Research, research, research!
15 December 2021
In an effort to spend more time on Twitter1, I came across a tweet with the following advice:
More time on Twitter? Who does that?! Well, I guess I do know since I’m going to have to start marketing this book at some point, right? Twitter is as good a start as any. ↩
28 November 2021
Well, the text is done! After a few rounds of editing (e.g. many, many, many rounds) with both alpha readers and a proper editor, I am feeling quite good about it. I’m happy with the message. I’m happy with the story flow. I’m happy with the rhythm of the verses. I’m happy with the rhymes.
17 November 2021
It has been a busy year! Between running after my newly-minted preschooler, excitedly settling into life as a fully remote worker, and remodeling our kitchen, you would think I would have time for little else.
WordPress dynamic block registration, with special guest JSON!
27 October 2021
My last blog post was about WordPress theme customization with JSON. It seems only fitting that I follow that up (nearly 6 months later… yikes!) with a new post about custom block registration and, you guessed it, JSON!
WordPress Customization: Supports and Variations and JSON. Oh my!
04 May 2021
The new WordPress editor (“Gutenberg”) has been a part of our lives for almost 2 1/2 years. Since that initial launch, WordPress has come out with so many different ways to customize block editor: theme.json, block variations, and block supports. These are three distinct features that provide different customization options. Yet, for some reason, I can never remember what controls what (or how much control each feature really has). This blog post aims to clear all that up.
Creating block.json for a WordPress block
12 November 2020
I have been creating custom WordPress blocks since Gutenberg was in beta, though the vast majority are for work.
But this week, I added my very first block to the WordPress block directory. (Hooray for my Color Palette!!)
Regularly online developer conferences: An impossible post
29 June 2020
This is a post long in the making, even before the days of our global pandemic and quarantines. In fact, I have been attempting to write this post for so long (6 weeks and counting) that I have deemed this post to be “impossible”. However, before I go there, let’s start with why I wanted to write this post to begin with.
The Case of the Disappearing Gutenberg
20 June 2020
Once upon a time, there was a WordPress post editor that discovered it had turned into a simple HTML editor….
Daily Life in the New World
22 May 2020
March 23, 2020.
Updating Terminus: A guide for Pantheon users
11 March 2020
If you are a developer who hosts your sites on Pantheon, I would be willing to bet that you also use Terminus. For all you Terminus users, a message like this probably looks familiar:
Besan Block: A long time coming
15 August 2019
A few times a year, we hold an internal event at work that we call “Serendipity Day.” We use this day, inspired by NPR, to work on projects that are somewhat work related, but have been sitting on our back burners for a while. Sometimes we use this day to research a new topic. More often than not, though, we use this day to build something new.
I have a dirty little secret: I want to be a junior dev again
05 August 2019
I have been a professional developer for 20 years. Actually, I have been writing code for much, much longer than that, but I have only been getting paid for it for the last 20 years. In recent years - especially the last couple of years - I have noticed my days filling up with other tasks.
Featured Images, Gutenberg, and You
25 March 2019
A very common editor update that us WordPress developers make is to add options to the featured image meta box in the post editor. This is usually something like a checkbox to determine whether the featured image should be displayed at the top of a post.
A Very Informal Look at Gutenberg Accessibility
16 October 2018
We have been working all year to replatform our websites at work from Drupal to WordPress. We decided to go with WordPress for many reasons, one of the biggest being its admin UI. The WordPress edit screen, especially when compared to the Drupal edit screen, has historically been intuitive and preferred by content editors. In fact, many of my clients in the past have asked to switch their websites from Drupal (or similarly complex systems) to WordPress because of WordPress’s UI advantages.
Final Public Postpartum Thoughts
12 August 2018
I wanted to update this category in my blog one more time before “signing off”. I could blog all day and night about Amelia, but I also want to keep most aspects of her life private. That means, off Facebook, off Instagram, off whatever other social media platforms exist that I’m “too old” to use, and off this blog. Sorry folks.
Pregnancy vs. Postpartum
07 August 2018
Over the course of the last week, since my daughter’s birth, I have discovered that I have become very used to being pregnant. This realization is becoming more and more apparent as I heal from my c-section and I regain more general mobility.
Oh hello, hormones
06 August 2018
Yesterday was an incredibly bad day. I have read about postpartum depression. It is something I had been worried about for the majority of my pregnancy because of my history of anxiety. A friend of mine even talked to me about it way before I delivered.
04 August 2018
My daughter is only a few days old, but over the course of the past few days, I have been calling her by all sorts of nicknames. On top of that, my friends have also been donning her with even more nicknames. This girl has so many nicknames flying around, that I decided I needed to record all of these names somewhere.
02 August 2018
Monday: The Induction
Today was the day where we get this delivery ball rolling! I reported to the hospital that afternoon (after working my last day at work… from home, of course, but it was a great distraction). After a whole lot of paperwork, I was admitted to Labor and Delivery.
30 July 2018
It’s Induction Day!