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Welcome to 2019!

The last week of 2018 and the first week of 2019 were nuts around La Casa de Kraft. In addition of having a month-old and three of us having pneumonia in December, our oldest had an asthma attack with an upper respiratory infection, which had complications resulting her having four ER visits and two admissions between Christmas (December 25) and Epiphany (January 6)—the traditional 12 days of Christmas.

Everyone is okay now—minus the random pink eye someone picked up in last couple of days—but it meant any notion of new beginnings with the start of the new year didn’t happen.

So, this year, I’m declaring January 16th the first day of the year.

Anyone else wants to join me? If today doesn’t work for you, make it tomorrow.

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I’m a Code Wrangler

This is old news at this point, but I realized I never mentioned it here. A few months back, I shifted from a Happiness Lead to a developer.

I’m excited about the move and especially that I’m able to continue to work on Jetpack. I’ve always worked with the code powering Jetpack, but usually minor things that I discovered through working directly with our customers.

My goal isn’t to create some sweeping new feature, but to make steady, solid improvements to Jetpack. Small fixes that improve what real people are seeing with the project are beautiful things.

Of course, my tinkering is on hold a bit while on paternity leave and being on the sidelines while WordPress 5.0 ships isn’t easy! There is so much to learn, explore, and create in the space with the Block Editor, but I’ll be slinging code again soon!

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10 Years!

Ten years ago, Vanessa and I walked down the aisle and became husband and wife. Starting from a little condo on South Congress, we’ve seen eight-ish jobs, six-ish kids, five cars, and one house. We’ve grown together, challenged each other, and supported each other. When we married, I didn’t know how I could love someone more than I loved her that day, but somehow, it doesn’t even compare to my love for her now.

She doesn’t read my site, so I’m not going to gush anymore here. But, sorry ladies, I’m still very happily married.

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Happy Fourth of July!

In our neighborhood, we have an annual 4th of July parade between a few of the parks and we’re lucky that the route is down our street. This year, we had a visit from the county sheriff and the precinct constable, plus special guest H.E. Buddy. New this year, our neighborhood shuttle joined the mix and an actual band!

For all of my countrymen, I hope y’all have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!

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Falling Off The Social Graph

After blogging for over 13 years on this site and having a personal web presence (“being my own webmaster” as I imagine cool kids said back then) for years before that, I have rode a wave of how much to make your site an expression of yourself and how much to make it something for an audience.

If you look through the archives, you’ll see silly things like my class schedule one semester in college—things that no one really cares about besides me, but I wanted to share.

You’ll find major life events being announced. A decision not to enter seminary. Announcing twins (which broke the one-day viewership record on this site easily). Things that everyone who has a passing interest in me would find notable.

You’ll see me still working through grief and other personal issues. Things that random people in the same situation may find helpful.

You’ll find random technology posts on how things are changing or how to setup Let’s Encrypt.

Social media, SEO, and gaining an audience has been a major part of the site’s evolution. My summer semester class schedule would likely not be a post on this site—something for Twitter or Facebook, if that. I’ve written my posts in certain ways to get the most points from Yoast. I’ve made very specific choices about excerpts to craft the best Open Graph snippet. I’ve saved a single post to Buffer multiple times so that everyone across the world would see me announce my latest post at exactly the right time.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been posting on here regularly. A couple weeks, daily, before Christmas, and now, a couple more weeks. Some posts, I am proud of and things I want to share with the world. That should be on Facebook. The post about using Let’s Encrypt—that’s current and relevant to many of my Twitter followers. That should go on there.

But, should I only post those things on my own site? Must I share everything with my social graph? Can I write in the open to fulfill my desire of expression rather than a desire for praise and vanity—I am full of myself a fair amount of the time.

I’m going to take a step back and be more deliberate. I’m going back to my roots of blogging. I’m writing here for me. If I think I wrote something of interest, I’ll share it. If I wrote something that I don’t really care if anyone else reads, I won’t. Will I write things specifically to be shared? Sometimes. Will I refrain from writing something because I’m not sure what people on Facebook would say? No.

If you want to follow my blog, great. Let that be a deliberate choice for you. If you only want to see a random selection of things from my site, stick with friending me on Facebook or following me on Twitter.

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2016: The Year of Bad Typing ⌨️

I type a lot. All day, everyday. My primary role at Automattic is of a communicator. 99.9% of which occurs via a keyboard. ⌨️

I haven’t had any problems, except maybe once a week, my wrists hurt a little toward the end of the day. I wouldn’t typically think about it except typing is my life. It is like when a marathon runner feels something at mile 5. Scary.

Our keyboards aren’t made for this. The QWERTY layout that we all know and don’t understand was standardized when typewriters needed people to slow down. People were typing fast enough to make the types (the thing with the letter that smashes the ink into the paper) stick together. The layout makes us a bit more to work around this 19th century limitation. More work, the faster things break down.

I’ve been considering the Dvorak layout for sometime. This is a layout developed to overall reduce the work of your hands and, according to some, faster. I am pretty darn fast on QWERTY and, honestly, am already to the point where my thought process is usually my limiting factor. I am not expecting a speed increase. The potential reduction in strain is a huge benefit though.

I switched cold turkey about a week ago.

Using it exclusively is hard. It is humbling to suck at typing. I don’t know if it will make anything better or not, but figure it is worth the experiment. I return to work after a long break today—will my patience make it without ripping off the keyboard overlay?