Looking back and looking forward

My sabbatical year is over. A new year is here, full of promise. The final leg of my 3-year plan. The first leg of a new plan forming – the one that will concretize long-awaited change, introducing new challenges and experiences. False starts I sometimes wish that January 1 was a magical day that set…

Jenny Beaumont

Instagram Stories, first impressions

While I have a more in-depth article on the way addressing some thoughts and questions I’ve had lately about the ways in which social media is evolving, I wanted to jot down some first impressions after trying out the relatively new Stories feature on Instagram. UI overview, constraints and feature requests Despite Instagram’s super detailed…

Instagram Stories

Reminiscing on a Life of Remote Work

When Siobhan McKeown put out a call for testimonies for a new book she’s writing on remote work, I immediately raised my hand. Not that I doubted she would get an overwhelming response, but because I think Siobhan is pretty fantastic and because I thought I could contribute something unique to her research. In the…

Remote work

Six months in

Okay, maybe a little more than six months, because I’ve been staring at a blank page for the last few weeks, trying to decant everything that has happened since January 1, since declaring my sabbatical year. The short version is that I’m exactly where I want to be. I finished my final client project (albeit…


Making Connections

“Jenny, I’m really disappointed in you.” “Uh oh, what did I do now?” “I signed up for your newsletter, and I still haven’t received anything!” Fair enough! I’m calling it Making Connections, an at least monthly newsletter experiment, and the first one will go out on May 1st (no backing out now). If you haven’t…

Making Connections

You can have a multilingual website, but should you?

When we talk about multilingual websites, we tend to focus on technique. As WordPress developers we ask, “Which of the multilingual plugins has the best approach? How can we improve on them?” Clients start by asking, “Can you make my website multilingual? How do I translate my content?” Whichever side of the process we’re on,…

You can have a multilingual website, but should you?

Advanced Twitter search

Buried deep in the bowels of Twitter.com is a really neat tool for doing advanced searches. You just have to know where to look. Because for some odd reason, Twitter doesn’t make it easy to find. When I learned that someone who I consider pretty web-savvy didn’t know about the advanced search, I figured I’d…

Twitter Advanced Search

Thoughts on volunteer work and leadership

I recently had the honor (and challenge!) of leading the team that organized the largest French WordPress event to date: WordCamp Paris 2016. There have already been lots of great reviews about the WordCamp; about the 32 talks, the change in venue and the networking opportunities. For me, the event itself was like slaving over a meal all day…

The WordCamp Paris 2016 Organizing Team

Where and why I am slacking

Growing up, “slack” was synonymous with a complete lack of productivity or being a downright loser. These days, it’s the exact opposite. Before I go into the Where and the Why, let’s briefly look at What. What is this Slack you speak of? When I first heard about Slack, I thought, “Oh great, one more…

Slack

What makes a great newsletter?

On Monday I sent out my first newsletter and have received a lot of great feedback and encouragement to continue. It was a pre-newsletter really, because in it I mention that it’s new, that it’s the first time I’ve opened up a mailing list to the public, and that I admittedly have no idea what…

What makes a great newsletter?