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.

I’ve been guest blogging at the ServerBeach blog and the PEER1 blog:

  • ServerBeach is on MY Shirt…and on my SXSW Schedule! -This post is me giving ServerBeach some T-shirt love.  You’d have to have been keeping up with ServerBeach’s “You on my Shirt” series over on their blog where Charnell takes and posts pictures of herself wearing the T-shirts of their business customers and does a post about their business.  It’s a neat promotion and I’ve seen some great t-shirts!  When talking to Rajan about our SXSW preparations – we decided to rip off Charnell’s idea!  ServerBeach sent me one of their newest t-shirts and I did a “ServerBeach is on MY shirt” blog post over on their blog.. along with details about the upcoming excitement at SXSW!
  • SXSW, ServerBeach, WordPress and Me -This post I did yesterday on the ServerBeach blog, and it gives you a few sneak peeks at the themes I’ve been working on!
  • I’m Headed to SXSW with PEER1 – Will you be there? -a post I did on the PEER1 blog with teasers of the themes and info about the book signings, theme giveaways and more WordPress and ServerBeach schwag being offered up at the ServerBeach exhibit booth at SXSW.

I wil be honest and say that I had exactly 2 weeks notice to get these themes completed and ready for public release – and it’s been a little crazy over here getting them done — but done they are and I can’t wait to start seeing people using them!  Right now, they are exclusively available ONLY at the ServerBeach exhibit booth at SXSW.  You show up there and gain access to the super secret URL where you can download all 5 themes for free.  I couldn’t even give you the themes if you asked me – – I’m under a strict contract and I’d hate to have the ServerBeach heavies after me for breaking the secret bond.  Will the themes be available to the general public after SXSW is over?  I don’t know — you’re going to have to ask the folks at ServerBeach that question.  But here’s a sneak peek of 3 of the themes I’ve been working on – some are still in progress:

SXSW ServerBeach and PEER1 bring you WordPress For Dummies and FREE WordPress themes

ServerBeach at SXSW 2009

ServerBeach WordPress theme

I’m pretty excited about them . . . and now that I mention it, I better get back to work on getting those themes ready for prime time!  Are you going to SXSW?  I would love to meet ya there!  Stop by the ServerBeach booth and pick up your free, signed copy of WordPress For Dummies and 5 free premium WordPress themes, courtesy of me, ServerBeach and PEER1.

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