Christmas Bloggers Meetup
We held the Christmas edition of the London Bloggers Meetup last night and if I had to describe it in one word I’d have to say it was simply great. There seemed to be a lot going on so it’s difficult to know quite where to start, but I have to start somewhere, so here goes. Let’s kick off with the speakers.
Stefan Wesche from Symantec kicked off with a talk about staying safe and secure online. He ditched the PowerPoint and adlibbed his way through, which was refreshing given he represents a big old company. He’d also come across from Munich to be with us, which means Stefan has made one of the longest LBM commutes to date. Good man. He took a difficult question about pricing on the chin and moved on to deliver some useful pointers about security. A couple that stood out include:
1. use a different password for each site, it’s too common and too easy for hackers to use a script to hack your password these days
2. make sure you use the latest version of WordPress / other blogging software as this will have any security holes patched up, making you less vulnerable
3. be careful about your choice of hosting provider, particularly if you use a shared server solution – which gives me an idea, would anyone be interested in hosting their blogs on a server just for LBM’ers, let me know and I’ll set something up.
4. choose your plugins carefully, do some research and download them directly from the author
Of course he did mention you might like to buy the latest version of Norton which is their “best product to date”. I queried him on some advice I’d been given previously about Norton using up a lot of your PCs processing power and this is something they’ve improved on in a big way with more recent versions. Roll-on Norton I say.
Well, thanks Stefan and Symantec for the guidance, the beers and also the numerous prizes.
Next up we had the rather marvellous Sian Meades talking about her blogging adventures and life as a domestic slut. A long standing LBM’er, Sian is an impressive personality in the London social media scene and I thought she delivered some useful advice, of which perhaps the most memorable was telling us all not to listen to her advice. Interesting. Well, I thought the tips about looking pretty i.e. using images on your blog, and asking for help from the LBM community were both very valid.
Thanks to Sian and the Domestic Sluts for bringing some really tasty cakes along too. I tried about four of them and I would say the mince pie and the cheesecake brownie were topping the tables, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the others. The sluts are welcome back any time.
Last but not least we had Arvind, who introduced his Blog with Heart Challenge. His aim is to alleviate world poverty by helping entrepreneurs across the globe with funds to setup or run their businesses. To do this he is working with microfinance team at Kiva.org. You should definitely check this out. Arvind has created some resources specifically for any blogger who wants to join in:-
As I mentioned last night, I have created a team on Kiva for the London Bloggers Meetup community called rather imaginatively ‘LBM’. If any LBM’ers would like to join up and see how much of a difference we can make as a community, you can do so by joining Kiva and the LBM team here.
So there you go. Thanks everyone for making this month a fantastic LBM and I look forward to kicking off again in 2010 on January 13th!
PS news years resolution number 1 is that I must go on a photography course. Evidence above suggests I am a complete monkey with the camera…