Surfing business lessons

I’ve been frequenting Surfer’s Corner at Muizenberg beach since late last year as my surfing addiction reaches new levels. Luckily, my Norwegian business partner, Magnus, shares my enthusiasm and over the past couple months (on his extended Cape Town visit) we’ve had many “strategy” sessions in the most scenic and inspiring office environment available.

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The evolution of a blog

December is known as the “Blogging for Benjamin”month at WooThemes. An initiative of Daniel Espinoza, one of our talented WooCommerce support ninjas, encouraging our team to represent WooThemes better through our personal publishing, and more importantly develop our writing and communication skills. The blogger with the most posts at the end of the month is the winner of a Benjamin (a $100 note).

My blog has been a ghost town for the past couple years and this initiative has really got me thinking about attempting to re-ignite my previous passion for blogging, All the while I’m very weary of over committing having a long and winding road with this site that started way back in October 2005. A post about a VOIP product called Skype and how I’d been experimenting with it on an internet connection of 90kbps. Continue reading The evolution of a blog

Umuntu ngumuntu ngabuntu

In 2010 my wife and I made the big decision to move back to South Africa from the UK, where we’d been living for 4 years. We set ourselves the goal of being back home in Cape Town for the kickoff of South Africa’s FIFA World Cup 2010.

We made it home one day later than planned, but came home to one of South Africa’s most exciting, energetic, and happy periods of it’s recent history. It was a very memorable and significant life moment for us, and great reassurance we’d made the right decision. Continue reading Umuntu ngumuntu ngabuntu

Lovely tonight

Andy specially learnt & performed this song for our wedding day. 3 years later, after much pestering he has finally recorded his version of “Lovely Tonight” by Joshua Radin, as part of his #carsessions, and made it available on YouTube, accompanied by a thoughtful, raw and honest post about his fear of failure on his website. Definitely worth a read.

Re-design

Since my last post around 9 months ago my personal life has been dramatically re-designed. My wife and I moved out of our very comfortable sea-facing flat, bought and drastically renovated a house in suburbia, and a month ago had a baby son called Maximilian, all the while I’ve been hugely busy at WooThemes which has been growing exponentially.

I’ve been in two minds what to share on my site lately, that’s when and if I found the time, now with the realisation that my child might one day stumble on it! My archive of posts is an assortment of personal journeys, snippets of online entertainment and sweet nothings. All of which makes for quite a conundrum in deciding what direction I should now take with my site and should I start afresh…

I decided the best starting point in getting me back on my feet was to re-design my site. I’ve minimised the theme styling, going for a responsive layout, and included a strong focus on Twitter and Instagram on the homepage, as most the time it is much easier to micro document the activities I want to share on these platforms.

I decided to keep my archive, albeit it’s volatility, as it captures my maturity as a designer, and the internet as a whole since 2005. I like to think of it as a time capsule, not one that Max might find entirely interesting, but one that and can be tweaked and re-engineered over time.

Sea Point Sunset

A beautiful mid-winter sunset sky, shot from our balcony on Saturday 16th July. Part of a longer series I’m shooting in and around Sea Point, Cape Town that I hope will see the light of day at some point…

Very much experimental, and lots still to learn, but if you are interested in the setup:

  • Canon 7D with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L.
  • Shot at f/2.8 Aperture Priority with a 6 second interval between shots. 817 photos – until the shutter speed > longer than the time interval, and it shutdown…
  • GBDeflicker used in After Effects to help with perceptible brightness fluctuations.
  • Photo-JPEG Compression.
  • iMovie for sound and titles.

African Cartel – a marketplace for African Artists

It has been months in the making, but it is with great pride and excitement that I can finally announce the launch of our latest website venture – www.africancartel.com.

Ours being my wife, Xenia and cousin Hugh. African Cartel hopes to be a market place for African Artists – discovering, showcasing and marketing their work and biography to a global market.

We launch with a feature on the Robot Artists, watch the short film to find out more about this creative, humble bunch of mainly Zimbabwean artists.

The site built on top of the powerful content builder and Listings directory theme of WooThemes, with Cart66 integration.

WordPress tumblogging with WooThemes

I thought it be appropriate that I test out our own WooThemes product – the WordPress Tumblog toolkit. I’ve just upgraded my site to WordPress 3.1, installed the WooTumblog plugin, and used the http://tumblr2wp.com exporter to copy over some posts I had on an old personal Tumblr site. Easy peasy.

What does this enable me to do? Blog snippets of images, interesting links, quotes, audio, and videos I find on the web more frequently and easily. Try this setup out for yourself and take your WordPress site to the next level.