I am excited to let you know about a new venture I have entered into this year with my friends over at iThemes. Together, we are launching Allure Themes – a commercial WordPress theme provider with themes designed just for women (you guys can use them too – just go ahead and adjust the colors […]
Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.
I’m looking forward to attending WordCamp Phoenix this month. This marks my first, ever visit to Phoenix – I’m looking forward to visiting for 5 days. I will be in Phoenix January 27 – 31, most of that time will be spent involved with the festivities involved with WordCamp Phoenix, including speaking on Saturday, January 29th at 2:15 – 2:45 on the topic of customizing the 2010 (Twenty Ten) default WordPress theme by creating your own child theme, using Twenty Ten as the parent frame work. My session is called 2010 in 2011 – if you are attending WordCamp Phoenix, I hope to see you there!
I have been hesitant to make the official announcement here on my blog until everyone in my personal world was aware of our plans. I’ve been pretty open about it on Twitter and Facebook, mainly because most of my friends and family here in my personal life don’t go anywhere near social media (believe it […]
Best version of this song I’ve heard – – leave it to Sarah McLachlan! Merry Christmas, everyone – – safe travels and Happy New Year!
Tomorrow (12/15/2010) at 1pm CST, I am doing a free, live webinar for my friends at WebDesign.com – the webinar will be hosted by Cory Miller. In this webinar, I discuss some of the lessons I’ve learned in my 10 years of running an active and successful web design studio on the web and provide the audience with some tips that you can apply to your own ventures on the web today.
This webinar is not specifically focused on WordPress, as you might expect coming from me – rather, the webinar focuses more on the business end of starting and running a web design studio, no matter what your platform of choice!
The Vikings v. Giants game has been postponed and moved to Detroit on Monday night due to the collapse of the Metrodome roof in Minnesota. I’m being a good Wisconsinite today and watching the Packers v Lions today (note: Poor Aaron Rodgers!)
I ‘Tumblr’d’ this site with Post Formats in the new 3.1 (beta) at about 4am last night. Hit my front page to see the goodness. Good timing, too, since my good friends over at WPMU.ORG just published my 3.1 Post Formats Reference on the first day of their “12 Days of WordPress” series going on now through Christmas. Ho ho ho!
Adding theme support for Post Formats is not overly complicated – it’s a quick function added to your Theme Functions (functions.php) file, after you decide which types of formats you are planning on using. Currently, there are 9 available formats including: Aside, Link, Gallery, Image, Chat, Audio, Video, Status. You can add all, or just a few, of the formats using this example (note: this example assumes you are using all the available formats):
My husband says “Oh, baby – I’m sorry. Turn the game off and remember #Favre the way he used to be.”
Check out my interview for the Page.ly WordPress Heavy Hitters series – - I talk WordPress, nursing and masochism! Thanks Sally and Josh!
Making it fun can change behaviour for the better.
Chris plans to change his voice mail message to this.
I am attending and presenting at WordCamp Savannah this weekend and am really looking forward to it. From what I understand, Savannah has a young WordPress community full of true beginners and people just getting started with WordPress. Jane Wells is doing a bang up job in organizing a local WordPress community there, and this is just the beginning. I’m thrilled to help!
Continuing along with my line of WordPress-themed books, I am currently working on adding a new title to my WordPress arsenal: WordPress Web Design For Dummies (published by Wiley Publishing: For Dummies division). WordPress Web Design For Dummies will focus completely on designing web sites with WordPress. The book assumes you already have knowledge of how to use WordPress (ie: you have already read my other book, WordPress For Dummies) – and you want to learn more about designing web sites with WordPress.
My good friends at iThemes.tv invited me to appear on their internet TV show to talk about WordPress, my books, my work in design and WordPress development and involvement with WordCamps. It was great fun – special thanks to Matt Danner for doing such a fun interview!
The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, ‘You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.'
From WordCamp Boulder (Boulder, CO) in July 2010.
Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Smashing Magazine for their “Women in Web Design: Group Interview” article. They asked some really interesting questions, and present all of our answers together in one huge mash up of female web design wisdom and goodness. I’m super honored to be listed among that group of fine ladies — and have to say, a little tickled pink to have been asked since I’ve been a raving fan of Smashing Magazine for quite some time!
I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
I have finally re-designed my site after 2 long years of my old black and pink one! Not that I didn’t like the old design . . . but it was time for something new, springy, fun, light – before summertime ran out! This time around, I tried something different and used a theme framework called Builder from my good friends over at iThemes. I’ve been wanting to dig into frameworks for some time now, and figured the best place to do that is on my own personal site where I can dig in, get my hands dirty and see what all the fuss was about! Welcome to my redesign – - don’t forget to notice the pink!
A few months back, I was having a talk with my editor at Wiley Publishing, Amy Fandrei – mostly talking about what it would take for me to finish up writing the 3rd Edition of WordPress For Dummies and what was happening with the 3.0 development of WordPress, etc. That lead us into a talk about some more advanced topics surrounding WordPress – - more advanced than what my Dummies book covers. Let’s face it – a For Dummies book is meant to be for beginners and intermediate users, right? But what about a book that covers the WHOLE gammut? A reference book that is useful for a wide variety of users – -so that beginners can start with it, and as they continue to grow – can continue to use the resource to step into areas of WordPress that they may never have tried before.