Podcast E131: Options for dealing with noisy co-workers?

June 17, 2020

Life Updates

  • Kyle: Happy New Year!  
  • Adam: Schools out for the summer!  // Kids need jobs/car? 

WordPress News

Changes 

Wearing/Drinking/Reading? 

  • Adam:  WC Raleigh tshirt   / JAVA /  Douglas Adams book(s)
  • Kyle: Sandhills hoodie + WC Jackson 2018 shirt / Coffee  / Meaningful Work by Shawn Askinosie

Questions

  1. Do you think online meetups will be here to stay beyond COVID-19? Since meetups were moved online, I’ve been attending not only local (Singapore) WordPress meetups but also those hosted in Sydney, etc. as there is little time difference from where I live. I’ve enjoyed attending overseas meetups and would love them to continue hosting online. Any thoughts on the future of WordPress meetups? I also miss the in-person meetups, so hopefully, both will be mixed in the future. -Joey J
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  2. What are some options with dealing with noisy co-workers.. at the moment its not an issue as we are all homebound, but when our office opens again, we’ll be expected to go into work… the noises.. ..music too loud from one person, and the other smacks/chews gum (and food) really loud!   -Ron P

Segment: Personal question

Podcast E130: How can I become a manager without experience?

June 10, 2020

Updates

  • Kyle: Our company marketing meeting was interrupted by a loose chipmunk in the house.
  • Adam: Vaca was great. Domain up for renewal.. Should I keep it?
  • Shawn: Making pizza on fire.

WordPress News

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

  • Adam: JetPack / Water / Douglas Adams books 
  • Kyle: WP Hat, Blogvault T-shirt, Jilt socks / Hard Seltzer / Meaningful Work by Shawn Askinosie 
  • Shawn: Dickies blue collared shirt / water (soon dirty martini) / Untethered Soul

Questions

  1. I’ve been a developer going on 9 years now and am looking for a change. I’m thinking of management. The issue I have is that I’ve never managed before. How do I apply for a job as a manager without managerial experience?   -Name withheld per request
  2. Someone recently left the company I work for .. not sure exactly why.  As they were exiting the position, they asked if I would be open as a job reference…. IMO, they weren’t that good. What should I say?   – Thomas S.

Segment: Personal Question

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Podcast E129: Where are the older (50+) developers in technology?

May 27, 2020

Updates

  • Kyle: Flooded basement and a friendly squirrel.
  • Adam: Rain. Sun. Short week next week!  Vaca!! 
  • Dustin: New laptop, a staycation next week, home projects galore!

WordPress News: The Get Options question bonanza

We want way more questions! Starting today and going for two weeks, sending us quality questions will earn you rewards.

  • 5 questions: Quick thank you and pitch your business or cause
  • 10 questions: a song or some other full length produced commercially
  • 20 questions: Get Options t-shirt

Wearing/Drinking/Reading? 

  • Adam:  Woo purple / water / Writing Down The Bones  /  
  • Kyle: Nexcess Hosting t-shirt / White Claw hard seltzer (Mango) / Meaningful Work by Shawn Askinozie 
  • Dustin: Regular uniform – dark gray WordPress T / Spindrift / Story Brand by Donald Miller

Questions

  1. Most of my profession and personal friends are software devs who fall into the age range of 25-35.  It’s odd to say the least. Where are the older people? Let's say 50+?submitted by, Kimberly K.
  2. I work at a medium-sized agency and mostly love my job. The issue is one co-worker who often postpones things.  Two issues in this case.  1. they are pretty high up the chain … 2. they are the bottleneck.  What are some options to help move things along and keep my job!  submitted by -Russell

SegmentWordStress

Podcast E128: What are some options when being ghosted by the company that hired me?

May 20, 2020

Updates 

  • Kyle: Hunting for worms with a two-year-old.
  • Adam: Vaca in 2 weeks! / New podcast/kids going back to school in fall 1 week early..  And they are upset about it!!! Cmon!  

News

Changes/Whose Hiring?

Wearing/Drinking/Reading? 

  • Adam:  GetOptions Workout Shirt!! & BeaverBuilder cap /  Caffeine /  The Big Leap
  • Kyle: Sandhills Brewing t-shirt, WP Engine hat / Orange Juice / Traction by Gino Wickman

Questions

  1. A few months ago, I was hired to help a company with their social media. At first, things went well, they paid my bills, sent more work. But recently they have ghosted me. They don’t owe me any money, but the lack of communication suddenly is awkward to say the least. -Jennifer R
  2. What are some options to encourage a co-worker (a few of them actually) to get to the point?  I don’t think I’m impatient, but cmon people, stop the over-explanation of things!   – Carl Henkle

Segment: get_meta()

Podcast E127: How do you help employees pursue their own career ambitions?

May 13, 2020

Updates

  • Joe: Parental leave as baby Morrision is now 4 months old.
  • Kyle: chicken coop close to being done.
  • Adam: Had physical. so/so… so.. back at it “Exercise” ..eating right. Dropped 8lbs! 

WordPress News

Changes

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

  • Adam:  Jetpack / Coffee / Big Leap
  • Kyle: Nexcess hosting t-shirt, WordPress hat, WCA2 2017 hoodie /  Bailey’s Irish Cream /  Shape Up by Basecamp
  • Joe: non WordPress CrossFit shirt // green mint tea / book 6 of Old Mans War book 6
  1. Questions How do you help employees pursue their own career ambitions?~ Anonymous
  2. I am a indie/freelance advanced developer. That said, I keep busy and make pretty good money.  Oddly enough, my family doesn’t think I work hard enough or deserve the money. Options to convince them of their error? -Dave

Segment: Bomb dot coms

Kyle

  • thirtysecondmotivation.com
  • buffswp.com
  • wpdrr.com
  • wpkitchensink.com
  • mattmullenberg.com
  • wpgraveyard.com
  • kylefancommunity.com
  • isitsafetotouchmyface.com
  • methreefreetreeskispreekey.com
  • howtomakeaquarantinemusicalparodyvideo.com

Adam

  • invalidstatement.com   — band site  developer specific info? 
  • upandtotheright.money  – financial blog
  • removetheex.com (removemyex.com is taken)
  • thesystemsbooks.com   docs based 

Joe:

  • bombsdotcom.com
  • wp.club only –> $5499.99
  • wp.news.  $500
  • bufftastic.com

Podcast E126: At what point does your life with WordPress become too much?

May 6, 2020

  • Kyle: New original music. Songwriting challenge.
  • Adam: New month..all new things…new client.   New “diet” .. very sugar. Non if possible. And tracking what i eat, how I fee.   Oh.. and the “new site” is 98% done..gonna put out “call” for submissions today/tomorrow.

WordPress News

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

Questions

  1. At what point does your life with WordPress become too much? What would you sacrifice, ( thinking of WCAsia, as I ask)  ~ Jen
  2. Do you ever geek-out and think about watching Saturday morning cartoons? ~ Raquel Landefeld

Segment: Unordered Lists

  • Winner: TIE!

Podcast E125: How do you keep employees happy?

April 29, 2020

Life Updates

  • Kyle: Writing lots of songs.
  • Adam: Dr Appt. Blood work. Bleh. not expecting great results to be honest diet has been meh.  Lack of exercise. Etc. 

WordPress News

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

  • Kyle: WorkFront socks, Empowered by WordPress hoodie, North Stack hat/coffee /  The Wastelands by Stephen King
  • Adam   WC AA/coffee // Good to Great .. really good and into it now. 

Questions

  1. How do you make employees happy? 
  2. When you get hungry, what’s your go-to snack? ~ Raquel Landefeld

Segment: Vague Rant Up

Podcast E124: How do I balance WordCamps & Life?

April 22, 2020

Updates 

  • Kyle: 4 of 7 chics getting named. “Chloe”, “Coco” “cheek-cheek” “Reggie White” 
  • Adam: Wife’s 2nd test came back less than 24hrs and negative. 🙂  // Painting crew in the house.. Super slow! 
  • Scott: Kids. Managing life. Arizona is still there!

News

  • Scott’s plugin “Leave it at the Door for WooCommerce “

Wearing/Drinking/Reading? 

  • Adam:   WC Birmingham Hoodie, TextExpander T // Water  // Good To Great
  • Kyle:  Siteground socks, Happy Camper Media Temple t-shirt  /  Lemon tinted home brewed IPA  /  The Wastelands by Stephen King
  • Scott: Loop conf / Water / not reading.

Questions

  1. What suggestions do you have for balancing WordCamp attendance and/or organizing so that day to day client/biz life is maintained as an entrepreneur or employee? ~ Jen
  2. How many screen displays do you run?  ~ Raquel Landefeld

Segment: “Bomb dot coms”

Scott’s contributions

  1. BombDotComs.com
  2. SneakySelfie.com (already taken!) 
  3. AprilFoolsJokes.com
  4. AprilFoolsJoke.com

Adam’s contributions

  1. heykylemaurer.com
  2. heyscottdeluzio.com
  3. tobeadog.com 
  4. dogsrulecatssuck.com 
  5. catsruledogssuck.com 

Kyle’s contributions

  1. covid39.com
  2. recipesincludingstalegrahamcrackersandpintobeans.com
  3. wpandemic.com
  4. sixfeetapartgames.com
  5. zoomscuseme.com
  6. wpbagpipes.com
  7. shouldishower.com
  8. getevenmoreoptions.com
  9. tigerkingwp.com

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Podcast E123: How do I find good contractors to work with?

April 15, 2020

Updates

  • Kyle: Chicken Coop
  • Adam:  school starting for boys, finally!.  Taking courses: Keyboard Maestro  New site/podcast coming together!!   // henry rollins podcast… kcrw.. ( CA ) 

WordPress News

  • How’s business at Sandhills w/Covid19

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

  • Adam:    WC Dayton  / Vodka-Cranberry  / Good to Great
  • Kyle:  WC Ann Arbor 2017 hoodie, Pantheon hat, Flight of the Conchords t-shirt, Mongo DB socks / Jose Cuervo / The Wastelands

Questions

  1. How do I find good contractors to work with? ~ Heather
  2. Just wanted to ask if you would be interested in getting external help with graphic design? We do all design work like banners, advertisements, photo edits, logos, flyers, etc. for a fixed monthly fee.  We don’t charge for each task. What kind of work do you need on a regular basis? Let me know and I’ll share my portfolio with you. ~ Stephen M.

Segment: WordStress

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Podcast E122: What should I do if I'm burned out of the WordPress community?

April 8, 2020

Updates

  • Kyle: My toe hurts a lot.
  • Adam:  Ellen feeling much better. Same w/Avalon.  

WordPress News

  • WordPress 5.4

Changes

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

  • Adam: JetPack/coffee in Maui Mug  / Stack of magazines for the project
  • Kyle:  Sandhills Development jacket, Nexcess hat, Host Duplex t-shirt/coffee / The Wastelands

Questions

  1. Did you ever get burnt out on the WP community and what did you do. Or, if you felt close to burning out… -Stephen
  2. What is the proper way to load your toilet paper roll into the receptacle?  -Raquel Landefeld

Segment:  Tagline, You're it