Tom McFarlin

Practical WordPress Development

Previously, I wrote about updating the content of the blog.

Part of doing that included the desire to select a different theme (preferably one that brings back Post Formats because I never didn’t like them), and to expand the type of content about which I’m writing.

Though I’m still working on the tagline for the type of content that I want to begin incorporating, it’s the first of a few steps for a new direction.

Time Off 2020: Part 1 of Social Media Sabbaticals (And a Word on Updates)

I really have no idea how to even start writing out all of things that I want to cover in this post. It’s been a bit of while since I’ve written anything, really (and one of the last programmatic post I wrote was sometime ago – and no, I don’t plan to stop the series).

Over the past few years, I’ve written about taking time off of social media during certain parts of the year. I still plan on doing that, but this post is a bit different because it’s going to cover a lot of things.

Second Social Media Sabbatical of 2018

If you’re interested in how I’ve done this in the past, take a look:

  1. Social Media Sabbatical 2018, Part 1
  2. Social Media Sabbatical 2018, Part 2
  3. Social Media Sabbatical 2018, Part 3
  4. Social Media Sabbatical 2019, Part 1
  5. Social Media Sabbatical 2019, Part 2
  6. Social Media Sabbatical 2019, Part 3

But here’s the thing: At the time of this writing, there’s nothing I can say that wouldn’t be an understatement, right?

With that said, I think I’m going to leave that there and move on to issues that are more relevant to the blog. Namely, an update as to what’s up, some thoughts I’ve had around this blog, and some changes I’m aiming to make in the near future.

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Privacy is Hard: Analytics, Revisited

In a previous post, I talked a bit about Fathom Analytics and what a fan I was of the service when it first launched.

Now that a few months have passed and the product has further evolved, I wanted to revisit the service and share a few things that I like about it.

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Some Reading for February 2020

This year, one of the things I’m trying to do is revive the whole Must Read articles that I used to write.

With it being the second month of the year, I can say that I’ve had a 100% success rate in doing that so long as I actually publish this post (which, given that read you’re reading it, I have).

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Post Metadata, Gutenberg, and SlotFills – Part 1

When I started writing this post, the idea behind it was going to be how to two things:

  1. Understand SlotFills in the context of WordPress and Gutenberg
  2. Create a SlotFill for introducing metadata

But the more I began writing, the more I recognized there’s a lot of material to cover. So in an attempt to write content that’s short, to the point, and practical (with the theory behind it coming later)

I thought I’d start with the first point and move to the next. The general idea behind what I want to do i sthis:

  • Provide a short introduction to SlotFills
  • Explain how to add your own SlotFill to WordPress
  • Save data from the user to the database (and verify it’s there)
  • Adding a column to display the post metadata in the All Articles view
  • Search the data just like you would titles and content
  • And then a short note about table prefixes

This is not a table of contents but a general guide of where I’m going with all of this. (Though feel free to bookmark this page.)

With that said, let’s started with a general introduction to SlotFills before going any further.

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