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ROADMAP.md for WordPress developers

January 10, 2020 — ~boogah

On the WPwatercooler podcast this week — while talking about what's coming in 2020 — I proposed that WordPress plugin developers might want to consider adding ROADMAP.md files to their GitHub repos.

Much like CHANGELOG.md shows you where a project has been, ROADMAP.md would show you where a project is headed.

  • Planning on fixing a long-standing issue? Put it in ROADMAP.md.
  • Working on a new feature? Put it in ROADMAP.md.
  • Getting ready to roll out indexes for common database queries? Put it in ROADMAP.md

Standard changelog rules apply. Group things by version number, with simple, digestible bullet points. Add context where necessary. Avoid putting dates on things so you're not on a deadline.

Unlike changelogs, which are kept in reverse-chronological order, roadmaps should be kept in chronological order. What's coming up in the next release should be the first thing people read. You don't want to make your users dig around for what's next, do you?

Should anyone decide to do this, I'd love to know about it. At me on Mastodon or Twitter and send me a link to your repo!

tags: wordpress, roadmap, changelog

Why not WordPress?

January 09, 2020 — ~boogah

As someone who has had a 14 year career working with WordPress, it might be surprising that I'm not using the same old hammer that I always have.

But, in order for me to feel more comfortable with writing on the regular, I decided to try using something without any baggage. And what's more baggage free than a bash script that converts Markdown files into blog posts?

No plugins. No themes. No block editor. Just words. Glorious words.

tags: wordpress, bashblog

Tildeverse, meet the Fediverse

January 09, 2020 — ~boogah

Thanks to Darius Kazemi's wonderful RSS to ActivityPub service, you can now follow this blog from the Fediverse service (Mastodon, Pleroma, Hometown, etc.) of your choice.

Happy reading!

Fuck. That sounds kind of corny. Oh well... Still getting my sea legs back, I guess.

tags: fediverse, activitypub, tools

Objectives for 2020

January 09, 2020 — ~boogah

Let's begin, shall we?

Here's a list of the pie in the sky shit that I'm going to try to do in 2020:

  • Keep track of my media diet, a la Kottke.
  • Launch a Hometown instance for Bakersfield makers.
  • Get out of the house and go for a walk most days of the week.
  • Try to write more. Like this. Maybe some longer things.
  • Submit only AMA sessions to the WordPress events I apply to speak at.
  • Attempt to care for sourdough starter (currently unpurchased) and make a few loaves.
  • Smoke a brisket that people rave about.
  • Grow my own weed in the backyard.
  • Make some stupid internet crap.

So, that's it for now. Nothing too ambitious, right?

I've already started on some of this. Until I post more, I'll leave you to guess what I'm working on though.

tags: todo, objectives