For any designer and/or developer that stumbles into the WordPress community for the first time, they are bound to feel a bit overwhelmed. After all, we’ve got a near endless supply of themes, plugins, developers, designers, blogs, and other artifacts- all of which are surrounding our favorite blogging platform, CMS, and slowly-developing application platform. It seems almost like a gold mine, right?
I have a graduate degree in education and so it’s needless to say that I’m very passionate about the field and the importance of providing quality pedagogy to those that are coming up after us, who will eventually be our leaders and innovators. WordPress is a vital part of creating that fundamental foundation with it’s use in education and teaching – which is why I love this presentation by John Caserta in a 2012 presentation:
Every month there are tons of people gathered together at local WordCamps and it’s tough to keep track of all the great content that’s being shared and especially all the presentations and learnings that are being had. So it’s nice to see decent roundups that help provide a one-stop shop for all the presentations at an event, or at least a compiled list of the ones that really knocked it out of the park. Thanks to Brad Parbs, he’s got one for Milwaukee 2013:
There are a number of us who are making the transition from working a full-time job (that we may not necessarily love) into a more be-your-own-boss type lifestyle with freelancing, specifically with WordPress. This is a neat transition and one that is both very exciting but also fraught with tough decisions, a bit of anxiety, and let’s a honest, an unknown future. Be encouraged though as many have gone before you, and have lived to tell the tale! These two great WordCamp presentations may give you more fuel to your fire:
A full first week of June, can you imagine that? We’ll jump right into our weekly weekend roundup but first, make sure you check out our growing Job Board that has already gotten a lot of views and has been able to connect more than a few WordPressers with new gigs! Stoked about that as, well, that’s the point!
“Search engine optimization” – sometimes those words make me literally shudder on the inside. It’s mostly because there are 1,000 and 1 “seo experts” that are peddling their wares, products, and services when they have really no idea themselves what they are talking about. Even though I’ve been around the web and publishing for quite some time I’d be the very last to ever declare myself as “expert” at SEO – it’s just not what I do (and I don’t want to be). Just because you’ve been around the block or blogged a few times doesn’t mean you know much. This […]
I’m passionate about personal branding because I believe it’s an important part of building a successful business online. Why? Because people are interested in following people, not just an organization. That’s why you see more people follow (literally) founders of organizations instead of the official company Twitter account. That’s why you get personal blogs that scale way faster and larger than corporate blogs. It’s all about branding and communicating out of being a person, being human. After all, we don’t want to connect with our products – we want to connect with other people.
Want to be inspired today? Want to reassess your excuse for not blogging and publishing? Then you need to check out John McKennas and Yan Zhang’s presentation on how WordPress is inspiring diversity and how he’s gone beyond the wheelchair to impact thousands. I love this via John early in the presenation: WordPress has enabled people to have a voice. Is there any more clearer of a truth? It doesn’t matter where you are and how you were born:
You knew this already though, right? Many of us spend an incredible time helping our clients make the very best decisions when it comes to their business. This is addition to the work that we do designing and developing their properties. But sometimes we can get to a point where our clients are becoming ever-increasing sinkholes of time and our profits. It’s time we win back our hard-earned dollars and not overshoot. Chris Lema has a few thoughts on that:
Like many of you I spend most of my time (and my living) sitting behind a computer and writing things with my hot little hands. I love the work that I do and I get to spend a lot of my time with a great team, which makes it all the better. On occasion I get invited to speak publicly, keynote events, and share my opinions about certain topics – I’m still baffled that anyone cares to invite me in the first place as there are many more professional speakers out there that can do a much better job than I. I’m […]