Projects Roundup for February 7th.

I’ve had quite a productive week as far as new work, releases, and new projects go and I’d like to share them here on the blog. A few weeks ago I made a decision to revamp the way I work, learn new things, and even adjusted my work schedule a bit to make me more productive. This is the first full week where things really came together and I think it’s shown!

First, over last weekend I launched a new website and I’m really hoping it will gain some traction. It’s called IBringWith.Me and it’s a bag blog. I have a bit of an obsession with travel bags, particularly messenger bags; I have about 5 myself. I’ve also been traveling a lot lately so I continually think about how and what to pack. I’m sure lots of people think about this sort of thing (especially if you’re hitting the conference circuit) so I decided to start a blog about it. I’m currently working on the theme and looking for people to contribute ; if you’d like your bag covered on the site, fill out the form here.

I also started learning Sass! On Sunday I dedicated most of my time to redesigning my teaching site (launched by not finished) and used Sass instead of straight CSS. It’s fantastic and I highly recommend checking it out. If you need some help, check out @simplebits’s excellent book, Sass for Web Designers. I also released a codepen of a Sass function I wrote to automate heading styles.

I’ve started using Github for a lot of my work (and wrote a blog post about my new workflow here), and have released my first non-WordPress Open Source project, a simple URL shortener called Shortlinks. It’s in beta and I may make some updates to it, but this is what I’m using on my book’s website,

Here are a few other important links and such from the week:

  • Episode 10 of the TIL Podcast: To honor Philip Seymour Hoffman in the event of his untimely death, we did a podcast about his work. I discovered a lot of great movies that I didn’t realize he was in!
  • My WordCamp Phoenix Talk: The talk I have at WordCamp Phoenix about Responsive Design with WordPress is up and free to watch. Check it out!
  • Three Branded Content Lessons from the NYTimes/MSNBC Redesigns: I was asked by Tim Sohn to comment on the NYTimes and MSNBC responsive redesigns and what business can learn from them.
  • Happy Birthday @NEPAWP! If you’re in the Scranton area on March 7th, we are having a WordPress Meetup/Happy Hour to celebrate our 1st Anniversary. Sign up here if you’d like to attend!

Finally, some speaking events worth noting. Here is up upcoming schedule:

Nothing scheduled for right now, but check back soon!