Podcast E052: Work for free? Nahh!

May 16, 2018
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Life Updates

  • Kyle: House projects and traveling to WordCamp Dayton
  • Adam: Teaching class. Landed a new client. Losing a developer 🙁  WC Dayton!

WordPress News

  • Great article about Modern Tribe actually doing things to improve diversity within their team.
  • Wearing/Drinking
  • Adam: Coffee  WooCommerce short.  WordPress Trucker hat
  • Kyle: Coffee, Easy Digital Downloads t-shirt, Fatal Alliance

Changes:

 

Questions:

  1. Apparently its common practice these days within the WP job market to have multiple steps in the hiring process. that part is fine, but why do companies always want something for free.. i.e. “the project” dev's do a dev task, designers do a design task, PM's reply to scenarios, etc. What should i do when asked to do a “project” for a company i am interviewing with. My main issue is spending time “on spec”. -Thomas Saltzman
  2. Hi all, I have a question – do you charge your clients for the time spent familiarising yourself with a new plugin or functionality they requested, like a particular front-end builder? The way I usually approach it is, if it's something I'm likely to use again on another client's site, I won't charge for the time it takes me to learn the basics. But if it's something really obscure that I probably won't use again, I will charge both for the time I spend reading the docs and actually implementing the feature on the site. I was just wondering how everyone else deals with it?  Natalie Smith via Slack

Segment:  do_enqueue 

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Podcast E051: Making WordPress Sing!

May 9, 2018
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Life Updates

  • Kyle: Attended WC Detroit which was awesome. Gave a talk about WordPress life hacks which went really well. Also attended MicroConf and loved it.
  • Adam: WC Raleigh, went well.

WordPress News

  • 15 year Tshirt on swag store.  15% off using “CELEBRATEWP15’ code.

Changes

Rob Walling left Drip  (wife shelly)  zen founder podcast

Wearing/Drinking

  • Adam: running attire/water / fearless flyer from Trader Joes
  • Kyle: WC A2 shirt/ hoodie/coffee Ambr Detroit mug / Fatal Alliance

Questions:

  1. What is the best (but still affordable) way to manage a staging environment for building a new client's website?  -Guy Cicinello
  2. When you know another platform delivers better results in a clients' specific industry, do you refer them out, learn the platform or tell them you'll make WordPress sing for them?   -Jen Miller

Segment:

  • Unordered Lists

Podcast E050: Age is just a number!

April 25, 2018
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Life Updates

  • Adam:  Prepping for WC Raleigh and to buy Kyle’s house.
  • Kyle: Prepping to potentially move. Writing WordCamp talks.

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

  • Kyle – GiveWP t-shirt, Coffee, Fatal Alliance
  • Adam- SiteLock Red / iThemes hoodie, 49ers + coffee(SDSU) – no reading this week!

Question 1: Tracking time question by Stephen Harvey

Segments!

Podcast E049: Branding Yourself

April 18, 2018
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Life Updates

WordPress News

Wearing/Drinking

  • Kyle: Yith Plugins WCUS 2017 t-shirt
  • Adam: coffee / WP trucker hat (from WCA2)

Questions:

  1. I realised a little while ago that while my business (Gamajo) is aimed at end clients (custom development for marketing departments), my personal brand is aimed at developers, and peers within the community. I've created a new site for my personal brand (domain, WP install, but no content yet). I want it to be somewhere where I could:- blog about Genesis, how to organise a WP meetup, web accessibility, differences in the English variants, OOP, my business progress and freelancer problems etc. i.e. document my knowledge so that it may benefit others.
    – potentially have a free email course, and premium course for how to build an accessible theme, or how to use code standards tools etc. i.e. monetize my knowledge.
    – list my speaking and contributions credits in the WP/PHP world.

    Question for the podcast: How do I go about working out what my mission is for all of that? It's trying to build my personal brand, but why? Why should anyone care about this new site? What's the value for them? I do believe that the content I could write would be useful for someone, but trying to consolidate the rationale for having the site in the first place, has me stuck.

    Thanks

     Gary Jones

  2. I’d love to know what goes into choosing a location for a remote team’s retreat. Sara Dunn

Segment: Deletable History

Kyle: Played clip from his second ever WordCamp talk. It was a workshop about shortcodes at WordCamp Chicago 2014. He learned lots of important lessons including not getting derailed by Q&A, preparing more thoroughly, not relying on humor in the slides, and rehearsing every part of the session.

Adam: Described his experience giving the same workshop a second time and discovering that the talk going well the first time did not mean it would work perfectly the second time.

Podcast E048: Networking for success

April 4, 2018
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Life Updates

  • Kyle: watching lots of nature shows on Netflix. Making lots of correlations between the struggles of creatures in the wild and our own problems.
  • Adam: also watched Earth 2 – islands – with kids!  Really enjoyed it.

WordPress News

Wearing/Drinking

  • Kyle – Jetpack shirt, WC Chicago hoodie &  2nd cup of java from sbux.
  • Adam-  OptinMonster T Shirt.  Coffee

Questions

  1. There are many networking meetups in my area. How do I choose the ones that are best for networking for new business? — from Sally Gradle
  2. I know you all are into podcasts, so… What’s the best podcast episode you’ve listened to recently, and why?  — from Sara Dunn

Our choices from Sara's question

Segment: Unordered Lists

Kyle asked Adam to list people who have asked questions for this show.

Adam asked Kyle to list WP-CLI commands.

Kyle won decisively, per usual.

Podcast E047: Tough it out!

March 28, 2018
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Life Updates

  • Adam: Sore back!
  • Kyle: got some exercise yesterday. End of Winter Sale for Sandhills Development products went well.

WordPress News

Wearing/Drinking

  • Kyle: WC North Canton Speaker  2015 hoodie / coffee & water.
  • Adam: 2016 Sitelock shirt. Coffee by JILT!

Questions

  1. What are some options to get google to index my site?  
  2. Why would I want to use a CSS Pre-processor

Segment: Vague Rant Up

  • Adam: Grocery Shopping.
  • Kyle: People who use the threat of switching to competitors to try and get better/faster service.

Podcast E046: Business should be fun, right?

March 21, 2018
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Life Updates

  • Adam:  Attended WordCamp Miami 2018 and had a wonderful time.
  • Kyle: babysat nephew for a week and discovered just how boring he's become.

WordPress News

People on the Move

Wearing/Drinking

  • Kyle: WC Chicago 2016 Hoodie, + WordCamp Dayton 2015 tshirt.
  • Adam: WC US 2016 Shirt & Coffee

Questions: 

  • I'm a writer. What can I do to grow my list of email subscribers? – Pat Robertson
  • Sales question/offer for our show?!

Segment: “Unpopular Opinions”

  •  Kyle: Does not like gifs.
  • Adam: Does not like it when people lie and say they “just ran out” of business cards.
  • Kyle: Does not use Yoast SEO.

Podcast E045: It's Never To Late to Start

March 14, 2018
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Life Updates

  • Kyle: Attended T&C Summit in San Diego.
  • Adam: Juggling all balls.  

WordPress News

People on the Move / aka Changes

Wearing/Drinking

  • Kyle: Flywheel t-shirt, Sucuri water bottle, WP Engine flask, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Adam: Woo Themes t-shirt, Gypsy vodka and cranberry , so good they cant ignore

Questions

1. What is the significance of colors on your website?

2.  Re: seniors starting a career in WP: Remote work seems really cool and definitely appealing for someone like myself who has spent his career doing physically demanding work and will not be able to do so forever. Do seniors nearing retirement age ever start careers in WordPress? Do you think it is possible for someone older to learn enough to become employable in your industry? If so, how long would it take?

Segment: do_enqueue()

 Kyle and Adam share a bunch of their favorite podcasts and shows that you really can't miss.

Podcast E044: Breaking up is hard to do

March 7, 2018
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Life Updates

It's Music Time

  • “On Page One” – song about SEO by Kyle. Parody of “Anna Sun” by Walk the Moon.

WordPress News

Wearing/Drinking

Questions

  1. How do you graciously decline a project when you just don't want to work with the client? – Akai Suddeth
  2. Hey Guys, I am fairly new to WordPress, relatively speaking. I seem to have gotten involved at quite a tumultuous time, with so much to learn in “basic” WordPress now and Gutenberg on the horizon. My question is – would it be beneficial to start learning a page builder (Elementor intrigues me after watching Troy Dean’s video), or at this point should I just wait for Gutenburg to roll out and not worry about unlearning something else? ~ Dustin Younker

Unordered Lists Segment

  • Adam: Name movies with Morgan Freeman
  • Kyle: Name release names of WordPress

Podcast E043: Showing Up

February 28, 2018
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Life Updates

WordPress News.

Kyle’s Tavern Comments song with an Ukele

People on the Move / aka Changes

Wearing/Drinking

Questions

  1. I'm frustrated with the number of people who RSVP to my meetups and then don't show up. Do you have any advice for helping get people to show up, or at least change their RSVP to “No”? ~ Rene Morozowich
  2. What is Bootstrap? ~ Kelly

New Segment: The Vague Rant Up

  • Adam: Email settings in Dashboard
  • Kyle: Developers who are pretentious