Checking out the new post editor

Holy @$^#$ what the @$%^%$#!!!

Yup, that was my first thought when I went into a post on the *work* blog this morning and couldn’t find the damned content. After some panicked googling, I installed the “Classic Editor” plugin and set everything back to right over there, but then I immediately came over here to see what it was all about. Honestly, if I accidentally destroy something over here, no one is really going to notice, right?

After checking out one of the older posts here, and seeing the content exactly where it should be, I’m figuring that the theme we’re using over at the work blog is probably not compatible with this shiny new editor block thingie, so it’s doubtful we’ll be turning that back on again anytime soon, but just in case, I’ll just keep poking around right here so I know what’s going on.

So far this is looking kinda cool!

Looks like embedding stuff just got a whole lot easier! Embedding that song from Spotify was crazy easy. Let’s check out some image stuff now.

Ok, that looks pretty awesome. And check out Hobbes, he’s so dang adorable! And sooo soft. And sweet. And all kinds of other s-words.

I think that’s good for my first test of this new blocks thing. I hope you enjoyed this rambling nothing of a post. 🙂

Blogs Work

Work work work!

This is a website I’ve been working on for a friend:


I’m insanely happy with it, and I hope she is too (I’m still waiting for feedback). I started with the Florance theme by Jinsona Designs, mostly for the rounded corners, which I hate creating myself. I had to hack the rest of it quite a bit, but I kept the slideshow (so far) and the boxy style on the post meta info (comments, tags, etc.). Of course, the hacking was the fun part.

I’m not terribly good at fading with Photoshop, so if the screen is too wide, you can see the outside edge on the left side of the background image. I’ve gotta hit up my designer friends to see if anyone can help me fix that. I think that’s the only thing I don’t like, though. The colors ended up coming together really well, which isn’t usually the case when I make a stab at designing (not really my forte).


This might be my next theme, after I get tired of this one

It’s a four day weekend (woo!) and I spent several hours today helping a friend set up her very first WordPress site. While browsing for education-y themes, I found this awesome theme that I totally want to use:

Totally awesome!

Blogs Programming

Adding features

Things are mellow at work, so I’m working on my WordPress skills by adding a searchable database of all my dvds to my site. Once all the info is in, I’ll create a template for viewing them, and add them to the nav.

It’s a small thing, and it’s mostly for my own use, but I’m looking forward to being able to search my disks by actor, director, writer, and/or year of release!

Blogs Links Video Work

Do I even know what I’m talking about?

Last week I was in Houston for a conference, where I taught a workshop/tutorial on how to create a WordPress blog, and presented at another workshop on how to attract an audience to your blog.

The first one was a piece of cake–I could create a dozen WordPress blogs in an hour, and be watching TV while I’m doing it. Part of me felt like a big fake for the second one, though–I have few if any followers on any of my blogs. I’m ok with that, since it’s not my job to get readers (I just like to ‘talk’), but if I needed to, I know how it’s done. I’ve been swimming in the social media pool since before it was ever called social media. I know what attracts readers, and what keeps them, because I’ve been sucked into blogs, websites and posting boards….and I’ve left them. I’ve been anonymous, and I’ve had followers–I’ve even given an autograph or two in my lifetime.

I didn’t say any of that at the workshop, I just let them all assume I knew what I was talking about, because in actuality, I do. I’ve just never put it to the test.

Also in Houston, I saw bats. A quarter million of them. It was pretty awesome.