Goodbye Camaro

This past weekend I sold my Chevrolet Camaro. It was a sad day, having owned the car for 15 years. I bought my Camaro brand new back in 2000 when I was in the Marine Corps. The car was a stick shift, which I had no idea how to drive, so my friend had to drive the car off the car lot for me. I spent 15 minutes in the Sam’s Club parking lot learning how to drive and off I went. I’ll never forget the joy of driving that beautiful car on base for the first time.

2000 Chevrolet Camaro

2000 Chevrolet Camaro

When you own a car for a long time, 15 years in this case, it becomes a part of your family. My Camaro was with me through a lot of ups and downs in my life. Over the years we shared some great road trips driving across the United States. I even drove from North Carolina to Indiana and back with two very large dogs in the back seats.

I sold the car to my cousin, so I’m really happy the Camaro is staying in the family. It’s still a great car and has many years left on the road. I have a feeling this won’t be the last Camaro I own. :)

My Blogging Challenge for 2015

It’s a new year which means it’s time to set new goals for myself. This year one of my goals is to blog more. I published 4 posts in 2014, which I think we can all agree is pretty terrible. It’s time to dust off this site and start blogging more in 2015. I want to challenge myself to write more in the new year and the best way to do that is to make my challenge public. This year I’m challenging myself to publish 100 blog posts on my personal blog.

I’ve always enjoyed writing about my life, technology, WordPress (obviously), and many other topics, yet I never seem to dedicate the time to do so. My plan for success is to set aside specific time each week for writing. I’m hopeful that having a a set time for writing will help me stick with my challenge.

I’m really excited for my blogging challenge and already have a lot of fun ideas for new blog posts. Stay tuned to this blog for more awesomeness in 2015!

Gobble Gobble

Gobble Gobble!

Is This Thing On?

I’ve been pretty bad at blogging lately, but I’m really working to change that. Stay tuned!

Grub Soda

One of my favorite drinks lately has been what I call: Grub Soda. It’s a delicious, refreshing, and low-calorie drink for any occasion. If you’d like to try it follow the instructions below.

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Ingredients:

  • Club Soda
  • Grape Vodka

To make, simply mix 1/3 parts Grape Vodka with 2/3 parts Club Soda. I prefer Three Olives vodka, but really any grape flavored vodka will do. Mix with a spoon and enjoy!

May

May was a very busy month for me. Stay tuned!

WordCamps I’ve Attended

Recently we decided to create a new page on WebDevStudios.com highlighting all of the ways WDS team members contribute back to the WordPress Community. One of the items we highlighted is WordCamp presentations.

I sat down and listed out every WordCamp I have attended since my first one in 2009. I also noted which events I presented at and co-organized.

2009

WordCamp Mid-Atlantic – presented
WordCamp Montreal – presented
WordCamp Chicago
WordCamp NYC – presented

2010

WordCamp Boston – presented
WordCamp Chicago – presented
WordCamp Raleigh – presented
WordCamp San Francisco
WordCamp Mid-Atlantic – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized

2011

WordCamp Phoenix – presented
WordCamp Boston
WordCamp Raleigh – presented
WordCamp San Francisco – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized
WordCamp Las Vegas – presented

2012

WordCamp San Diego – presented
WordCamp Baltimore – presented
WordCamp NYC – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized

Misc Events

BlogWorld Expo Las Vegas 2010
BlogWorld Expo NYC 2011
South by Southwest 2011
Pressnomics 2012
WordPress Community Summit 2012

I’ve always enjoyed attending WordCamps and tech events. If you’ve never attended a WordCamp I highly recommend it. The amount of knowledge gained in 1-day of WordCamp is unmatched.

My plan is to create a custom section on my site to help track events I’ve attended, presentation slides, and videos if available.

September

Was busy.

I’m Married!

At this exact moment I’m on a beach in Bermuda getting married to the love of my life, April Heline! I truly am the luckiest guy alive.

Professional WordPress Second Edition is Coming!

It’s official,Professional WordPress Second Edition is in the works! I’m really excited to update this book, as it’s such a great resource for WordPress design and development. The original Professional WordPress is one of the HIGHEST rated WordPress design and development books on the market, and we plan on making the Second Edition even better!

The original writing team is back, with a slight twist. This version of the book will be written by David Damstra and myself. Hal Stern will serve as our Technical Editor this time around. As with the last book, Professional WordPress takes a more advanced look at WordPress. From dissecting core code, breaking down functions and classes, to exploring WordPress APIs in depth, this book will help you take your WordPress design and development skills to the next level!

The original book was written for WordPress 2.9 and is over two years old now. Surprisingly the book actually holds up pretty well in most areas. The new book will be written around WordPress 3.5 (we’re very forward thinking) and include all of the new features and enhancements that have been released over the past two years. I’m really excited for some of the brand new chapters we’re writing, including chapters dedicated to Multisite and Custom Post Types and Taxonomies. We will even have an entire chapter dedicated to working with WordPress locally!

You can follow our progress and any Professional WordPress Second Edition news with the hash tag #prowp2. The book is currently planned for a December 2012 release date, which will make it a GREAT stocking stuffer!