My first WordPress Plugin

I just uploaded my first WordPress Plugin to wordpress.org tonight!!

Actually, I wrote the plugin a while back when I was really digging into WordPress development. As a side note, WordPress is pretty much the only Blog/CMS I can stand…I hate Joomla! I even hate the name and the stupid exclamation mark at the end of the name! Drupal is ok, but I found it to be a little complicated at times and the learning curve is steep. Plus…I’m admittedly a bandwagon jumper. I go where the peeps are 😉

Anyways, I got some books and started developing my own plugins. The one I released tonight was actually the first one I developed. Ever. It’s pretty simplistic, it just embeds a Github Gist for you via shortcode in a post. I know what you’re thinking… “Whoa! Slow down there Tarzan! Save some complicated WordPress Plugin love for the rest of us!”. Yeah, yeah, it’s dead simple and I have a whole hard drive full of em!

The reason why I actually let it see the light of day was that I wanted to have a taste for submitting and maintaining a plugin instead of just hiding within the safety of developing code for clients.

Overall, my experience was pretty good. I did have an issue where Subversion for some reason didn’t like that I had a sub-directory in my plugin directory. I’m definitely comfortable with Git, but not so much with Subversion. This link helped me out with that:

http://phpadvocate.com/blog/2009/12/how-to-fix-svn-directory-__dir__-containing-working-copy-admin-area-is-missing-and-other-misc-svn-shortcuts/

But I didn’t realize that the sub-directory was missing until it was actually live on WordPress.org (doh!). So I apologize to the dozen or so people who downloaded the bum version. It’s all good now 🙂

Here’s the link to the plugin:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bxgist4fun/

Oh, and don’t remind me that I suck at naming things… I’m already painfully aware 😦

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Yet Another New Year’s Resolution…

Here’s yet another attempt at running a blog…

Sadly, this will be my third or fourth kick at the bucket. The reason for the failed blogs in the past has mostly been lack of consistency and mostly because I was trying to make money from them. I find that when you try to make money by doing something that should be fun, you often end up broke and miserable…

What do I mean by “trying to make money” from a blog? Mostly, I went down the Internet Marketing path a few years back. I would like to say that I learned a lot and that I don’t regret trying to get into Internet Marketing, but I do. Lol.

See, I’m a Software Developer by training. Also, I’m somewhat introverted and the jury is still out on whether or not I have Asperger’s… so the idea of yours truly being that “Internet Marketing” guy was pretty out there, but I got suckered in because I thought it would make more money than being a Web Developer which was my day job at the time.

So, here goes another attempt… why? I don’t really know. An innate compulsion to share, to connect with others, and to just have a soapbox seems to answer that question in a way that satisfies me for now.