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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The Struggle of Being Nice to Yourself

I have a site with a domain “Alex Has Nice Hair.” It’s tongue-in-cheek, sure… Actually, no; I have great fucking hair. It’s that fucking nice! Okay? But seriously, one would think that I would be nice to myself.

But I’m not.

The clichè that we’re our own worst critic is true. However, I’ve somehow taken this concept to new and exciting heights and one might even say I’ve made a national sport of it…

Let’s start with the basics. Am I happy? Yes. I am happy. But… Oh that BUT! That fucking “but!” It’s that but that gets me locked inside my own head. Each time I get to this point where I’m having to say “Dude, lay off yourself buddy. You’re doing what you can” I get frustrated because I should know better. But I forget that I do…

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You are who you are and it is what it is…

— Kevin Michael Gray (@approveme)

The Thing About Networking

I’m probably the last person you’d want to listen to when it comes to networking. I don’t feel comfortable doing it, even though it’s an essential part of business and personal development.

Why do I feel so “odd” when I network?

It’s not “natural” to me. Different people from different backgrounds, who otherwise wouldn’t be hanging out, get together in a room, make small talk, discover things they have in common all for the sake of progressing their business agenda. That’s oversimplified, but that’s how I feel about it all. I’ve done BNI networking groups; I’ve done Chambers of Commerce. I get “sold” on right away. Meaning, people like to tell me all about themselves, ask me about what I do and how what they do applies to my business. Being Digital Creative Agency, even a smaller one, you can imagine…

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I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.

— Robin Williams

WordCamp LA 2014

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Just ahead of 7am here and with a warm cup of pretentious coffee from an obscure region of the world, I can push my frames up to the bridge of my nose and start typing. WordCamp LA 2014 is officially in the books and we’re going through all the stuff and things that need to be wrapped up. All in all based off of the great feedback and all the folks I met this weekend who took something with them I think WCLAX 2014 was pretty damn awesome! Self hi-five!

I appreciate the community so much. I appreciate all the support we get from so many people. I appreciate that this is bigger than any one person. I appreciate that this will go on even if we aren’t…

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Appending Markup to Slides in Soliloquy

This is a simple little snippet. On a project I’m working I had a need to include social share buttons with each item in a carousel slider.

Anyone who asks me knows that I’m a big fan of Soliloquy, from Thomas Griffin Media. I’m a fan because it’s a simple solution with some nifty add-ons and does what I need it to without too much fuss.

With the 2.x update Soliloquy added some filters to their plugin, making adding your own markup to your slides easier.

/* Filter to Append HTML to Slides
============================================= */
add_filter( 'soliloquy_output_slide', 'tgm_soliloquy_custom_html', 10, 4 );
function tgm_soliloquy_custom_html( $html, $id, $image, $data ) {

$slider_id = $data; // Get Slider ID
$slider_img= $image; // Optional; Getting Image URL from slider object

if ( '1937' != $slider_id ) return $html; // If the ID doesn't match...

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Being that blunt about my own short comings and managing her expectations of me was probably the single best thing I did for our long term happiness.

— Ted Govostis

Trinkets n Stuff

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Stationery shops always make me think of my late grandmother… She’d take me into Stockwell and Binney, in Ontario, as a kid. Whenever I see a stationery I buy something… Usually pens pencils. Always puts a smile on my face.