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Last weekend (19/20 October 2019) I attended and spoke at WordCamp Dublin. Like the inaugural WordCamp Dublin in 2017 and WordCamp Belfast last year, it was great fun, educational and good to see familiar faces.
Like in 2017 I was the first speaker on the first day. There were a few technical difficulties with the mics so I used my “outside in a big space” voice and ensured that those that attended couldn’t doze off.
Colm Troy introduced me (as he did in 2017 and maybe even in Belfast) and reminded me that I was probably the only person that has spoken at all 3 WordCamps in Ireland!
I did practice speaking slowly so I wasn’t as fast as in 2017 but it’s something that I still have to work on. I hope that my love of debugging came through (well, not of debugging but of the tools available to make it easier). I do get excited when I fix issues!
The schedule described my talk as:
In this session you will be able to learn how to debug an issue without having to ask others. It will also show you how to use actions and filters to view data without a source code debugger.
Damien will present a demo on debugging an issue, expanding on the tools that Brecht Ryckaert covered in ‘Debugging WordPress’ in WordCamp Belfast.
While writing this post I realised that I didn’t present a demo. I thought about it but felt that it would be difficult for attendees to see what I was doing so it would be wasted.
The slides are also available as a PDF.
Wellness, Nervousness and Self Doubt
During the week before WordCamp I was getting nervous about my talk, whether it would be interesting and helpful to people. The lyrics of one of the first Henry Rollins songs ever heard kept coming into my head so I finished my slides with lines from that song:
If you could see the you that I seeRollins Band/Henry Rollins, “Low Self Opinion”
When I see you seeing me
You’d see yourself so differently
On a lighter note, Cyndi Lauper’s “Right Track Wrong Train”, the B side to “Girls Just Want to Have Fun“, was running around my head on the night before my talk. I really really love the song and it it would be on my Desert Island playlist though 2am was not a good time for it to play.