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Aaron Brazell

The Well Defined Lines of Blogging

This article was originally published on March 24, 2005 and is being republished as part of the Technosailor 3-year Blogiversary series. Enjoy! A timeless quote… Blogging is a developing medium, but at the same time it is well established. The players that were in existence in 2003 have now been changed due to acquisitions and […]

Aaron Brazell

The Technosailor Design Process

Last week, I launched the new and improved layout of this blog. I mentioned Lisa Sabin created the look. She deserves a lot of credit for taking very vague conceptual ideas and turning them into the layout and design that is being showed off here. Lisa describes the process of doing the Technosailor design work […]

Aaron Brazell

Technosailor Version 7 Hits the Street

I’m really, really happy right now because we’re begininning the three year anniversary celebration a little early here. Back in March, I started to discuss the possibility of a professional theme with the fantabulous Lisa Sabin. I gave her some of my ideas and in essence let her go to town creating something suitably professional […]

Aaron Brazell

My Script for Auto WordPress Upgrade

I like posting scripts. I am proud of most of them. I mentioned before that I run WordPress trunk and that every day, the auto upgrade script runs, upgrades this blog and sends me a detailed email regarding the upgrade. Not only does this help me keep track of changes from revision to revision without having to go browsing the repository, it gives me a handy reference in case I have to roll back.

Here is the script I run. It is a PHP command line script (I do most of my CLI scripting in PHP as I’m fluent in it).

Aaron Brazell

Ninjafying WordPress

In case you’re looking to have WordPress related work done, or want to find WordPress related tips, I’m blogging (and consulting) back over at Emmense. I’ve found that there is a tremendous market for people who understand the nuances and intricacies of WordPress. Since I have been using it for over 2 1/2 years and […]

Aaron Brazell

WordPress Custom Fields Contest

Update: This contest has been extended to March 30, 2007.

There is an often-overlooked aspect of WordPress that adds functionality that is more geared to a Content Management System than a blogging platform. And that’s why, perhaps, the world’s #1 blogging software finds that many users don’t really use Custom Fields.

I think that’s a travesty.

Conversations in the blog software world always toy with concepts that look forward to what should be introduced in a blogging software. A lot of these conversations circulate around breaking blogs out of the status quo which are “typical blogging templates”. Different approaches were taken at different times in the history of the blogging platform. For instance, the conversation around categories and how conversations could really be more granular than simple categories led to the advent of tags which are seen around the blogosphere. Trackbacks were used to alert another party of your conversation surrounding them but as spammers started exploiting trackbacks, pingbacks were invented which were more passive and allowed discovery of conversation surrounding the blogger.

Evolutions come and go, yet, blogging by and large remains a linear concept that is driven mainly by content creation and reader interaction. To that end, themes are built to this standard.

But what if the standard is just too limiting? What if the standard can be enhanced and changed? What if simple personal blogs could be turned into effective content properties?

Custom Fields may be the answer to the question, how do you make the mundane reach these goals?

I’m running a contest here at Technosailor and there are prizes involved. There is also judging. But there is time.

The Contest