I’ve had this plugin installed on a number of my sites for a while now. It’s not much, in fact, it was my very first plugin, ever. I finally decided to upload it to the WordPress.org repository. I’m talking, of course, of my Hello Dolly fork, Hello Ziggy. All it does is adds a bit of lyric from “Ziggy Stardust” and adds it to your dashboard screen. However, I haven’t touched it in years, and with the restructuring of the WordPress admin in the last couple major revisions, it was way out of place, expecting a much bigger header. I decided to finally fix up the CSS a bit and, while I was at it, made a GitHub repo and added it to WordPress.org. It’s just as relevant (and, arguably, as inspiring) as the “Hello Dolly” lyrics, and who can beat opening up your dashboard to this?
so, you use WordPress. and maybe you’ve turned on Hello Dolly. but if you’re me (chances are, you’re not me, but we’ll pretend for the sake of argument that you’re enough like me to continue reading this statement and past this ridiculous parenthetical tangent), you don’t have Hello Dolly turned on because it’s obnoxious. (no offense to ma.tt) the thing is that it really is a brilliant plugin, it’s just, i don’t really care for, or identify with, the lyrics. i thought it needed an update.
Hello Ziggy is simple: it’s a Hello Dolly clone that replaces the lyrics to “Hello Dolly” with the lyrics to David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”. I’ve been using it for about a year and it works really well — kind of random, vaguely inspirational, the lyrics work when separated from their context which is sort of key. yes, i’ve been sitting on this for a year (give or take), but i realized i never did any official release anywhere (since it came out of a day’s boredom, i can only assume), it sort of just manifested.
so here’s the official release announcement. Hello Ziggy, for your downloading pleasure. currently, Hello Ziggy is telling me: He could lick ‘em by smiling. yep. that’s right.
hello ziggy is a branch of matt mullenweg‘s original hello dolly plugin that comes as part of every wordpress installation. i like the idea of “Hello Dolly”, but i didn’t really want the song, so i changed the lyrics to another song that summed up the “hope and enthusiasm of a generation” — except, not so much hope as despair, and not so much enthusiasm as rebellion. anyway, click the link below to go to the download page.