I’m back behind the wheel and coding again.
The obvious place to start after my hiatus was with my old and nearly forgotten plugins. The first of those to be brought up to speed is WP Bitly, a very simple shortlink generator. WP Bitly integrates seamlessly into the WordPress environment and provides you with bit.ly short urls for your posts, pages, and other custom post types.
Chip Bennett, another plugin developer who came on board with WP Bitly shortly before I went on sabbatical, deserves a giant helping of gratitude for keeping it alive. If it wasn’t for him, I’m sure this plugin would have completely fallen into oblivion.
What’s New in Version 2.0
Under the surface, nearly everything has changed. I’ve rewritten the code base almost from the ground up, and implemented the latest API endpoints from Bit.ly.
For users of WP Bitly, the only thing they’ll notice is that it works, and it works well. That’s exciting, right?
The Future of WP Bitly
Going forward, I want to keep this plugin fairly small and fast. If you need help with it, please ask. If you have issues with it, please submit them.
There’s a GitHub repository, where most of the development will happen.
Did I forget anything?
I went ahead and installed the fantastic WordPress SEO plugin by the one and only @Yoast.
He promised me a shiny new ten dollar bill if I mentioned his name.
I fully expect the traffic to start piling up. I made some fresh coffee, now I’m just going to kick back and watch the log files explode.
That’s how it works, right?
Edit (4/6/2014): I don’t know if anyone will think is as funny as I do, but WordPress SEO ranked this post as the worst SEO on my site.
It probably doesn’t take more than one visit here to notice there’s a little dust on the furniture. Scrolling to the bottom of my posts is an exercise in short throw mouse technology.
I’ve started at my new job, and I’ve come to the realization that “riding a bike” is in this case more relevant if that bike has at least two cylinders, a transmission, and you are required to check the crankcase pressure prior to operation. I’ve forgotten some ridiculously simple things.
Thankfully, I haven’t forgotten where or how to get information on those topics. The WordPress community is alive and well, and unlike myself have not taken any time off from doing what they do best. There’s an abundance of documentation, and there’s no shortage of activity by developers, designers and authors. I have to keep Twitter open nearly all day to make sure I don’t miss an exciting new article or announcement.
It’s my first weekend off; not only since starting this job, but in nearly two years while I worked at a job that didn’t understand the concept of personal time. I’m thinking now is a great time to stop writing this and start working on WordPress plugins. My wife is out and about pursuing a passion of hers, and I believe I should be doing the same.
If you’re here, thanks for dropping by! There’s always some dusting that needs to get done.
I have two computers right now. Nothing like the extravagant (or better, well thought out) set ups of most developers who work full time online. Just a desktop, and a laptop/notebook/whatever we’re calling them now.
The desktop is easily over four years old. The laptop is about a year… maybe two? It’s old, in computer years, it’s well past the mid life crisis.
Guess which one I’m still using? The laptop has failed. The desktop is still going strong.
Makes me wonder if I really need a laptop? Should a tablet and a desktop suffice? It used to be that you would get twice as much desktop for the same price you paid on a laptop, I wonder if that still holds true.
My name is Mark, and thank you for visiting my site! I used to develop WordPress plugins, themes and all kinds of fun PHP/MySQL junk back in the day. I was fairly involved in the community and was well on my way to doing something exciting, and then I changed my career path for some deeply misguided reason.
I’m pushing myself to get back online, and to dive in headfirst. I have a few plugins in the repository that desperately need to be brought back up to speed, and I’m planning on starting with those. At the same time, I’m pursuing a very exciting career change that will allow me to do this full time again if it’s successful. I will continue to pursue such avenues until I’m fully back on course where I know I need to be.
I’m aiming for the sweet spot. If my life can include my wonderful wife, the great outdoors, an unnatural amount of bacon (it’s not just for breakfast anymore) and WordPress, I think I’ll have it made.