EXCLUSIVE!! Disclosure of Az’s photos :P

Haha tajuk sikit punya gempak :D Yeah only on ilyani.net I’m gonna (finally) introduce to you my boyfriend in flesh. You will not find these pics on my Facebook or wherever else, they’re only exclusive to my friends who keep on reading my stories here :)

BTW, if you missed my previous meetup posts with Az, here they’re again: First meeting, Second meeting.

So my dears, this is Az – whom I’ve been talking constantly about for past half a year in this blog, whom you’ve been reading about without actually having any idea how the guy actually looks like. I hope he doesnt mind that I finally took a brave move to abuse his privacy even more this time :P Sorry, but I cant help it okay, after these photo sessions during WordCamp last week, I mean, I cant help falling in love with these pics myself.. we look so damn happy, dontcha think? ^_^ (p.s. to Az, I promise this post won’t be covered by CNN and I dont have many readers anyway so dont worry about chances of your photos to be discovered by the whole world, coz it’s unlikely :P)

Plus, it’s so appropriate to upload these pics while the WordCamp mood is still there. Who agrees with me? :D Oh btw I *did* actually put a pic with Az in previous post about WordCamp, but I guess nobody noticed coz I didnt practically mention it was him :P (go check again the pic two of us with Aizat Faiz okay).

And to make it sound appropriate even more, let me remind you again that I found this guy right from my ilyani.wordpress.com blog sometime last year :)

And the quirky fact (which I was told only during our first date – which happened after 4 months knowing him virtually) that Az keeps my number in his phone book under name “Ilyani Mat WordPress” all this time. I mean, seriously! O_O And his argument was like, “I never knew there exist such thing called a WordPress blog before I came across yours”. Hmm? So is that the reason WordPress has to stick to my name there? Huh? Huh? =.=

So yeah, it’s afterall a WordPress love, peeps. Who would have thought? :)

WordCamp Malaysia

I’ve been reading a few reports by some bloggers who attended the first WordCamp Malaysia at Cititel MidValley last week, and here’s my version, which I guess will be the only report by a non-geek regarding the conference :P Yeah, who would you expect to attend WordCamp if not bunch of geeks – who each and every of them owns at least an iPhone and a MacBook, or an iPad and iPhone, if not all three. And they tweet. And I mean tweet all times. So to define a geek from my observation should be a person who owns Apple gadgets and tweets. Okay. And they blog about tech, codes, design and such. Only those stuff.

I have a Twitter account but hardly tweet. I only realized I had Twitter when I had to tweet for Project Alpha blog contest, otherwise it would have still been left unused. And I dont own any Apple gadgets. And I blog about my sappy life and love. Only these stuff. Thank you.

I came to WordCamp merely because of my interest in WordPress. Although it means I’ve used only the free and feature-limited WordPress.com for over 2 years and only got exposed to the PHP and CSS codes of WordPress.org barely since 3 months ago after I got my own domain in March. I still dont know zillions of things WordPress has to offer, though I have to be thankful that I didnt go total clueless when they were talking about plugins and some technical stuff. And WordPress 3.0 is out now, but I’m still so pessimist to go checking it, given that I’m still far from finishing learning my current version and afraid the 3.0 may get me confused even more. Well, maybe later.

Matt Mullenweg in San Francisco saying hello to WordCamp Malaysia attendees. In case you dont know, Matt is the co-founder of WordPress and he released the first WordPress back in 2003. Or to be precise, on 27 May 2003, and therefore, there was a post-WordCamp event happening in KL the other day to celebrate WordPress 7th birthday by a group of Malaysian WordPress users (I said this coz I received the invitation via FB) which I was not able to attend obviously, coz I came home right away after WordCamp ended.

The attendees. I wasn’t in a good mood of taking photos during the sessions, and I realized I didnt take a good one showing the audience, except these views of empty chairs when everyone was out during some tea break =.= and even the environment outside during the tea wasn’t captured very neat either, I was lazy okay. And I was rather bit upset coz I couldnt make myself socialized with those people for some unknown reasons, I was rather feeling left out to be honest. I didnt manage to on my laptop to tweet. Yeah, everyone was tweeting throughout the session and a number of lucky winners to get free web hosting subscriptions were chosen from their tweets. People who came without lappies were tweeting using their iPhones and whatever gadgets. And I was like, “hm, am I really supposed to tweet too??” It seems that way works to get to know people who were in the hall with you instantly. Perhaps that’s the reason I was feeling left out, coz I didnt tweet! :( Let alone to talk outside Twitter, during the tea break. I knew it’s pointless and I should not expect people to approach me but I was the one who should go and say hi to them. But the groups looked too geeky to me for some weird reason. If only I had come along with a group myself, like most of them did. Instead, I was all alone and lost. Part of me said I shouldnt have been here.

The speakers. There were a number of them talking about various topics one after another, from WordPress history and development, intro to WP 3.0, theme framework, to SEO, BuddyPress, social media, plugins, bla bla bla.. and speeches by sponsors reps like Microsoft and some others I cant remember. The forum session was pretty nice, with 3 Malaysian top bloggers talking about how they earn pretty well only with blogging (and again, they blog about tech stuff and designs of course, what else do you think a blog that gets 100 thousands hits a day is about?). And Naoko of Automattic who came all the way from SF was surprised to get her WordPress cake for her birthday in KL :) I managed to take a photo with Aizat Faiz who was speaking about plugins which sounds a bit too techy for me, but he managed to convince the audience that simple plugins development isn’t that complicated like one would think. BTW I learned that he’s the first Malaysian employee of Facebook. Cool.

The food and goodies. Everyone was eagerly waiting to see what types of food and gifts we were to get with the expensive RM150 fees. I have to admit the food veriety was great, from the morning tea break to buffet lunch to afternoon tea. I helped myself some fresh raw oyster-lookalikes for the first time, I mean, they looked like oysters but they werent ones. And I ate ALOT of it hahaha, with few dishes I guess I could only get from a hotel buffet. Cakes and pastries were great too. Still, I dont think they’re really worth RM150 =.= at least to a poor kid like me.

WordCamp goodie bag was a bit disappointment. I was expecting more great freebies rather than pamphlets from the sponsors to sell their products. WordPress schwags are neat, I wish I could get more. And WordCamp Malaysia black t-shirt, which is, um, just okay.

Photo credit. I didnt have a chance to take a group photo like this coz Az was two minutes too late to reach this place when everyone was gathering for the mass group photo, otherwise I would have had him to take one for me. So I just stole this pic off another blog. Now can you spot me from those bunch? :)

I’ll be attending Malaysia’s First WordCamp! :D

Gahahahaha. I already thought this would happen. *evil grin*

Fact #154 about ilyani:

When she’s trying to cheer up herself after some depressing event, she’s likely to splurge an awesome amount of money on something totally random without thinking twice. Needless to say, within a drastic decision too. Whether she has the money or not.. it’s not that important for anyone to bother knowing.



Now, who’s with me????? :-)

Oh yeah, gotta put this badge on the sidebar right away!

Eh.. not this one lah..

This one yeah!!!! :)))

See you around WordPressers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WordCamp Malaysia: Who’s attending?

I woke up this morning and found an email from Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress in my inbox. He says something about Coming to a WordCamp near you…

To avoid writing a long post about this (since I need to go back study for exam), let me put WordCamp in easy and short definition: it is an event where WordPress users gather (be it WP.com or WP software) to spread around the WordPress goodness. It’s been organized in the US and everywhere since 2006, and this year WordCamp will be happening for the first time in Kuala Lumpur! For details please check www.wordcamp.my and it’s Twitter as well as Facebook page.

Date: 22nd of May 2010, 9am – 5PM.

Venue: Cititel Mid Valley, Mid Valley City, KL

Quoted from the website;

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to WordPress.comand WordPress.org users alike.

So, who’s joining? Come say hello to me, and probably give me good reasons why I should attend too. From Twitter they told me early bird fee will be RM150, but it’s by today =.= Though there will be another chance to get the same rate by registering online this Wednesday quickly – coz it’s for first 50 registration only! Adoi, early price is already RM150, the real price must cost a bomb. Isn’t there any discounted price for poor student like me? :(

Well, I know that I’m so very new in WordPress software and its CSS coding (almost 2 months since I got my own domain) regardless I have been using WodPress.com since 2007. Therefore, though my site is unknown and I am no way a socializing blogger but for my love for WordPress all this time I’M SO MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO ATTEND THIS!

Can anyone sponsor me please?  *regrets being a poor student without monthly salary* >.<

New theme

Lalala.. I’m so bored and still dont feel like studying for next paper after the AI paper yesterday which I dont want to talk about. I was browsing sites with loads WordPress themes and couldnt resist myself to change my blog layout now! Wheeee ^_^

As much as LOVED this theme that I’ve been using since past 2 months (well, it wouldn’t be ilyani.net’s very first theme for nothing, right?) I have been thinking to change it, or at least, to change the header, since a while, but didnt feel necessary still, but anyway, I couldnt wait anymore, and I’m falling in love with my new theme now, which makes me feel so bright. And girlish, heh.

I had never liked 2-columns sidebar before, but now I started to prefer it as I could add skyscraper ads unit on top without having to sacrifice other sections that I think also deserve to be on top: about, pages, etc. And as it has navigation at the header, I could just links other blogs of mine on it and they’re still noticeable, unlike before when I had to make small banners for them to put on top of the sidebar. Anyways.

Another thing I like about the new theme that it has this cool dynamic section showing 5 featured posts excerpt, sliding one after anoter.. though by now I can’t decide what post will be ‘featured posts’  so now it displays latest posts by default.

However. It needed a few alters before it looks like this. Change the background image, change the font, change the size, delete unnecessary stuff, change meta tags position, add page numbers,… it doesnt even come with time stamp and comment count. Will have to fix it later. It has ready made threaded comment system and with avatars which I have been searching the add on since long! The comment plugins I came across were usually useless and werent exactly the ones I wanted. And I was trying out this third party comment called Disqus but it was so much fuss to load. Now I am happy with this theme comment it has without extra plugins :)) Oh well but I still have to find a way to resize its oversized gravatars. Hmmph.