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I’ve Worn the Letters Off My Keyboard!

It’s been a long, long day at the keyboard! I’ve been an article-writing fool, finishing four articles for Thesis Theme Tools and a long one on Anxiety Sensitivity for my other blog, Anxiety, Panic & Health. Also spent some times making replies in the DIYthemes Forums, and other miscellaneous stuff. And… I went public with the blog, announcing it in Twitter and including it in my signature in the Forums. Anyway, I’ve got a lot done:

  • Finished the articles on setting up Google Custom Search and Google Analytics. Includes work in PhotoShop for the illustrations.
  • Wrote two articles on free FTP and text editor software for the Mac and Windows.
  • Wrote two other posts announcing the new articles.
  • Announced this new blog in Twitter and in the signature in the DIYthemes Forum.
  • Changed “Info” button to “Index” and created Index page. Made new button in PhotoShop.
  • Set up my 404 page — no gnarly dudes for me!

I’m about done for today, but my list for tomorrow includes:

  • Finish the article on Google Webmaster Tools setup.
  • Write articles on various Newbie topics, some already started.
  • Work on menu organization — I can see it will get out of hand if I don’t think about it now.

And as I have time and opportunity (and need a break):

  • Continue thinking and research what it would take to do video tutorials. Find out about post-processing and pro-con of storing on server or with a service like Vimeo.
  • Contact HostGator about some necessary server setting changes for enabling teaser images.
  • Bring into DEVONthink Thesis-related bookmarks from Safari.

Off to read a book, or do something, anything, not connected with the computer!

Hot Keys, and Content is Still King

Been really busy here in the Nichols Nuthouse, writing articles and code, and cleaning up various little odds and ends. My main thrust is to flesh out my beginning content so that there will be something here when I start advertising the site. So it’s hot-and-heavy on the keyboard for me!

Here’s what I’ve done so far since yesterday. Much of it wasn’t on my to-do list:

  • Wrote the Tutorial for Contextual Submenus.
  • Wrote the Tutorial on the Image Button Bar Menu/Submenu. I finally settled on a name for it, but I prefer to call it the Button Bar.
  • Set up the contact form with cformsII and changed field color.
  • Wrote the pages for the remaining dummy menu buttons: Tricks, Tips, Newbies, Resources, and Info.
  • Coded four different post announcement boxes for different purposes.
  • Updated the Sociable plugin’s opacity. I like it to be 70% rather than the stock 40%.
  • Researched other Related Posts plugins. Trouble is, most of them won’t work with pages, which is what this site will have the most of. Right now I’m sticking with Simple Tags just because it does pages, too.
  • Worked out an in-page call-to-action. These will actually be part of the page text, since I’ve yet to find a way to append them on selected pages only.
  • Worked on articles about how to set up Google Custom Search, Google Analytics, and Google Webmaster Tools while setting all three up for Thesis Theme Tools. Took screen shots, too.
  • Put Google Search into the sidebar, since I don’t know where else to put it right now. Also set up a search results page.
  • Found a way to display tags on the blog front page and on pages. Just check the box to display them on Archives in Thesis Options. Easy but unintuitive.

My to-do list hasn’t changed much since yesterday, since it has open-ended projects that will take a while to accomplish. Here ’tis:

  • Finish the articles on setting up Google Custom Search, Google Analytics, and Google Webmaster Tools. Includes preparing screenshots in PhotoShop.
  • Continue writing content, focusing on material I already have.
  • Continue more detailed planning of the menu tree.

And as I have time and opportunity (and need a break):

  • Continue thinking and research what it would take to do video tutorials. Find out about post-processing and pro-con of storing on server or with a service like Vimeo.
  • Contact HostGator about some necessary server setting changes for enabling teaser images.
  • Bring into DEVONthink Thesis-related bookmarks from Safari.

That’s all, folks!

Content is King Despite Outrageous Storms

I‘ve accomplished quite a bit since yesterday, despite a violent storms outside and frequent power blips (thank goodness for the UPS!). Although I “knew” it, it’s still surprising how much work there is to do getting the site set up — much more than just making the theme look and work ok. As they say, content is king, and I’ve been busy preparing the beginning content so that people will have a reason to visit TTT.

Here’s what I’ve done so far since yesterday:

  • Fixed wp-config so WordPress saves no drafts. A “feature” that bloats the database.
  • Removed the line separating content and sidebar. Godhammer calls it a “laugh-line.”
  • Brought into DEVONthink all the wandering snippets of code and DIYthemes forums snippets on my hard disk. Got everything set up to write the pages and posts for TTT, as well as organizing future materials.
  • Started a color table in custom.css for all the colors I’ve used, plus my color scheme.
  • Worked on the footer to get the fonts larger in the copyright and attribution lines. Changed footer widget body plain text font colors to the same as what Thesis uses for links. Found that I can’t change footer widget body font sizes without messing their alignment up. Oh well.
  • Restored the Anxiety, Panic & Health widget I lost in The Move.
  • Started writing content, such as the landing page, the About page, and all the policy pages. Set them all up in contextual menus.
  • Built a yellow box for post announcements based on the color scheme.
  • Did some research on what it would take to do video tutorials. I already have the software. I just need a good microphone.

My basic goal for today’s work is to add to TTT’s starting content. I want to have the site up and running as soon as practical, and I need starting content to do that. I can add bells and whistles later.

Here’s my to-do list for today:

  • Continue more detailed planning of the menu tree.
  • Continue writing content, focusing on material I already have.
  • Replicate the tutorial on Contextual Submenus I lost in The Move.
  • Finish writing the tutorial on Button Bar Menu/Submenu. Still not satisfied with the name.

And as I have time and opportunity (and need a break):

  • Continue thinking and research what it would take to do video tutorials. Find out about post-processing.
  • Contact HostGator about some necessary server setting changes for enabling teaser images.
  • Find a way to display tags on the blog front page and on pages.
  • Bring into DEVONthink Thesis-related bookmarks from Safari.
  • Set up Google Custom Search for Thesis Theme Tools.
  • Decide where I want the search bar. I was thinking in the header, but it’s already pretty crowded. May just put it in the sidebar for right now. I do want to have a cute little spyglass, though.

That’s all folks! See you tomorrow!
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