Todd Hiestand

Todd Hiestand

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, two dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Recent Writings

New Front Page Layout

If you visit my site much you’ll notice that I have a new layout here on the front page. I am still getting to the sub-pages but I wanted to see how this worked out in reality before I did much else. And, honestly, I am not sure when I’ll get to the rest of […]

Comments are Back

For some reason my comments weren’t working the last two days. Someone finally brought it to my attention so now I realize that you all don’t hate me. Phew.

Free Lean and Clean WordPress Theme

I’ve decided to make the WordPress Theme I developed available for free. I’ve really benefited from so many free themes out there early on that I figured it would be kind to give something back to the WordPress Community. Read more about it here.

Testing Out My New WordPress Theme

If you are looking at an orange and black theme, that means you are now looking at the WordPress theme I am developing for release to the public. I have it on here because I want to give it some good testing before I release it to others. If you see any issues, please let […]

Does Disorganization Kill You?

No, not literally.  I guess it could do that, if, like, you are so disorganized that you forget where you live and starve to death or something.  But, I’ve come to realize recently that I am way too disorganized in my work habits, I waste too much time and I am not focused enough on […]

Is my feed broken?

For all of you who read my blog from my RSS feed, can you do me a favor and click over and leave me a comment and let me know that you are getting my feed updates?  I hear a nasty rumor that my feed is broken.  If you don’t know what an RSS feed, […]

Why and How I Use Twitter

I’ve been using Twitter for quite a while now.  I, like most people, signed up and then didn’t use it for a few months but a while back I started using it more and more.  For those of you who don’t know what Twitter is, its essentially a micro blog.  Essentially write short 140 character […]

Speaking of Shiny New Things

On a whim tonight, I made some major modifications to my blog design. I did a bunch of things…. The Site width is now 960px instead of 1000px.  I hope this gives the design a little more breathing room. I reduced the font size a bit. Simplified the header Tried to make the section titles […]

I Sold this Blog to Google for $1,000,000

Okay, another overstatement of a title. But, I am now sporting some ads on my blog. What’s this world coming to? Next thing you know my kids will be paid to wear companies names on their clothing…oh, wait, I think we pay them for the privilege to do that… Anyways, I personally think these ads […]

Subtle Site Changes

If you are paying attention, you’ll notice that I’ve made some changes to the copy on my site. I’ve edited the subtitles to the major sections and edited and added some quotes to the top bar. I’m not sure if you even read these parts of my site but I sure do have fun writing […]