This blog is powered by a little open source beastie called WordPress (not that you really wanted to know that), and I have been fiddling around with WordPress themes and plugins in an effort to help get the blog of a friend of mine off the ground. (We can’t make him finish his novel, but we sure cure lure him into this blogging lark to keep him scribbling!)
The end result, after, er, copious hours of tweaking, is Brandon’s Buzz, which I hope you will agree is a worthy effort. I am no graphic designer, so I take no responsibility for the theme or the graphics, and the writing is entirely the work of the loquacious Brandon, but there were a lot of fiddly bits in between that needed attention to get the overall effect just right.
Anyway, during the fortnight-long struggle with bits and bytes, I’ve learned thing or two about WordPress and plan on sharing some of them in the near future, in the hope that I can be of some minor assistance to my fellow WordPress bloggers as they have been to me. I am also in the middle of writing a plugin for WordPress which may well draw a somewhat larger crowd when I make it available.
So, hopefully, there will be one or two new folks popping up around here over the next few weeks. Unlike Brandon, I have no plans for world domination, so I will attempt to keep the normal flow (trickle?) of blog posts coming whenever something appeals to my whimsy. But if the very idea of blogging software is like lead weights on your eyelids, feel free to skip over anything categorized as “WordPress”. You won’t know what you’re missing, but I’m guessing that you won’t really care!
First of all, a touch of loquacity is a good quality in a blogger, methinks. So I don’t take offense to that; quite the opposite, I wear it as a badge. 🙂 Second, my quest for world domination hit a big milestone yesterday, as I gained a reader in South America, meaning I’ve now infiltrated four of this planet’s seven continents. C’mon Africa, WHAT are you waiting for?! And lastly, this man in an unqualified GENIUS. He took a mildly attractive WordPress theme (which I loved mostly because that shade of gray is my all-time favorite color) and he tweaked a few things and turned it into the stunning beauty that is Brandon’s Buzz. (If you doubt his abilities, you should take a look at some of the other blogs currently utilizing the “colorful” theme; to a SITE, they are all trainwrecks, full of overflowing margins, unreadable fonts, and heinously unjustified text.) Whatever he says on this subject, it’s guaranteed to be straight-up brilliant. Don’t even THINK of skipping it. Love ya, Mike! 🙂
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