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Posted by on Mar 17, 2015
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About a month ago (that’s forever in internet years) Marco posted the note Google and blogs: “Shit.” where the general thought was that his blog traffic was flat and starting to decline over the last year or so. There are a lot of reasons for this and Marco does a good job starting to explain it, but you can also point to the death of Google Reader as a big factor. At the time this got posted I got into a conversation with Glenn Fleishman about all of this and noted that while my readership levels have to a good degree stagnated,...

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My view for the next couple of days

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015
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Here is my view for the next couple of days. Laurie was kind enough to give me a weekend pass, and I’m currently holed up in Fort Bragg decompressing. I apologize for the silence, but I’ve been buried in a large video editing project for work, and I literally uploaded the last piece of that Midnight thursday and hit the road for the weekend about noon Friday. Putting together 25+ hours of video from Milan while doing the first bits of planning for San Diego just ate all my time for a bit. Fort Bragg yesterday was foggy and misty...

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Working Notes: WordPress Plugins

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015
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I’ve been meaning to add a list of the plug-ins I use to the Colophon of the site and haven’t gotten around to it, but last night I got a request for them, so here they are. A couple of basic rules I set for using plug-ins: Use as few as possible. Don’t use one unless it adds some noticable value. Plug-ins can take up memory and processing and can be a hidden source of slow page load times. If you want to experiment with plug-ins, great. The ones you end up not using, disable (and preferably delete), don’t leave them...

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Working Notes: Content editing

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015
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Since my last update about the ongoing redesign, my progress has been, well, zero. No time, no cycles, so it’s been sitting. So much for best intentions. But I’ve spent the last evening or two looking at the content in the blog posts and evaluating the analytics on usage and trying to decide whether I want to keep it or whether some of it deserves to be deleted. I have analytics data back to 2008 so I can study trends over time. And in looking at my older data (2001-2008) and seeing how often those pages are viewed… Well,...

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Working Notes — starting on Phase II

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015
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Working Notes — starting on Phase II

Phase II of this project begins. You can poke at the work in progress at dev.chuqui.com. What’s happened to get to this point: Built up a server on the VPS and installed WordPress. Installed my normal set of plug-ins (which I need to document) Load in my wordpress theme (Simple Press by Elegant Themes) set up back ups (you DO this, right?) Export all of my content from my this production site and import it into the dev site. Spend four hours wondering what the @#$@##@ the import broke. Delete the wordpress database and build a new one....

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Working notes… My first “Wait a minute…” moment.

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015
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I ran into my first “Wait a minute… ” moment with the new photography site — that moment where things aren’t working the way you planned or expected. In this case, however, the tools are working the way they were designed (not a bug) but not the way I had thought they would. NextGen Gallery allows me to publish a gallery of photos, and to add photos to it later. Both are really good and convenient. For my Refuge Run postings I’ve been doing, I created a single gallery of images, and I’ve been adding...

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Working notes — shipping photography.chuqui.com

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015
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It’s been three weeks since my last set of working notes, and I announced that photography.chuqui.com has gone live a couple of days ago. If that seems like it happened a lot sooner than I implied it would, you’d be right. As it turned out, the content migration and editing went a lot faster than expected. I identified about 80 blog posts that belonged on the new site and about 8-10 longer articles. When I reviewed the blog posts, I decided about 35 of them weren’t worth migrating and deleted them. The rest got exported out...

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Photography.chuqui.com launches! Come check it out.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015
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Last night I finished setting up the content on the new photography.chuqui.com site and so I’m now officially launching it. Time to go and check it out. My introductory note about the site is here. If you follow this site via my twitter or Google+ feeds, you’ll get updates on new content on that site in those places as well. If you subscribe to my RSS feed or my posting mailing list, you’ll need to subscribe to the new site as well. I do plan to post notes here about new content (most likely as part of Three Dot Lounge to...

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I’m in Birdwatcher’s Digest

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015
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Just a quick note to let folks know that I have an article reprinted in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Birdwatcher’s Digest. They’re reprinting my piece on Getting Started in Bird Photography — Choose Your Weapons. Thrilled to see this finally in print and able to talk about it! Because we’ve been working on Cisco Live Milan, not much time for using the camera, but with the show starting up now, I think I may start having more free time (at least until we get into heavy planning for Cisco Live in San Diego in June). I...

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Working Notes — finishing details in the header and footer

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015
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My original plan this weekend was to get some projects done and get out and do some birding. Between the weather and some unspecified other complications, I ended up digging into the site and working on some of the theme details instead. Most of the work was involving trying to figure out how to customize the theme to solve some problems in my preferred design. If you look at my main site I don’t use a sidebar, but instead put the usual sidebar content down in the footer. That’s also where I place a block for the Amazon affiliate...

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