For all that people discuss teaching kids to code, or how the Web gives people a voice, Microsoft Office is the most empowering software in the world. Word is used to write memos and novels; PowerPoint is used to sell ideas and teach classes; and Excel is used to share budgets for freelancers and giant companies alike. These tools are used to do schoolwork, and to set up billion-dollar deals. While their hegemony is no longer total—Google Docs and the like are nibbling at Office’s heels—the programs in the suite remain the mass instruments of economic power. To use anything else invites suspicion. Who wants to be the person who sends a spreadsheet that doesn’t open in Excel?
WordPress is in a market as competitive as it has ever been, especially on the proprietary and closed side. I believe WordPress will win, first and foremost, because of its community — the hundreds of core developers and large commercial companies, the tens of thousands of plugin and theme developers, and the millions of people who build beautiful things with WordPress every day.
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UserConf was interesting in that many folks outright apologized if they felt they were getting too sales-y. We were all there to share stories and experiences, not close deals or walk away with a list of leads.
A look back at my last few days in Chicago. (Fun fact: I missed my 1.5 hour flight down and instead took a 12-hour Greyhound bus through Michigan. Interesting experience, but I do not recommend it.)
The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters.
No, the right question is, “How do I dance with the fear?”
Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.
Otherwise, ignore the rantings of hobby builders and Blue-Book thumpers who think you charge too much. Ultimately, demand will determine what you can charge. If demand is low, rethink your product offering. But don’t price yourself out of a profit. You’ve gotta make a living after all.
(Some things transcend industry.)
A writer does not generate one book or article. A musician does not make one album. A podcaster does not record for just one year. Yet crowdfunding has swayed many content producers to build their funding around moments in time or one big project.