WordPress Camps – June 2011

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June 4–5: WordCamp Reno-Lake Tahoe in Reno, NV. Organized by a WordPress core UI group contributor, WordCamp Reno-Lake Tahoe is taking place in Reno and has a packed schedule full of visiting experts.

June 11–12: WordCamp Kansas City in Overland Park, KS. With publisher, designer, and developer tracks, Kansas City’s WordCamp will have a little something for everyone, presented in large part by local speakers.

June 17–19: WordCamp Columbus in Columbus, OH. WordCamp Columbus has a new organizer this year and is bringing the focus more firmly onto WordPress (and less on social media). Their 3-day event includes an entire day for newbies, and another for non-profits, a nice addition to the usual blogger/developer tracks.

July 9–10: WordCamp Montreal in Montreal, Quebec. This group consistently puts on a great every year. If you register now, you can still get a $10 discount and get both days for only $30 (with sessions in both English and French to reflect the bilingual nature of the city). Montreal plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year, and this weekend is no different, including festivals for the arts, comedy, tango, and even circus arts.

July 16: WordCamp San Diego in San Diego, CA. First WordCamp in San Diego! They have talking about this for over a year, and are now starting to really ramp up the planning. They’re finalizing their venue right now, and I would expect a great roster of speakers.

July 16-17: WordCamp Portsmouth in Portsmouth, UK. The annual WordCamp UK that moves from city to city each year alights this year in Portsmouth. This one is notable because Mike Little, co-founder of WordPress, is part of the organizing team.

July 23–24: WordCamp Boston in Boston, MA. Another one just about to lock down some details and get starting with speaker selection, etc. An easy train ride from so many places, and not in the middle of winter this year!

July 30-31: WordCamp Chicago has new organizers and is a new venue this year. A call for speakers, supporters, and volunteers will likely be posted sometime next week.

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WordPress 3.1.2 Update

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WordPress 3.1.2 is now available and is a security release for all previous WordPress versions.

This release addresses a vulnerability that allowed Contributor-level users to improperly publish posts.

The issue was discovered by a member of our security team, WordPress developer Andrew Nacin, with Benjamin Balter.

We suggest you update to 3.1.2 promptly, especially if you allow users to register as contributors or if you have untrusted users. This release also fixes a few bugs that missed the boat for version 3.1.1.

Download 3.1.2 or update automatically from the Dashboard → Updates menu in your site’s admin area.

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452K Claim Blogging Primary Income

The Wall St Journal has an interesting article today on people who blog for money. According to the lead, 452,000 people claim that blogging is their primary source of income:

Demographically, bloggers are extremely well educated: three out of every four are college graduates. Most are white males reporting above-average incomes. One out of three young people reports blogging, but bloggers who do it for a living successfully are 2% of bloggers overall. It takes about 100,000 unique visitors a month to generate an income of $75,000 a year. Bloggers can get $75 to $200 for a good post, and some even serve as “spokesbloggers” — paid by advertisers to blog about products.

This is a lot higher than I would have though this number should be but it suspect it also includes those who blog corporately or blog for high profile sites like Huffington Post.

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As part of job we run into many first time bloggers and web presence new persons. As you would expect, they spend a lot of time being preoccupied with what their site looks like. We understand this and can appreciate that it a personal expression and why it would be an important, the completion of your website design is only the end of the beginning.

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I like reading about Bloggers and their path to minor stardom and more importantly making a living being a blogger. For everyone who claims to make $100,000 or more (US) blogging, I believe there are actually far fewer people making fantastic living doing independent blogging. When I say independent, I mean people who have developed their business themselves and not by getting $30M in VC funding.

Darren Rowse shares his journey on how he became a problogger:

By mid December of 2004 we had pretty much decided that 2005 would see me go full time as a blogger. I’d already ditched most of my warehousing work as the earnings had continued to rise over the month or so before and the grant for my church work was going to run out early in February 2005 (we transitioned leadership of the church to more of a team thing which I still lead voluntarily).

His golden rules for blogging are:

  • Blogging for an income takes time
  • One Step at a Time
  • Hard Work and Discipline
  • Follow your Dreams

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Now I am pretty sure that most of the site I come across saying they make $100,000 (US) dollars a year are bull, but Caroline posts her earnings each month and the readership so this is great stat information for you to understand what it takes to earn a living on line, and who doesn’t dream of being able to blog from St Lucia each day.

caroline Making Money Blogging

The first take away is that adsense is not a strategy, is a distraction from doing what you need to do.

Afflitate income needs to be targeted such as blog hosting and WordPress themes, but the real cash cow is digital IP (intellectual property).

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