Important and Irreverent Tweets from #Lavacon 2013

Lavacon is an annual conference held in Portland, Oregon that caters to technical communication and content strategy professionals. Not surprisingly, this group generated a flood of tweets on Twitter using the hashtag #lavacon. Below are some of the most helpful and hilarious tweets I saw over the week; you can see the full fire hose by searching on Twitter for #lavacon.

As a frequent and fervent tweeter, I found Twitter to be invaluable in a conference setting. Not only did I gain insight on sessions I didn’t attend, I found new friends and colleagues simply by sharing an experience on Twitter. I also finally met people in person that I only knew through tweets.

Did you attend Lavacon? Were there other tweets you found noteworthy? Share them with us in the comments. If you missed out on the fun and overall fantastic presentations, Lavacon will be back at the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower in 2014. Continue reading Important and Irreverent Tweets from #Lavacon 2013

Valuable links from #Lavacon Portland 2013

Here are some of the links referred to in the sessions I attended at the fantastic October 2013 Lavacon conference in Portland, Oregon.
I’ll update as days two and three finish up. Feel free to add yours in the comments!
http://blog.mailchimp.com/new-mailchimp-user-persona-research/

https://community.jivesoftware.com/community/documentation/blog/2013/10/21/why-technical-documentation-needs-jive?author=

http://xkcd.com/1133/

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/04/29/content-knowledge-is-power/

http://pervasiveia.com/book

http://thecontentstrategybook.com/877/

http://www.humanfactors.com/downloads/roi.asp

https://www.vasont.com/resources/prepare-content-for-cms.html

Photos from the Grand-Am Championship Finale at Lime Rock Park 2013

Farewell, Lime Rock.

I’ve been to Lime Rock for most of the ALMS races over the past 10 years (see last year’s photos), but I’ve never been to a Grand-Am race. So it was sadly fitting to attend the last-ever Grand-Am race at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT, especially because the combined ALMS-Grand-Am series won’t be returning to Lime Rock next year. Unlike the searing heat of the ALMS race on July 4th weekend, we were treated to a perfect fall day at the end of September. The fall foliage made a spectacular backdrop.

It’s quite a sad ending for many reasons: Lime Rock is the closest racing location with major racing series support in the New York City area; the ride to the track is absolutely stunning; the track itself is short and makes for great racing; and because it’s really wonderful to sit underneath a tree at the top of a hill watching cars race by. I will miss you, Lime Rock; I hope a major series returns again, because I’ll be there in a heartbeat.

All photos taken with a Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 50mm/f1.8 lens.

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