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I am heading for a vacation for the last two weeks of August, my first one in a year, and while I am gone, I would love BloggingPro to continue, and so I figured that stealing a page from someone great by asking my readers to help keep content going would be a good idea.
So if you have an opinion on a piece of blogging software (WordPress, Movable Type, TextPattern, or anything else), are doing something great with WordPress that you want the world to know(Plugin, Theme, Extension), or have an article you were thinking of writing that would be great for BloggingPro, please send it in with your contact details, and you might be featured on BloggingPro.
Contact me at [email protected]. Submissions start from today, until the end of the month, as I will be back to work September 1st.
Hello everyone. I’m Angelo, and I’ll be guest writing here on Blogging Pro. Well, I’m not exactly a new blogger–I’ve been writing on blogs (including quite a number of my own) for close to three years now. And I’m not exactly a “guest,” as I’m a regular writer for Bloggy Network (the lesser known pro-blogger, perhaps, compared to Dave). I usually write for our other blog properties, though, like ForeverGeek and a host of other “b” branded blogs.
I asked Dave if I could contribute to the site, which he apparently considers as one of his favorites, and I’m glad he and Jacob agreed.
While I do have quite some experience with blogging CMS’s such as WordPress, Movable type, Blogger and even Nucleus (among others) I’ll leave the technical and design aspects of blogging for Dave to write about, at least for now. I’ll be focusing more about the writing aspect of blogging, as that’s what I’ve been passionate about lately. I’ve been posting about tips on effective and interesting blog writing on my personal tech/productivity/problogging/writing blog, The J Spot, and I feel I will be able to reach out to more people here, hence the move to help out with BloggingPro.
So here’s to great blogging and to great writing!
Warning Rant Below
skip to My Challenge for You for details on the end of June Challenge
After what I consider to be a relatively unsuccessul series of theme contests, and the lackluster response to other people trying to strike up creativity in the WordPress community, I am a bit worried about the future of the WordPress theme and plugin communities.
Theme releases lately, all seem to be small changes on already released themes. People are releasing “flavors” of their favourite themes, with a link back to their site in the credits. This is not only a bit shady, but also very boring. While some make perfect sense, like totally shifting a theme from being a black theme, to a white theme, others are silly, like replacing a header graphic, changing a few link and header colors and re-releasing it.
The amount of really new themes being added to the pool, seems to be shrinking every day as people rehash old ideas. Those rehashed themes lacking the same creativity and originality of the original theme creator. Are designers feeling paralyzed by something, making them hold back their ideas? I know the reward that you can get by giving to the WordPress community is insignificant looking at it from a money in your pocket perspective, but imagine seeing your design, or a variation of your design being used by thousands of websites? Seeing that, is definetly its own reward, and it is a very fulfilling experience.
I was really excited when Phu Ly had his theme a day self-imposed challenge, as I hoped it would inspire others to run similar challenges, even if it was more in the theme a week or month realm. Phu’s themes showed that a theme does not have to be overly complex, or rely heavily on dozens of crazy graphics, and actually, I have found that graphically light themes that are easy to edit and modify actually do the best in the WordPress community.
Does everyone feel like they have to re-invent the Kubrick experience? That is honestly not the case. You have to design a theme for a niche that you feel you can fit. Are you good at doing grunge websites? Do a grunge WordPress theme. If you are interested in a certain type of design, no doubt there are atleast one hundred others out there looking for the same type of theme, but without the design or coding talents required to make it happen.
Plugins Not Worth Downloading
Plugins are also hurting lately. It honestly feels like the amount of really revolutionary plugins have dropped considerably over the last four to six months.
Sure, I could be missing many of the great plugins, but I don’t think so. It is at the point where the plugins area of the WordPress.org support forum is filled with support on plugins rather than new plugin releases, where half a year ago, there were new plugins coming out every day.
Plugins are also an area where people are just rehashing old ideas or mixing two plugins together. While many times this produces a better plugin than the originator had, there is almost no new plugins where I think to myself “I have to have that plugin!”
Many of the great things coming out for WordPress mostly seem to be coming from a small circle of people, and many of them are part of Automattic, the company that is WordPress as they continue to add new features to their hosted WordPress service, WordPress.com.
My Challenge to You
My challenge to you, the WordPress community, is this.
Create a theme or a plugin. Ignore what you have seen before. Don’t worry about similar themes or plugins. Just sit down in your image editing program or your coding application and hash out something new over this week.
Link to this post in your release, or contact me at [email protected] and let me know about your new development. I want to see what kind of originality you can come up with. Then on the 30th of June, I will feature the five best plugins and the five best themes, and they will each get a post on Blogging Pro. On top of the post the ten “winners” will also get a link in the links area of this site for all of July. That is over 30,000 unique visitors that will see a link to your plugin or theme.
If even 1% of them use what you create, that is 300 people using your theme or plugin. If you don’t think that is rewarding, then you are probably not the type of person I am looking for to take part in this challenge, as this is only supposed to spur on those that are holding back, not line your pockets with money.
For those of you that are not in the top five in each category, I will also have a list of all of the plugins and themes submitted to the challenge in its own post, so you can discover everything that was created in the last week of June for the challenge.
We moved servers recently, so I should apologize for any problems anyone has had. I did not notice some much needed plugins were not activated. Please comment here if you notice anything else out of place, as we continue forward. Hopefully, everything responds much faster, and we will continue to try to improve the Blogging Pro experience.
As you might have noticed, I have added LightBox to Blogging Pro, allowing me to add thumbnails and larger pictures of themes we are talking about, so that you have an easier time making your decision on if a theme is worth having or not.
If you have created a theme, or plugin for any blogging software, not just WordPress, please let me know.
Hi everyone, David here. I just wanted to say how excited I am about being able to write on here. I love the WordPress software, I love blogging, and I hope I can point out some great resources, tools, and tips that can help bring your blog to the level you want it to be at.
I have been using WordPress since its 0.72 release, and as much as I am not a programming master like many of the great WordPress users, I will hopefully find some great resources and news for everyone. If you have any tips, tutorials, themes, or anything else that you would like to see on this great, site, let me know.
As I said on my own website, I used to use this site as a resource for the latest in WordPress news, and I hope to bring it back to its roots in that respect.
If you’re seeing this, then you are viewing the site on my server! Hopefully there aren’t any errors. But if you do find any, please report them to me at jumpbug-at-gmail.com
I don’t want to start changing everything that John has worked so hard to create here or anything, but I thought I’d get a feel for whether people would like to see a new design here. If you would, I’ll try and get a very purdy one made. On top of that, I’ll make it available as a public theme. Anyway, so what does everyone think? New look or stick with this one?
The domain name transfer should be effective anytime and so this will be my last post on Blogging Pro for awhile. Jacob Gower purchased Blogging Pro from me and he’ll take over tomorrow. There may be some bumps in the road as we get all of the files and the database transferred over so hang in there over the next few days.
Jacob invited me to guest blog on Blogging Pro and so I may drop in from time to time if I find something really cool for WordPress that he didn’t catch.
My personal blog is located at http://www.johnhesch.com and my feed is located here if you’re interested. I blog mostly about my radio station, Google, Mozilla, and cool stuff I find on the Internet. Not much brain food but an occasional gem appears.
See you around.
Hello everyone, I just thought I’d give myself a little introduction. I’m sure many of you are wondering what direction I’m going to take this site and if I’m going to change it completely. First of all let me say that I am going to continue reporting on the latest wordpress news so you don’t have to worry about that. My other posts will be targeted to blogging professionally and on general blogosphere news. Hopefully the post count here will only continue to grow.
I will probably be reposting some of the content from my old blog at first to give everyone an idea of the direction that I’m taking this site.
Now a little information about myself. I’m 23 years old and go to Middle Tennessee State University and I graduate in December. I am trying to make it in the world as a professional blogger/webmaster. I will also be posting on reaching my goals such as being able to work for myself. I like to disclose as much information as possible while blogging, so people can see how to succeed being a blogger/webmaster. I think to like I have a little knowledge about a few things Anyway, hopefully I can please most of you and keep John from regretting that he had to sell. I’ll make you proud John! Wish me luck!
Today I finalized the sale of Blogging Pro to Jacob Gower. Jacob also owns cssvault.com and blogcatalog.com and has a personal blog here.
I had quite a few bidders but with Jacob I could see the sincerity and excitement in his emails, and even though he was not the highest bidder I felt he would best take care of Blogging Pro.
I will continue posting through the transition period which ends July 5th, 2005. I think Jacob will add more dimension to Blogging Pro and will build upon what I’ve started.
I love WordPress and the WordPress community and will continue to be involved and promote it any way I can.