October 1, 2014

On the purpose of the recent redesign

This very site runs on WordPress, as it has from day 1, and the eleventh major version of the TDH theme, known as TDH11 because I have no imagination whatsoever when it comes to these things. Most of these iterations have been long-lived, but not all.

The reason for this particular redesign isn’t that I felt the previous version lacking. Actually, I found it quite pleasant, both to work with as a publisher, and for reading. Then again, if both those things were true there wouldn’t be a revamp in the first place. This brings us to the real reason for this redesign, which is my need to publish shorter and snappier posts. A lot of that commentary have ended up on Twitter, but it’s a format that’s lacking due to its brevity. Sharing short things, sure, and for some watercooler chatter, fine, but not for actual commentary, analysis, or in-depth thoughts.

Hence this design, which works both with longer pieces and essays, as well as quote and comment shorts.

 

September 30, 2014

Excuse the mess, site update in progress

Stuff will misbehave for a bit, I’m afraid. A proper update on what’s going on here’ll be online later tonight.

Alright, I think most things are working now. If you find something funky here, ping @tdh on Twitter please.

There are things on my todo list, so this is by no means a finished project. Sites never are. I’m a firm believer in an early 1.0 though, and then iterations after that, so here we are. Enjoy.

April 10, 2014

Redesign

I’ve begun the arduous process of redesigning my online presence. This is something I do a bit more often than most, but it’s not as bad as it was once. You see, there was a time when I redesigned my sites every six months, which isn’t too bad if you want to stay current. Things moved faster then though, and today a design just works longer, although I must confess they’ve always been relevant for more than six months. I used to love to tinker, that’s how I learned WordPress, which subsequently meant I got to write a bunch of books about how to do things with the platform.

Back then I redesigned because it was fun, and because I could. I was evolving a lot, as a designer and developer, and probably as a person too, without me or anyone else noticing. I’m still evolving, but rudimentary things such as clever taxonomy usage and new markup techniques isn’t doing it for me anymore. These days, I redesign when I need to. Read more →

October 22, 2013

Back To The Drawing Board

It’s hard to build a credible online identity sometimes, and even harder to back that up with a site that makes sense. Take me for example, these are the side-projects I have on my table at the moment:

  • I’m publishing a weekly app newsletter in Swedish.
  • I’m wrapping up a novella that’ll go out to my editor early next week.
  • I’ve got my iPhone novel writing project.
  • And I’m writing a novel too, or rather rewriting it, as should be.
  • Speaking of which, I’m dabbling with self-publishing as well. It sort of connects with the writing, you know.
  • I’m putting the finishing touches on a manuscript for a Swedish horror RPG, which then will have to be translated into English at the very least.
  • I’ve got this site, and my neglected Swedish one, alongside my link commentary that ends up on Twitter and the TDHFTW blog.

This is just the side-projects, things I do alongside my web agency Odd Alice, and my regular book writing and consulting. Nor is it counting side-projects that fly under either of my two company flags.

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April 4, 2013

The Day When Nothing Worked

I had five things to do today.

  1. Test a simple API script on a client server, and report on the findings to a client. This should’ve taken 30 minutes or so.
  2. Tweak a search page for a client, and let them test it thoroughly. This was estimated to take up to an hour.
  3. Launch the new version of TDH.me.
  4. Launch The Writer’s iPad, on a store of my own as well as on Amazon. Possibly submit the ebook to other retailers as well.
  5. Celebrate with the bubbly stuff.

Things didn’t quite work out the way I planned.

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March 18, 2012

Two minor updates

I’ve made two minor updates on the site today.

  1. The Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, 3rd Edition page is updated with some more information, and a pre-order link.
  2. The store page got the pre-order link for the book too. No Kindle edition available there yet.

I also updated my Amazon author page with a new cover photo and the @tdh Twitter account.

In the not so distant future you’ll see a lot of changes here on TDH.me, as well as a somewhat steady stream of released content that I’ve neglected. Mostly WordPress themes, but there are some fiction that I’ll probably publish here as well.

September 26, 2011

September 15, 2011

This is TDH7, at least right now

By now you have no doubt noticed that this very site looks different. As I have hinted on Twitter on numerous occasions, I’ve planned a redesign for quite some time. This is it, and it marks the start of a more organized site when it comes to updates and content.

Since you’ve asked, this is the what’s and the why’s of this particular redesign, in FAQ form. Read more →

September 13, 2011

September 12, 2011

Now caching TDH.me

Right, I saw some traffic spikes the other day so I figured I’d turn on some caching just in case. Let me know if anything acts up please.