It has been over 5 and a half years since I started planning the Genesis Explained book. That is a crazy amount of time.
So much has happened since then. I started working for Copyblogger/Rainmaker and became a full-time and eventually senior developer for them. I can’t tell you how much work I did because it is just difficult to imagine just how monumental it really was.
In that time I felt I was sliding further and further from the community that meant so much to me. I wasn’t really able to maintain my plugins or plan the future of them. I tried more than once to hand development off but things never really worked out.
I stopped having time to work on my blog.
I didn’t even get on twitter very often any more.
I mean, when I do something I go all in and that is what I did with my work. Between the church, development, and my family I just didn’t have any time at all to do the Genesis Explained book.
Things changed back in October. It was a very sad and equally exciting change. I ended up leaving Rainmaker to start work at Reaktiv Studios. It took me a while to get in the swing of things but while making the transition I started evaluating my goals and life. Ultimately I decided that I needed to start doing more.
Actually this really started back in the spring. I decided to apply to speak at WordCamp DC. It had been so long since I’ve been involved in the WordPress community that I really didn’t know if I’d be accepted so when I was, I went all in.
I enjoyed WordCamp DC so much that I felt I needed to start doing more.
That is why I started setting aside some time each day to work on my Genesis Explained book and to start planning the future of my plugins.
I’ve been able to do 2 updates on Genesis Featured Widget Amplified, but more than that I’ve got things planned for several new updates that will add new features and improve the underlying code.
I also got to attend WordCamp US a few weeks ago. That resulted in meeting the owner of OS Training. They have a series of books with the title format “… Explained.” My Genesis Explained book seemed to be a perfect fit so we started talking, then emailing, and now the book is just about ready to publish.
In fact, it will be coming out very early in 2018, just a few weeks away.
I’ve talked about this on Twitter and with my long neglected email list.
I am sending my email list a draft copy of the book just like I promised all those years ago.
The book has a lot of the content from the Genesis Explained series, but it was updated to make sure the content is correct for Genesis 2.5.x. I’ve also added several new chapters on features that have been added since I stopped publishing the series.
So here is the bottom line, I want to give you an opportunity to sign up for more information.
The plan is to do a soft launch to get the book to a few people and then the big kickoff. I want to make sure you know everything you can about this and about all the new things I’m working on.
All I need to keep you up to date, is a bit of info. If I did the form correctly, it should appear when you get to the bottom of this page. Just fill it out with your name and email and I’ll make sure you get the latest news.
I promise, I’m not about to spam you like mad. I know a lot of people promise that kind of thing and fail, but I’ve literally sent 2 emails in the last 5+ years to my subscribers. I’m going to do better but the goal is to find balance, not go crazy.
Oh, and one last thing
If the sign up form doesn’t slide out for you at the bottom of the page (I’m looking at you FireFox) then I added a simple page you can sign up at without a problem.