Twitter changed my life

...and now I'm using it to help others.

March 2011, I had been on Twitter for 2 years. I'll admit I was one of the ones who thought it nothing more than an alternative to the away message on your Aol Instant Messanger. But that's not how I think about it today.

Today, Twitter has created connections that I take advantage of on an almost daily basis. I even have Twitter to thank for my current job, seriously. It's a great service if you're connected with the right audience.

That being said, I'm currently running a service called followme.io. It's primary goal is to get more followers. Since flipping the switch back in September, I've gone from 300 -> 3800, thats about a 1300% increase in 6 months.

When the service was first started, it was nothing more than a python script. It was then turned into followme.io, a pay as you go service to get more followers everyday.

I'm sure you've seen those sites on Google that promise to give you an extra 5000 followers by the end of the week. Those don't work, it's just a ton of spam accounts setup simply to inflate your following count. The number might feel good but when you look at your list of followers and realize its all porn bots and spammers you'll soon regret your decision.

Followme excels at creating real connections with users on Twitter who you otherwise might have missed. It's created freelance and other business opportunities that I wouldn't have made without it.

Sign up for a 10 day free trial. If you enjoy it, use this coupon code, BLOG25, to get 25% off your first month when you start your paid plan.

I'd love to hear how Twitter has influenced your life and where you think you would be today without it.

Listening to:Panama - Always EP

Tags:twitterstartup

Posted:Feb. 8, 2014, 3:23 a.m.

Music

I've always programmed while listening to music, and I tend to listen to it when I write. I thought it would be fun to add a section to the posts where I put a link to what I was listening to while writing. Look for it below in this and upcoming posts.

Something simple. Enjoy :)

Listening to:Lane 8 #ABGT Guest Mix

Tags:music

Posted:Feb. 6, 2014, 12:51 a.m.

Django admin CSS

During the process of creating this blog I made the decision to use Django Admin as the backend for the it. I knew it had its short-comings, but that didn't really matter. I'm not even really sure what I mean by shortcomings, as it's proven time and time again to be as flexible as I need it to be for something as simple as a CMS.

Anyway, I had wanted to customize the CSS of the /admin/ section and found myself going all over the place trying to find the correct process to do so. It entailed the django docs and some stack overflow sifting. So I figured I'd just put it all in once place here.

The first step is to copy the system installed static files (css, js, images) to your app. You'll want to run

$ python manage.py collectstatic --noinput

This will copy those files to your local app, and you can pretty much remove everything except for whats in /admin. I found it easier to move the files from my apps folder into the /public folder.

You'll also want to make sure you have the Static Files setting setup

STATICFILES_DIRS = (
   ('/Users/user_name/Sites/site_name/public'),
)

If you use apache to handle your static files, when you do that you dont have add an additional Alias to handle the admin/css, admin/js, etc.. folders as they'll already be covered under your /public route.

Most of the styles will be under /css/base.css

I was tempted to convert the CSS to LESS to make it a bit more organized, but things are already broken down fairly nicely, and I felt I wasn't going to be editing all that much to put the time into doing so.

Here's my flattened result: http://bit.ly/1nVWNgY

Tags:cssdjango

Posted:Feb. 6, 2014, 12:27 a.m.

Steve Jobs On Product Development

Tags:steve jobs

Posted:Feb. 4, 2014, 11:53 p.m.

Bill Nye vs Ken Ham

Bill Nye, The Science Guy debates Ken Ham on whether or not creationism has a place in science today.

I had a few problems with this while the livestream was going on. And had to refresh every few seconds. I wanted to take the time to finish watching it. It's astonishing that Bill Nye took the time to do this. I noticed that he calls himself a scientest, corrects himself then refers to himself as a "reasonable man".

They even start to discuss, "What is conciousness?". Really cool stuff.

Its almost 3 hours long, but worth the watch.

Tags:billnye

Posted:Feb. 4, 2014, 11:28 p.m.

Simple Lists With Less

Ever need to make a list of comma separated values but always have that last "," at the end?

Here's some code I've been reusing for a while, including on this blog.

LESS

.tags {
  margin-bottom: 0px;

span + span { &:before { content: ", " } } }



HTML

<div class="tags"> 
  {% for tag in post.tags.all %}<span>{{ tag }}</span>{% endfor %}
</div>

Tags:lesscssfrontend

Posted:Oct. 27, 2013, 4:54 p.m.