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Dark Mode on 40Tech

It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally implemented dark mode on 40Tech. I started working on this a few months ago, and it was my use of dark mode on iOS in bed at night that spurred me to take the extra couple of minutes and finish this off. It is tied to your system setting, rather than being a site-specific option. If you visit 40Tech with dark mode enabled on your system, you should see a darker version of the site. Future tweaks may be coming, as I’m not entirely thrilled with the color scheme.

Thanks to a tweet by Matt Bircher and a post from Andy Nicolaides at The Dent for pointing me in the right direction. My theme ended up being more complicated than I hoped, requiring a fair amount of tweaking.

10 Years of 40Tech

I must not be big on anniversaries, because I completely missed the 10 year anniversary of this site. A “Coming Soon” post went live on May 28, 2009, with the first substantive post going up on June 4, 2009. I remember sitting at the table at my sister’s beach house that May with my laptop and finding the domain name after deciding I wanted to do this. I never thought I’d still be writing, albeit sporadically, 10 years later.

I probably should have some deep thoughts about the anniversary, from years of crazy traffic (by my standards) and coverage on big sites, to the more cozy, personal place this is today, but all I have to say is yay, and thanks for reading. And a special shout out to Bobby Travis, who wrote with me in those early years. This site has opened some doors for me, and has been loads of fun.

My Setup With WordPress

I’ve tweaked how I’ve used this site with a few times. During the last change, I inadvertently broke my ability to create most types of new posts on

The short explanation is that I installed a plugin that detected when I added the “microblog” category to a post, and kept those posts on their own section of the site. This kept microblog-categorized posts off the front page and out of the 40Tech RSS feed. The problem was that the RSS feed is how gets content from WordPress sites, so all posts tagged with microblog didn’t make it through to the service. I had the apps configured to add that category to any new posts, so those posts were falling into a black hole.

I’ve now fixed the problem. This involved making a few changes:

  1. I added some code to my functions.php file (located in a child theme) to keep any posts that are in my microblog category out of my main feed. That category still shows up in all other feeds, such as category-specific feeds. I found this code snippet in a blog post by Simon Wheatley.
  2. I added more code to my functions.php file to keep any posts in my microblog category off my home page. The web is replete with blog posts on how to exclude categories from your home page.
  3. I plugged only a category-specific feed into my settings at In my case it was this feed: This means that only posts I categorize as “microblog” will show up for other users at When I post with the apps, the posts are automatically assigned this category. This won’t send new articles to, but that’s OK. I usually want to type a few comments about an article, and the main feed would only send a tittle and link to Now I can control how my content appears at

There are other ways I’ve configured the site for, such as using a plugin for webmentions, but that’s a story for another day. Posts Moved Out of Your 40Tech RSS Feed (and into Their Own Feed)

My foray into is a work in progress. is a service that allows you to publish Twitter-like updates to your own site, but also have them appear in a familiar timeline interface at The idea is that you can own your content.

Since first going live with, all my posts have resided on the front page of 40Tech and in the main RSS feed, as well as at To help those who didn’t want to see those posts in their feed, I set up a feed to let you exclude those posts.

It’s time for some more tweaking. I realized I was refraining from posting to because I didn’t want more trivial items to show up on the main page at 40Tech and in the main RSS feed. To remove that friction, I’ve removed the posts from the home page at 40Tech, and from the RSS feed. You can still see all the costs in their own section of the site. They also have their own RSS feed. Those who want to get all the content from 40Tech should subscribe to both the main feed and the feed. If you’re on, you can also follow me there. Of course, you can still follow me on Twitter.

Slim Down 40Tech’s RSS Feed

[February 24, 2018 update: I’ve further tweaked how I’m handling posts. They’re no longer on the main page, but in their own section of the site and in their own RSS feed.]

Original post:

A couple of weeks ago, I made the decision to use to keep all my Twitter-like posts here at That post explained my reasoning behind it. The side effect for RSS subscribers is your feed got a bit busier with short “micro” posts, and you may have some posts in your feed that are “Untitled.”

If you want to exclude these microblog-style posts from your feed, you can do so by using this feed link:

40Tech RSS Feed Exluding Microblog Posts

You can continue to get all posts at the normal RSS feed link.