WordCamp Pune 2019

This was my 3rd WordCamp in Pune. The special thing was that I was also a speaker and not just an attendee. Through this blog post, I take the opportunity to say thanks to WordCamp Pune 2019 Organisers.

The venue was Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. The campus was so awesome which made feel fresh throughout the WordCamp. The efforts taken by the organizing team were reflecting all over. May it be registration & swag desk, the food arrangements, the parallel tracks or the networking breaks over tea & lunch!

I attended 4 sessions and they were quite informative.

Uriahs Victor shared how he figured out that he is made up for IT/Computers sector, how WordPress is helping him & St. Lucia to improve and his struggle to reach where he is today. It was really motivating to hear that given the limited resources & natural calamities how he shaped himself to take up the challenges, stay strong and move on.

Vaidehi Singh Sharma shared her views on remote job vs 9 to 6 office job, challenges girls facing when they work from home and perspective of the society. She stressed the fact that even if you are working from home it is very important to be disciplined so that you get a good work life balance.

Karthik’s session was based on Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) on WP eCommerce sites. There were many important points in his session. I really liked the humour he added in throughout the talk and kept the audience engaged. The important takeaway for me was that there is nothing like good design or bad design, rather, it is converting design or non-converting design. He gave a good example saying,

“Imagine there is a funny drawing of myself and that has been put on a website. Do you think its good design or bad design? Some people might say it is a bad design. But what if we put a line on top of that drawing saying that – It has been made by my 7-year-old daughter! Then people would suddenly start finding it interesting and they could relate to it.”

Sujay, the co-founder of Brainstorm force shared his views on marketing tips for the product. The tips were based on his real life experience of managing and launching different products. He openly shared a mistake made by him where he kept building the product on and on to make it full of all the features that he had planned for. Then he suggested that one should follow the MVP approach, launch the product and then keep adding more and more features on the go.

And here are some selfies I took on the go ๐Ÿ™‚

Slack mark message as unread

I’m personally very much used to marking emails as unread which are to be actioned later. This way I can prioritize the replies and I can make sure that I don’t miss any email. Since I started using Slack, I was missing this feature in Slack. Imagine:

  1. A scenario where you were on leave for a couple of days and when you join you see a lot of those red bubbles indicating unread messages OR
  2. A scenario where you were away from the keyboard for few hours (maybe for lunch or for some important meeting) and when you get back you see a lot of those red bubbles of unread messages.

When you start checking one by one you find that you need to prioritize the replies. But once you read any message, you don’t see that red bubble anymore. When you get 100s of messages from different people/channels how would you recall where the reply is pending?

Well, I faced the same problem and I started searching. I found that I can simply mark a message as unread just by “Alt+Clicking” on the message timestamp. Wow! It became so easy to prioritize slack replies too, isn’t it?

If you come across any such useful trick then do share ๐Ÿ™‚