Remembering Where I’ve Been

As I wrote about yesterday, colleagues struggled to track my whereabouts, so I created https://whereis.ethitter.com/ for real-time updates.

I’ve since discovered that my coworkers aren’t the only ones who can’t track my movements–I found myself struggling to remember where I’d been at a certain points as well. Borrowing the idea from Philip Arthur Moore, I created a WordPress plugin that uses a custom post type to record my travel history. The end result is at https://ethitter.com/timeline/.

I haven’t released the plugin yet, but if there’s interest, I’ll clean it up and post it to GitHub.

Tracking A Nomad’s Whereabouts

One of the unique challenges I encounter as a nomad who also leads a team is accessibility, both to my team and my coworkers in general. While I can predict when my team will be working based on their locations, they cannot do the same for me.

Following a rather entertaining conversation in which I asked a coworker about the weather where he lives and he couldn’t respond in kind, I created https://whereis.ethitter.com/. Currently it’s just a series of scheduled posts, but I would eventually like to tie it either to TripIt or Foursquare. As it happens, I’m running Beau Leben’s excellent Keyring Social Importers, so I already have data from those services accessible within the multisite installation that runs all of my sites.

Are there other, non-homegrown, solutions to accomplish the same? I’ve found a few, but all try to do too much for my needs. One of these days, I suppose I’ll get around to leveraging the data I already have so I can automate this process.

If you travel frequently, have you encountered the same problem? How did you address it?