2012 has been a heck of a year. The purpose of this post is to help me put my professional life into perspective, so I can go into 2013 with clarity and purpose. So here’s a summary of my year, with all the numbers and detail, along with my goals for 2013.
I’m wrapping up a responsive site where the client uses Google Ads to manage their ad sales. Google Ads insert iframes for their banners, and it’s impossible to resize them when necessary. Here’s the snippet I’m using to switch the ad size depending on the window size.
Bill Erickson wrote a really great post in defense of consulting businesses. He lays out an extremely logical argument comparing consulting services to product services. The scalability opportunities for product businesses is an alluring one, so much so that I think (as does Bill) that many product sellers forget the support burden they can create for themselves, which can be just as concerning as the “selling time for money” concept often assigned to consultants.
I consider Bill to be the cream of the crop of freelance WordPress developers, and you really should read and digest his post if you are a WordPress professional of any sort. I especially love where he talks about how he justifies raising his prices every year, and why he chooses the type of work that he does.
Siobhan McKeown wrote a great post at WP Realm about how the vocabulary and mentality around Hack Days for WordPress events (or any events really) need to change a bit. There are people dedicated to the WordPress project, and not all of them are developers. She explains it in detail, noting the many things non developers can contribute to such days. And I made my own comment as well.
In short, these events should be open to anyone that wants to contribute back to the project, and not be an exclusive event for developers only. Doing so, I believe, will only making the project as a whole better. Let’s fork the name “Hack Day”. I vote we call them “I love WordPress” days.
I saw this evening that WordPress.com has released an in-between service called Enterprise. At $500 per month, it’s a lot cheaper than their VIP service, which starts at $3,750 per month. It’s a big move for the hosted platform, and I’m sure one they’ve planned for a long time. They seem to want to fill a gap. But I’m not sure it really does.