Social Media

When Auto-posting Plugins Attack

Having plugins automatically post content from your site to social media can be a great time saver.

But beware. Pay attention to how you set them up, because if you don’t all kinds of crazy stuff can happen. Often times in the digital public square.

If this does happen to you. Admit the gaff and roll with it. Often, it’s not nearly as bad as what you thought.

Has this happened to you before?

Digital Marketing

Say What You Will About Gary Vaynerchuck

People either love him or hate him. Gary Vaynerchuck (aka Gary Vee) can be a polarizing character in the world of marketing. But say what you will, the guy cares.

Yes, he puts content out to keep himself and his brand top of mind, but the way he does it and the content he provides shows something. Something I think a lot of people in marketing miss. Giving a sh!t.

Caring is key. Trying to solve problems for people will help you reap the rewards much more than just going for the close every time.

What do you think?


The Block Editor In WordPress

Apparently after a year of neglect my old personal site was too far gone to repair.

Having this experiment going to play with the block editor (aka Gutenberg), I decided last night to make this site my main site going forward.

I’m still undecided if I’m going to swamp the domains around. It would probably be a good idea to do so, since my .me has more domain oomph and age.

With all this in mind, I’ve started to like the new editor, but I have also seen that there is quite a bit of a learning curve to it from the old ways of doing things.

Hopefully this adventure on my personal site will make me that much better a WordPress designer/developer.

Stay tuned.

Social Media

A Pet Peeve Of Mine

I’ve written about this on LinkedIn and it went viral [1] [2].

When connecting with someone on the network, try to at least say hello first, if not get to know the person some, before you pitch them your services or product offering.

Gary Vaynerchuk wrote a whole book on this called Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. The premise is simple and should be taken to heart. You provide as much value as you can, then maybe after lots of value, you ask for something.

You need to earn sales. It’s almost a cliche now, but people buy from people they like. Not from any old schmuck off the street. Well usually not.

Let’s continue the conversation, what do you think?


WordPress & WordCamp US 2019

After watching the live stream of WordCamp US this past weekend, I decided to spin up a site and to beta test all the new features coming out in the next few months and year with WordPress.

The block editor is something that I need to get used to and with the coming functionality in the pipeline, it’d be stupid not to try and use WordPress without a page builder.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Elementor plugin, but if there is a way to do what I need without adding bulky plugins than I want to know how.

So, instead of blowing up one of my many other sites, I started as a way to experiment.

Here’s to learning new things and expanding horizons.

Stay tuned.


WordCamp US 2019 – State Of The Word – My Thoughts

So WordCamp US 2019 was this weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. I watched from afar on the live stream. I’m so glad they had that feature. Thanks #WCUS organizers!

One of the biggest parts of WordCamp US is when WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg gives the State Of The Word speech at the end of the second day.

Here are my takeaways:

  • WordPress isn’t going anywhere. It powers even more of the Web than it did last year. Still about 1/3 of the Web.
  • The Block Editor is coming along with more and more features coming.
  • You’ll be able to add Blocks and activate them right from the editor without having to leave editor. This is huge.
  • The Twenty-Twenty theme looks slick.

This is what stuck with me. Over at the PostStatus site there is an even better run down.

If you get a chance to go to a WordCamp — GO! It’s well worth it.


WordCamp Lehigh Valley PA 2019

I’ve been coming to WordCamp Lehigh Valley since it started (I think about 4 years ago). It’s a great WordCamp that isn’t in a major metro area.

The topics are great and range from User Experience to getting used to the Gutenberg editor to how to manage multiple WordPress sites.

The great thing about WordCamps is that for a minimal charge, the information you get is worth so much more. This is the same for WordCamp Lehigh Valley.

Find more out about WordCamps by going to WordCamp Central.

Web Finds

The Best Photoshop Alternatives for 2019 | Webdesigner Depot

I’m partial to Photoshop, but it’s nice to see that there are options out there for people who want something different.

I’ve used GIMP and it’s halfway decent. Also there is another one that isn’t listed called Lunacy which is a Sketch clone/competitor.

What graphics/photo editing software do you use?

For many designers, Photoshop is the number one tool for editing images, but for many other designers, Photoshop is an expensive, bloated, and inefficient tool.

Source: The Best Photoshop Alternatives for 2019 | Webdesigner Depot

Web Finds

7 things you might not know about Google My Business categories – Search Engine Land

This is an interesting post about Google My Business (GMB) and how the categories’ impact SEO.

I have found that Google My Business categories are often an overlooked tactic by many people that work in the Local Search space. According to Moz’s Local Search Ranking Factors Survey, proper Google My Business category associations are the #3 search ranking factor for local packs. It has been one of the top ranking factors […]

Source: 7 things you might not know about Google My Business categories – Search Engine Land

Web Finds

Nathan Ingram: Dealing with Problem Clients |

This is a must watch for any WordPress/Web Designer dealing regularly with clients.