redesign?

I’m using the WordPress 2010 Weaver theme here and wondering if it’s showing a bit of its age. There’s the Twenty Thirteen theme, which might be interesting.

I put MAMP on my laptop and tossed WordPress on there so I could play a bit without messing up the current format. Experiment with formatting, maybe a bit of revision of the gallery, change up a few things. (Keeping the header and the color scheme, though.)

But I feel the urge to redecorate a little. It’s nice that I can test without anyone getting bothered by it, then show it off when it’s done. Makes it easier to play a bit, feeling I’m not going to break everything.

Investment in the future.

I decided to invest a bit in my future, which (if all goes well) involves computers and graphics. Here’s what I did:

First: joined the National Association for Photoshop Professionals. A lot of tutorials, a lot of information, a lot of contacts, and, due to when I joined, a free copy of [amazon_link id=”0321823745″ target=”_blank” ]The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers[/amazon_link].

Second: I received some gift cards from friends, so Amazon also brought me [amazon_link id=”0240525922″ target=”_blank” ]How to Cheat in Photoshop CS6[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”0321823761″ target=”_blank” ]The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop[/amazon_link].

Third: use my subscription to lynda.com so I can get up to speed on some tools in Photoshop I don’t use much, but may end up doing so (the pen tool, man, I need to understand the pen tool).

Fourth: practice. practice, practice, practice.

Then practice some more.

Also… I just saw I made an HTML error. Not good… have to remember to proofread better.

The Twitter Tools Setup Quick Walkthrough

Twitter Tools is one of the top plugins for a WordPress install that wants to interoperate well with Twitter. It includes a widget you can put into a space on your WordPress site, the ability to have posts you make auto-notify Twitter, the ability to send tweets right from the WordPress Dashboard, the ability to auto-create the tweets with hashtags, the ability to choose only specific tags and categories to be automatically tweeted… a very powerful tool for social networking.

It can also be a little confusing to someone trying to set it up for the first time.

With that in mind, and making some mistakes along the way, I wrote this walkthrough for people who may want a more guided setup from someone who’s made the mistakes.

The walkthrough can be downloaded (as a PDF) from here: the Twitter Tools Walkthrough.

I’m working on one for Wordbooker, an interconnector plugin for WordPress and Facebook, and hopefully that should be up soon as well.

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My great thanks to my friends Vivian Withnail and Matthew Wagner for their gracious and kind reviews of my writing, and especially to Ms. Withnail (who can be found bibliophiling at Withnail And Books for formatting assistance to make it look considerably better.

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So….

Personal issues came up and while the Twitter Tools tutorial is written, it did not get reviewed. I want eyes not mine to look at it, especially if they don’t know much about WordPress, so I can find out about grammatical errors, spelling errors, and things that don’t work well or are ungainly.

Once I get the feedback from the pre-readers, I’ll edit and put together.

I’ve started the draft version of the Wordbooker plugin, and that will go to them, as well, and then up.

Sorry about the delay, but I want things to look good and be understandable – these are aimed at people who may be starting out for the first time with a WordPress install, and they deserve something of quality.

(Also, this will give me some ideas of my skill at technical writing, which is something else I want to advance.)

Today's work.

Today, I did a presentation on how to configure WordPress plugins for the Seattle WordPress Meetup. It went well – people seemed interested, asked questions and understood what I was getting at.

Afterwards, i had people complement me on the presentation.

I’m pretty please with how it turned out.

sufficiently pleased that I’m going to do a quick how-to for setup for both the Twitter Tools and Wordbooker plugins, explaining how to do basic setup and avoid some of the setup mistakes that I made along the way. It’s part of me giving back to the community.

Expect it tomorrow.