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WPYall, Not for Yall

Well the first WordCamp of 2022 is now to be determined. WordCamp Birmingham aka WPYall has been postponed due to Covid, #WPYall Postponed Until Spring: As a result, the WordCamp Birmingham Organizing Team has unanimously decided to postpone WP Y’all until a future date in April or May when we can safely hold the event […]

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Open Sourced-ish Financial Model

Over at Ellipsis Marketing, Alex Denning announced today, Open sourcing our $2k financial model spreadsheet for WordPress businesses: Ellipsis’ financial model sheet is invaluable for getting insight into the performance of any WordPress business. It’s one of the tools we use to base our recommendations on for clients, allowing us to take decisions based on […]

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More Open Source

I’m quite happy that the difficulties of being an open source contributor are coming more and more into the public sphere. Bigger names with bigger audiences are getting into the mix, following my post Open Source Support Crisis, I came across Open Source Considered Harmful by the Morten Rand-Hendriksen. What’s good ol’ Morten have to […]

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OMG! I Understand web3

I am not going to say there is a be-all and end-all single simple definition of web3, but by golly My first impressions of web3 by Moxie Marlinspike nails the basics and goes into some interesting technical issues. This quote is particularly clarifying: I have only dipped my toe in the waters of web3. Looking […]

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Open Source Support Crisis

Another day, another story about the critical role open source software has for everyone. Let’s quickly remind ourselves of the last big open source crisis from less than a month ago, log4j. Justin Dorfman, writing at VentureBeat, What Log4Shell teaches us about open source security: And, finally, why does it always seem to take the […]

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Keep it Concise

“I won’t bore you.” “Let me get to the gist.” “Here’s the deal.” Why do we hear this all the time followed by a 30 minute “elevator pitch?” If you have to tell someone who you are then you’re doing something wrong. Actions speak louder than words. We give off so many subliminal hints, and […]

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WordCamp Conundrum or Not

So I briefly touched on WordCamps and Covid in Open Source in 2021, but WP Tavern has taken a deeper dive into the situation, WordCamp Birmingham Updates COVID-19 Protocols Amid Omicron Surge, WordCamp Europe Still Planning for In-Person Event: “WordCamp Central has agreed to cover the budget for additional safety measures like free masks and […]

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Compostable … errr … Composable Ecosystems

The kind of thinking that comes out of Marketing MBAs sometimes just drives me nuts. Wait, what are you selling? How is this different than last year … last decade … last millennium? The garbage industry phrase of 2022 has just been minted. Composable Ecosystems. Let’s take a peak into this insanely new business model […]

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Open Source vs Beginner’s Bubble

Sometimes a concept comes across that in hindsight is so crazily common sense that you wonder why you didn’t learn about it in kindergarten. Welcome to the Beginner’s Bubble! So this came from an op-ed in the New York Times, Skeptics Say, ‘Do Your Own Research.’ It’s Not That Simple. Yes it’s about Covid and […]

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Yoast on Shopify

Hot off the presses, We have big news: Yoast SEO is coming to Shopify! Well well well, definitely should’ve seen this coming, it’s a natural way to expand their market – but is this a harbinger of where the WordPress ecosystem may be headed? Let me spare you the suspense. The short answer is no. […]