Headed to Austin for SXSW 2009

‘m leaving this morning – hopping a flight in Milwaukee and arriving in Austin around 3pm for the SXSW Interactive Festival this weekend. I’m excited to go and looking forward to seeing everyone there. It’s been a lot of hard work and several sleepless nights over the past few weeks preparing for the activities at SXSW – but I made it! I got done what needed to get done and now all I have to do is get there! I just fired off an email to my friends at ServerBeach with the 5 premium WordPress themes that they will be giving away at their exhibit booth..

ServerBeach at SXSW 2009

SXSW Craziness!

I’ve been spending the past 2 weeks preparing for my trip to the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX. This will be my third trip down to Austin for SXSW and I’m really looking forward to attending this year. Normally, there’s always a great deal to do before I take off for 5 days to attend the biggest geek gathering ever! I normally work long hours to make sure that all my client projects are either done, or well on their way to done and make sure everything I need on my home PC is set up for remote access, etc, etc. THIS year, however – it’s been a bit more crazy than usual because I’ve been working on developing five (5) premium WordPress themes that will be released at SXSW at the ServerBeach exhibit booth..

Retweeting Chris Pirillo

Retweeting @chrispirillo: “Tech support” answers should never be taken personally UNLESS I call you a douchebag.

ServerBeach at SXSW

ServerBeach at SXSW with Lisa Sabin-Wilson, author of WordPress For Dummies

I’m really excited to announce that I am keeping myself busy at SXSW Interactive 2009 by appearing at the ServerBeach exhibit booth in the Exhibit Hall March 13 – 15, 2009 in Austin Texas…

Meanwhile…back at the ranch…(long-ish)

I have been ever so slightly *MIA* here, I realize. This is due to several reasons – – some personal – – others just involve lots of work and lots of catching up on work! I do have lots going on, though – so let me get right to it with information about a recent interview, my appearance at the SXSW Interactive Festival, some WordCamp Chicago updates, and some great tid bits about WordPress for Dummies, 2nd Edition – – including the winners of my previously mentioned autographed book giveaway. . .

WordPress For Dummies "In Stock" on Amazon

Just noticed, over the weekend, that my book, WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition is now listed as “In Stock” on Amazon. That’s two weeks earlier than I had originally been told – – bonus!  Not sure what this means for your local bookstores and libraries; however, if the 1st edition of this book was any […]

Please keep them safe

WordCamp Chicago opens registration

We’ve opened up registration for WordCamp Chicago, a Midwest WordPress Educational event open to passionate fans in the WordPress community.  We are lining up some really talented people who will present a variety of interesting and diverse topics related to our favorite WordPress platform!. Below is a list of confirmed speakers for WordCamp Chicago, so […]

WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition – release date

As announced on my Amazon Blog – I have a release date for the 2nd Edition of WordPress For Dummies from my editor, finally! February 17, 2009 is the date that it will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and in a local bookstore near you. Last time, when the 1st Edition was released […]

Custom WordPress Blog Design

Saying goodbye to 2008

I loved 2008…and I hated it. Professionally, it was really a phenomenal year. E.Webscapes did 409 projects in 2008 – that’s more than a project a day. It’s almost exactly double what we did in 2007 – and the profit margins tripled. I also finished another book in 2008 and have another (different) one in […]

We Heart This


As this week is winding down, I’m feeling like I’ve finally come in from the rain (or the snow, since I’m in Wisconsin). Work has been crazy nuts over the past two weeks and I’ve been pushing myself harder than usual to meet deadlines and get things done. Some of it goes rather smoothly, while […]

Colorburned Interview

I was interviewed by Grant Friendman of Colorburned – he has it up on his site this morning. I talk design, tools, WordPress, blogs and life experiences that lead me to the career I’m enjoying now. Thanks, Grant!

WordPress 2.7 goes gold

It’s out! The much anticipated 2.7 release of WordPress is officially released into the wild. Just want to give a quick and very heartfelt thanks to Matt for this statement on the WordPress Blog announcement of 2.7: The Future Those of you following along at home might have noticed this was our second major redesign […]

WordPress Elved

Not sure if WordPress and the Dummies folks over at Wiley appreciate the bastardization of their logos in such a manner – – but I need to celebrate the completion of WordPress For Dummies 2nd Ed. somehow! Send your own ElfYourself eCards The *writing* of it is done – it does still need to go […]

20 WordPress Rockstars from WPZoom

Thanks to WPZoom for including me in their talented list of WordPress “Rockstars”.

WordPress Weekly – November 28

I’m scheduled to appear on the WordPress Weekly show on Fri. 11/28 – starting at 8pm and goes until… well, until we’re done. We’ll be talking WordPress For Dummies and WordPress 2.7. Check out Jeff’s WordPress Weekly information page to find out how you can listen in..and even call-in and participate!

post_class(); … Take advantage of the new "Sticky Post" feature in WordPress 2.7

Of the many excellent new features coming in WordPress 2.7, some are applauding the arrival of sticky posts. First – what are they? Sticky posts are posts that you can “stick” to your front page. For instance, if you have a post that you published a year ago and would like to republish it to […]

Update for WordPress For Dummies, Second Edition

I’m getting LOTS and lots of e-mail about WordPress For Dummies, Second Edition. I’m really excited to see so much anticipation about it – – mostly because I’m super excited about the book. But when is it coming out?? Originally, I had announced it was being released in Fall ’08. Amazon says November 2008 and […]


Overall, I’m glad it’s finally over. Congrats to Obama and his supporters. Sympathies to McCain and his supporters. This is via The Onion – enjoy: Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are

Happy Halloween, Weenies.

Halloween is not a “holiday” around here. Not for any religious reasons or other moral convictions; truth be told – my kids are way past Trick O’ Treating age and we live way too far outside city limits for any parent to drag their kid to our doorstep for candy treats. Seriously, the middle of […]

I love Wells Fargo

It’s Monday – start of a new business week. I started out getting myself organized for the week, and was doing pretty good. That is, until I visited the website of my favorite paper supplier to purchase more paper stock for some upcoming print work I need to get done. I went through their process […]

I have a problem that needs fixin' – can you help?

I hate, hate, hate the term ‘multitasking’. I can’t tell you why I hate it – it just doesn’t sit well with me. When someone tells me that they are multitasking – I get the impression that they aren’t really paying 100% attention to one particular task – – but, rather, some attention to several […]

WordCamp Chicago 2009

Things have been a little hectic over here, to say the least. Blog World Expo was great and I’ll blog more about it in the coming week. Our travels after that, though, were not so great. Nothing serious, in the midst of our “vacation” (and I use that term very very lightly) – I came […]

A little planned time out

We are making preparations to travel to Las Vegas next week to attend Blog World Expo. Looking forward to running into some old friends, and making new ones – – if you are planning on being there, please let me know! Would love to catch up with you and shake your hand, or share some […]

WordPress MU Plugin Competition

I just donated to the prize pool for the WordPress MU Plugin Competition. REALLY looking forward to the great MU plugins they come up with! What a great idea! Are you a plugin developer? Well get over there and enter…and win!