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Zen and the art of NaNoWriMo

It’s November, which means for some people who write, it’s NaNoWriMo time. NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a novel during the month of November. At least 50,000 words in 30 days. Accomplish that, and you win!

What do you win? The satisfaction of knowing you did it. And a novel to edit and rewrite December 1.

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Enter the Ghost

Almost a year ago, John O’Nolan published a concept for a blogging platform he envisioned, calling it Ghost. It was meant to be a blogging platform. No custom post types, no image sliders or galleries; none of the “stuff” that can get in the way of simply writing and publishing that writing.

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Tin foil browser hat

No, my site hasn’t been hacked again. Recently, a friend asked if he could do a quick check of a site on my computer. I went through the trouble of opening Safari and told him to use that instead of Firefox, which was already open because it’s my browser of choice.

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WordPress theme course updates

If you’re already enrolled in my WordPress theme building course over on Udemy.com, you already know this. If you’re not, well you should think about enrolling in the course.

When I originally created the course, it was meant to help you get under the hood of WordPress, and build a simple theme. You can still do that, of course, but I’ve been updating the course to include building an HTML5 theme. Will I also add lessons on how to make that HTML5 theme responsive? Probably. You should enroll now. Right now!
If you use the link below, you’ll get the normally $100 course, for $75.
https://www.udemy.com/build-your-own-wordpress-theme/

A crowdfunding reality checklist

This is a post that’s completely different than any I’ve ever done, but it’s relevant to some of the consulting I’ve been doing lately.

A fairly new acquaintance of mine recently launched a crowdfunding campaign. I’m at the point that whenever someone I know lets me know they have a crowdfunding campaign, I cringe and sigh a bit inside. It’s horrible, I know, especially given how many crowdfunding campaigns I’ve backed in the last 3.5 years, but someone with an active crowdfunding campaign means constant tweets, emails, and other social media posts about it. Thankfully I’m not on Facebook, so there’s one less place I have to endure the constant reminders about the campaign, but I sincerely hope they reach their goal.

Constant reminders of your crowdfunding campaign in social media is a necessary evil. You have to approach it that way if you have any hope of meeting your goal. If you can walk that fine line between keeping your campaign in front of people so they’ll back you and/or help spread the word, while not being overbearing and completely annoying about it, you are exceptionally skilled, and should teach other people how to do that. Seriously, you should.

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