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

If you are interested in any of those domains, why not use HOVER.com to register them! 

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

http://traffic.libsyn.com/getoptionspodcast/GOP-e123.mp3

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

Podcast E121: What are some options to review new plugins & themes?

April 1, 2020

Updates

  • Kyle: practicing guitar 
  • Adam:  grocery bill up 27.2% – feeding 5, vs ~3.5. People. // take a course.. Flatironschool.com.

WordPress News

  • WordCamps going online. San Antonio.. Kent. 

Wearing/Drinking/Reading? 

  • Adam:  WC SD 2016 / coffee / Good to Great 
  • Kyle:  Sandhills Brewing t-shirt, Work Front socks, WC Ann Arbor 2015 fleece/coffee / The Wastelands

Questions

  • How do I review new plugins/themes and determine if they are a good, sustainable solution?  ~ Heathe
  • What do non-WP people think you do when you tell them you work in WordPress?  ~ Michelle Frechette

Segment:   

  • Personal Question

Podcast E120: How can we survive and thrive while stuck at home with our families?

March 25, 2020

Life Updates

  • Kyle: Trying to break out of the minor pentatonic scale.
  • Adam:  rested. Relaxed. Moved daughter…. Home. early. 

WordPress News.

  • The call for speakers for WordCamp US 2020 (October 27-29) has been issued.
  • mycamp.rocks has a growing directory of virtual WordPress meetups and conferences. If you are a meetup or conference organizer, please reach out to David Bisset and he'll add your event to the list.

Wearing/Drinking/Reading

  • Adam:   WC Dayton / Caffeine – Costa Rica – // Extreme Ownership 
  • Kyle:  WC Miami t-shirt, Empowered by WordPress hoodie, / coffee / The Wastelands

Question 1: How can we survive and thrive while stuck at home with our families?

Segment: do_enqueue()

Adam's Podcasts: 

Kyle’s Podcast Que: 

Podcast E119: How do you keep WordPress and family/real life separate?

February 26, 2020

Updates 

  • Kyle: Holy crap, the hiring process is exhausting.
  • Adam:  We had snow.  A credit of $6.52 to utility bill? // educated son this AM.. PJs to Work Meeting
  • Tara: i hate cold calling. And I am sick of cold weather by now. Heading to Miami!

News

Wearing/Drinking/Reading? 

  • Adam:   WC Asheville 2018 / Coffee / some fiction!  NEXUS by Ramez Naam
  • Kyle: Sandhills Brewing t-shirt, Sandhills Development jacket, GoDaddy hat/ coffee / The Wastelands
  • Tara:  Nerd Network from Amy Masson and Design TLC fleece/ Coffee in HC Mug / Nothing – trying Name of The Rose and The Four Agreements   

 

Questions:

  1. I don't. Know if this will fit, but how does Tara search to find the “cold email” businesses? Are there tips on how to search?
  2. How do you keep WordPress and family/real life separate? ~ Michelle Frechette

Segment

  • Personal questions

Podcast E118: What's wrong with hourly billing?

February 19, 2020

Updates

  • Kyle: Talkity talk talk talk.
  • Adam: Chiropractors do work.  WC Santa Clarita 
  • Sara: I haven’t left my house since I got home from California on Tuesday.

WordPress News

Changes

Wearing/Drinking/Reading? 

  • Adam:  Code is Poetry shirt / caffeine / Coders & Atomic Habits 
  • Kyle:  Build Beyond Boundaries Bluehost t-shirt, Sandhills Development jacket / orange juice / Traction
  • Sara:   A parka / hot water   /  Meaningful Work by Shawn Askinosie

Questions 

  1. What’s wrong with hourly billing?Michael Maurer
  2. How do I generate good leads?Heather S

Segment – Vague Rant Up

Podcast E117: How do you motivate remote employees?

February 12, 2020

Updates 

  • Kyle: I need Valentine's Day ideas.
  • Adam: Strange dream. Nic Cage. 🙂  // Half Marathon?  Should I?

Changes

Wearing/Drinking/Reading? 

Kyle:  WCA2 2014 hat, WCA2 2015 t-shirt, WCA2 2017 hoodie / Orange juice / The Rule of Two

Questions

  1. How do you motivate remote employees?Serena Dawn
  2. I provide mostly hourly & monthly maintenance services to clients who find me mostly by referral. I am looking to grow faster then referrals.. And thinking by way of acquisition/buying another business like mine.. what are some options to make that happen? How do I find out and see who wants to sell? How do I value that? -Jeremey C 

Segment: Deletable History

Podcast E116: How To Give Feedback

February 5, 2020

Updates

  • Kyle: Busy with interviewing candidates.
  • Adam:  49ers had a great season.

Changes

Wearing/Drinking/Reading? 

  • Adam:   WP Birmingham Hoodie + Woo Ship it /  Water / Extreme Ownership  by Jocko Willink 
  • Kyle:  Digital Summit Detroit t-shirt, Sandhills Development jacket / Tea / The Rule of Two

Questions

  • Hello gents! I was wondering what your thoughts were on how best to select presentation proposals for WordCamps in order to promote diversity and inclusion? Is it better to use demographics to ensure diversity? Or use a completely blind selection process? -Guy Cicinelli
  • How do you provide good, productive feedback to employees or contractors when they've done something wrong? –Serena Dawn

Segment – Tagline, you’re it.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/getoptionspodcast/GOP-e116.mp3