On Discipline

For months now I’ve had a print out taped to the wall in front of my desk that reads, “Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” This has been a gentle reminder to me in those moments when I’m prone to take the short view rather than the…


Conversations with few words, Part II: weird karma and the old man

When I got back to the dismal ticket office with the long wait, all the seats were taken. I looked at the board: 292. My face was still flush, but not leaking as much and the coughing was under control. I was planning on ignoring the daily limit on those throat lozenges, popping a new…


Conversations with few words, Part I: Spontaneous combustion

I was finally alone. After over a week of amazing travel, incredible people and fantastic, rambling conversations into all hours of the night, I sent my navigationally-challenged friend through the turnstile at Atocha to take a wrong train and I was on my own. Just me, my bags and my increasingly sore throat. I had…


Complete results of my 2015 WordPress maintenance survey

In early May, I took a survey looking to get a better understanding of what’s being practiced in the WordPress community in terms of maintenance: services offered, tools used and pricing. While the survey was mostly to satisfy my own curiosity, it was also used to compliment a talk I gave at WordCamp Lyon on June…

Results of my WordPress maintenance survey

Suite de ma conf à WordCamp Lyon

Malgré quelques soucis techniques (nppt : un fichier PowerPoint ne fonctionne pas très bien ouvert avec Keynote), j’ai été ravie de présenter mon rétrospective sur l’évolution des sites Internet et les rôles et responsabilités de client et prestataire en ce qui concerne la maintenance des sites. Comme est souvent le cas lors des conférences, on…

WordCamp Lyon - Maintenance Matters

Upcoming: WordCamp Lyon

I am absolutely thrilled to be speaking at the first WordCamp Lyon on June 5! Lyon holds a special place in my heart, being the first city I lived in upon arriving in France back in 1996, and where I eventually moved and started my career in the web a couple years later. My first…

WordCamp Lyon

Where does your value lie?

I woke up this morning to news analysis about the recent Instant Articles deal that Facebook made with nine big media outlets. Social media and the democratization of publishing have already turned us all into “journalists”, and this move further brings into question where news outlets fit in to today’s society and where their future lies….

Where does your value lie?

There’s a moral in this story

When I boarded the train this morning inbound for Paris, I made a conscious decision to not stay in the same car with the overly anxious woman who’d been riding me in the ticket queue, and who was manically chainsmoking and pacing on the platform right up to the moment that the train arrived.  So…


Post placeholders

Ever have a layout set on a fixed number of posts that sometimes stops short? Ever wanted an easy solution for creating placeholder to fill those empty spaces? Here ya go. Insert the content you want to make the series of posts display seamlessly, the placeholder filling in for however many posts you fall short….


Bootstrap grid column height hack

Say that three times fast smile I recently integrated the Bootstrap grid into my toolbox because man, does it make life easier. It’s a simple, portable system for creating fluid, responsive grid layouts, with a number of cool features to boot (no pun intended). I think my favorite feature is the push-pull, allowing you to…

Bootstrap grid