Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Now that January 1st is upon us, it’s a great time to make sure that your browser is up-to-date, change your passwords, start a blog or start posting again if you have been neglecting your blog, and provide a mobile phone number for your WordPress.com account (if you have one) as an additional account recovery option.

MacManX.com had a great 2012, and I’m sure you’ll have a great 2013!

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

A Slight Design Tweak

After spending several months with Twenty Eleven’s awesome out-of-the-box looks, I finally decided to drop in a few tweaks. What you see before you now is almost entirely the result of Twenty Eleven’s built-in theme options, with absolutely no CSS work, and a few custom fonts.

With the built-in options, I set the background and link color to the shade of blue that my previous themes used and “borrowed” the background image from Fruit Shake for some extra texture. I didn’t tweak any of the CSS this time, but I did add a Custom Design upgrade to utilize Snicker for the headers and Ubuntu for the body text.

San Francisco Road Trip

After having so much fun at WordCamp San Francisco, my wife and I decided to head out on a road trip back up to San Francisco, California. Along the way to San Francisco, we stopped for hiking in Aptos, our main hotel in Burlingame (right across the bay from SFO for some great airplane shots), Golden Gate Park (and the Conservatory of Flowers for some great close-up shots), the Automattic office, the Palace of Fine Arts, Coit Tower, and finally Solvang to see just how easy it is to turn a historic Danish community into an outdoor shopping mall.

For some reason, the auto-focus on my old camera decided that it was done with this world after the WordCamp trip, so I made this trip with my shiny new Nikon P500 and wound up with a ton of great photos to share. Feel free to also check out my roadtrip2011 tag for some more photos via my iPhone and the WordPress app’s awesome Quick Photo feature.