New WordPress Theme, New Bugs and Blog Sponsorships

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As you can see, we have a new WordPress theme for my blog. It was designed by the449, and they did a pretty good job. I asked for simplicity and a better focus on conversation and community. With what is currently available with this system, they delivered a great product.

With every new custom theme, there’s always a few bugs. We’re working through them as we go which is just a testament to the449’s support.

But, with this theme there’s also new opportunities. I specifically wanted a few places left open for sponsorships. Those two spaces are above the fold in 125×125 spots. If you’re interested, contact me and let’s talk about a deal.

As we all know, I dislike advertisements, so I’m working on a deal with the folks from hashtags.org. I love their service, but I hate the massive ads they placed up on the site. I talked with one of them about that and suggested they remove them or make them a little less annoying. Instead, we may be working out a trade where they’ll take my suggestion and drop the ad. They’re considering removing the ads simply because I’ve offered a trade. I will give them a sponsorship slot on this blog. The trade is much more in their favor as I get a ton more traffic than they do right now, but it’s worth it.

What do I get out of it? A few things.

First, I get to see, use, and promote an awesome service. I love doing that, and if missing out on a few bucks for the ad spot on my blog means they get to have a better product, I’m all for it. I’ll take the hit to make it better for you (hmm… reminds me of that health care article I wrote recently).

Second, when they take down the big ad on the top of the screen, I’ll create a graphic which will be placed in a bit more conspicuous location and point back here. The point is simply to get a little credit for helping to clean up their product. I don’t have anything to sell the people who would visit hashtags.org, so the value is in the attention and influence.

So, I think that’s a pretty good deal. What do you think?

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

6 Comments on "New WordPress Theme, New Bugs and Blog Sponsorships"

  1. Sounds reasonable to me.

  2. Hi Nate, thanks for the kind words about the 449, we’re a young company but this project was a pleasure to work on and we couldn’t have asked for a better client so early in the companies life :)

    Let me know if there’s anything else we can help you with in the future.

    Thanks!

  3. the449 sounds interesting, thanks for introducing us to them. I’ve been recommending WordPress as a regular-old-site platform for a little while now, and it’s good to have an answer to the “who can do the design work?” question.

  4. nate says:

    Yea, their pretty good and definitely fast enough for anyone’s liking. The one bummer is that they charge in Euros, which hurts a little right now, but it’s still worth it for the moment.

  5. Tom says:

    They did an awesome job on your blog Nate. Looks less “template-ish” compared to the previous bloggerpro theme.

    I should be on the look for a US company offering the same service (at the same level) so I can profit from the strong euro compared to the dollar at the moment.

    Actually it’s weird – I never noticed it until I read this post. I’m actually buying a lot of stuff online lately. Life got (a lot) cheaper now, if you order things from overseas.

  6. I think this looks very cool. It doesn’t look “CANNED” at all which is huge when studying the wordpress usability tests.

    And yes, ordering from overseas is the way to go!

 
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