September 21, 2020

About two months ago, I started hearing and seeing Roam Research mentioned across the span of podcasts I listen to and sites I follow. I dabbled with it a bit, but in the last week or two, I’ve gotten hooked.

I wish I would have had this for the last 15 years to capture and link book notes, writings, or ideas I’m working on. But, finding a lot of satisfaction in slowly migrating different notes into it and seeing them start to form.

July 11, 2020

And the other message from this is, I think, to religious conservatives: Please calm down. Yes, the culture is against you and winning the debates you haven’t yet figured out how to engage. But you are not doomed or persecuted by the state. You have largely won the judiciary over to a strong defense of religious freedom. Your side keeps winning again and again in court. I can see how woke intolerance is real, but you have one branch of government still firmly on your side — and for the foreseeable future. Quit your whining about being persecuted, and figure out how to convey the truths of Christianity in a way that can win over the deeply troubled souls of your fellow Americans. There’s a spiritual void out there waiting to be filled, dangerous cults are filling it, and you’re wallowing in self-pity. Snap out of it.

June 29, 2020

I read this story the week it was posted on MacStories, and have thought back to it many time since. I keep passing it along to others in conversations about iPads, but never shared it here, so…here we are. I love my iPad Pro and if I didn’t do coding, I think I’d go almost full-time with an iPad anymore. This article shows why it is so versatile and powerful.

June 8, 2020

Late last week, we launched a new website for Mom’s Modern Mixes, a baking free of gluten and the top 8 allergens. I built this site in collaboration with The Label Collective, who did the design. Like most of my work, this one was built in WordPress. In this case, it is a mix of Beaver Builder as well as some custom coded page templates.

My favorite website projects usually involve two elements: 1) helping someone pursue a dream, and 2) building a brand new site from the ground up. All that to say, this one was one of my favorites because it checks those boxes. But it moved into a more meaningful level, since our family deals with allergies firsthand, and I recognize how valuable this product will be to many people.

I hope they have great success, and I’m glad I could play a small part in it.

January 16, 2020

Last summer, I setup a subscription to Drink Trade for all my coffee enjoyment needs. I had previously subscribed to some roasters who sent me a new bag on schedule, but I usually didn't get to pick what it was. DrinkTrade gives me a variety of roasters and origins to choose from each time, and other than a letdown or two, all of them have been great. Bonus points for making it really easy to adjust my ship date as needed.

January 16, 2020


For the last few months, I've been working alongside The Label Collective as a WordPress developer. Evidity, my first project with them, launched last month.

I've always preferred writing code over using pre-built themes, but have seen that there are instances where a small site can be put together more efficiently using a builder theme. This was my first site using a Beaver Builder and it worked out well. As builders go, it seems to be the most lightweight and responsive, and most user friendly as I've trained clients to do updates.

October 3, 2019

Since I also just posted my quick thoughts on Why We Sleep, this is the author’s TED talk on the subject. It certainly can’t capture all of the book’s content, but it hits the highlights and serves as a good teaser for what the book offers.

September 27, 2019


I always enjoy meeting with website clients in person when the opportunity is there. So, as part of our move (back) to the Phoenix area, I've been networking to make connections with local developers and agencies.

Those efforts paid off, as my first local client came as contract work for Skyhook Interactive — a busy and well-respected WordPress shop here in the Valley. They were asked by Virtuous CRM to convert their existing website into WordPress, and then combine into it their existing subdomain sites all running WordPress. Skyhook gave me the charge and I ran with it.

I've now seen every page of the Virtuous site multiple times. With a background in non-profit work, I appreciate what they do and it looks like a well designed product. I also enjoyed working with the team at Skyhook — I'm waiting for the final go ahead to get started on my next project with them.

September 25, 2019

I don't expect I probably need this. My own aeropress is holding up well and doesn't take crazy amounts of space in our cabinets.

And even when I've been in seasons where I traveled more, I've only occasionally packed my aeropress. Generally I was able to find coffee that was reasonable, other than those road trip motels between larger urban areas.

But golly, it's compact. And it's fun looking. And I think it might change my life to have one.

September 17, 2019

After nursing along an out of date theme and design for several years, Nicole Kaney was ready for a new website to match her expanded business focus. The priority was a simple design that highlights photos of the beautiful weddings and events coordinated by NK Productions.

I changed things up for this project, using Divi rather that building a site from the code up. It seemed like a good fit for the content/image focused site she needed while keeping costs more reasonable. A page builder isn’t the perfect solution for all of my sites, but for a content focused site with a clean design — a site like this one — it was a great fit.

August 5, 2019

ShippingEasy-nav-update

I’ve done contract work for the ShippingEasy marketing site for six years. Maybe even seven…not sure I can keep track.

This summer, they wanted to overhaul their nav from some simple drop downs to a more robust “mega menu” that would more readily feature some of their…features. It looks simple enough, but there was actually a lot of problem solving. The site uses both WordPress and Bootstrap, and each likes to manage navigation a little differently, and neither accounts for this kind of drop down.

I ended up bypassing the WordPress menu system to build a custom solution so they can have this more robust nav system while also being able to edit it in the dashboard. I’m happy with the results, and they are too.

October 12, 2018

This one looks simple on the surface, but it was one of the most complicated sites I’ve worked on. It’s a site to help voters in Central Texas learn more about the positions of candidates in their own words. The Honor Roll, an agency in Austin, contracted me to build out their design. Had a great working with them and a lot of fun taking on the challenges involved in building it.

September 25, 2018

A privilege to take the new design for Jonathan Dodson’s new site and turn it into a working WordPress theme. While jiggling around in the backend I was reminded that I first created a theme for Jonathan almost ten years ago. Great job on the design, Jeremiah Chaney!

And while were at it, congrats to Jonathan on the release of is new book, Here in Spirit, today!

May 15, 2018

Continuing here the trend of finally doing some updates on my own sites instead of other people’s. Sermonsmith was built on old and now abandoned third-party theme. And it was broken. I was able to rebuild the site on the Foundation framework with a few layout and styling additions. It was only an afternoon or so of effort — and it could still use some polish — but I’m happy with the result.

April 24, 2018


I’ve made many other websites while our own church website waited, waited, and waited for a needed overhaul. We got some help from my friend and church member Ross, and finally launched a redesign. There’s still some parts in the works, but we’re happy to have a website that better reflects who we are and should scale with us for years to come.

March 30, 2018

WordPress wedding blog developed by John Chandler
I’ve surely lost track of how long I’ve been working on the Every Last Detail. I can say, though, that this is third version of it we’ve launched after I took it over in the middle of it’s first design.

Every time Lauren’s designer sent me a new concept, I was excited…and challenged. This one stretched my dev skills in new directions, and stretched the timeframe too. Thankfully the editor and owner, Lauren, was patient on both counts.

She’s thrilled with the results. I am too.

December 28, 2017

I’ve been working with ShippingEasy since 2013, when the relocated to the United States and launched a massive update of their product. I was hired to create their marketing site in WordPress, merging a design that they provided with a Bootstrap template they liked. A year later, we rolled out a new site using a similar process, and it’s had many revisions along the way.

A few weeks ago, we launched an entire new design. They had a designer work up a new site from scratch, and then I built out the code on top of their existing site structure and content. A few of the interior pages are still getting facelifts, but it’s a fresh new look that was a lot of fun to build.

December 19, 2017

I’ve had a tenuous relationship with the enneagram for 10 years or so. I’ve appreciated the framework of it more than any other ‘personality’ profile, yet I found myself often switching around how I thought I best fit within it. Most often, though, I came back to the Enneagram 5. This podcast conversation hosted by Ian Cron offered the most helpful explanation of 5 I’ve heard in a way that I can finally, and firmly, plant my 5 flag.

December 19, 2017

Had the pleasure of beta-testing Scrivener 3 over the last many months and it’s just right. Often, useful software bloats and complicates over time. Scrivener 3, while adding a bunch of improvements, is still Scrivener. When you open it, it looks better, but familiar. The core purpose that I’ve used it for is still what it does best — break down a writing project into maneagable pieces and reference material. My only gripe is that I don’t have any longer form projects going at the moment to use Scrivener with.

November 7, 2017

I forever enjoy hearing the creative processes of others — especially hearing how some of the most creative and outside the box thinkers thrive in the most structured rhythms. This whole interview is interesting, but especially Cuomo talking about how he focuses on a specific and different element of songwriting each day of the week.