We have a tradition where every year for Christmas, we have Duck for dinner. It was started by my wife’s parents and now we get to do it. It’s not a bad tasting bird. It’s greasy, boney, and does have a bit of a gamey taste, but it’s good.
Just wanted to take a moment to update everyone regarding some changes I’ve made to the site. For starters, I’m almost finished with managing my sidebars. I’ve been assigning widgets to specific areas of the site where I think it makes sense to display them. Speaking of sidebars and widgets, you should be able to see the Jeffro2pt0 poll back on the front page. I’ve also added my link blog which is nothing more than a list of shared items from my feed reader. Last but not least, I’ve added a text widget on the about page which allows me to cut the length of the page in half.
As for the About Jeffro2pt0 and WordPress Weekly pages, I have gone through and updated them with relevant information. For the WordPress Weekly page, I have included special notes regarding where to find show notes for episodes 1-22 and 23-current. This was mentioned by Andrew Rickmann and so I’ve included directions on how to obtain those show notes. As for the About Page, I’ve revamped it keeping most of the history in tact while adding personal information to the sidebar. At the bottom of the about page, I’ve included a list of sites and podcasts for which I am working with or for. I’ll be updating the page as necessary to keep everyone up to date.
Last but not least, I’ve fixed the styling issues for the Page-Navi plugin. When you update Lester’s Page-Navi plugin, the CSS files are overwritten and thus, I lost my changes. Thank goodness for backups. I’ve also changed the header from my favorite forest look to a Winter look as we are now officially in the Winter season.
It’s these types of changes that if left undone for a period of time, end up amounting to a ton of grunt work. It’s usually the easiest, simplest things which are left undone. At any rate, I should be all set to start off the new year fresh on this blog. I have no idea what will happen but I do know that I plan on continuing this journey I’m on. I’ve made some incredible pit stops along the way to what I hope will be a successful career in podcasting/writing. I’ve still got plenty to learn and much to improve upon but that will come in due time. One things for sure, I know that there is a core group of people out there that really support my work and what I do. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support (even though I’m trying to right now) but it means a lot to me.
With that said, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday! P.S., I’m 25 years of age now, woot!
Thanks to the overwhelming response to last month’s poll which asked the question, “Do You Celebrate Christmas“? 31 of you said yes, 13 of you said no and for whatever reason, 3 people voted that Christmas offended them. I have a good idea as to who may have voted for that third option but I’m not going to give out any names. Wouldn’t want them to be stoned or anything.
At any rate, thank you for participating. With 2008 now underway, the question for this month is, “Was Your 2007 Resolution Successful?” As for myself, I promised I would drink more water and stop visiting fast food joints so much. Indeed, I was able to really trim down how many times I visit fast food joints but I was unable to drink more water this year. Instead, I think I drank even more Mountain Dew. I also promised myself that I would have a new job before the end of 2007 and that didn’t happen either. Well actually, if you consider writing for WeblogToolsCollection.com as a second job, then in fact, I was successful but at this point, I’m not going to count that as a second job.
So after voting, let me know if you think New Years is a good time to make empty promises.
It’s not Christmas yet, which means you still have time to take your WordPress based blog and dress it up for the holidays. I present to you, 5 Freely available WordPress themes you can use to get into the holiday spirit.
Christmas Gifts Theme – The Christmas Gifts theme is a bright colored, two column design which features a festive looking blog header. The text is dark green which suits the accents of red spread throughout the theme.
Vermilion Christmas Theme – The Vermilion Christmas Theme is a modified version of the Christmas Gifts Theme and in my opinion, looks much more Christmasy. The theme is two column based, features a dark green background image and a very festive looking header featuring pine trees.
Merry Christmas Theme – The Merry Christmas theme is a recently released, professional looking theme that features three columns, a Christmas night looking header, a dark red and green background image for the two sidebars and last but not least, an included script that makes it appear as if it’s snowing on your blog.
Christmas Days – Christmas Days features a two column design, built on top of a light blue ICY looking background. The header has a mistletoe which is a nice touch and the tops of the sidebars appear to have a small pile of snow on them.
Christmas Gift – Christmas Gift is a three column design that highlights dark green colors with a couple accents of red within the navbar. The header is pretty large and shows off a couple of snow flakes with presents underneath a Christmas tree on the left hand side. A basic yet nice Christmas design.
As I said before, it’s not to late to dress up that blog and with these 5 themes, you shouldn’t have any problem editing your own, or installing a pre made holiday theme. As far as I know, all of these themes are free. If you come across one that you need to pay for, please let me know and I’ll edit the post.
Last months poll asked the question, Which OS Do You Use? As I figured, Microsoft leads the way with 38 votes with Apple making a close second at 18, then some form of Linux at 13 with Other coming in at 3 votes. The results don’t surprise me. What might be interesting to find out is how many of those who chose Microsoft are using Vista or XP. Thank you for taking the time to vote in last month’s poll, not it’s time for another.
Keeping with the holiday spirit, this months poll question is, Do You Celebrate Christmas? I do, but not everyone does.