Every Wednesday I’m going to share One More Coffee Mug. I currently have enough mugs to keep this going for at least two years. Despite my wife being under the impression that I already have enough mugs, I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting ones. It’s especially fun to get them from new places we go.
It’s only fitting to start this new feature with my favorite mug: my WordPress “Proudly Powered by Coffee” mug. I love these enough that I went ahead and bought a few of them from the WordPress Swag Store. They make great gifts, too (No, I don’t earn a commission from them).
I like to start my day with a fresh pot of coffee while checking out the WordPress forums.
What’s your favorite coffee mug and why?
Welcome to my first weekly progress report, where I’m going to track what I’m working on each week. This is just as much (or more) for me than it is for you, but maybe you’ll find something worthwhile.
LISTENING [Audible]. Amaze Every Customer Every Time by Shep Hyken.
DEVELOPMENT. Project: “The Store”
Project Scope: This is a website re-design for a brick-and-mortar store I’m doing for a family member. They currently have a static HTML website, but it needs some work. The site itself is not responsive and does not allow the business to add their own products. Once the re-design is complete, it will be fully responsive and use WooCommerce to display (but not sell) products on the site. This will allow the business to easily add or update current inventory without having to rely on a developer or trying to dig into code.
Weekly Progress: Last week I worked on optimizing all the product photos.
FIRE DEPARTMENT. It was a busy week for the department.
PHYSICAL TRAINING. As much as I want to start working out, I knew it wasn’t going to happen last week. Even if we didn’t have the prep work for the reverse raffle to finish up, it had snowed and was pretty cold. The sit-ups and curl-ups…well, have I mentioned I don’t like those? Next week I’ll start with them. You can hold me to that!
Have you ever tried walking up a down escalator? It may be fun, but it’s not very productive. That’s what it’s been like for me lately. I have so much stuff going on, but it doesn’t seem like I’m accomplishing as much as I want.
Family, volunteer fire department, Navy Reserve, homeowner, employee. All these things take time. And that doesn’t include anything WordPress-related. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining; I chose everything on that list. My point is that it’s easy to spread yourself too thin.
There is never a day in my life that I am bored. Coming up with ideas is the easy part. I decided I would rather make more progress in fewer areas than a little progress in a lot of different areas.
I had 10 domains for various projects I wanted to work on. You come up with a neat idea and buy a new domain, only to have it sit there unused. I did a lot of planning for a new family blog. I bought a domain, had an idea for the logo, created a list of blog ideas, and started registering social media accounts under that name. Then I realized all the time I was spending on it. I scrapped the whole thing.
Sure, it’d be fun to have something like that, but think of how much extra work that would be. I’d have another site, various social media accounts, and more email. That’s exactly what I don’t need. Instead, I’m going to cut the number of domains I have down to 2 (plus a third domain for testing).
While my daily list of items is great to keep me on track day-to-day, I think I also need something longer term so I can have clear direction on where this adventure is going. For this reason, I set two primary goals for the rest of this year:
I also have a couple secondary goals I would like to work on.
Here’s to a productive year!
As I mentioned in my last post, I’d thought about creating a separate family/personal blog and making this my landing page. That complicates things, but I want to keep things simple. Instead, I won’t worry about a landing page and will use GeoffreyShilling.com as my blog. Anything I have to write about WordPress will go over on WP Adventure.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll write another post explaining more about why I chose to do this and what you can expect to see here.
I have no intention of giving up anything from the list above.
Many people live full lives and it’s tough to squeeze in that extra time. With so much going on, it’s easy to keep putting things off. I’m going to be sharing what works and doesn’t work for me. I’m working on a new schedule to keep things organized and moving forward.
Aloha! While I do have a few things I would love to write about, I’ve decided to take a little break and focus on a couple big projects I’m currently working on. Aloha for now!
Overall rating: 5/5
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I was lucky enough to meet Adam Silver at WordCamp Dayton 2015, my first-ever WordCamp. I’ve seen him at a couple WordCamps since then. He is always very friendly, knowledgeable, approachable, and it seems like his sense of humor is very close to mine. Thanks for producing a wonderful podcast, Adam – and for being a great example for others in the WordPress community!