Introducing a New Focus and My WordPress Adventure

TL;DR:  GeoffreyShilling.com is shifting into the role of my general online presence.  I’m starting a new site called WP Adventure that’s focused on WordPress.

LET’S GET STARTED

We still have over a week left in November, but I’ve already set my New Year’s resolution for 2017.  I’m going to become a WordPress developer.  A real one.  I’m also being impatient and not actually waiting until next year to get started.
This won’t be an easy adventure, and it’s going to take more than a year, but it’s going to be rewarding.  Time is going to be my biggest obstacle as I pursue this goal.  While this is important to me, my family always comes first.  That means I need to work this in without taking too much time away from them.  That might sound easy for some people.
Although life is pretty busy with a wife and two kids, here are some of the other places I also spend my time:
  • Full-time job
  • WordPress support volunteer
  • Volunteer firefighter
  • Leading Petty Officer (LPO) for my Navy Reserve unit
    • Responsible for the success of our enlisted sailors
    • Plan our unit’s training

I have no intention of giving up anything from the list above.

Many people live full lives and it’s tough to squeeze in that extra time.  With so much going on, it’s easy to keep putting things off.  I’m going to be sharing what works and doesn’t work for me.  I’m working on a new schedule to keep things organized and moving forward.

CURRENTLY

WPAdventure.com.  This is where I’m going to share my journey with all things WordPress.  WP Adventure is launching the same day as WordPress 4.7, currently scheduled for December 6, 2016.  A few things I’ll be sharing here and a few things about the site itself:
  • What I learn as I learn it, including great resources I come across.
  • Schedule/time-management that works best for me.
  • Code snippets.
  • Reviews of products and services.
  • Launching with the Twenty Seventeen theme.
  • Running the nightly builds using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin.

SOON

GeoffreyShilling.com.  Rebuilding this site as a hub for my projects.  From here, you’ll be able to see what else I’m working on around the Internet and beyond.

FUTURE

A family blog (I’m still deciding on a name).  I experimented with one of these several years ago, but this was before I understood, or even knew about, a lot of the WordPress best practices.  I modified a lot of the code in the parent theme so now there is no easy way to upgrade everything.  The site has been idle for quite a while, so I want to get it taken down.  It still receives some visitors to a handful of posts, so I will be forwarding those to the new site.  This family blog will feature:
  • Travel: While we don’t travel as much as we’d like, our family does love to go hiking and camping.
  • Cooking:  I love to cook and am always experimenting with new recipes.  I’m lucky that both of my kids enjoy helping me in the kitchen.
  • General household stuff:  Any tips or tricks that make running a household easier.
  • Other miscellaneous stuff:  I’m sure there will be other stuff that gets added as we go.

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