contributor, by the way, is a title that no one can give you except yourself.

— Matt Mullenweg

Connecting Dots

I had an awesome time at WordCamp SF this past week. I learned a lot and connected with some amazing folks. But I came away with some ‘Deep Thoughts,’ Jack Handy style… This camp got me thinking and inspired in a way that I hadn’t felt since my first WordCamp.

October 2013 this seemingly agitated fella, Derek Neighbors, gives a talk at Pressnomics. The one thing he asked: “What, as a community, have we done with our market share and influence to make the world a better place?” This question rubbed some folks the wrong way; confused some (like me) and got some folks nodding in agreement. It sounded nice, but a challenge without direction is tough to digest… This talk was never too far from memory from that moment on. I often wondered how the talk applied to me…

December 2013, WordCamp…

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Help Scout Desk. The Support Ticketing Tool WordPress is Missing

There I was writing up a post about a then soon-to-be-released plugin called Sprout Invoice, by a cool fella named Daniel Cameron (I call him Tito, although he doesn’t like that, too much). I got to check out the beta version, but it does some critical things very simply. Handling payments and deposits for estimates and proposals like a boss. My write-up for Sprout Invoice wrote itself. It’s that good.

Well, I figured I’d keep an eye on that product and check-in here and again. I’ve already got a solid process in place I’m not in a hurry to change.

When I went to check out Danny Tito’s Twitter feed I saw this:

The words “Help Scout Desk” caught my attention because that’s what I use to manage support tickets over at my agency, DigiSavvy! So I had to check it…

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WordPress, Composer, Desktop Server and You

The actual guide to this post is at the bottom. Click here for the tl;dr version. =)

I recently wrote about my pet project that I built a site for. In messing around with that project, I’d learned a good deal about Gulp build tools and all the neat things they can do. Yet, one thing I’d never had, that always knew I wanted was a way to install the proper themes/plugins that I wanted. This was something I’d pursued a couple of years back and left it alone when there was no good answers available… The best answer I could come up with was to have a dev site that had all my commonly used plugins… While, sure, that was cool; let’s face it, it fucking sucks.

So what’s a guy to do?

Well, with build…

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Pet Projects

Those of you that know me, in the WP community circles have, at one point, heard me go on about a starter theme I’d been working on. I’m still working away at it and with these things, there’s never a done, done place.

You can always grab a copy of the starter theme over on my Github repo. Additionally, you can see the theme in action on this very site, this is a very early version of that starter theme. I rebuilt my agency website using my starter theme, called “Some Like it Neat” and I’ve used it on a number of projects since, each time the theme has evolved. I finally got around to building up a site for the theme (see it here) and have begun writing up documentation for using it.

The theme itself isn’t ground-shattering…

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Decisions are made by those who show up…

— John O'Nolan

A Rule of 5 to Live By…

Many of my colleagues who work with WordPress have, by now, no doubt  read Matt Mullenweg’s post regarding giving 5% back to the WordPress open source project. It’s a notion that has inspired a lot of discussion already and I don’t think I have much to add to it. I can contribute to the noise, however.

From a literal standpoint, 5% can be tough to make sustainable.

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time”

— Creighton Adams

The fact is that there are so many ways we can contribute to the thing we make a living off of that is, essentially free. You don’t have to be a “Nacin” you can just be you and contribute in your own way.

While just as important, if not more so, to growing adoption of WordPress, the community around it is…

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