As a Blogger or Brand, Why is Continuity Important?

In General, How To, Opinion, Parenting by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Having just completed my 7th year of blogging, I have learned quite a lot. What started for me as simply a way to both help people and provide insights on a variety of topics, now has become part of my life and my persona. As my website has matured, I have uncovered nuances and patterns along the way, but I always seem to circle back to a few key words or phrases that drive my passion and my content: be helpful, be insightful, be humorous and be consistent. Some of these things I do better than others, but I do …

Ice for Xmas, Kid Failure, Modern Holiday Songs, Santa Believer, Holiday Spam List, 12 Gifts Not to Give & More from Babble.com

In Family, General, Humor, Opinion by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

As I mentioned earlier, I’m now doing a daily article on Babble.com’s new “Dadding” site. Since I feel that there is actually some of my better humorous content over there, I thought it would make sense to share the content with my HighTechDad readers. I’m going to start these regular weekly recaps with a full monthly summary of all of my posts. From here forward, it will most likely just be a weekly recap. Below is a list from newest to oldest. If there are any that you particularly like, let me know and be sure to share them on …

The Tech Upgrade Trickle-Down Effect, Getting the Gadget Gifts You Want, 4G or Not & other Content from Man of the House

In Gadgets, General, Mobile, Opinion by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

As I mentioned in my last article, I have started doing some writing for Man of the House (MotH), a “real man’s magazine”. While I don’t have a regular schedule of when content is pushed to the site, I wanted to do a post that summarizes my first articles there. Moving forward, I will periodically have some more updates on content over there. Do you want to learn more about Man of the House? Take a look at their About page. The Tech Upgrade Trickle-Down Effect, Getting the Gadget Gifts You Want, 4G or Not & other Content from Man …

20+ Ways to Harden and Secure Your WordPress Blog

In Fix It, General, How To, Open Source, Security, Software by Michael Sheehan15 Comments

Recently, some high-profile blogs that are running WordPress have been hacked or hijacked by malicious users (e.g., TechCrunch). The worst thing is having to try to recover from such an event, you not only have to repair your site, but also your reputation. So, spending a little bit of time trying to prevent or at least make it a bit more difficult for a hacker to take over your WordPress blog is time worth investing. I have had my fair share of my blogs (both work and personal) getting attacked (denial of service attack, hidden iFrames in my code, SQL …

Announcing the New HighTechDad iPhone Application

In Apple, Cellular, General, iPhone, Mobile, Review, Social Media, Software, Twitter by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

A few weeks ago, a friend pointed out a new site to me called MotherApp. They claimed to take the pain and time lag out of creating applications for mobile devices. The MotherApp site lists three different services that they provide: Announcing the New HighTechDad iPhone Application was last modified: December 29th, 2009 by Michael Sheehan

Blog Optimization…it’s WAY too SLOW!

In General, Open Source, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I use a couple of 3rd party monitoring sites including site24x7.com and mon.itor.us to check to ensure my blog is up and running. Over the past few days, I have only had a 94% uptime on my blog (according to site24x7.com) and this concerns me. I had personally experienced issues (e.g., not being able to connect to the mySQL db, other connection errors and incredibly long load times). So, I opened a ticket with Dreamhost and they analyzed my site. Their conclusion? Too many plug-ins… Blog Optimization…it’s WAY too SLOW! was last modified: December 27th, 2007 by Michael Sheehan

Anniversary: 2 years of Blogging!

In General by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I can’t believe that I have been blogging for (only) two years. Tomorrow will be the 2 year anniversary of this incredibly information-filled post. I think that I have progressed a lot with the quality of my posts. Blogging has really become a passion for me, as I tried to quickly articulate on Blog Action Day but it goes further back than that. I really have one major goal in mind when I blog, to provide some type of information to someone that can help them in some way. In fact, my 2nd blog post was a tip on how …