Going to a WordCamp is always a great experience, because it’s easy to meet new and interesting people from the WordPress community. Like e.g. the friendly owner of Tangara Communications from Hannover who’s founded his WordPress and 3D agency 3 years ago leaving his former career as a consultant in the music industry behind.
Then you stumble upon an attendee’s beautiful sketchnotes the creator of which happens to give a beginners course for sketchnotes in Frankfurt next Saturday. In case you fall in love with sketchnotes and have more confidence in your drawing abilities than I have. But the 2nd sketchnote claims it can be learned by anyone.
That happened before the 1st day’s keynote started in which Caspar Hübinger spoke about German psycho-linguistical realities and a string-intelligent (English adjective of the German word creation String-Intelligenz) version of the German WordPress translation, which is supposed to be included in the German version of WordPress 4.7. He thereby inofficially granted all German-speaking translators permission to use common sense to make translations not only gender-neutral, but also more human-friendly.
— Nick Weisser (@nickweisser) September 3, 2016
Translating freely is not an easy thing to do, but it definitely should be applied by a free and open source software like WordPress to eventually maybe even influence the German language itself. Maybe one day we will no longer blog, but wordpress about stuff. Just like we google for information and no longer search for it?
In the afternoon I went to Petya’s entertaining explanation of the remote agency toolbox she uses as an employee of Human Made and world traveler. You can feel that she likes to share stories about work and personal experiences, which is the basis for any good presentation. In the end of her presentation she spoke about mastering online communication.
In written communication among people from different cultures and backgrounds she recommends to remember the following rules:
- always assume no harm is meant
- it’s not personal
- don’t take yourself too seriously
- don’t be an asshole (kindness is a universal language)
Now it’s time to head over to the community party and meet 2 of my Twitter contacts in person for the first time and probably a couple of other new and old folks. Follow me on Twitter if you like to learn more about WordPress and the WordPress community.
Other blogs about WordCamp Frankfurt 2016
- Kein WordCamp gleicht dem anderen – Christopher Kurth
(Main picture courtesy of Brina Blum)