I’ve been a little busy for the last week or so moving across the country, although going weeks between posts isn’t really anything new here, eh? As always, I’m posting to Twitter far more often than I could hope to blog here.
While I’m slammed with life and work busy-ness, please check out the following if you haven’t yet:
- Sean Blanda’s Confessions of a journalism student: “The problems facing journalism schools are similar to those facing colleges overall: industries moving too quickly, lower barriers of entry into certain job markets, and the cost of education outpacing the reward.”
- Shawn Smith on How to write Web headlines: “Be interesting, not mysterious! Interesting doesn’t mean making readers guess what a story is about. A web reader won’t often click into a story to figure out what your headline means.”
- The Knight News Challenge runners-up: Including Matt Waite’s Louretta CMS for small-town news sites.
- Hartnett introduces us to Backyard Post: “What I’d really like to leave you thinking about today is simply the foundation on which Backyard Post is built: Neighborhoods. Not cities, ZIP codes or some other vague, gigantic or similarly off-the-mark stab at reaching actual humans in the actual neighborhoods where they actually live.”
Our new washer and dryer will be here any minute, so I’ll leave it at that. Rumor has it our car is in New Jersey, so we’ve got that going for us. Moving is easy. Migration is hard.
Alumni profile on H & O featuring a classic music video, audio of interviews, slideshow, etc. One-off WordPress page fits well into the CMS and makes for great SEO.
Hall and Oates – The Temple News
Wow. I must have missed this a couple weeks ago, but these two news sites – impossible to categorize them as newspaper-dot-coms – re-launched on Drupal.
Now on Drupal – HamptonRoads.com and PilotOnline.com | groups.drupal.org
Built for Joomla, but there’s a “static PHP” version for WordPress or Drupal. js/CSS instead of Flash. Costs a few bucks.
Frontpage Slideshow – Home
Rochacha’s alt-weekly. Nice-looking site, pretty URLs, clean layout. Movable Type? Textpattern? Homebrew? I can’t tell.
Rochester City Newspaper
In layman’s terms: If this is a category page, do that. If this is a post in category X, do that. If this is an author page, do that. Handy for displaying different sidebar content for different purposes.
Conditional Tags « WordPress Codex
A nice clean primer on how to muscle your WordPress install into something wholly un-blog-like.
In Praise of WordPress Template Tags, Part II: The Magazine Layout – Darren Hoyt
This is completely awesome, and plays right into my grubby WordPress development hands. via Simon D.
New WordPress Feature: Pending Review – Mark Jaquith
Plone, Drupal and more get looks in this instructional rundown on finding a CMS that writes clean HTML instead of the tabled junk that Mambo or Joomla spit out by default.
Juicy Studio: Choosing an Accessible CMS
An alternative to WordPress, built on Ruby on Rails, for when I’m done half-assed learning PHP, and to try out before I move on to half-assed learning Django.
SimpleLog. A simple (and free!) Ruby on Rails weblog application.