WordCamp Mid-Atlantic

I spent Saturday at WordCamp Mid-Atlantic in Baltimore. It was my first WordCamp, the one in Boston having taken place just after I moved down to Maryland.

I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to make it to the event, was on the waitlist, but managed to leapfrog the list by responding to a call for volunteers. I spent some time at reception (but most of the checking-in was done by others), directed people to sources of coffee, listened to complaints about the directions, etc., but was mainly free to roam.

Most of the online discussion of the event is to be found at Twitter (#wcma), rather than on WordPress blogs. A micro-sign of the times, perhaps.

It won’t be my last WordCamp. I hope to be at (and have offered to help with) WCMA next year.

Jobs in DC, Indeed

job-competition-indeedIt’s looking more and more likely that we will be moving south so that my wife can take up a new job in Washington DC. I have mixed feelings about this.

It’s good news that Washington DC appears to be the best city in the USA in terms of job postings to unemployed people. My source is Indeed (via TechCrunch, where there are many comments pointing out ways in which the data may be misleading). Third on the list is nearby Baltimore. I have to like the data, and I like the graphic.

For those who are wondering about Boston, and why my feelings are mixed, I’ll add that Boston: is tenth on the Indeed list; and is positively balmy compared with DC. While the usually prolific Universal Adam can’t even finish his own post about how hot it is in Boston, it’s about 10 degrees hotter in DC. It’s almost a consolation that more thunderstorms are forecast for down there than for up here.