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10 WordPressers to follow on Twitter – my short list

WPEngine tweeted a blog post titled “25 WordPress Experts to Follow on Twitter“.

A couple of the 25 I agree with & follow. Many of them are completely unknown to me, though with the world of WordPress being so vast (and getting larger every day), I’m not surprised to see so many unknowns on the list.

That said, I would think the list could include some of the Automattic team or some of the known core contributors. (@jaredatch mentions this in a reply on Twitter) Rather than just disagree with the list in question, I thought I’d go through my short list and make one even more focused than the blog article. I’m going to list 10 WordPressers you should follow. These are just 10. There are hundreds of good folks on Twitter with great ideas & knowledge of WordPress who can inspire you to do great things with WordPress. I’d say if you started a Twitter list with these 10 – if you haven’t doubled that in less than 15 minutes after starting to follow them, you’re doing something wrong.

(In no particular order)

Core developer for WordPress. If you touch any code, you should know who he is.
I have saved hundreds of hours of coding pain by following Bill and his ideas. His contributions to the WordPress developer community are invaluable.
Jane doesn’t have her finger on the pulse of both the WordPress product and the community, she’s very much the pulse.
Keeps the WordPress forums in check, always links to useful & interesting articles, guides, tips, etc. @Ipstenu’s tweets also serve as a reminder to think & check yourself before posting in the support forums.
Another good source of code fixes & examples.
Nathan’s the lead developer with Copyblogger Media (Genesis). I use Genesis day-in and day-out for theme development If I didn’t follow Nathan, I’d check my head.
I remember reading some of Mark’s code fixes wa-ay back in the days of working with WordPress and being impressed. I’m still impressed.
WordPress’s siblings: BuddyPress and bbPress have improved dramatically in recent years. If you want to keep up with these two, follow @JJJ.
Devin’s a great WordPress dev who’s been developing the Options Framework & theme.
Jared’s a developer who’s done some great work with Genesis & bbPress.
OK, one more I can’t leave out: WPEngine – great hosting provider made up of a team of knowledgeable & dedicated WordPress supporters. I wouldn’t use them if I didn’t like them.

Crawfish recipe

With my crawfish boil coming up, I thought I would share the recipe I use. Try not to drool too much.

This list is per sack (Each sack of live crawfish is 30-36 pounds in size.)

  • 1 sack of swamp fire mix
  • 1 jar of paprika (5-10 oz is good)
  • 8 oz cannister of cayenne pepper
  • 4 oz. chinese red pepper or other “heat”
  • 3 bags of zatarains corriander and peppercorn sacks
  • 1/4 o 1/3 flaggon of liquid boil (preferably cajun land brand)
  • 3-4 heaping tablespoons of good curry powder
  • 6-8 bay leaves
  • 8-10 lemons cut in halves
  • 4 yellow onions halved or whole if small
  • 3 bell pepper cut in quarters (put these in last of the veggies as they will impart flavor no matter what, but they’ll disintegrate if you put them in with the garlic and potatoes)
  • 1 bag of new potatoes (approx. 2 lbs.)
  • 1 package frozen corn (cut half-cobs)
  • 10 heads of garlic
  • 1 plastic tray of mushrooms
  • 1 package little smokies
  • 5 stalks of celery cut into 3-inch chunks

Fill pot half-full with water.
Bring to boil.

Add potatoes and garlic to basket.
Lower basket into boiling water.

Boil for 6-7 minutes.
Remove from basket, set aside.
Add purged & rinsed crawfish to basket.
Lower into hot water and return to a low boil. Don’t over-boil your crawfish.
Christen with a beer. (*failure to do this will create havoc the likes of which even God hasn’t seen)

Two or three minutes following the dousing of the crawfish, add the celery, onions, bell pepper in and return the potatoes and garlic to the basket.

Bring back to a boil and cook for five minutes.
At the five minute mark, add your dry and liquid spices (I find hitting it with the liquid stuff brings the rolling boil down a bit, you can turn the fire lower)

Turn off the fire.
Stir well.
Add the lemons, squeezing a bit of juice as you go. (note: sometimes we add an orange or two, its nice and gives another level of flavor)
Add the corn, sausages, mushrooms, a few good scoops of ice (to bring down the temp).

Stir, let sit 15 minutes, taste, repeat 15 minutes.

If not ready, let it sit another 5 minutes.

Clear the table, dump, enjoy.

Crawfish, ready to eat