Where Did This Come From? I was previously putting my weekly updates for Print My Blog, the WordPress plugin, on the Open Collective page. But I don’t think anyone saw them (although I wasn’t sure, I didn’t have access to any analytics), it didn’t seem as usable from my phone (which is important when I […]Read More Print My Blog Transparency Report, April 5, 2019 – Private Posts, Family Search Tutorial, and Hustling
Usually I quickly jot down my notes from general conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But this time I’d like to share my notes in a format that is approachable to those with different beliefs. I think that will be good for others to understand a bit more about beliefs of […]Read More Personal Highlights from April 2018 General Conference
So you have a blog to share your stories with friends, family, and the world. Great. But will it still exist in 50 years? How about 100? Most likely it will fall victim to the “Digital Dark Age“, and won’t be available. Your grandfather’s memoirs written on paper might be more accessible than your blog. […]Read More Immortalize Your Blog by Turning It into a Family Search Memory
It’s easy for WordPress plugin developers to be endlessly chasing “modern best practices” and building features they love, but actual users don’t care about. Over the past few months, I’ve been experimenting with a development methodology that avoids waste and stays focused on users’ priorities. I call it “Lazy Software Development,” and this is how it works…Read More The 5 Promises of User-Led Software Development
Yesterday, a site I maintain, earlychildhoodeducator.com, was having issues communicating with Amazon’s Product Advertising API. Here’s what I learned about the problem and how we fixed it (in case you’re likewise having issues with it!) How we use Amazon Product Advertising API The website is for an online school, and they have links to the […]Read More Dealing with Amazon Product Advertising API Policy Changes
Ok, gratitude listicle! Job at Event Espresso. I’ve been learning a lot over the years, been involved in interesting projects, had friendly coworkers, open-minded and humble bosses, given time to study, experiment and contribute to other open source projects. Family close by. Amanda’s parents are 8 minutes away, her sister Sam only 30 seconds away. […]Read More Gratitude Journal March 2019
How do you make money when you give your product away for free? Let’s consider the common open-source business models, and explore the viability of supporting development entirely through sponsorships.Read More To Fund WordPress Plugin Development Through Sponsorship, or More Traditional Models?
I recently created an Open Collective in order to fund development of my plugin Print My Blog. Here’s its pitch for why the plugin users should elect to donate to the collective. I’m posting here to gather feedback on my ideas, not so to extract money out of people who don’t even use the plugin. […]Read More Why Users Should Pay for My WordPress Plugin (Even When it’s Totally Free)