Dropping the color attribute.

Many times in the media, from friends and in the industry, I hear terms like:

  • The black person
  • My white friends
  • The colourd neighborhood 
  • Etc.

In all these cases I would have understood it perfectly if they left out the skin color.

I believe that dropping the color when referring to anyone is the best way to remove the racial divide that we’ve created in our minds.

If you try, you may find that there are better ways to describe the people or person you’re referring to.

How to make your followers happy

This article is from the perspective of the follower.

You may be following someone with exponentially more followers whom you look up too so much, but one day they started tweeting about things you really aren’t interested in.

You see, we all follow people for very personal and professional reasons, but although they’re happy about the follower count, we’re really looking for what we can gain by following them ( maybe it’s just me but you get my point)

So if you have a few followers, please,l make them proud and remember this:

  • Your followers time is precious 
  • They follow you for a reason 
  • Tweet the beneficial stuff 
  • Keep ranting to a limit
  • Don’t stop tweetingūüôā

Hey Developer, Welcome to WordPress

Some time ago, a friend of mine wanted to start doing WordPress development. I created this resource for him and thought that many of you may also want to see this, so here it is:

Hey Friend,

There is a lot to cover here so I’ll break it down into:¬†

  • WordPress Community,
  • WordPress Development
  • My recommended talks

It will take some time for you to go through all the links, but there’s no rush, remember it is important that you follow your interests here as this is the best way to learn.

WordPress Community

WordPress Development

The most important thing to note is that you never, ever change any of the files that come with WordPress. You are welcome to read all the files from top to bottom, but if you wish to change WordPress you can do it via a plugin and if you want to change the look of your website you do this via a theme. That is the only options you have, but in combination, there is no limit to what you can do with WordPress (see these cool examples: http://pressbooks.com/ and  http://www.happytables.com/ )

Here is a great list of how you can get started with Plugin / Theme development

Awesome Talks

You can read all you like but nothing gets you up to speed like a video. Here are some really nice videos you can watch that will help you become a better developer in general:

Finally, my friend, WordPress is continually changing, therefore:

Follow these WP focused twitter accounts as a start:

I hope these resources have helped you. If you know of any great resources please pop them in the comments below.

Planning to blog regularly?

I seriously want to blog more frequently while also creating more quality.  If you have a blog then I know you share this with me. And you should know that my reasons for desiring this are very simple:

  • Improve writing skills
  • Learn to think critically as I write.

These reasons are really personal. Along with it I also desire to provide you with value as an exchange for spending valuable time reading my posts.

At the end of the day, for most of us, ¬†blogging is a labour of Love and I want you to feel that love. Any sentence, paragraph or Idea that doesn’t fit in will be booted. Even if I end up with 2 paragraphs so be it. ¬†Two quality paragraphs are better than a rambled essay.

I’m committed to :

  • Writing down my blogging ideas
  • Writing more often. Converting these blog Ideas into drafts an drafts to published posts.
  • Using fewer words while also asking the question, what can I leave out instead of worrying about what I can add to make the post longer?
  • Being myself and sharing who I am and in so doing grow as a writer.

Abandonware as a WordPress plugin

I have a littles secret to confess. In the days when I was still building client websites I would instal and reinstall at least 5 similar plugins before finding the perfect one. ¬†In majority cases I would never let the developer know if there was a bug as I simply didn’t have the luxury of time.

This got me thinking about the code I write today. How many people do that and never let me know what broke and if there was a reason for not selecting my plugin.

I still haven’t figured this out but I take this away from it. If it doesn’t work people walk away.¬†If I don’t get there attention and give them what they need fast. It’s a done deal.