Happiness (For 4 Hours)

WordCamp Cincinnati 2017 is happening this weekend: November 11th and 12th. I’m excited to attend all day Saturday, but most importantly for four hours that afternoon I’ll be volunteering in the Happiness Bar.

At the Happiness Bar, volunteers are available to help you troubleshoot any issues you’ve run into on your WordPress sites. Helping folks at these events is one of my favorite ways of contributing to the WordPress community.

Cinci has a pretty a big event, so if you’re brand new to WordPress you’ll want to attend the WordPress 101 track offered all day Saturday first. But if you’ve already got a site and up and running (or almost up and running) then Happiness Bar is for you!

Hope to see you there if you’re in the area. If not, you can also find a WordCamp near you at central.wordcamp.org/schedule/.


Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

Just in Time for Ice Cream

In the late summer, ice cream is my vice of choice. Milkshakes can cure what ails ya, and a carton of Moose Tracks is available in my freezer. During those phases, it’s not uncommon to find my ice cream scoop in the sink: dirty and in the way.

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As soon as it’s clean, I scoop up some ice cream. Then it’s time to eat ice cream, not do dishes! Back in the sink it goes.

One could transmogrify this into just-in-time delivery. The scoop is available right as it’s needed, after all. But you can seek the truth and recognize that it’s nothing but procrastination and waste of space.

Think of your brain power, your workspace, your schedule. So long as stuff gets done, we can pass off all manner of dirty, wasteful habits as part of an overall efficient system. But the truth may lead to cleaner, useful changes you can make as soon as you’re ready to acknowledge them.

A New Role

In 2010, I used WordPress for my company’s blog posts. My boss made the site already, I was just typing words into the post editor. This WordPress thing seemed easy enough to use!

In 2011, I used WordPress to start sites anytime I needed them. It was only five minutes to setup, then themes and plugins could take care of all the work for me after that. WordPress.com was even faster and easier: I could focus on content!

In 2014, I used WordPress to help thousands of other people make sites on their own. I was a Happiness Engineer at Automattic; one of the greatest jobs you could ask for. I was getting paid to teach WordPress all day!

Now in 2017, I am going to use WordPress again to make custom sites for clients of Makespace!, a web design agency here in Louisville.

Automattic is an amazing company and leaving it was no small decision. Moving from a support role to a development role became my top priority in the last few months, and right now the dev team at Makespace is a better fit for me to succeed.

We use WordPress for most of our projects at Makespace, so all this time will continue to serve as valuable experience. I plan to be involved in the WordPress community as well: the Louisville WordPress meetup, WordCamps, facepalming at the WP Tavern comments, etc.

Thanks for all the support everyone has given to me in this change! It’s been a great 7 years of WordPress and I hope to contribute even more in the next 7.

Happy Anniversary

Three years with my lovely wife, the greatest person in my life. She puts up with a lot of my rambling and none of my bullshit. I hope to be as smart as her one day and I hope our daughter grows up feeling the same way.

Thanks for everything, Amber. I love you.

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P.S. We get to open that bourbon bottle tonight!

Your Consultant Should Know How to Migrate Away from WordPress.com

So you’ve hired someone to help you build a WordPress site. Good for you!

Then they tell you not to use WordPress.com?

Okay. It’s not for everyone. It would fit most needs, especially if you can afford the Business plan. But for a developer looking to make a custom site for you, they may have their reasons to use another host. I’ll give ’em that.

But that same person says they don’t know how to use WordPress’ export and import tools?

This is no longer about WordPress.com vs. other hosting options. This is about them not having used WordPress much at all. Take their suggestions with a grain of salt.

If you need to move content from WordPress.com onto another host, there is a handy guide at move.wordpress.com. You don’t need to know any coding at all, you’ll just need to know the right buttons to click.

To me, the very best feature of WordPress is that your content is never locked down. You can always export the content and then do with it as you please. That’s freedom, and that’s the promise of a free web.

New Glasses

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Eye doc insisted on moving to shatter-proof lenses. Between that material and my prescription no metal frame could handle the width of lens I need. So here we are with the matte plastic. Don’t worry, I’ll get us a pack of PBR for band practice later.