Follow Unique Blog Designs on Twitter

Unique Blog Designs is finally on Twitter! It is certainly about time, as I have been using Twitter for over a year now.

Make sure you follow UBD on Twitter to stay up to date on all of the cool things happening.

We have a lot of exciting things planned for 2009 that will definitely surprise you! In Q1 2009, we have something very special to show you and we will be announcing it first on Twitter.

New UBD Website + Our First Plugin

New UBD + Our First Plugin I wanted to make a few quick announcements. First of all, my team and I have been hard at work redesigning the UBD site and fully integrating it into WordPress. I am happy to announce that this is now complete – our new company website runs off a single installation of WordPress.

WordPress serves as a great platform for not just blog content, but showcasing a portfolio, an e-commerce store, or even a forum. In the next few months, UBD will be releasing premium WordPress plugins, tools and themes that will help YOU use your blog more effectively.

Our First WordPress Plugin

This Friday (June 13th), UBD will be releasing its first WordPress plugin co-developed with the renowned WordPress developer, Alex King. Alex is one of the original contributing developers to WordPress and has authored many popular WordPress plugins, including ShareThis, Twitter Tools, and Popularity Contest.

We will also be releasing a free theme within the next week from the UBD design contest winner, Phillip van Coller.

Hello Nate Whitehill dot Com 2.0

Hello to Nate Whitehill dot Com 2.0

Let me get straight to the facts:

  • I started my blog in January of 2007 (almost 1.5 years ago).
  • I started a blog design company in August of 2007 (almost 9 months ago).
  • Since then, I have been using a free, but highly customized theme by Ed Merritt called Ocean Mist…until now.

Welcome to Nate Whitehill dot Com 2.0.

Now, you may ask yourself, “why did the guy who started Unique Blog Designs wait so long to design a unique theme for himself?”

Good question. Continue reading Hello Nate Whitehill dot Com 2.0

Back to Blogging Starting with Blog World!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am going to get myself back to a regular schedule of blogging starting tomorrow (or I guess now LOL).

Why now? Well, as most of you know, I have been extremely busy the past few months working to develop UBD as a self-sustaining entity. What I mean by that is that in the past 2.5 months, we have hired three full-time employees, and have been working with a dozen or so other people to further develop the business.

A huge part of our efforts have gone into preparing for the first new media and blogging convention, Blog World Expo, which is taking place this week in Las Vegas.

Blog World is going to be an incredible experience and we will be capturing tons of video, pics, and also blogging about it (go figure!). Given that there will be a lot of other notable bloggers there, I wanted to share with you our experience as well as document what will be an spectacular gathering of influential bloggers. Not to mention, but I think it is about time that I get back to a regular schedule (4-6x/week) of blogging. What better time and place to start then Blog World?

For all of you not familiar with Blog World, let me just get to the point. Why is Blog World such a big deal to us?

  1. Blog World will be in Las Vegas, a city that I have never been to, despite being only a 4-hour drive.
  2. Blog World is one of the first industry trade shows dedicated exclusively to blogging and the new media.
  3. Blog World is my FIRST trade show ever.
  4. My business partner and CTO, Dave Bjornn, will be speaking on the Blog Design Discussion Panel.
  5. UBD will have a 10×10 booth with Josh, Matt, Dave, Shawn, two booth girls, and myself on the floor.
  6. John Chow will be there!
  7. Shoemoney will be there!
  8. Mark Cuban will be there!
  9. Numerous other bloggers (and friends) I know will be there, including, Chris, Gary, Danielle, Vinay, Anthony, Greg, Darin, Prija and I am several other people who I am forgetting due to being as tired as I am write this…

Update – Our friends Marshall and Joli from Lizard Wisdom will also be at Blog World!

Obviously, I can’t tell you enough how excited I am for Blog World! We have been preparing for Blog World for over two months now, and by the guest list and estimated turnout (several thousand in attendance) it should turn out to be a ridiculously awesome time!

Like I said, I will be chronicling my experience through video and daily updates to this blog. My other business partners, Matt and Josh, will also be updating their blogs with their experiences.

One other cool thing – I just picked up an iPhone and I will be adding Twitter to my blog and providing updates directly from the show floor. See everyone there!