Onward and Upward

What a year so far (I’m finding it hard to believe it isn’t over yet). For the first time in a while I find myself getting back into the swing of things with this website as well as personal projects such as Better YOURLs and Primary Vagrant, the latter having received a nearly complete rewrite twice over the last few months. Next up is getting back to working on this site and actually start writing again. I’ve changed a lot these last few months to make this possible and I’m pretty excited as the pieces are starting to fall into place. Continue Reading

Why I’ve Stuck With WordPress

One question I’ve been asked more often lately is why, considering all the newer technology that is available today, have I stuck with WordPress for my career and my side work? Well, there are 5 reasons for that to be honest… Continue Reading

Debugging Google AMP

There’s a lot of talk about Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) lately and a lot of developers rushing to catch up as it starts to make an impact on their sites and search rankings. One thing many aren’t doing however is really paying attention to the details of their code resulting in problems and other bugs that break the new format.

At it’s heart AMP is straightforward using mostly HTML to cache simple content for Google. The details of that simple HTML however aren’t as easy as everything from scripts to poorly encoded links and ads can break the page.

This doesn’t need to be the case. Continue Reading

The Year Without Beer – My Progress So Far

It’s been right about 6 months since I wrote The Year Without Beer and I figure it’s time I check in.

Truth be told… Not much has changed. I still drink too much (we’ve cut our total alcohol bills by about 1/3 since January but they’re still far more numerous than they should be). What has changed is I know a bit more why I do it (at least I think I do anyway). I know that there is more to it than just drinking, in fact I’ve learned that I really don’t care much for the actual drinking at all, not sure I ever did which probably explains why I’m always so interested in trying to quit. Continue Reading