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!
A few months back, I did a post here about a site that I had launched utilizing the WordPress MU software with a special edition of the brand new BuddyPress integration. It was a challenging site deployment – but a lot of fun! Recently, the gals over at WeHeartThis wrote about their experience, with the added bonus of getting up close and personal with yours truly in a lengthy interview where we talk WordPress, design, sexual discrimination, Metallica, Britney Spears and Makeup – it was a fun and interesting interview – check it out!
I didn’t think I would be able to make it, however, as of today – that has changed and I will be in Austin March 12 – 18th attending the coolest technology and interactive festival on the planet – no lie! I have some exciting announcements coming in a few days about my appearance at SXSW. I am very much looking forward to the panels, parties and hooking up with some friends of mine – like Christina, Charnell (who recently became a GrandMom – Congrats!) and Kevin and other friends from ServerBeach. . . I also have some exciting things packed into that weekend that benefits YOU, if you’re there. Stay tuned..and in the meantime, if you’re going – let me know. We could do coffee…or at the very least, say hey!
WordCamp Chicago is moving right along! I’m getting really excited about this event as Brian and I continue to plot, plan and scheme to bring a fantastic WordCamp event to the Windy City! Checkout the growing list of rockstar speakers that Brian has been working hard to organize for your educational (and entertaining!) pleasure! We also have several great sponsors working with us to help make the event a success – – big thanks to Wiley Publishing, ServerBeach, StudioPress, E.Webscapes and BlogsAbout Hosting for their support. We still need a few more sponsors to help us out with the planning and organization – if you, or your company, is interested – contact WordCamp Chicago for the 411.
My book, WordPress For Dummies, is officially out in stores, as well as several online locations. It’s doing really well so far – having sold over 12,000 copies in its first 2 weeks out! Thank you to everyone who has purchased and checked out the book, I really hope you find it a valuable resource. I found out great news from Wiley Publishing this week – – WordPress For Dummies has also been granted additional licensing for Russian translation and will be available for purchase in Russia soon.
And speaking of the book – I had posted on this blog previously that I would be giving away 5 autographed copies to visitors of this site Valentine’s Day, a date that I completely missed due to my aforementioned reasons for being MIA. I’d like to rectify that today. The rules of my previous posts were just that you had to leave a comment on that posts – – so, for those of you listed here – hit my contact form and provide me with your name and mailing address and I will be sending these books out asap:
- Austin from ilfilosofo.com (who has some fantastic WordPress Plugins – check ’em out!)
- Jenny from uncommonhope.wordpress.com (who loves my pink and thinks I’m sassy – bonus!)
- Mike from exit78.com/weblog (who isn’t sure he needs it – but what the heck?)
- Steve Cowell – (who recently purchased the 1st edition, not realizing there was an newer version.)
- Preston from madeinpreston.co.uk (who just started his new blog on Feb 6th – welcome to WordPress!)
There we have it – – get in contact with me and I’ll get the 5 of you hooked up and thank you for your interest!
And finally – I realized yesterday that the contact form on this site was not working correctly. I’m using a plugin to power the contact form (Contact Form 7) and had it set up to hook into Akismet for spam protection. At some point, that Akismet part of that plugin started blocking every single one of the people who were trying to contact me using that form. I’ve abandoned the Akismet protection on that form and opted for a Captcha method, instead. Sorry for any inconvenience!