Microsocial: How tiny bits of data can make or break your website

Seen and unseen, tiny bits of data are hard at work. Microformats, microdata, metadata : search engines and social networks are using this information. But are you making them work for you? Today I was one of the speakers at the Social Capital Conference, a conference in Ottawa that focusses on Social Media. My talk …

The Status of Women in WordPress

I was recently interviewed on women's participation in the WordPress open source project. It's a subject I'm always happy to talk about, but since the article doesn't exactly get across my point of view, I thought I'd share my full interview here. The questions were provided by the author of the article. For another point …

Getting started with .htaccess for WordPress

This weekend I gave a talk on using .htaccess files with WordPress at WordCamp Toronto: Developers 2012... An introduction on how to configure your .htaccess file to do more than what WordPress provides by default. The talk will cover basics like setting up a preferred URL, and redirecting old page URLs for better SEO. How …

Don’t have the porn industry sponsor your tech event redux.

This is part of an ongoing series called¬†So you want more women at your tech event? This past week I published a blog post on how having the porn industry sponsor tech events leads to decreased participation by women. A large number of people read the article, and left comments. Many of the comments were …