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Free “Lite” Version of Social Gallery released!

Social Gallery Lite WordPress plugin - For Free!

Just a quick post to say that yesterday evening I released the free version of Social Gallery. As Social Gallery has been so popular (now over 700 copies sold on CodeCanyon) it seemed only fair to share some of the awesome out to the WordPress.org family (and to the non-profit’s and such that asked me for assistance.) This “Lite” free version of the premium Social Gallery gives the major functions of Social Gallery but just has all the frill chopped out – it’s still a great way to get more engagement out of your blog images and will no doubt help lots of WordPress fledgling bloggers get more likes & comments on their content. I’m glad to release this free version so as it can be used by all!

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2012 Annual Review: Looking Back

Me after running 10k!
2012 was the first properly organised year of my life, and in this spirit I found my self seeking closure throughout December, a sub-concious bubbling feeling which lead me to write the first ever self-review of a year. I’m surprised I didn’t formalise this sooner, but better late than never!

Owing to the fact that I just wanted to get everything down and perhaps because it was my first ever, my 2012/2013 review ended up a pretty mammoth document. I’ve published bits I would like to share here, the actual review though covers as many angles of my life as I can compute 😉

If you haven’t ever done a personal annual review I urge you to give it a try – it doesn’t even matter if it’s later in the year – it’s a great way to take stock and remember your big-picture intentions.

I hope to get around to a project this year which will delve into such human “systems” in far more detail (I want to write a book on it) – but from this first year alone I can tell you there’s a lot of value in this process, give it a try!

I’m Woody Hayday and here’s my 2012 Annual Review:

2012 Annual Review

(Stolen from my very own facebook)

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4 Life Lessons Learnt from Writing a Novel (before it’s even published) – My Guest Post at MYO

This is the opening paragraphs from my guest post “4 Life Lessons Learnt from Writing a Novel (before it’s even published)” over at Make Your Offer (they an innovative new approach to selling self-published works.) Click here to skip over to MYO and read the full post.

What do you picture in your mind when I say “author”? Perhaps you see a frustrated lonely soul sitting behind a laptop or a smiling “guru” sitting in a Starbucks? Truth is “authors” these days can be anyone. With the invention of the ebook, the internet and the laptop & pc before that, the world of publishing is one in flux, a transforming industry which has moved from the printing press and its limited distribution into a worldwide partly-democratised market.


Write anywhere: I wrote some of my novel up a mountain in nepal!
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Social Gallery Plugin Sells 200 Copies!

A small landmark though it might be amongst plugin sellers, it’s nice to celebrate the little wins. Social Gallery sold it’s 200th copy last night, just over 2 months after it’s initial release, and that’s just through awesome customers sharing and word of mouth!

If you have live amongst the majority of bloggers and use WordPress then go ahead and get Social Gallery, the next update is going to be BIG and contain lots of awesome new features.

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Hotmail and Character Sets: Make Sure Your Emails Get There

It’s been a hectic few months – the web development consultancy is going well with several new web app prototypes/platforms released in the last few months, a new plugin (Social Gallery for WordPress) is being well received (and even imitated already!) and amongst all that ChooseFest has had some interesting developments. Also I am now a year older. Anyway enough with the stereotypical excuses for lack of blogging, here’s a snippet-size-little blog post with a little should-of-been-obvious fix for sending emails out of php in interesting character sets e.g. Japanese, sometimes its the most ridiculously simple stuff that catches you out!

Traditional and SMTP emails out of php’s main mail() function will often be ignored, it seems, by Hotmail (and sometimes yahoo) if the email contains character without specific mention of the correct character set. It’s irritating as every other carrier seems to just deal with it but Hotmail (and sometimes yahoo) just act like no email ever existed, there’s no bounce-back, no spam folder message – just nothing.

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StormGate Branding by MRK Designs – Branding for Start-ups

Just some branding eye candy for you, click the image to see the full selection on behance:
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5 Crucial Points for Hiring a Web Developer

Here you can read an excerpt of my latest post over on the StormGate Blog, it’s the  first in a series where I try and get to the crux of client-web developer relations and add some value for everyone who hire’s freelance developers or develop’s on the side for clients. You can read the full article here.

Disclaimer: I am a developer/director who has worked on both sides of the developer-client relationship. I write this with the sole intent of guiding those who are looking to get an early-stage web app or website prototype built. Do let me know what you think at the bottom.

Developer-client relationships go wrong. It’s a fact. Developers that weren’t up to the job, projects that get abandoned, whole web-apps get written that never get used. Hopefully you haven’t experienced this yourself; if you have I am sure that there were some deep lessons learnt from the experience.

The “Win-Win” of web development
It’s not good for either side of this relationship for it to end out of turn, aside from the “cosmic karma” of wrongdoing to others it’s not good business for either party if a software project doesn’t make the cut. To this end, producing a new website or app should be a shared goal between the client and the developer, that’s what the following 5 crucial points try to help you accomplish, a joint vision of a web based outcome.

All the points are crucial, but you can jump here:

  1. Have a clear vision
  2. Developers will
  3. Validate developers and test them
  4. Clients will
  5. The three crucial documents
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Review a festival for me and Win 2013 Tickets!

My latest project (Choose Fest) has got a new competition running where you can win pairs of tickets to next years music festivals – if you have hit a festival already this year – or you are going to then make sure you go over to ChooseFest and leave a review, that’s all it takes to enter in the draw to win tickets.

You can check out my review of Gent Jazz Festival if you want to see what I thought or go directly to the Win festival tickets page!

An excerpt of my Gent Jazz Festival review:

“Expensive But Awesome”
Though tickets cost €34 a night you get a lot for your money. Set in fantastic grounds (old Belgian buildings modernised and brand new stylised architecture either side of the music) and with serious organisation the festival is a small gem in Belgium’s musical landscape. Just outside town, about 10 minutes walk from St.Peters train station it’s also very easy to get to.

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