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Help! Need a web developer/designer to fix this blog

Alright, the feeds are messed up here, there's no printing or searching (thanks so much to all of you who've written to try to help me with this... I just couldn't do it!), and I haven't even updated the About page to include my new co-blogger Dan Russell. So, it's time for some work on the blog, and I would take forever to get it done.

So... I'm looking for a person/company that I can pay to fix some things up, and of course any input on other changes we should make are very very welcome! A few requirements:

1) You have to actually like the blog, so that we know you understand what we're trying to communicate here.

2) It's hosted on Typepad (although we can control just about everything), and it's going to stay that way for a while so don't bother trying to talk me into moving it. I DO want to set up a separate website, which could be hosted anywhere, and I'll probably want to talk with you about doing that too. Nothing big.

3) I still don't want to think about having advertising, so don't try to talk me into that either. I'm open to hearing suggestions, but for the future, not for now.

If there's ANYTHING at all you'd like to see on this blog, or if you know anyone who might be able to spare some time to do a little contract work, let me know here or in email. If you're potentially interested in doing the work and also want to promote your services, please leave a link to your site/company and I WANT you to shamelessly self-promote here... I know I'm not the only one who needs help and isn't afraid to pay for it.

Thanks to everyone for being so patient with the problems with the blog. All my talk about passionate users and I give my OWN users broken feeds... not acceptable. : (

Ane one more thing... if you have something urgent that I haven't responded to in email, PLEASE write back and say URGENT in the subject. I am so far behind now that it's likely I've missed an awful lot of messages, but I've finally arrived back home and I intend to spend the next two weeks catching up.

Posted by Kathy on September 25, 2006 | Permalink


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Hi Kathy, this is Jacob Patton--you probably don't remember me, but you took my picture at this year's SXSW....

Anyhow, I'm following my passion (and my girlfriend) to Mexico City, where I'll be working on websites full-time. For the time being, I've held a low consulting workload so I can work on some personal projects, but I'd gladly put aside my projects for a bit to make your site even more passion-friendly.

By way of portfolio, please see two sites I've built from the ground up for the nonprofit I'm working for: Free the Slaves and WarSlavery.org. The main Free the Slaves site is powered entirely by Wordpress; the WarSlavery site is a custom ruby on rails installation. (Both use CSS and feeds.)

If you (or anyone else!) would like to talk about your projects, please email me at jacob DOT patton -AT- gmail D O T com.

Posted by: Jacob Patton | Sep 25, 2006 7:37:12 PM

Hi Kathy,
I'd love to help you out with your blog - it's one of my all time favourites! I'm highly experienced, having worked with big and small companies from the Australian Stock Exchange to toy importers on front ends, usability, layout, content and so on.

I've been trying to apply some of the stuff I learn here for my existing clients, and I have plenty of ideas for you too. To find out more about me, my skills and experience, visit Signal7.com.au.

This ties in nicely with Seth's recent post about website tweakers. You could find more web designers like me through his list of tweakers (I'm on there too).

Posted by: Mathew Patterson | Sep 25, 2006 7:39:39 PM

Hi Kathy,

We briefly met at Webstock in New Zealand. I'm a fan of your blog and have been for a while now.
Anyway I'd love to help with your blog. I have my own blogging engine that is not ready for release just yet but I do know what's involved in creating a good blog.

http://www.nblogr.com [not finished it's just there to show that the engine runs but that's it :)]

Posted by: Ivan Porto Carrero | Sep 25, 2006 9:25:09 PM


Thanks for the great site. We mention you all the time on our blog, we really take your philosophies to heart at Steelpixel. We have a great designer in Kevin Burg, while both Chris and I are fluent in many development languages. We would be more than happy to help you get things up to date. Just drop me a line.

We also do the web 2.0 show and we would love to have you on to talk about your blog.

Posted by: Josh Owens | Sep 25, 2006 9:41:36 PM

Hi Kathy,

I'm a newcomer to your site but I like it a lot; not just the content but the way it's presented with those nifty graphics.

I've been in the computer game for longer than I care to think about having started as an operator and then programmer in Santa Monica for the fabled AN/FSQ-7 which supported the SAGE System. I took a long break to travel the world and wound up spending 18 years in Kyoto, Japan where I lashed together Aegis (aegis.org, aegis.or.jp) which was one of the first host systems that allowed for news and public email in Japan. I was also into video and made a short documentary of the Kobe earthquake titled “Kobe: The First Year After”.

Then in 2000 I kind of retired and moved to a small town in the Arizona desert where my wife and I set up www.actual-life.com in support of Souzai, Japanese homestyle cooking: . It's got two Movable Type blogs mashed up on the home page, one in English and one in Japanese. (As you may know Typepad is based on the same code as Movable Type.) Right now that website is in hibernation while we figure out how to make it more accessible to people interested in this particular style of food.

Then, just for fun, I set up www.congress-arizona.com as a community service when there was a great hoorah about whether the area would be annexed, incorporated, or remain part of Yavapai County. That died down but I'm still maintaining the site: . It’s based upon b2evolution whose base code is also used for WordPress.

Both of these sites are my own design. The underlying code for the main Actual Life site is my own and written in php and perl. The mashed-up blogs are Movable Type with a few additions of my own (especially the tracking system). The underlying code for Congress Arizona is b2evolution (written entirely in php) with some additions of my own (again, especially the tracking system).

Both these sites, plus a few others I use for testing, are hosted on my reseller account with www.bluewho.com which I can subdivide as I see fit. Thus if and when you decide to have your own website, it’s a relatively straightforward to register a domain and assign it to a section of my reseller account.

All the above is pretty techy but I think the kind of visuals of the two sites say more about where I’m coming from than anything else as my first love is photography. All the images are mine.

Besides programming in php and perl, I maintain both online and offline mailing lists and can handle Photoshop, Illustrator (to some extent), and InDesign as both sites produce hardcopy as well as online versions of the content.



Posted by: Dave McLane | Sep 25, 2006 10:27:37 PM

Hey Kathy,

We've never met, but I can help you out if you haven't already found someone. I worked with TypePad a lot during my days as admin of over 100 TypePad blogs for Knight Ridder and now currently as admin for the Hitachi Data Systems blogs.

I currently blog for myself on WordPress hosted on DreamHost and do some work with MediaTemple, so if need be I can always discuss a seperate site using another CMS as well.

One thing I would like to see is a cleaner page design, one more inviting that the typical TypePad/MT 3 column approach. Something that inspires discussion and interactivity amongst my fellow readers. Podcasts, video, etc. as well. And no ads. But that is just me.

If you're interested, feel free to contact me. If not, good luck to you anyway, I know you'll find someone capable to bring your vision to reality. =)

Posted by: Julio Garcia | Sep 25, 2006 10:37:17 PM

Hi Kathy,

I'm a faithful reader who just happens to offer TypePad consulting. I won't try to lure you away to any other platform; I'll offer (and implement if you agree) helpful suggestions to make the most of TypePad's functionality in concert with your focus on user experience.

My site is at http://www.sharilynhorne.com; there is a link to my (a couple of months out of date) portfolio at the top.

Check it out, and get in touch if you like what you see.


Posted by: Shari Horne | Sep 25, 2006 10:45:39 PM

Hi Kathy,

I work with Rogue Connect, we're a fashion centric social network. We essentially put together our own site and just updated our lifestyle blog design(http://www.rogueconnect.com/lifestyle/) as well.

I've been reading your blog for the last year or so and have been working on implementing many of your ideas into our network, as well as other side projects.

We'd love to help you put together a redesign of this blog, we'd even be happy to do it in exchange for the immense pleasure(and enormous exposure) we would get for placing our link in the footer as the designers :).


Posted by: Allan | Sep 25, 2006 10:52:14 PM

Hi Kathy,

TypePad blogs are my thing, and I'd love to help you out. I can provide you with plenty of references as well as some friends in common, if you like.

Take a look at TypePad Hacks to get an idea of where I'm coming from in terms of design and capabilities. If any of the extended TypePad features (like, say, permalinked titles) appeal to you, we can do that. If you just want the items you mentioned, that's cool too. I can do as much or as little work as you need done.

CPU has been one of my favorite blogs for nearly as long as you've been writing it. I'd be honored to have a hand in bringing it up to your specs.

Posted by: John T Unger | Sep 25, 2006 11:02:55 PM

Thanks for the blog, 'tis great.

Since I just noticed it again, and since you brought it up :-), here's another thing to add to the list of feed problems: SharpReader doesn't like to display some posts properly. Some come up fine, but some (I suspect it's ones with videos, but that could be a bad guess) come up with a rather unformatted mass of visible HTML tags.

I'd blame this on SharpReader except that I haven't seen it on any other blog.

The feed URL I use is: http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/atom.xml
The version of SharpReader I use is


Posted by: Steven | Sep 25, 2006 11:17:11 PM

Hi Kathy. I'm passionate with your blog about two months ago and I love you illustrative graphic style to synthesize.

I have 23 year and my own business in Chile since 2004 dedicated to passionate customers with brand identity.

We are a team of designers and programmers and actually our work is based in the satisfactory user experience. For us, the social web (web 2.0) is what our user wants (now).

We'll glad to contribute with you to make your visitors have a better experience and gain passion.

Our proyects portfolio is in www.radar.cl and you can contact me at contacto(at)radar(dot)cl.

Obviously the invitation to work in collaboration projects are opened to all the readers of "Creating Passionate Users". We love to work in different kinds of projects of brands and people identity.

Note: We are working using the latest web standards in CSS, RSS, XHTML, and the AJAX work-style. Efficiency and effectiveness are fundamental.

Posted by: Cristián Frenkel | Sep 25, 2006 11:53:37 PM


I did complain on comments 2 post before about feed that is broken but I did not expect so dramatic and public reaction. I taught that you would probably fix that in next period and no big deal or simply continue to ignore problem but you did something to surprise me! Just like you write on your blog. Congratulations for great demonstration of things you write in real life situation.

Posted by: Rentalio | Sep 26, 2006 1:38:20 AM

Hey Kathy,

I'd love to help you, too!

Why hire me? I believe in simplicity, I love designing great sites and I'm a passionate coder.
Have a look at my site for some recent work: http://www.leapforward.org


Posted by: Joris Machielse | Sep 26, 2006 2:32:26 AM

Hello Kathy,

I would love to undertake the task of fixing and updating your website. And as a keen reader of your blog, the price will be very affordable. Here are two of the latest projects of your company: http://tribalknowledge.biz and http://brandautopsy.com

Your passsionate reader,
Milen Nedev
Project Manager, MTR Design

Posted by: Milen Nedev | Sep 26, 2006 3:18:44 AM

Hi Kathy,

when someone touches code and database anyway, it would be awesome to allow an export into a format compatible with a "Print on Demand" service like Lulu.com or Virtual Bookworm.

Currently i tend to print certain posts and read them while travelling, but having a paperback version of all posts (maybe even grouped and ordered by topics) would be fantastic.

If you don't want to publish it that way, a complete PDF version of all posts would be also cool. To me it doesn't matter if i spent $50 on a book or on printer paper ;)

Posted by: Michael Krax | Sep 26, 2006 4:52:05 AM

Hello there.

I don't know if it is the right place (but where else?), but readers also have ideas about what they would like!!

This blog has longer interesting articles. I'd like the "article", middle column broader. May be a 2-col layout is better, especially if there is no commercial to push in. Trim the content of the side column to a minimum.

We definitively need a "print" media style sheet to nicely print articles **without any navigations, and side columns**.

I also would like a "list of past article" in plain (title), but no calendar. The type of article published here are "timeless" advises. A Search box would also be great (and not difficult to do).

Please keep the 50's style of pictures and font. We got use to it and I just like it!


Posted by: Pierre M | Sep 26, 2006 6:52:05 AM

Love the blog and would be happy to help. Several of my design clients are TypePad users, so I'm well-familiar with their templates.

Five most recent projects:


Posted by: Lisa Firke | Hit Those Keys | Sep 26, 2006 10:58:52 AM

Hi, Kathy.

We at 42 Squared LLC would love to pimp your blog. We are experts in web programming, data integration, content management systems, RSS/ATOM/XML, microformats, CSS, _insert your need here_...

We love your Blog, Kathy. We will handle it with care.

Thanks for your consideration.

Mark Coates, John Hornbeck, and Joseph Mercadante

Posted by: Mark Coates | Sep 26, 2006 12:03:48 PM

I highly recommend http://ewebscapes.com design studio.

Posted by: Leanne | Sep 26, 2006 12:44:26 PM

Hi. I'm a new web designer and I am trying to find ways to put what I know to work. I can do several things to help this site... I think.?. Please contact me if you haven't already found someone. I'd be glad to help you out. When you send it, put 'do not delete, for TJ' somewhere on the subject line. So, e-mail me whenever and I'll try and get back to you.

Posted by: TJ Giacchina | Sep 26, 2006 4:48:11 PM

What a tough decision you're going to have. I wonder if you could come up with your top three and let them compete and let your users vote?

Posted by: Vicki Davis | Sep 26, 2006 5:07:48 PM

You could probably put a Rollyo or Google search (like hereon your site quite easily. -Just Google can take a while to index things; it did for mine. -AND you don't have to run Google ads to do it.
Elise's Learning Movable Type is great and has some bits that can apply to TypePad.
FeedBurner could probably help you sort out feed issues. They're nice.
For what it's worth, I designed metaVitae-using MT, PHP Includes, MT Modules, CSS, etc. and I have some work posted at Saturn 6, though not all of it design.

Cheers & best of luck,


Posted by: Will | Sep 26, 2006 6:03:54 PM


Longtime reader...What an opportunity you've presented to the group! As big fans of your message and your community, we would love to revamp your blog. We specialize in branding and design, and our favorite hobby is whipping TypePad into submission. ;)

Check out some of our very recent results:
http://www.mnheadhunter.com/ (5 blogs seamlessly combined with a corporate site)
http://www.thewinningpitch.com/ (in beta, a blog-driven women's product PR site)

and recent portfolios:

Bottom line, we really like what you've got going on here and would love to work with you to rock it out. Our specialty is taking complex requirements and making the interface so intuitive our mothers could use it. And making you look fabulous in the process.

Keep up the great work!

Posted by: franki durbin | Sep 28, 2006 8:13:28 AM

Wow! Thanks so much everyone. I'm sorting through everything and trying to collate the feedback on what things we should change/add/fix. I'll be getting in touch with people within the next two days. Again, thanks so much... I'm impressed!
- Kathy

Posted by: Kathy Sierra | Sep 28, 2006 8:59:49 AM

I'm a faithful reader who just happens to offer TypePad consulting. I won't try to lure you away to any other platform; I'll offer (and implement if you agree) helpful suggestions to make the most of TypePad's functionality in concert with your focus on user experience.

My site is at http://www.sharilynhorne.com; there is a link to my (a couple of months out of date) portfolio at the top.

Posted by: tomek | Sep 29, 2006 10:19:48 AM

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