Archive for July, 2008
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
My longtime friends and current roomates just got married this past weekend. Lots of friends in town. Heavy drinking. Good times. That many days in a row away from the keyboard was nice for the carpal tunnel, but hard on the emails!
I was busy most of the time doing Best Man jobs, but I did manage to snap some pics along the way. Here is the Flickr photo set.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
There are all these plugins and services and whatnot for “Automatically tweeting posts you publish to your blog!“. Ridiculous. Nobody wants to follow people who use Twitter exclusively for this kind of self promotion. Am I against using Twitter for self promotion? Absolutely not, only when it’s lifelessly “automated.”
- Twitter is pretty big, but it’s still pretty much hip tech folks. Chances are if someone is following you on Twitter, they are aware if you have a blog as well and if they want instant updates of your new content, they will subscribe via RSS.
- If you want to promote a particular post, how hard is it to tweet a quick personal message along with the link? If you actually a part of the Twitter community and are tweeting all the time, why do you need an automated system?
- Before I came to this realization, I tried a few of these systems only to find them unreliable and in some cases overzealous (would post same post more than once). Your followers will drop like flies if they see some crazy automated blunder where you post a self-promotional link 10 times in a row. Why risk it?
Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
The site you are looking at now (unless this is like 2010 or later), is a custom built theme for WordPress. I had a rather mundane personal site for a long time I thought it was time for an upgrade. I love working with WordPress, so I thought while I was doing this I would not only make the theme and original files available to everyone, but also shoot a series of video screencasts details the process from start to “finish”.
The entire series of videos is available for direct download or watching on the web as well as a a download of the finished theme.
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
My personal site is coming back home to WordPress. I am using the experience to shoot a series of screencasts on designing for WordPress. This theme is a bit unusual in that I am stripping out a lot of the provided WordPress functionality, but that’s life I suppose. Things will up and fully functional soon!