I am an active freelance evangelist and a founder of FreelanceCamp. Along with speaking at conferences (SXSW, Future of Work, eBay), I love to write and have published numerous articles (Mashable, CopyBlogger, A List Apart, FreelanceSwitch).
When I'm not working I'm heavily involved in social good projects, focusing on helping local government run efficiently and transparently with financial responsibility. And when I sneak away, I surf some of the best waves in the world courtesy of living in Santa Cruz, CA and cuddle my lovely wife & daughter.
Our esteemed design and musician David Hickox has achieved one of the major milestones in life. He had a Pizza named after him. Requested that they make a certain pizza the next day. and when i showed up, it was called “the david”. It’s a sweet potato puree with spinach and bacon.
You choice of software platform fundamentally guides the outcome of your project. It is like the foundation of your home. Your platform defines how high you can build, what material you can use and what amenities you get to enjoy. Today, we are rarely asked to defend our choice of WordPress when proposing it as a solution for scaled and complex problems. It has a strong history and many people are comfortable using the platform. … Continue reading →
When I found out that clint’s traveling menagerie was going to be in driving distance from my parents place in washington, we all got excited. Sassy loves his daughter Ema, and those two are a recipe for delightful trouble. Clint’s crew is the epitome of the nomadic freelancer. His wife and he run an ecological goods business and he freelances from the drivers seat. He’s a hell of a designer and I love working with him. Three … Continue reading →
Julie and I went to go visit the pacific northwest this summer. We took the ferry from port angeles to victoria for the day to meet Barry and his family. We all played in the park, and then went to the world renown bug zoo. While their website is deeply underwhelming, the experience was awesome. The kids got to hold all types of creepy crawlies and the entomologist was entertaining enough that 3 kids under 5 were … Continue reading →
We’ve been wondering about what our users are up to and realized, we have a lot of assumptions, but need to see if we are correct. You deserve to have us know rather than guess. If you happen to be having a good day and want to share your story, we’d super duper appreciate it. We’ll also be giving away a free license to a randomly chosen reply. Take Our Survey!
Both Rob and Shane spoke at WordSesh today. It was a powerhouse lineup in the WordPress community, globally attended with over 500 viewers. Mad props to the guys who put this event together. Managing Support for a Premium WordPress Plugin with Rob La Gatta Rob’s slides has an odd malfunction, so check out the slides while you listen. This is his first public talk to the WordPress audience and we are super duper proud of … Continue reading →
I spoke at WordCamp Miami this past weekend. Best WordCamp yet. They had a collectors set of key players in WordPress trading cards (about 40 people or so) and guess who makes the cut. What a clever way to reward volunteer contributions to an open source community.
Often the magic of a trip is in the moments in-between. Its the personal neuroses you share as the barriers break down over the 6th beer. It’s singing wheels on the bus and painting nails with a bunch of 3 year olds. Its screwing up your best card trick while everyone is watching and playing it off with panache. Its the warning before a lightning talk that this slide deck must never leave this … Continue reading →
I gave an hour and twenty minute talk at How Design Live / Creative Freelance Conference in Boston on the art of the start. This talk has some serious meat on its bones. The organizers were kind enough to provide me the audio and I then paired it with the slides to create a video to share. We always give our educational content away for free to our audience and this isn’t going to be … Continue reading →