A good friend of mine, Adam Jackson from DailyTechTalk, has been blogging almost daily for months now. Adam has “inspired” me to try a week long daily blog challenge. What this means is, for one week straight (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), I will blog something. Lets see how this goes!
Summer is coming to an end, and on Monday, August 18, school gets back in session for me, and many other students across the world. As another school year starts, it’s best to welcome new technological advancement in schools like classdojo toolkit. For more details about this app, search for https://www.classdojo.com/studentstories/. In my case, this means I can’t work for Qik as much as I am working now. This also means I can’t work as much on my new venture, Teens in Tech.
I am entering my Junior year in the Educators private school, arguably the most important school year before college. Because it will be my most important, I will be focusing more on my studies, then on work/hobbies.
On March 25th, 2007, Daniel’s Blog was created on WordPress.com. Much like the birth of my podcast, Apple Universe, this was meant to be at first an experiment. Robert Scoble inspired me to start blogging, and has since inspired me to publish new media, and go out and do the unexpected. Robert Scoble is not only an inspirational person in my life; he’s someone I really look up to. His work is extraordinary. Personally I don’t care that people hate his constant Twitter updates, but I like them.
Let’s fast-forward back to the present, about one year later. Danielbru.com thrives upon its own domain and hosting (free from the somewhat tight shackles of WordPress.com). Like in the case of Apple Universe, I’d to thank Robert Scoble so much for inspiring me to start blogging. If it wasn’t for Robert, you wouldn’t have known about me. Thank you to everyone who has ever read articles on or helped produce this blog.
Thank you everyone,
As anybody who visited the site recently can tell, DanielBru.com has gotten a new face, almost top to bottom. Previously, I was using the GlossyBlue theme designed by N.Design Studio, but now the blog is showing off the WP-Premium 1.0 by R.Bhavesh.
For the record, I did not work on customizing this theme alone. The awesome Matt Pippen, of Teen Media Productions, helped me along the way with CSS and PHP, and making the theme fit into the blog just beautifully.
But we’re not doen yet. Community, you’re involved in this too. Do you like the theme? Do you think that there’s anything else we can work on to make the blog look even better? Let me know by leaving a comment below, or through the contact form.
WordPress is about to release version 2.5 into the wild (It just hit Release Candidate on the 17th). If you’ve been using WordPress.com or have peeked at the demo site you will know the biggest change coming to WordPress with this release.
My Beginnings in Blogging with WordPress
My original blog started at WordPress.com in April 2007, and I recently switched to my own self-hosted WordPress install in December 2007. With the re-launch of Apple Universe in February, I needed to get much more familiar with the platform, hence the switch.
At first, I was amazed at all the features like plug-ins, and user-installable themes. In my search for themes, I happened across iTheme, but at that point I didn’t know that Matthew Heidenreich would design an amazing theme for me. Once he was done, however, I was really blown away by his work.
WordPress 2.5 – Dashboard Design Refresh
Although older releases of WordPress were easy to use, WordPress 2.5 brings a fully refreshed administration system that makes things easier to understand than before. The “Publish Status” option is now prominently displayed at the very top of the right-hand sidebar. (Editor’s note: As I’m working through this post, I’m apppreciating the intelligent relocation of features more and more by the minute.)
The result is a new way of interacting with WordPress that will remain familiar to seasoned users while improving the experience for everyone.
The main tabs are functionally similar to older versions: on the left-hand side there are the Write, Manage, Design, and Comments links, (and, in my WP install, podPress), and on the right-hand side reside Settings, Plugins, and Users. However, links are now managed and created under the Manage tab, an alteration that brings back memories of the 2.0.x series releases.
The first major change that I noticed was the orange banner across the page, with a new super-emphasized “Write a New Post” button (and, directly adjacent to that button is one for creating a new page). Isn’t that the point of blogging? Generally, the first thought that comes to mind when I browsing to the Dashboard is writing a new post, and with WP 2.5 RC1, it’s clear that the WordPress team is aiming for this thought process. Blogging is the main objective; everything else merely enhances the experience.
Visual Editor Improvements
The WYSIWYG visual editor, a long time bane of many users existence, has been upgraded with support for TinyMCE 3. It includes a Full Screen mode for those that don’t like to be distracted when writing. I cannot speak a lot about this upgrade, as I don’t use WordPress’ visual editor, but the blogosphere has agreed that it’s a vast improvement over previous versions.
WordPress 2.5 RC1 is available for download. For a more in-depth review of the new features, Matt Mullenweg published a post on the WordPress Blog, and Aaron Brazell has an amazing outline of the new features, which inspired me to write up this article regarding WordPress 2.5.
Much like the Apple Universe Podcast re-launch resulted in, Daniel’s Blog will be underoing many fun changes. You are probably reading this from either the new site, or the old one. When I mean new, I mean at 1:00 AM PST, I was up with Michael Yurechko setting up WordPress (Thanks Michael!). After about 5 minutes of Yurechko magic, the site was up and running under a new domain and hosting!
In case you didn’t notice, I am still on the amazing WordPress platform, just using the self-hosted version (currently up to version 2.3.3). I have been wanting to make the switch for a very long time, and I had the chance to get 2 more domains with my 1and1 Package for Apple Universe.
The main reasoning behind the getting the domain name is quite simple. Raise your hand if you can spell “Brusilovsky” without having read it here. Mostly, only my really close friends know how to spell my last name (and even sometimes my editor spells it wrong, typing “@dbrusilovksy” in Twitter replies), and cutting down the number of letters to type was the best idea I could think of. In the end, danielbru.com fit the bill. “Bru” is certainly a lot easier to type regularly than Brusilovsky.
Additionally, I get more power! My WordPress.com sub-domain has been in service for over one year, and alas, it’s time to up the ante. On a self-hosted installation, I get to customize my web site as much as I want – I can upload my own themes and plug-ins, giving me more options to make your experience better.
If you are curious, the theme that I have up as of press time is GlossyBlue from NDesign-Studio. Its a great theme, and I’ll probably stay with it for a while.
On one last note, I have a new email address for this blog. If you would like to contact me regarding this blog, being on a podcast, starting a podcast together, or even just to say hello, drop a line either through the Contact Page or email me directly.
Thanks for the support,