluable successes and failures.
First off, here is a link to the current kit.
Following a successful MidCamp and with some new ideas how to improve the kit, I was eager to hit the road for more testing. Problem is, I'm a freelancer with a limited budget, and getting to camps comes out of my own pocket. On a lark, I tweeted the following:
After my #epicfail that was BADCamp, to say that I was entering MidCamp with trepidation would be the understatement of the year. Two full days of sessions and a 1-and-1 track record was weighing heavily upon my soul. Add to the mix that I was coming directly off of a 5-day con my company runs, and responsible for MidCamp venue and catering logistics. Oh right, and I ran out of time to make instructions and train anyone else on setup, which only added to my on-site burden.