You Might Be A WordPress Junkie If…

  1. You have more than 5 folders on your web space that begin with “wp-“. (There are only 4 included in the distribution, but I have 7.)
  2. You know that a post-slug is not an insect or a shotgun shell.
  3. You know what the WordPress Wiki is and where to find something in it.
  4. You check the WP CVS at least once a day for updated files.
  5. You know at least two of the developers by their domain name.
  6. You’ve written/modified a plugin or hack for WP
  7. You don’t know any Mullenweg’s, but you know a PhotoMatt.
  8. You know that b2 isn’t just the first two characters of a popular Hip Hop group.
  9. Your site is listed under “Strut your stuff” on the WP.
  10. You’ve talked someone into trying WP.

*Inspired by all of the recent commotion at WordPress.

Enough Posts About The Site!

I haven’t posted much lately about what I’ve been up to, so here it is…

As you can probably tell I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 5 days working on the site. I’m happy with the outcome and will be taking some time off. I say that, but it never really happens. 😉

Golf season is in “full swing” now and Mother Nature seems to be playing nice again. I’m playing in two leagues again this year and then I try to get out at least once on the weekends. My game has been pretty steady so far, but on Monday I sucked! The only thing I was doing right was putting. My swing had been feeling good so far and then it was like I forgot everything in one day. I still love the game though. There isn’t another sport like it.

I’m getting excited about going to Sacramento, CA next week. I’ll be taking an Advanced Visual Basic.NET class for work. It’s nice to get some time away from the office, especially when it’s all paid for. Sure, I’ll have class all day, but after 5, it’s all play with little time for sleep. My Mom and sister, Heather, are tagging along for the ride I guess. Hopefully I’ll be able to hit up a casino or two and play some poker. I really enjoyed it when I was out in San Diego, so I hope there is a similar casino in the area. I should be able to take a lot more pictures on this trip since there will be more daylight to enjoy the weather and scenery. Look for photos when I get back.

I’m absolutely loving it having a place all to myself! I may never live with another human being again. OK…so I won’t, but I sure do enjoy it. I have all the piece and quiet I could ever ask for.

Other than that, not too much exciting has been going on.

What I Look For In A Blog

How does a site make it into my Weblogs I Read link list?

Friends

This is the easiest way because I’m definitely going to read up on what my friends have to say. At the same time though, my friends can’t have a garbage site and expect me to visit often.

Design

You must have a good design. I don’t want to see 20 different colors of text. I don’t want red Xs for broken images. I don’t want to see yellow text on a white background. Your design doesn’t have to knock my socks off, but it must be easy on the eyes.

Regular Updates

You should update on a regular basis. I don’t want to come to your site and find that you haven’t posted in weeks. How boring is that?!? Everyone has something to say, especially those of us with blogs. Your audience is waiting, so just say it. I may from time to time frequent a site that doesn’t update regularly, but for this to happen, is has to be worth my time (see next item).

Content

The most important part of a blog is the content. I don’t visit a site just to look at all the pretty colors. I click on your link for something to read. What I read better keep my interest or your site doesn’t have a chance. What keeps my interest? Well…I generally like blogs that mix it up a bit. Sometimes I visit a site simply because it has a single focus, like technology or sports, but I prefer a little more. I like to read things that interest me combined with personal posts about the author’s life. I’d like to get to know the writer behind the words. A simple About Me won’t cut it, because those pages are not frequently updated. I want to read about your day at work/school once in awhile. I want to know where you went on vacation and what you did. If I don’t learn anything about you as an author, your site is just another page on the web. It feels more like a community when I can refer to a blog’s author by name.

I just cleaned up my list, so I’m looking for some new content to read. If you think you have what it takes or know a site that might, leave a comment and I’ll check it out.

New Styles

If you notice on the “Main” section of the sidebar on the right there are now different styles that can be viewed for the site. There is just something about the GanGreen one that I don’t like…I need to change one of the colors or something once I figure out what is bothering me. I’m having some problems on the photos page and with saving the styles so that the one you choose is used on the other pages of the site.

Update: Whichever style you now select should be reflected across every single page on the site. 😀 I had attempted to use Alex’s Style Switcher Plugin for WP, but no matter how much I tried to hack the code, it didn’t want to work on the static pages of my site. So I used an old style switcher that is much simpler. I did have to add some PHP code to my gallery to make it work there, but it’s runnin well now…I think.

Update #2: I’ve updated the GanGreen style and I think it’s 100% better than it was.

Update #3: Google Ads now change to match the styles. :mrgreen:

Aplus.Net Web Hosting

Aplus.Net recently upgraded their web hosting plans and they did one hell of a job. The Solo XR plan had previously been rated #1 by CNET and now the plan is even better! I’ve been paying for the Pro plan because I needed PHP and MySQL, which are now both included in the Solo XR. I’ve already made a request to downgrade my plan since Pro is $19.95/month and Solo XR is $9.95.

Here are some of the main features of the Solo XR:

  • Disc storage: 1100 MB
  • Data transfer/mo.: 45 GB
  • 400 e-mail boxes
  • 2 FTP accounts
  • 99.95% uptime per year
  • MySQL database
  • PHP 4 with GD support
  • Statistics

I’ve been using Aplus.Net for over a year and a half now and have experienced great support and performance out of my site. If you are looking to start a web site or change to a new hosting company for your current site I recommend the plan outlined above. Now here’s my plug…if you do sign up, tell them that mtdewvirus.com referred you and I will get one month of free hosting. 😉

The Butt Slices

What did the butt of the bread ever do to you? Sure, it moons you each time you open the bag to take a few slices, but does it really have a choice? Unfortunately with each loaf of bread, two slices always get shafted as the outcasts of the group. Should they be outcasts simply because they are unique? It doesn’t make it any better when everyone who reaches into the bag moves the butt out of the way for a “real” slice of bread. Maybe we should feel a little more sympathetic and choose the butt first! That’s what I did this morning when I opened a fresh bag of bread. Guess what…I just ate my sandwich for lunch with the “butt slice” and it tasted just like any other sandwich. So next time you go for a piece of bread, think of how you might feel if you were picked last all the time.

Disclaimer: One butt slice of bread was harmed consumed while writing this post.

WordPress Plugins

WordPress 1.2 is in final testing and the final release should be available sometime this week. There is a nice new plugin structure to replace the previous hacks functionality. As a result, I’ve ported some of my hacks over to plugins.

Everything has been moved over the to WordPress Plugin Repository. See my list of plugins.

I’d also like to welcome all of the new WP users that have migrated in the past few days due to Moveable Type changing their licensing.

Update: The Tabbed Sidebar instructions have been modified. I found a problem with the cookie code that is now fixed.

So Fresh And So Clean

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a new design and layout to the site as promised. A rush of creativity came over me and I whipped it all together today. For the next few days I’ll be tweaking a few things here and there. Let me know what you think of the new look and if you notice anything behaving funny.

Troy

Troy (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)I went to see it last night with my friends Hater and Casey. Awesome movie! All of the previews being played lately do this movie justice. Make plans the next night you are free to go see this movie.

The acting was very well done and Brad Pitt played one of his best roles ever as Achilles, the great greek warrior. I learned some valuable history tidbits from this movie which was pretty cool. It’s amazing how they fought wars throughout history compared to how it is done today.

We watched this movie in a theater with Dolby Digital signs as you walked in, so the battle scenes turned out to be a pretty sweet experience to view and hear. I would definitely recommend seeing this one in a theater for the full experience.

I give it an A.