Silent But Busy with SmugMug

I’ve been silent on my blog for a couple of weeks, but I’ve been crazy busy with blog-related work: SmugMug. I have been exploring a solution to permanently replace SlideShow Pro, the best self-hosting photo solution I’ve ever seen. Sadly, it no longer is supported—a victim of the new internet standards and the death of old technology like Flash. In… Continue reading

Longterm Relationships: WordPress Maintenance

Like any longterm relation, my blogging platform, WordPress, requires maintenance. In this post I’m going to cover my WordPress Maintenance experience and make some recommendations to others who use or are considering using a self-hosted WordPress installation. I started my blog in March of 2004 using the Moveable Type self-hosted blogging platform. Six years later (2010) WordPress 3.0 (self-hosted) was… Continue reading

Fighting Against the Death of the Open Web

From time to time I grouse about how transglobal corporations stifle competition and fair trade to maintain their economic dominance. It’s an old story that will most assuredly never end. But, in this post, I want to specifically write about the death of the open web, how I fight back, and why you should too. Facebook As One Example I… Continue reading

Facebook No Better Than the NSA!

y now everyone knows that our own government is spying on us all—hundreds of millions of innocent Americans. Astonishingly to me, no one seems to much care. I do, actually. Facebook seems to be spying on us too1, even speaking on our behalf. Here are some recent examples I have experienced personally: 1. About 3 years ago I was house… Continue reading

Sound the Trumpets: A Footnotes Plugin!!

Tah dah! A while back I discovered a really nice bit of code for creating footnotes while writing a blog post. I don’t recall what I was reading now, but the author included several citations as he wrote. Each footnote had a raised numeral1 that served as a link to the footnote at the bottom of the post. The footnotes… Continue reading

Image Optimization

EWWW Image Optimizer Plugin In my ongoing efforts to improve the load speed of my WordPress blog, I’ve turned my efforts to image optimization. I like to include photos here on my blog, and loading photos slows down page load speed. Therefore, image optimization: shrinking the images down to the smallest file size possible without losing too much visual quality.… Continue reading

He’s Back, And Welcome A2!

[twocol_one][dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve been rather quiet on the blog front for a couple of weeks now. I’ve been busy at work on my blog behind the scenes. Very busy indeed! But I’m now back to posting. Welcome A2! I’ve spent the past several weeks switching hosting companies: from MediaTemple to A2. My experience with MediaTemple between March and April was a nightmare… Continue reading

My Favorite WordPress Plugins

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve used WordPress for 4 years now, ever since version 3.0 was released, but I’ve never written about my favorite WordPress plugins; so, this post is way overdue! Even though I actively use a high number of WordPress plugins, 37 plugins, I’ve decided to only write about the 3 plugins I literally use every single time I use WordPress. In… Continue reading

Optimization Behind the Scenes

Optimization [dropcap]B[/dropcap]een working like a madman on my blog—optimization under the hood. You know: part of the 10 year celebration has been sprucing things up a bit moving forward. Aside from the new look, which is temporary, here’s a list of some of the improvements: [unordered_list style=”star”] Page loads, in your browser, should be dramatically faster: between 4-7 seconds on… Continue reading