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My last post was about doing the easy stuff that you’ve been putting off just because you don’t have all the answers or a grand plan. I decided it was time to eat some more of my own dog food and take a look at my incomplete projects.

The shot above is from my active projects list. Four months of inaction is pretty embarrassing for a productivity minded person. I did something about it.

The Re-Design

The Cranking Widgets Blog is coming to you with a new, professional and stylish design / logo combo. The foundation of the new design comes courtesy of WooThemes and a few hours of hacking. They have gorgeous themes by all the designers I would have dreamed of designing my blog.

For the feed-readers out there, come on over to the blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Update: Forgot to give a shout-out to Gary Gehiere of Pixel Press Icons for the cog icon in the masthead. I love Gary’s work!

P.S. Big thanks to my friend Chris Bowler and his beautifully relevant Fusion Ad network for alerting me to the awesomeness that is WooThemes.

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Hello, My name is Andy and I’m the new guy here at The Cranking Widgets Blog. While I hope to share far more valuable information in the months and years to come, I’d like to kick things off by getting some answers to the obligatory “who the heck is this guy?” out of the way. […]

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Well, as you’ve probably noticed, posting around here has slowed practically to a crawl. There are several reasons for this, many of them good ones, many of them attributable directly to the laziness of yours truly. I’m not happy about it, but this little blog has been the victim of what a database administrator would […]

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I thought this might be a cool thing to mention, especially since I haven’t ever been interviewed for this productivity stuff. This weekend, my new buddy Mike from Effing the Dog and I will be having a friendly conversation that will go out on his podcast at some point in the near future. Should be […]

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I wanted to start by saying that I hope everybody had a fantastic holiday season and new year! I’ve got a bunch of stuff in the hopper for this little blog for the coming year, so be sure to stay tuned to find out what’s ahead Social networking sites are popping up everywhere. Bookmarks, videos, […]

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Everybody’s favorite productivity eccentric has agreed to have a whole slew of quotes published as a “Quote of the Day” calendar for 2008! Not to sound like a fanboy, but I find Merlin to be an immensely entertaining guy, as I’m sure many of you do as well. Not to be encumbered by traditional thinking […]

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Sure doesn’t seem like it, but today marks the one year anniversary of the first post on this here blog. Wow. I must admit, this blog is doing better than I would’ve imagined way back then. We’re doing a respectable 3K+ subscribers and roughly a thousand pageviews per day. And while that’s child’s play for […]

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Just a quick one – the previous post (The Definitive Guide to Covering Your Ass) hit the digg homepage 2 days ago, which promptly brought this little blog to it’s knees. After several go-rounds with my webhost’s support staff, things seem to be back to normal. Anyway, apologies for those who tried to get here […]

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When I started this blog all those months ago, I really had no idea it would do as well as it has. We have a pretty respectable number of feed subscribers and page views and consistently high-quality comments. Among all of the fantastic productivity-themed blogs out there, I like to think we’ve carved out a […]

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For a reasons I don’t know, I decided to upgrade WordPress (the software the drives this here blog) yesterday. Anybody in the software business knows that you don’t make any large changes (like big upgrades) on Friday because you don’t want to spend all weekend fixing it if (read ‘when’) it breaks. Well, it broke. […]

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