This past week was the second birthday of this blog, and so far, the terrible twos haven’t been so bad.

It’s been a ton of fun to write and connect with people all over the world. In the time I’ve had this blog, I’ve spoken at 13 events, conferences or webinars in both the United States and the United Kingdom, I’ve taken a new job at a new university, I’ve become the biggest WordPress cheerleader imaginable, I’ve served a technology fellow at NITLE and so much more. 2010 is shaping up to be just as much hard work and most importantly, fun.

Here are some interesting statistics from two years of blogging:

Posts: 210
Comments: 381
Visitors: 67,433 visitors from 162 countries
Page views: 96,155 page views
Most popular post: How to add a custom tab to your Facebook page
Countries with the most visitors: US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India
Country with the fewest visitors: Tied between Angola and Vatican City

So, what will the next two years hold for this blog? I’m going to continue to write interesting content relating to web development in higher education, cloud computing, and the future of IT in higher education, with a bit of code and fun stuff like QR codes thrown in there for fun. I’m throwing around the idea of doing some bespoke WordPress/cloud consulting. I’m looking forward to more travel to work with more great people.

Want to keep up with what I’m up to? I’m on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or you can always use this form to email me.

All in all, life’s pretty awesome.

I heart WordPress. I was a long-time Movable Type user and advocate. When I started this blog in early 2008, I used it as an opportunity to learn and experiment with WordPress, and I’ve become as big a WP advocate as there is.

One of things that is very critical when it comes to WordPress is making sure your install is up-to-date. Security holes are quickly patched and old installations make easy targets for hackers and script kiddies worldwide.

There’s a pretty large-scale WordPress infestation going around right now. I’ve had to help a few bloggers I know with getting their installs cleaned out and up-to-date, in one case they had never updated beyond version 2.33 (2.8.4 is the most up-to-date).

If you are running a version earlier then 2.8.4, please update as soon as possible. WordPress has recently added in an auto-update functionality, but I still prefer the thoroughness of the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin. If you are running anything earlier than WordPress 2.7, that plugin will make your life much easier and you will be updated in just a few minutes automatically.

However, you may not know if your site has been hacked. If you are seeing URL’s like this one, you have been:

example.com/category/post-title/%&(%7B$%7Beval(base64_decode($_SERVER%5BHTTP_REFERER%5D))%7D%7D|.+)&%/.

This blog post has detailed instructions on how to clean out the hack (including getting rid of admin users the bad code creates).

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If you’re in a country that observes daylight savings time and you use WordPress, don’t forget that you must manually change the time of your installation to account for time change.

On Sunday at 2 a.m., the clocks moved forward one hour. My installation, needed to be changed from GMT -5 to GMT -4.

It’s a bit annoying it must be manually set. Surely there is a way to either use the time of the server or ping a time server somewhere for an update.