Year: 2017

A New Home for the Plugins

Over five years have passed since I announced the new Tag Groups plugin. Naturally I wrote here on my personal blog, since it was just one more project among many activities, thoughts and stuff to share. After a while, however, my blog received an unprecedented amount of comments. Well, 20 comments on that mentioned post was already beyond my imagination, and the plugin page ended up with 54 before comments were automatically closed. The blog that I wrote for myself and for friends and family members served now as a support forum for troubleshooting, advice and features requests. The plugin evolved through many new versions, and then I added a second plugin. Pages full of instructions, parameters and hints grew longer and longer. I got used to writing a post about every new version. When you publish plugins at WordPress.org, you also submit the author’s website and a plugin website. I always felt a bit uncomfortable to invite people who search information about the plugins to my messy blog full of topics that span from Japanese …

free ticket for journalists

About the Irrational Stinginess of Some Press Officers in Prague

Before I started my Czech-related blogs, I worked for several newspapers, radio stations and news websites. Repeatedly it happened, that press officers of botanical gardens, galleries and other institutions1 surprised me with a totally irrational stinginess. Sometimes, after long exchanges of emails, they would grant a single-entry ticket. In other cases, like now the DOX gallery in Prague, I simply felt too bothered to follow up. Usually the task of press officers is to promote their institution, and that, of course, in a favourable and cost-efficient way. So why haggle about a free ticket? What is at stake? If that ticket will eventually convince some paying visitors to come to that place – hasn’t it already paid off? I understand that with a tight budget, you don’t just give away items of a limited quantity. But what is the actual price of a free press ticket? It’s the value of a piece of paper, plus the time you need to instruct your cash desk to issue it. No space in your precious premises will be …