Prestige Conference – A Premium Business And Career Development Conference

I am extremely excited to share with you that I will attending Prestige Conference this weekend, remotely.  While I want 2015 to be the year that I venture to a few more WordPress conferences and events, I have just begun to make arrangements both financially and schedule-wise.  So I was delighted to hear (albeit at the last minute, how did I miss it earlier?) that Prestige Conference would be offering a live streaming option.

The amount of business knowledge that is going to be present and taught at this conference is awesome!  Speakers include:

  • April Downing
  • Ben Fox
  • Brad Williams
  • John Eckman
  • Brianna Norcross
  • Carl Hancock
  • Pippin Williamson
  • Kim Schaefer
  • John Hawkins
  • Andrew Norcross
  • Jake Goldman
  • Chris Lema
  • Cory Miller
  • Josh Broton

That is a great list that is filled with very smart, very dedicated members of the WordPress community.  I am extremely excited to learn from them and to apply the concepts that they teach to my own development and business.

There are still live stream tickets available for $69.00 at http://prestigeconf.com/tickets/.

WordPress Has A Plugin Problem

WordPress has a plugin problem.

Now I know that there are plugins for this and for that. In fact, there are very few things that there aren’t multiple (if not hundreds) of plugins for.  They are constantly being released.  In fact, it seems that the plugin review team for wordpress.org always needs volunteers (I do understand that this is true of all volunteer teams)! :) Continue reading WordPress Has A Plugin Problem

Considerations Before Starting a Church Website

Truly investing in a church website and their online strategy is work.

Our team had invested heavily in this small church’s website.  From architecture to strategy to development and design.  We had given it our all.  They had a solid foundation and gameplan for content and social strategy for at least six months.  Unfortunately, they didn’t want to hire us to continue to walk beside them in executing content. Continue reading Considerations Before Starting a Church Website

Two Months of Blogging Daily

While February is not quite over yet, I believe now is a good time to look back and take stock of the past two months.

It’s been a busy two months outside of my daily blogging.  I’ve helped pitch a major client, released version 1.0 of an internal framework, and started several new client projects at work.  Personally, I’ve announced a new side project, spent a lot more time with my family (on purpose) and tried to keep up with my two young kids.

But in spite of all that, I’ve been fairly consistent in blogging. In the month of February, I’ve only missed 3 days of blogging during the work week.  In fact, it has been one day each week so far. While I need to finish the remainder of the week in order to finish the month, I’m on track to beat January’s five missed days by a good margin.

Blogging takes discipline and a plan

There is no magic trick that has kept me blogging this long, nor do I have superhuman will power.  I have simply made the decision that I am going to blog this year and created a plan to get me there.  As I’ve said before, I write mostly in the mornings before work.  I wake up early, get to work early and give myself time to write both on this blog and another personal blog that I keep.

The mornings where I miss blogging are mostly due to emergencies cropping up when I arrive at work or not going into work that day.  It happens.  But I don’t let it affect how the rest of my weekly writing will go.  I’ve tried to think about it from a much longer view.  Sure, I missed a day, but missing anymore will cause my discipline to falter and hurt me long-term.

P.S. I had my most successful post ever the other day with more than 200 people visiting a single post in a single day.  Pretty exciting for me. A big thanks to guys like Chris Lema for retweeting and Chris Wiegman who retweets my stuff constantly.  You guys are awesome.

What about you?  How are you doing on writing this year?  How about on your other goals?  Any of them still going?

The 1:1 Principle At Red Cloud Themes

The above featured image is due, in large part, to this is how all Texans are acting like it looks like outside.  We did get about an inch of sleet.  But I’m wrapped up inside working from home today, so I digress. :)

With my announcement recently that I am going to begin selling themes under the banner of Red Cloud Themes, I’ve received some good feedback.  I’ve gotten great wisdom as well as some very kind words.  One of the biggest things that I’ve been toying with so far as a unique value proposition as well as a way to provide value to the community is what I’m dubbing the “1:1 Principle”. Continue reading The 1:1 Principle At Red Cloud Themes

Finding Time For Side Projects

I recently announced that I was starting a new theme shop.  I’m sure the announcement didn’t send waves through the community and that most people never saw it. That’s okay.  I’m sure a few people even snickered to themselves about how theme shops are a dying breed.  That’s fine.  But I see a need for quality themes that are both accessible and fit a specific purpose.  But this project isn’t my main job.  I work a full time job, like most people.  Red Cloud Themes is a side project to help build out a need that I see in the WordPress community and grow my skills as a developer and even as a designer.  But here is something that I haven’t said but remains true: Finding time for side projects is hard! Continue reading Finding Time For Side Projects

On Community

One of my favorite things about WordPress is its community.  The community is welcoming, self-regulating, and massive.  But it isn’t the only community that I am a part of.  I have community at work, at church and across the nation.  All of these communities are ones that I invest different levels of time and energy into and bring differing levels of return into my life.  So why have community at all? Continue reading On Community

Announcing Red Cloud Themes

It’s an exciting day for me.  I am super proud to announce an upcoming venture that’s been a long time in the making.  In the near future, I will be selling WordPress themes at Red Cloud Themes.

I know.

It’s crazy in this day and age to start selling WordPress themes.  The market is saturated.  Every design has been done.  You can get themes for $1 in some places.  So how can a new player get into the game?

For starters, I believe that there is a real market emerging for high quality, simple, well-built themes that serve a specific purpose.  The general purpose and ambiguous niche themes are spoken for.  Themeforest and a few others have that nailed down for now.  That market has so much competition that you can only make a profit by offering poor support or selling tens of thousands of licenses.

Red Cloud Themes is going to be different.  I’m going to be selling themes that are built for a purpose.  Want a beautiful blogging theme that highlights the images associated with your post?  We’ve got that coming and so much more.

Another thing that separates us from the crowd is that we are going to be offering highly specific integrations with certain plugins that add functionality to  Red Cloud Themes.  While no theme will contain plugin dependencies, we’re hoping to interface closely and beautifully with plugins like Beaver Builder, Aesop Story Engine, Conductor, Easy Digital Downloads, WooCommerce, and Exchange by iThemes.  These plugins are all well known and provide excellent support and resources in their specific areas.

Red Cloud Themes still a bit away from launching our first theme, but I’m very excited about it and what the future holds.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.  Head on over to Red Cloud Themes Twitter account and give me a shout!

*** If you have a plugin that you believe would be a great partner with Red Cloud Themes, I’d love to talk to you.