I launched a new website over the festive break called Is It Umbraco Tees day today which is a simple static page hosted on Github Pages. The page will show a countdown timer to when the next #UmbracoTees day will be (currently nothing planned).
The reason behind the website is to try and bridge the gap of everyone being on different social platforms. The site will hopefully be a simple, single point of reference. I've plans to also add a photo gallery to it and possibly a file submission form so people can share their photos of them wearing an Umbraco related item of clothing and get featured on the site.
While creating the site, I added an About page and it got me thinking, when and how did the whole #UmbracoTees day hashtag start? So I jumped on X and tweeted to one person I knew would know, Pete Duncanson.
The conversation went like this (spelling mistakes have been updated from original tweets):
Owain: @peteduncanson were you the instigator for #umbracotees day? Looking to update the about page on http://isitumbracoteesday.today with the correct info. 🙂 When did it start?
Pete: Yes I was. If memory serves there had been a few grumbles that Twitter wasn’t as fun as it used to be and the Umbraco crowd had gone a bit quite so I had the idea to do something that most of us could engage in easier and bring us all together
Pete: Thus #umbracotees was the result. I fired out the idea with a few days notice and we got about 40+ people engaging wearing their various Umbraco swag. It seemed to work, brought some fun back and we go to see selfies of lots of folks and friends.
Pete: It could get a bit lonely at times working from home so I think it helped build the community spirit up a bit more. Was meant to be a one off but after that I would announce another when ever it felt we needed it
Pete: Like the super hero saying goes though, with great power comes great responsibility and personally I always thought it should be a rarely used call to arms. Birthdays wouldn’t be special if they happened every week or when HQ marketing had a new service to push 😝
So there you have it, the reason why and where #UmbracoTees day originated from.
If you think an #UmbracoTees day should be announced, drop me a message and we can chat. I'm on twitter and mastodon and also the Umbraco Discord channel (links are at the bottom of this site).