January 2009

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I'm so excited. I just received notice that the annual LinkShare Symposium East is going to be taking place on Tuesday, June 23 in New York City.

And my favorite awards dinner – the annual Linkshare Golden Links Award dinner is the night before – Monday, June 22.

This is one of my must-attends, every year. Linkshare always puts on a very classy event packed with hundreds of top-notch affiliates, high-quality speakers and awesome networking opportunities.

Here are my pictures from last year's event:

Linkshare Symposium 2008 Photos

And here's my coverage on the event (blog post or view pages 56-57 in FeedFront Magazine Issue 2)

Looks like Shawn Collins, my business partner, is going too!

Keep an eye on the LinkShare blog for more details.

Update: 1/31/09 — *Upgraded to Thesis 1.4 today. It took 1/2 an hour which included updating all my plugins. I'll be tasting all the new yummy goodies included with this release over the next week.  I'll save those comments for another post.

Around 5:15am EST this morning, while I was working (yes, I'm battling with insomnia again), Chris Pearson's tweet below hit my Twhirl and I couldn't wait to find out more.

Thesis 1.4 for WordPress Launches

I have MissyWard.com and GeekCast.fm running on Thesis v1.3 now and I adore it. It's super-flexible, easy to customize and SEO-optimized.

I'd read about the highly-anticipated upgrade about to happen, but, I really didn't think I needed anything else. 😉

Well, from the looks of it, Thesis v1.4 does not disappoint. Here's a list of some of the new features:

  • A new multiple-instance sidebar widget that allows you to display posts from any category.
  • All-new post editing options that replace the need to use cumbersome custom fields. Also, inline documentation and tips make these new options intuitive and easy to use.
  • Post images and thumbnails, two new image-based features that add an unbelievable amount of visual flexibility to your site.
  • Reorganized and improved options pages that are more usable, more information-rich, and more intuitive than ever before.
  • A feature box, which is a hookable element that you can position in various places around your layout.
  • A fantastic new home page layout called Features & Teasers. Features are displayed just like normal blog posts, but teasers are a completely new and customizable way to display your posts.
  • and more.

    I'll be setting some time aside this week to upgrade — likely somewhere between 4am and 5am until I crack the nut on this insomnia 😉

    Congratulations Chris, on the new baby girl. She's beautiful.

    On a side note, Thesis also offers an affiliate program here. I am a new affiliate of the program. The money that I earn from the sales of this program is being donated directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

    The pictures are up from Affiliate Summit West 2009 on the Affiliate Summit pages in Flickr.

    We've added nearly 700 pictures from the conference.

    Gary Vaynerchuk at Affiliate Summit West 2009 2

    Thanks to Brad and Jeannine Crooks for their photo skills. Can anybody guess which picture is going on the cover of Issue 5 of FeedFront Magazine?

    Check out the pictures and feel free to tag and make some comments at http://www.flickr.com/photos/affsum/collections/72157613012729707/.