Podcast E074: Customer Interactions Matter

November 14, 2018

Life Updates

  • Dustin: New house update – still not done. Getting cold in Ohio.
  • Adam: Clients stuff. Garage bookshelves 2/3 done!

WordPress News.

  • WP 5.0 pushed from Nov 19 to 27th

Changes

Wearing/Drinking

Questions

  • Halloween Candy favorites – Kyle
  • Any “toss the desk” interactions from customers? -Kyle

Segment: Personal Question

Podcast E073: Everything will be okay

October 31, 2018

Life Updates

  • Kyle: Gig today
  • Adam:  All things open!  //  Dodgers in World Series!

WordPress News

Changes

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

Questions:

  1. What is an aspect of WordPress which is really not working for you these days? -Nehemiah Harmsen
  2. Can you tell me how to win the Powerball drawing so I can tell all of my clients to go away and leave me alone? -Paul Oyler

Segment: Open Source Options

  • Review responses to our questions.
    • Stagnant Side Projects.
    • Where to go live for a month.

Podcast E072: Expect the Best, Plan for the Worst

October 24, 2018

Life Updates

  • Adam:  Work. The realization that when I need focused time for work heading to the library. place 49ers! Dodgers – maybe?
  • Kyle: That Packers v. Niners game was so good!!!! Also been trying out dark mode in Mojave.

WordPress News

Changes

  • Tunbosun Ayinla and Mandy Jones join Sandhills Development

Wearing/Drinking

Questions:

  1. Given the huge growth of page builders now, it would be interesting to tackle the question that one can sometimes get – well, maybe not really a question, more of a comment with a skeptically-raised eyebrow, of “You’re using a page builder?” And I’ve had that both from individual clients who pretty much wouldn’t know one end of WordPress from the other, and as part of contract jobs where they do. -Vaughn Simons
  2. WC Jackson Q's  Is there a question you were afraid to ask?  How big a Charlie Foxtrot is Gutenberg going to be – anonymous

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Podcast E071: Time Management vs Client Management

October 17, 2018

This week we welcome Tara Claeys to the show.  Tara runs the Design TLC Agency and is a co-host of  The Hallway Chats Podcast


Life Updates

  • Kyle: working on some talks for upcoming WordCamps.
  • Adam: just took daughter to work.. She drove!  
  • Tara: Hanging at the Jersey Shore.

News

  • WP Simple Pay joins Sandhills Development

Changes

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

Adam: WCOC 2016 / Coffee WC2014 mug  / finished Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One & The Richest Man in Babylon.  Reading ROBIN.

Kyle:  Mojo Marketplace hoodie over Yith Plugins WCUS17 t-shirt / Coffee from TJ Max / The Drawing of the Three

Tara: Women Who WP Shirt/Black Coffee/ Just finished Little Fires Everywhere (a novel) Celeste Ng. About to start a book of short stories for a book club. Also just ordered the book The Magic of Tiny Business – You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living, by Sharon Rowe

Questions

  1. Here's one that's been bothering me lately: if I have several ongoing projects at once, how do I divide up my time? The work requires enough concentration that I lose a lot of productivity if I try to work on multiple projects in the same day, and sometimes in the same week. Do I tell the clients “Okay, YOU get the first week of the month, the next person gets the second week,” or what? Plus of course, they all have urgent issues at the same time It's not made easier by the fact that I have unpredictable health issues that throw me off schedule.  – Sally Goetsch
  2. What is an aspect of WordPress which is really not working for you these days?- Daryl Alexander

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Podcast E070: The Struggle is Real

October 10, 2018

Life Updates

  • Kyle: Had a nice time at the annual Sandhills Development team retreat.
  • Adam: Working. Kid to turn 18 this month! Crazy!  Oh.. and got 2 really nice testimonials!  One for the dev work my agency did the other for the podcast!  

WordPress News

Changes

  • Kevin McKernan leaves behind agency life and joins a startup called AirDNA
  • Mihai Joldis joins Sandhills Development support team
  • Mike Schroder moves to GoDaddy

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

Questions:

  1. This is about theme building. I’m wondering whether I’ll need a paid license for using scripts like fancybox if I’m submitting a free theme to WordPress. Probably no for free themes? Then, what if someone using this free theme with fancybox built-in is trying to sell something on the site? Is it the site owner’s responsibility to pay for fancybox license?
  2. What is the biggest question relating to WordPress or the web or your work that you are struggling with right now? aking sure sites are ready for Gutenberg.

Segment: Tag(Line) your it!

Podcast E069: It's all about your attitude

September 26, 2018

Life Updates

  • Kyle: picking up lots of sticks
  • Adam: Didn’t go to WCLAX. Really wanted to. Surprise my SoCal peeps. // Managing time, clients. New client via referral.

WordPress News

  • WPForms has acquired Pirate Forms

Changes

  • Russell Aaron changes jobs
  • Chris Wiegman goes to WP Engine

Wearing/Drinking

  • Adam: Coffee/Water WC Los Angeles 2016 shirt and not reading at the moment!?
  • Kyle: WordCamp US 2017 t-shirt / Coffee / The Drawing of the Three

Questions

  1. Looking for advice on how to stay in touch (in a non-annoying, natural way) with former clients and contacts (people I meet at conferences, former coworkers etc.) -Emily Patterson
  2. WC Jackson Q: What is the biggest question relating to WordPress or the web or your work that you are struggling with right now Answer: How to find good themes (companies) / decide about builder tools so each website project isn't starting from scratch.  -Nehemiah Harmsen

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Podcast E068: Being the Linchpin

September 19, 2018

Life Updates

  • Kyle: working on exercising more
  • Adam: managing a bunch of projects – a good thing. Hurricane Florance aka Florence
  • Sara: MIX Design Day

Changes

Wearing/Drinking/Reading?

Questions

  1. I work with mostly larger organizations, and I'd love to get more business from other departments. But this has been difficult. People can be very proprietary about their contractors (ex. had a client tell me she wasn't referring me to another department for additional work because: “I don't want XYZ team using up all your time!”). Other times, the org knows me for only one specific skill. ~ Emily Patterson
  2. What is the biggest question relating to WordPress or the web or your work that you are struggling with right now?  His Answer: SEO    (Peter B)

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  • Vague Rant Up

Podcast E067: Here's the thing

September 12, 2018

Get Option Graphic E67Life Updates:

  • Adam:  Back from an amazing vacation in Paris.
  • Kyle: Moved into a new house. Celebrated daughters 1st birthday and had a tornado across the street!

Changes:

  • Joel Worsham leaves Real Big Marketing and joins DMI as a Software Engineer
  • Rebecca Gill moves to emagine:

WordPress News:

  • Petition to remove Gutenberg from WordPress core.
  • ClassicPress – Torgue interview

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

  • Adam: French Coffee + French Water, WC Asheville Shirt & not reading anything!
  • Kyle: Coffee, WC Kent 2018 shirt, The Drawing of the Three

Questions:

  1. How to decide which tasks to outsource and when you should start outsourcing?  Tara Claeys
  2. What are examples of jargon you heard people talk about but don't understand?

Segment: Deletable History

Follow us!

  • The Show: @get_options
  • Kyle: @MrKyleMaurer
  • Adam: @heyadamsilver
  • SOUNDCLOUD @get_options

Podcast E066: It's All About The Details

August 29, 2018

Life Updates

  • Kyle: Cracked rib. Missed no WordCamp speaking engagements.
  • Adam: Happy 20th to my wife.. “Tomorrow”.  / kids are in school YAHOO!

WordPress News.

Changes

  • Andrea Rennick leaves CopyBlogger to do quilting full time

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

Questions

  1. How do you get the info you need to give an accurate quote? In the easiest way possible for both me and the prospective client. -Rene
  2. Who has the best daughter? -Avalon

Segment: Open Source Options

  • Stagnant side projects?
  • Where should I go live for a month?

Podcast E065: Don't Race To The Bottom

August 22, 2018

Life Updates

  • Kyle: We are live at WordCamp Jackson!
  • Adam: Same o sameo. Got 2 proposals done. Back from WC Asheville, spoke! Had a great time!

Wearing/Drinking

Question:

  1. How do you respond to “I can get a website for $200.”? – Sally Gradle
  2. I still occasionally end up taking taking low cost jobs, below £500, especially when it's either this or nothing. Another variation of @Sally Gradle question is how to respond when a potential client presents ridiculously low quotes from other developers they spoke to in the middle of our chat  Natalie Smith

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