Free Swag Friday

Starting this Friday I’m going to start giving away all my custom WordPress swag one piece at a time. I’m going to post about it sometime on Friday and the first person to comment that they want it, gets it (easy, huh). I’m going to limit this to people I know so, sorry random spam blog followers but you aren’t eligible. So if you aren’t following my blog but you like free stuff maybe its time to start following me.

Google Structured Data

I don’t really know all that much about SEO but I really like what Google is doing with their search results. They are using structured data to present search results in a more useful way. One way they are doing this is with authorship. So whenever you publish a post it has your picture next to it along with a link to find more of your posts. It only took about two minutes to set up and it looks pretty neat.

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New Plugin

I’m pretty bored so I started working on a plugin to catalog my small (but hopefully growing) vinyl collection.

Albums

Lawyer sites

It surprises me how many solos and small firms don’t have websites. Nowadays it is so easy (especially with WordPress) that I can’t understand it. I’ve decided to make it my mission to make sure every lawyer in South Dakota (and then the world) has a website (running WordPress of course) so I decided to whip up a quick demo site on WordPress.com, which is what I am going to recommend using as it is so much easier than self-hosting and most people just want a simple site and don’t need all the frills (and headaches) that come with self-hosting. So I created the fictional firm of Dodson & Fogg to show people how cheap & easy it is to make a site with WordPress.com. I still need to add in some more filler content but it should be done soon.

*Does anyone know which book the firm of Dodson & Fogg appears (without Googling it)

Left alone with Large Format Printer

My brother bought a large format printer a little while ago to print the wall menus at our dad’s shop. He made one mistake tonight, he left me alone with it. I decided I wanted to print something really big (the poster in the photo is 3 feet tall by 10 feet long). Recently I rediscovered the Automattic creed and it seems like sound advice so I thought why not cover a wall with it to serve as inspiration. Expect more WordPress posters soon (well as soon as my brother leaves me alone with it again).

WordCampSF 2011: Part Three

Day 2: Saturday

Saturday was much less stressful for me. Since I had been there the day before I didn’t stress about getting on the right line or getting off at the right stop. On Saturday we made the opposite mistake of Friday we got there too early. The doors weren’t even unlocked yet. There was a small line of people when we got there but they weren’t there for WordCamp, they were there to sign up for swimming lessons, hehe. Once the doors were opened we helped carry the swag over to the swag table and get everything setup. I worked the swag shop while Chris worked the t-shirt redemption table. It was at the swag table where I heard the most amazing stories from Terry Chay. He is an alumnus of CalTech and he told all sorts stories about the nonexistant sports program and all about the epic pranks that have been pulled there. It was a lot of fun listening to them.

WordCampSF 2011: Part Three

WordCampSF 2011: Part Two

Day 1: Friday

On Friday me and Chris decided to try and get to the Conference Center early to see if they needed any help and to hopefully not get stuck at the end of a very large line of WordCampers. Unfortunately we got to the Montgomery Street station just as the car was leaving so we had to wait 15 minutes for the next one. Since I had never traveled on this line before I was a bit worried that we were on the wrong line but once I sat down and I saw Mark Jaquith I knew I was going to be just fine.

WordCampSF 2011: Part Two

WordCampSF 2011: Part One

This is part one of my wrap up series about my trip to WordCampSF. This is going to be mainly about my personal experiences so it probably won’t be all that interesting to most people but I really want to get all the details down so I can look back at it in the future and set some goals for next year.

Day 0: Thursday

When I first made the reservations for me and my brother a few months ago I was in conservation (cheap) mode so I choose the cheapest flights I could find. This meant that I had to get to the Sioux Falls airport at around 5:00 to make my flight leaving at six. This was a bit of a problem as anyone who knows me can tell you I am not a morning person. The first good surprise of the day was the flight to Denver. Before this trip my only other experience flying was going to Santa Fe for a school trip where we flew Southwest. This flight could not have been any more different. First off the boarding procedure was faster and more streamlined as United actually assigned seat numbers instead of the free for all system Southwest uses. Also once we got to our seats they were much larger and had much more legroom than Southwest.

WordCampSF 2011: Part One