Well after some thinking I am attending Food Blog South in Birmingham Alabama on Saturday. Food Blog South is featuring many bloggers and foodies who write about food. Like this blog which does recipes. And in the future I will be doing more recipes and even some restaurant reviews here in NE Alabama and NW Georgia. Some speakers will include writers from magazines like Southern Living and the CNN blog Eatocracy. And there will be some speakers who have shows on the radio and on TV. I guess I could be on that list since I have appeared on TV.
So lots of people are going to have some fun on Saturday at Old Car Heaven in Birmingham. Look for updates and pictures here on Young’s Blog throughout the weekend. And follow me on Twitter @nvyoung and at facebook.com/nvyoung. And to my mom; sorry it cost close to $150 to attend this conference.
Last weekend many people had a great time at Word Camp Birmingham. There were many great speakers and presentations. I want to recap the five best presentations over the last weekend during word camp.
Scan It! Incorporating QR Codes Stephanie True Moss
Stop Creating Content For the Sake of Creating Content George Ortiz
How to Win Awards and Influence Readers in 439 Days and 668 Posts Wade Kwon
WCBHAM: Running Your Freelance Business Kelly Housholder
Using WordPress in a Time of Crisis Michelle Amaral
You can find more slides from other Word Camp Birmingham speakers at http://2012.birmingham.wordcamp.org/
Over my time at Word Camp Birmingham; I took a lot of photos. And I made several posts recapping the time at word camp.
And the next word camp in this area is Word Camp Atlanta on February 3-4. Tickets have been sold out for this event. And currently I have no plans on attending. Especially with no job and still on unemployment income. I really had a good time at Word Camp Birmingham and let’s make this a yearly event!
This is a post for all the people who has just seen my story on ABC 33/40. First of all welcome to Young’s Blog; Unofficial Ambassador for NE Alabama. This blog is to talk about news; topics; events; and anything that would interest readers. The blogs and websites in Atlanta and Birmingham will not cover things going on in Anniston/Gadsden and NE Alabama very often. So the mission of Young’s Blog is to cover the gap. My territory for Young’s Blog is from Alex City up to the Tennessee line and from Pell City over to Carrollton and Rome Georgia. I also will talk about other topics like big news stories; animation news; weather news; technology news; and creative topics like cooking and crafts.
The story on ABC 33/40 is about the Shape Up! campaign. The last time I weighed myself about one year ago was about 400 pounds. So I decided to share my journey to the readers of Young’s Blog. If you click on the Shape Up! tab on the top of the page you will see what will happen on a weekly basis. I think this is a awesome move for me and to the people in Alabama and Georgia who are also struggling with weight.
I started Young’s Blog in August 2011 as a way to keep me occupied after becoming unemployed again. This is sad to say but I have had as many jobs in the last six years as the number of Alabama national championships; 14! Life does suck being on state unemployment and I have been to numerous interviews and filled out many job applications with nothing happening. Just about all the jobs I have had I have either been fired or has been temp work. Learn more about me up on the about me page.
But with all of that; the future of Young’s Blog is great! I just got promoted on TV! Hardly any bloggers can say that. And the readership has steadily grown over the last six months. I hope I can hold some contests to reward the Young’s Blog readers in the near future and even do some videos to share with everyone! Yes I am looking for people to help me on this awesome project. It is tough to write all of these great articles by myself. Or if you know someone willing to help me with the Shape Up! campaign or in finding a job. Or if you have a event that would be great to share on Young’s Blog. Please e-mail me at email@example.com Exciting times are coming to this blog so stay tuned! And thank you for reading Young’s Blog!
Word Camp Birmingham 2012 is now in the books! Thanks to all the people who put on the event and all the speakers who taught all of us a bunch of WordPress bliss! And thanks to all the people who came out. Here are some pictures from day 2 at Samford University.
This is a good time to tell everyone at the Word Camp Birmingham meeting which I am at currently. By the way follow me @nvyoung or #WPYall on Twitter to follow along. That I will be appearing on TV on Monday afternoon. It is not everyday that a blog gets featured on television. My blog will be featured on ABC 33/40 Monday at 4:00pm during Focus@4. You can watch online for anyone outside of the Birmingham market. I will post more details Monday morning about what is going to happen and please watch. I can not wait.
For all of you who went to the after party or missed it. Word Camp Birmingham held an after party at Pale Eddie’s Pour House in downtown Birmingham on Saturday night. Enjoy the pictures!
We had a great presentation of the 100 best plugins to use on a WordPress.org website. I got many of the plugins to use but the speaker Ryan Imel had to go fast due to time constraints. But these plugins below are great!
Never Moderate Registered Users
Safe Report Comments
Antispam Collateral Condolences
Really Simple Captcha
Subscribe to Comments
WP Ajax Edit Comments
Minimum Comment Length
After the Deadline
Twitter Blackbird Pie
TentBlogger RSS Reminder
Display Posts Shortcode
Viper Video Quicktags
TentBlogger Add RSS Footer
Widgets on Pages
TentBlogger 404 Repair
Format Media Titles
Markdown on Save
Comment Form Quicktags
Poster Revision Display
What should we Write About Next?
WP Content Filter
TentBlogger Simple Top Blog Comments
GD Star Ratings
W3 Total Cache
Use Google Libraries
Google Analytics for WordPress
WordPress Download Monitor
Site Improvement Plugins
Jetpack from WordPress.com
After the Deadline
Manual Control for Jetpack
All in One Favicon
WordPress.com Custom CSS
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
Broken Link Checker
Expandable Dashboard Recent Comments
Add Admin CSS
Featured Image Column
Don’t Break the Code
Color Admin Post
Admin Trim Interface
Admin Post Navigation
Matty Theme Quickswitch
Custom Post Type UI
Post Status Menu Items
Multi Author Plugins
Remember Me Controls
WP Security Scan
Let It Snow
We have gotten to lunch and are now doing bingo at Word Camp Birmingham. Follow me along at @nvyoung on Twitter for updates. Here are some more photos of today.
4 Days Left To Christmas
At The North Pole:
We are now close enough to Christmas to see the weather models for what the weather will be during Santa’s flight around the world delivering the presents to good boys and girls. The elf weather watchers are now seeing all the weather forecast models to determine the route Santa will take on Christmas Eve. We would not want Santa to encounter bad weather during the flight that could end his night. The kids would be very sad.
Here is one of those Christmas songs from the 1980′s that has that weird background noise. Last Christmas by Wham! has the classic music feel from the era of great classic music; the eighties!
Adult/Child Gift Idea:
Here is an great idea. How about creating an homemade coupon book. For kids you can help out your parents by doing simple chores like cleaning. And for husbands it can be your get out of jail card so you can watch the big football game.
Wish for today is for all the bloggers out there (like me) to have a great Christmas!
12 Days of Christmas:
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 4 Calling Birds. The birds must be saying some sweet sounds that we all love hearing.
Come back tomorrow for day 22 of the 25 Days of Christmas.