I’ll be back on Wednesday

I’m taking a short break and will be back on Wednesday, August 1, 2007. For several reasonsfirst one is my cousin’s wedding on Saturday (tomorrow). I’ve been helping her with the wedding for the past several days, which explains the recent lack of new content.

Second reason is I just need a break to think things through. I’m very unhappy with how WPDesigner.com is progressing, with its current design, and with the status of my ebook on how to create a WordPress theme.

Growth-wise, this blog is going to get its first 40,000 uniques month; July will be the highest traffic month. Although that’s a good thing, this blog is nowhere near where I want it to be. My goal is to push WPDesigner to #1 on Technorati and at least #500 on Alexa, by the end of the year. Yes, those are ambitious goals, but they’re doable so why not?

Content-wise, there’s not enough good topics to write about if I keep sticking to WordPress and WordPress themes. Recently, other than posting WordPress themes, I’ve been struggling to find topics to write about. I need to sit down and reconsider my niche, whether to expand, and where to expand to if that will be the plan.

Design-wise, this blog is a pretty face. Beyond that, I think it’s difficult to use it. For example, the front page has no one specific area that you can immediately focus on. What do you think? Is this blog’s design too complicated? Are the navigations clear enough? Do you use the search form at all?

About the tutorial ebook on how to create a WordPress theme from scratch, I haven’t had anytime to work on it. At this point, I’m thinking about starting from scratch to refocus the book on a lighter version of the Wrath theme, which was based on Sandbox. The reason is I want every would-be reader of my book to develop a strong foundation. And, what better way to do that than to create the tutorial around the structure of a theme based on Sandbox? I’m not going to use Sandbox for this book because Sandbox is a theme for themers or theme authors. It’s not meant for beginners.

Lastly, what would you change about WPDesigner? I will be reading your comments and suggestions over the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday.

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