Fell off the blog wagon

August 22, 2012

Well it’s been a while since I’ve updated the Confreaks blog and there have been a lot of exciting changes.

In July Cindy Denison joined Confreaks as our first full-time employee.  Up to this point it has been a part time, boot-strapped, labor of love.  There is still a lot of love for the Ruby community and open source software in general, but the demand on my time simply got too great.  This was starting to impact the speed at which videos were being released, and the happiness of myself and my wife 🙂

Some of you have probably meet Cindy she has helped with Mountain West Ruby in 2009 and 2011, with Ruby Conf in 2010, Agile Roots in 2010, and more recently she was the videographer at jQuery Conference and Cascadia Ruby.  This week she is doing her first solo conference – Madison Ruby in Madison, WI.  In addition to her videography skills she is also now doing post-production and editing.  Why did Cascadia Ruby come out as quickly as it did? – Cindy Denison!

I have added a second editor doing some piece work for me by the name of Brady Ralston, he completed the post-production work on a private conference that we recorded in mid-July and is now responsible for the stream of jQuery Conference videos you’re seeing come out each day.  With any luck we’ll have all of that conference only by early next week, follow @confreaks on twitter for announcements, visit us on Facebook, or look us up on Google Plus.

So with all these extra hands what am I doing?

As I write this I’m in the middle of finishing up the Rails Panel from Rails Conf 2012 then I have to double check and make sure nothing was missed.

I have also been spending some time with the ailing code base that runs confreaks.com.  In recent weeks I’ve added automation to push a finished video from our FTP server (where the editors push them to when they are complete) to ZenCoder to generate the multiple size options that are available to download, and to YouTube, the primary source for our streaming videos now.  In the coming weeks I’ll be finishing the automation to announce video releases to Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.  Once that’s done I’m going to get to the request that many have been asking for over the last two years – an RSS Feed!

Between now and the end of the year we will be recording:

  • Madison Ruby Conference in Madison, WI – Starting Friday 🙂
  • GoGaRuCo in San Francisco, CA
  • Aloha Ruby Conf in Hawaii
  • Ruby Conf XII in Denver, CO
  • Clojure Conj in Raleigh, NC
Also keep an eye out for videos from:
  • Steel City Ruby Conf (we shiped them equipment and they recorded and are post producing their own)
  • Rocky Mountain Ruby (recorded by their local Videographer: Zef Houssney)
That should wrap us up for 2012.  In 2013 we’ll be doing MOAR!  If you are a conference organizer we’ll probably be proactively reaching out to you, with the additional staff and production capacity we’re really going to make 2013 a growth year for the company, and the communities that support us.

I’ve also got a short list of articles I want to write for the blog, as well as a total redesign of the confreaks.com website.

Thanks for all your support over the years!

If you have feed back feel free to post it here on the blog, on the videos on youtube, or just email me coby@confreaks.com.