When my friend, author Chris Godsoe, offered up review copies of his new book pre://d.o.mai.n (available on Amazon.com and BN.com today!), I jumped at the chance to get an advance peek at the book and support an author.
At the same time, I figured it might be a good chance to tweak my always-in-progress site, so with the launch of Chris’ book today, I’m happy to announce a new feature on my site: Zoom Shots, an occasional, ongoing series taking an in-depth look at both makers (writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians, web developers, etc.), as well as the product of their craft. I’ll be doing long-form interviews, reviews, and other content designed to give artists and their work a close, and occasionally skeptical, look.
Beyond the usual starter theme basics, Groundwork features many nice customizations to a stock WordPress install, including:
Custom log in screen logo & styles;
Customized admin area including logo and dashboard;
Customized/advanced wp-config and wp-config-local (yes, that’s outside the scope of a standard theme);
Basic responsive layout;
LESS for better stylesheets;
Best practices for speed and mark-up.
In short, Groundwork aims to encourage a more tailored and unique WordPress experience for you and/or your clients from how their site responds on multiple devices to how the admin feels when editing a page.
Groundwork is heavily inspired by the following people and projects, which I encourage you to check out:
Yes, I did return from my blog vacation just to post a self-referential link!
Seriously though- thanks to Justin Ellis, who wrote a great article introducing the citizen journalism landscape- not just in Maine but nationwide- for the Portland Press Herald a couple weeks back. I get a brief mention, along with a couple of other Maine bloggers including my friend Lance Dutson.
Are you a person? Do you enjoy food? If so, I cordially invite you to visit a new site I’m proud to announce: The Living Well Report.
The Living Well Report is a blog devoted, essentially, to delicious and healthy food. My wife Heidi cooks some awesome things usually with organic and/or natural ingredients and with variety and moderation in mind. Together, we photograph these concoctions and share them on the site along with recipes, product reviews, and other good things.
If you follow my Flickr photos, you may have noticed a recent uptick in the amount of food photos we’re posting to our Good Food set. This is all in preparation for a new project I’m working on that I hope to take the lid off over the next couple of weeks. Here’s a preview.