BarCamp DC 2

BarcampDC 2
[Photo by Ed Welker]

The second BarCamp DC was this past Saturday, and after waiting nervously once again on the waiting list, I got an email from Peter Corbett that I’m in. First of all, Thanks to the organizers Justin, Peter and especially CDIA for providing such a perfect space for this event (for free at that). My first session of the day was with Adam Boalt about startups surviving in this lousy economy. He talked about how he started up RushMyPassport.com and all the effort he put into making the site usable and findable, optimizing CPA. What really blew me away was that he made $30,000 on his first day (after having done all the testing and optimization). Overall, was a very inspiring talk, certainly opened my mind to keep my eye open for a wider range of opportunities.

Website is now live

I always wanted to set up a website for myself, and had many choices for how to do it. Initially I was looking at WordPress, which is generally a great choice for quickly setting up a blog. At some point I had heard about Drupal (back on version 4.7 or so) and found it to be really interesting. I’ve spent the last couple years following its progress (Now on version 6, with version 7 in development) and have been spending some time getting to know it better. I joined the (now defunct) Gnomepal group earlier this year to pitch in and learn even more. So now I’ve set up my personal website, trickybits.com, along with a separate wiki, vegaswiki.trickybits.com, which is for gathering information about Sony Vegas (a great video editing app) into one place. I’ll be writing another post about how I set up the personal blog and the wiki sites to share the “recipes.”