Genesis Starter Theme Using Bourbon Neat

And I’m at it again! This time I decided to cobble together a very basic Genesis Starter theme that uses Bourbon Neat. You can find that project here:

Plugging away with different tools is a lot of fun actually and you learn different tricks; apply new ways of thinking and more. I feel like I’ve been on this anti-framework kick of late. I’m not anti-framework. I think they’re great, actually! I just understand better what they are and what they can do to enable me to do my job better. I guess that’s what it really comes down to.

I wanted to break down a Genesis starter theme to its most basic elements, visually, by having a lean CSS base to start from so that you only have to build up and not have to tear down, so to speak….


A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Your client wants you to ballpark cost? Never estimate the unknown. #wcmia

Chris Lema

WordPress Pasadena Meetup for May

It’s gonna happen folks, looks like we’re having our meetup in May, after all. So come on out, learn, share and be a thug whilst drinking coffee and eating so many scones that your eyes egg-sploded

** NOTE ** This month we’re meeting at a different location: Copa Vida and they have graciously offered to host us this month. I would ask you to show your appreciation by filling up on soooooo many snacks and caffeines in liquid and solid forms!

Meetup Link:


My Review of Thrive Content Builder

Thrive Content Builder is a front end editor for WordPress. A tool like this is something valuable for all users. Why? For me, I want to build a decent looking landing page that doesn’t take a lot of time to set up. For less experienced users, it’s a great way to feel empowered over their content. So I saw this mentioned in the Orange County WordPress Facebook Group. I jumped-in and figured it couldn’t be any worse than what’s already out there.

So what was I going to try to build? Something of a landing page like what we see below.

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So what’s the problem?

If you watch the video that Thrive Themes put out for their Content Builder, they hit on the reasons why existing page-builder plugins suck. Specifically…


A Letter to My Niece

My “niece” asked if I’d have a talk with her, or tell her what I know about business, networking and some other shit. Sure, sure. I’ll get to it. Well, I did… Eventually. Took me a couple of months. It wasn’t until my Cousin, my “niece’s” mother, asked “would you have a talk with her? She’s having a rough time…” Sure, I said.

I am posting a heavily edited (for stronger than usual language because I like to cuss at people I love. Lots! The more I love, the more F-bombs you get. True story). But this piece was also important to me because of things that I’ve been playing and replaying through my head of late. So my own words here were a good reminder, if you can believe it…

Dear Niece,
I’m sorry that I’m only now getting you…