This is a summary of an email I sent to someone who wants to get into creating custom WordPress themes and plugins. I’ve been doing this for over 7 years now and would like to think I have something interesting and helpful to say about this.
For web development folks in Seattle who want to level up on Sass, SCSS, Bourbon, and the like, I’m helping to organize an intermediate-level class sometime in the next couple of months.
I want to do everything.
I want to try every job, read about every subject, visit every country, and know words in every language.
This is not an accomplishment I want to achieve, this is an experience I want to have.
In keeping with the theme of sharing my journey to eliminate goals through systems, I wanted to share an update […] ›
“WordPress is a server hog” … “WordPress keeps crashing” … “You can’t run a fast WordPress site” … I’ve heard these kinds of statements over and over for years.
My latest shipment comes in the form of a premium theme called Rank It WP. The idea, explained in-depth after the jump, is a Product Hunt-type site in WordPress.
Scott Adams: “To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. That’s literally true most of the time. For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, you will spend every moment until you reach the goal—if you reach it at all—feeling as if you were short of your goal. In other words, goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they hope will be temporary.”
I recently needed feedback on a product I’m creating and wanted to figure out the easiest way to get feedback from contacts who were generous enough to give it. Maybe this will work for you too.
A how-to article I wrote combining the WP-Drudge theme with an RSS aggregation plugin.
Fully-customized version of the WP-Drudge theme for a new tech news site.
Collaboration at Codefellows to build a Node.js and Angular-powered SPA to add and graph data about sleep, exercise, nutrition, and other metrics.
Node.js and Backbone SPA to find fun stuff along a map route. Collaborative project at Codefellows.
And if these people stop, the world burns. Most people don’t even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn’t make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants.
I have had 3 very strange coincidences happen in the last month. I’m not sure what to make of them so I thought I’d share.
– I was working on a website component that pulled in news from Google News. I used the keyword “Lamborghini” and just happened to click on an article (only clicked on 1 during the few hours I worked on it) about someone crashing their Gallardo. 30 minutes after that, a friend sent me the exact same article over chat, the only link that was shared with me that day.
– A friend was working on a former client’s site and needed help with a redirect that was happening. He looked through the theme and plugins and couldn’t find anything relevant. I told him I’d look. Just a few minutes after, I got distracted by cleaning out one of my local development installs. The first plugin I looked at, wondering “what does this do?” was the plugin that was causing the redirect I was asked about.
– This morning, I was working on a theme and adding ways a site owner can add images to posts. To test one of the posts, I added a short, wide image collage I made ~12 years ago of motion shots of an Acura Integra I used to own. Not an hour later, I was driving down that same road in Redmond, talking Anna and Georgia to their moms’ group. I drive on this road maybe once per year, at most.
The kicker? All three of these were sparked by WP development.
WHAT IS GOING ON?!
Like a lot of people reading this post, I have many, many ideas going on at once and many, many tasks […] ›