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Between my own sites and working on client sites, I've had loads of Wordpress issues. And I do not, in any way, consider myself adept at fixing them. I've been lucky enough to work with programmers who could fix issues for client sites. For my own sites, updating plugins worked sometimes. Other times I reinstalled the latest version of WP to somehow kick out the problem.
I basically have a list of "maybe this will work" solutions that I try.
Great tip on disabling plugins. I hadn't heard that one before.
3 months ago on WordPress Won’t Load? Don’t panic… Here’s what to do!
I think I have frontier projects every few hours, though I'm spending the bulk of my time in working towards financial freedom (AKA "kill the credit card debt"). It's inapplicable to my blogging and my day job in the sense that I'm not going to start writing money-saving guides or anything like that. But, the hard work now is to free up more time for the frontier projects in the future.
3 months, 1 week ago on The Unexpected Benefits of ‘Foolhardy’ Challenges
You make a great point about our plans not always fitting the actuality of our lives. I'm far too ambitious with what I think I can accomplish in a certain amount of time, and I begin to feel the pressure of falling behind as a greater discouragement to finishing. I think that flexibility will have to play a larger role in life plans going forward.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on In Which We Talk About System Failures (Complete with Examples)
I have sooo many tech-things I'm trying to dig into more effectively in terms of programming and software. As long as I take it in small chunks, I can pick up the information I need. But I can really get overwhelmed by trying to take in too much info at once.
That said, I am completely unsavvy with automobiles. I'm not interested in learning, and I have no patience with the things. I feel like I should -- but not enough to take the time to learn it, though.
I'm working hard at drawing some boundaries on which subjects are worth large chunks of time and which are clearly not (for me).
4 months ago on You will never become tech-savvy (if you believe that)
This is a great discussion piece, Ethan. Email responder series may be less in vogue than they were a few years ago, but the best freebie I ever got came from Sean Platt's Ghostwriter Dad site. He's moved on to writing fiction now, but the series was a very in-depth look at what it takes to be a copywriter or ghostwriter with very practical steps.
I've received plenty of clunkers, too, but that example always stands out in my mind.
4 months ago on Is your email list bonus helping you or shooting you in the foot?
I've found myself over the past several weeks stopping out of over-stimulation and just being still, waiting to catch up with myself. It's been a very real process of re-evaluating in which parts of my life I want to invest.
I like the idea of going quietly among the noise and haste. The rest of the world isn't slowing down. It's a choice that we have to make, but that seems doable. I don't actually have to slow down the rest of the world, just me.
By the way, where did the "violent and original" quote come from?
4 months, 1 week ago on Desiderata: How to Enjoy Serenity and Focus
"Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to all even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story."
I get caught up in listening to only a select few voices in the thoughts that they'll have all the answers I need, but life is too messy for that. Kernels of wisdom are in the strangest places, even the "dull and ignorant." I can only find that wisdom through clear communication - sharing and listening.
4 months, 1 week ago on That Which is Necessary or Desired
The biggest strategy I've adopted is the first one you mentioned here. By simply relaxing and not being so conscientious all the time, I've felt much more comfortable with the work I've produced. And because I'm not freaking out about every turn of phrase, I can write more.
It can still get a lot better, but at least the process is easier.
4 months, 1 week ago on Ooh! Ask Me!: “How do I consistently sound like me?”
@ethanwaldman If you have time to invest in one resource, check out Moz's Beginner Guide to SEO: http://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-seo. It's absolutely great, and the blog always keeps me up to date.
Following their stuff, check out Copyblogger (http://www.copyblogger.com/blog/) and Neil Patel (http://www.quicksprout.com/). They're my go-to resources.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The key to successful air travel (and dealing with technology)
Yeah, I've definitely been running late with air travel before, and I got there when I got there. Not a lot I could do about it.
The framework I can think of off the top of my head is the one I use for SEO. You can't know for certain what search engines will decide is important, so always put the reader / client / customer first. Focus on user experience and cover the basics of SEO, and you're off to an incredible start.
This is always a source of struggle for me. I always think I can push hard enough to make something amazing happen, yet it never works out. It's the steady work that adds up to something decent. And even though I know that to be true, I'm still tempted to spend just a few more hours.
Between all the posts I'm reading this week, I'm definitely getting the message on prioritizing. And I'm glad. I always need the reminders.
5 months ago on Pay the Danegeld, Never Be Rid of the Danes
The funny thing about this post is that I listened to it on Pocket while trying to get some reports done for work. I was causing congestion with the exact advice meant to undo it! Of course, I felt sheepish once I heard what you had to say about clearing your head.
So, yes. I agree! I'm ready to get rid of some congestion in a big way. I've started with the weekly reviews, and they've been tremendously helpful. And I think that the morning pages would be a big boost, too. Thanks!
5 months ago on Two Kinds of Mental Congestion and Three Ways to Clear Them Up
It's like the way that digital artists brought human-like movement to the screen. They had to start tracking actual humans. I remember the first time I watched Iron Man and thought, "Digital works here because he's supposed to look like a robot. Well played."
Great thoughts here. I get so very disappointed when I try to control too much. There just isn't a good enough system to account for every eventuality.
5 months, 1 week ago on We Are Always Falling
Definitely digging the new design. Learning code is incredibly rewarding for bloggers since it gives you the opportunity to control so much more about the presentation of your work. I can remember being much less frustrated with WordPress and other content management systems when I could switch to code view and get around some of the quirkiness of the systems.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Big Unveil: Welcome to the New Remade By Hand!
@Shanna Mann Because I'm in the SEO / online marketing space, I find that Google+ is helpful. Lots of people within that community lose that network. I also get a kick out of quick interactions on Twitter.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Advice for People ‘Living the Dream’
My challenge is sort of on the opposite end of the spectrum. I can get so wrapped up in finding motivation that I lose the discipline to keep getting things done. I tend to rely on bursts of motivation to get things done instead of just plowing through the challenges at hand.
That said, community is a major boost in keeping me going. Getting the chance to chat with others in the same space provides me with new insight and energy.
6 months ago on Advice for People ‘Living the Dream’
I really struggle to do something fun solely for the sake of fun. TV watching gets to be pretty boring pretty quickly unless I'm watching something for research (documentaries, TED videos, etc.)
Still, I find myself burning out if I don't take time completely away from anything "work" related. My brain stops processing new information, and I end up staring at a book or a blog without comprehending.
I try to read fiction purely for the sake of reading whenever I can. It's one way I know that I can try something different without an agenda involved.
6 months, 1 week ago on Work vs Play vs Rest
Great post, Shannon. My newest advance is the new day job, but there is plenty to consolidate before trying to start any new initiatives there. I have to get my head around this method of work before I go any further.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The Art of Consolidation: Keeping What You’ve Captured
My productivity booster is pretty close to @Shanna Mann's. I use headphones with some type of music to help block out background noise whether I'm at home or the day job, and that definitely increases my output. I just can't focus on more complex tasks when I hear too many conversations.
7 months, 1 week ago on The productivity advice that you never listen to (it’s the only thing that works)
Wow. I'm really excited to try out Focus at Will. I've started listening to a lot of ambient music and music without lyrics in the past year, so that sounds like it'd be right up my alley.
I'm also an Evernote junkie. I grow more dependent on that service ev every day. Great list, Shanna!
7 months, 1 week ago on 8 Recommended Tools and Services for Streamlining Your Workflow