WordFest 2021 Part Deux

To this moment in time, I still can’t believe the team over at Big Orange Heart did the second Wordfest in 6 months. The first one was in January and was excellent. The other one was on Friday (July 23rd) and was even better.

I was glad that Goldstein Media was able to be a micro sponsor and that I was able to help out, even just a little, with the digital swag bag and helping throughout the day.

The event was held over 24 hours. Yes, 24 hours. With 48+ sessions and interviews/talks with Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, the co-founders of the WordPress open source project.

Part Deux of Wordfest had more mental health topics than the first one, I think, and it was very much welcome.

The core team and all the volunteers did a great job putting on a great event.

Rumor has it that they will probably be keeping up with the cadence of 2 a year, just not so close together.

I hope that I’ll be able to help out more on the next one.

Not only did they throw a great event. They raised over $11k for A Big Orange Heart, which is a non-profit aimed at helping remote workers with their mental health.

WordFest also had challenges that people took on to raise money. It was a really great event.

It was all recorded and you can go back and watch the sessions at WordFest.Live.

If you’d like to join the community check out Big Orange


Vermont State Of Mind

I love Vermont. The beauty is unmatched and it’s so relaxing even if I’m working on stuff for the agency.

My parents have house at a top of the mountain in Weston, VT. It’s so peaceful and relaxing even with a crazy 8 year old.

This trip, albeit short, is a great reminder that after the year we had in 2020, getting away even for a change of scenery is key.

With 15 months stuck in the house together, it’s way to easy to stay that way and not venture out.

I’m so glad we did.


I Got Up Early

Today I got up early. I’m seriously shocked that I did. 5:25 am and I’m not writing at 5:40 am. I have to admit that I would have been still sleeping if my 40-year-old bladder didn’t wake me, but still, the fact that I stayed up and decided to come down and write — I’m proud of myself.

So many people tout getting up early with being successful. They say the richest and most successful get up early. This might be true for some, but I don’t think that’s why they are rich and successful.

Routines Change

A person who I admire, Amy Landino, wrote a whole book on morning routines called Good Morning, Good Life. It’s a good book that highlights what works for her in the morning. There are some great tips, for those who are early risers to start off productively.

Recently, Amy, who has a very popular YouTube channel and podcast, revealed that she’s stopped her morning routine and is letting herself sleep in.

At first, I found this curious. She’s been pushing the “wake up early and be successful mantra” for so long, why the change?

To be honest it doesn’t matter. Routines change — people change.

If we’ve learned anything from this past year (2020), nothing is written in stone. We have to roll with what’s given to us and figure out how to adapt.

You need to figure out what works best for you, your body, your work, your family (not necessarily in that order).

I still recommend picking up Amy’s book. It’s a good read and has some great actionable tips, but remember — you do you.

Ultimately, this post was a writing exercise, because guess what? I got up early!


World Opening Up

As the world opens up (well at least here in the States), I wonder how people are coping with the change after ~15 months of being in some semblance of lockdown.

I’m enjoying my time outside the “bunker.” But I’m still cautious about who I meet with. This might be because my 8-year-old son isn’t vaccinated yet. My wife and I both are. I go out to the market now and to my co-working space, with mask in tow. But, there is something I learned about myself during the 15 months of craziness.

I like virtual networking. I think I might like it as much as in-person networking. I can get more done with virtual networking. One downside is that the quality of the connection to the meeting software matters. You don’t have that issue with in-person networking. If you do, you should probably go to the doctor.

I know this is a bit of a ramble, but I’m curious, how is everyone else fairing?

Drop a comment below.

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WordFest 2021

WordFest Live, run by A Big Orange Heart, is back for its second time! The inaugural WordFest Live was only in January. It was a total success that they wanted to do another one.

WordFest Live is a 24 hour WordPress virtual conference to help promote the open-source operating system and mental health in the WordPress community and beyond.

It’s free to attend, so really there is no reason not to.

Goldstein Media is proud to be a micro-sponsor, and I’m happy that I can volunteer for some of the time.

I’ll be posting more as we get closer to July 23rd.

Find out more here:


Not Sure What To Title This

That’s always a great way to start a blog post. 🤣

This past weekend as you can see from my last post, was a tough one. Johnny’s death hit me harder than I thought it would. 😥

He’s my age and has young kids. I guess that played a part in how down in the dumps I am. I also feel for Jessica, his amazing, strong, resilient wife. She’s an amazing mother too. A mom to 3 adorable kiddos. I can’t imagine what she’s going through right now. All I want to do is give her a HUGE hug and tell her that I’m there for her and will help out in any way I can.

Friday is the funeral. I’m still waiting on the details. It’s going to be anywhere from a 2 to 3-hour drive, but this family is worth it. I need to be there.

As I said, I wasn’t sure what to title this post. I think the title suits it.

I’m going to try and write more. I think it’s good for me to get my thoughts out.

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I’m Mourning

A good friend’s husband just passed from brain cancer. He was around my age (~40).

He left behind a wife, 3 young kids, and a wonderful dog.

My heart aches for my friend and her kids. I just found out this morning.

Her husband has been battling brain cancer for years. And has put up a good fight.

He was a good man, a good husband, and a father.

I’m not sure why I’m taking it so hard. It could be that he’s so young. It could be that he left behind a family. It could be that I’m dealing with my own (albeit not even close to terminal) mishigas and I’m feeling just that much mortal today.

I’m not putting this out there for sympathy for me. I’m just want to talk about it put words to my feelings.

I just turned 40 last month, and I’m realizing that I’m no longer young. I might even be middle-aged (groan).

The stages of life are… Get Married, Have Kids, Grow Old, The Have Friends Start Die. This way too soon.

Having been brought up going to Quaker schools, the Quakers have a tradition of holding people in the light. That’s all I can do now. In the Jewish religion, you can say the Mourner’s Kaddish.

I’m struggling, with this. I’m struggling because he was so young. It wasn’t sudden. It was coming. But… yea…

I’m sad, very sad.😪😭

I know this was a ramble. But I need to get this out.


Minecraft… An Escape

I belong to a great community of techy-type people called Indy Hall. I’ve known about the community since 2010 and it’s been around since 2006. It’s one of the first co-working spots in the US if not the World.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started last year (2020), the community has been a great place for me to escape and be among people even though we couldn’t be in person.

Using the Discord App, Indy Hall has survived the pandemic where others have not.

So what does this have to do with Minecraft? Well, we have a Minecraft realm setup for Indy Hallers and friends. It’s great and an even bigger escape from the craziness of the world.

It was originally started on one member’s machines. When we realized how popular it was getting we moved to the official Minecraft Java Edition Realms.

Right now there are about 10 of us using it and it’s amazing the expansiveness of the world. The different so many different biomes to explore and recently, Nick, our trusty Minecraft gearhead set up a teleportation station so we can get to far-flung spots in the world. One of which is a huge mountain with waterfalls. Strangely even in 8-bit graphics, it’s beautiful.

Part of why I’m writing this is to share some of the screenshots from our world. Another reason is to share my enthusiasm for this community. Without Indy Hall, I’d be so much more down in the dumps.

Thank you Indy Hall, the community and the team, for all that you do.

See you on Discord and/or Minecraft.

If you’re interested in checking out Indy Hall, check them out at

The New Reality

The Pandemic Is Still Real… Still Here In Full Force

I saw this about Covid-19’s resurgence in the most populous states in the United States on LinkedIn.

This is not a political issue. Heck it’s being talked about widely on the biggest business social network. It’s a health issue. It’s about our health.

There is no vaccine for Covid-19. There isn’t even a good treatment for it right now if you get the virus really bad.

I, just like everyone else, want the world to return to normal, but I also want to be around to see my kid graduate high school/college, get married, have kids etc.

So it’s only been 4 or so months. Not even a year. I get that I’m fortunate enough to have a business that is thriving during this time. But regardless a dead customer isn’t a customer. It’s a body count.

This is serious folks. Let’s treat it as such.

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The New Reality

Covid-19… I Get It

Seriously, I get it. We’re all sick of being stuck in our homes and not interacting with other people as much as we used to.

We want to get out. As humans were social beings — we want to be around each other and hang out.

But there is a deadly killer out there. There is no vaccine. there’s not even an effective treatment to make sure you don’t die from this virus.

I get it. I want to go back to my office. I want to go back to happy hours in person. I need a break from my house and my immediate neighborhood.

I missed the space between home and work. Yes, I worked from home from time to time. But having office space 10 minutes away helped exponentially.

But the virus is still out there. It’s still fucking killing people. I just saw a stat that the virus has killed more Americans then World War I. That freaks me out. And it should freak everyone else out as well.

People have stayed home for 3 plus months and haven’t gotten the virus, only to go out to the bar once and get it.

People are working on a vaccine as fast as possible. I don’t think it’s going to take 4 years. I think, just my opinion, we’re going to see if vaccine early next year. That’s when life can and should get back to normal.

Keep in mind, Covid-19 will most likely become a yearly thing, like the common flue, with vaccines having to be gotten yearly. But, like with the flu, we’ll have a jumping off point in the future.

Let’s all not forget that we’re still not out of the woods yet. Covid-19 is still a threat — a major threat.

Also, it’s not just about you and how you make it through it without much of anything. It’s the people around you they might not fare so easily.

Be be smart. Be safe everyone.

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