About me

jessiHi! I’m Jessi Hance.

My life used to be all about the Web. I was (and still am) fascinated with all that makes the Web tick. I have loved gathering, writing, organizing, structuring, and publishing content in myriad ways.

Now my life is about libraries and people. I’m learning what makes libraries tick. If you find out what makes people tick, please tell me ;)

I relocated in 2013 from Santa Cruz, California, to the Seattle (actually South King County) area. Some things I loved in Santa Cruz are here too: farmers’ markets, libraries, and great music.

If you’d like to know a little of my backstory, you can read my earliest blog posts:

About Jessibird.net

This site runs on hosting from a small orange, WordPress, and the WordPress plugins listed below.

The theme is developed from the starter theme Bones. Web fonts used are OpenSans for body text and Nevis for headings. The navigation is made more mobile-friendly with Responsive Nav.

WordPress Plugins

Advanced Excerpt 4.2.8
by WPKube
Control the appearance of WordPress post excerpts

Akismet Anti-Spam 4.1.1
by Automattic
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even while you sleep. To get started: activate the Akismet plugin and then go to your Akismet Settings page to set up your API key.

Arconix Shortcodes 2.1.6
by Tyche Softwares
A handy collection of shortcodes for your site.

Blackhole for Bad Bots 2.3
by Jeff Starr
Protects your site against bad bots by trapping them in a blackhole.

Block Bad Queries (BBQ) 20190311
by Jeff Starr
BBQ is a super fast firewall that automatically protects WordPress against malicious URL requests.

Custom Post Limits 4.1
by Scott Reilly
Independently control the number of posts listed on the front page, author/category/tag archives, search results, etc.

Get Recent Comments 2.0.6
by Krischan Jodies
Display the most recent comments or trackbacks with your own formatting in the sidebar. Visit Options/Recent Comments after activation of the plugin.

Google XML Sitemaps 4.1.0
by Arne Brachhold
This plugin improves SEO using sitemaps for best indexation by search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and others.

Hotfix 1.2
by Mark Jaquith
Provides “hotfixes” for selected WordPress bugs, so you don’t have to wait for the next WordPress core release. Keep the plugin updated!

Jetpack by WordPress.com 7.2
by Automattic
Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.

Search Everything 8.1.9
by Sovrn, zemanta
Adds search functionality without modifying any template pages: Activate, Configure and Search. Options Include: search highlight, search pages, excerpts, attachments, drafts, comments, tags and custom fields (metadata). Also offers the ability to exclude specific pages and posts. Does not search password-protected content.

Text Control 2.3.1
by Jeff Minard, Frank Bültge
Take total control of how your blog formats text: Textile 1+2, Markdown, AutoP, nl2br, SmartyPant, and Texturize. Blog wide, individual posts, and defaults for comments.

2 Responses to “About me”

  1. Jessi

    Easy peasy, Mike, note the Plugins Used Plugin in the list! I’m such a plugin…hound, shall I say. I actually trimmed them down recently, if you can believe it.

    I was able to drop a Contact Form plugin when I noticed a theme that had a built-in contact page template. I copied from that and made one for my theme too. I prefer to load code only on the pages where it’s needed, so that was nice to figure out.