Daily rituals.

Daily rituals are interesting. And not just for famous people.

The mundane, day-to-day grinds of Starbucks baristas and city bus drivers are just as good.

Time is finite, the same for everyone, wherever they are in the world.

There is no twenty-five-hundred-hours. Not even for the President of the United States.

Here’s a (loose) snapshot of my schedule:

  • 7:00am: Wake up.
  • 7:20am: Get up.
  • 7:30am: Shower, quick breakfast, and out the door.
  • Somewhere between 8-9am: Arrive at the office, coffee in hand.
  • Arrival-10:00am: Morning emails. Skimming news and articles.
  • 10:00am: Next few hours spent bouncing between smaller get-it-done tasks.
  • 1:00pm: Lunch.
  • 2:00pm: Afternoon grind. Usually writing or working on a larger project.
  • 6:00pm: Start winding down.
  • 6:30pm: Out of the office.
  • Somewhere between 7-8pm: Get home. Dinner. (Not necessarily in that order.)
  • Until 10pm: Work-related reading, flipping between miscellaneous tasks.
  • 10pm-Midnight: Recreational reading, gaming, watching TV.
  • Midnight-7:00am: Sleep.

My calendar is always packed. And yet it feels like I’m not getting enough done.

By Andy M. Posted in Blog Tagged

WordPress.com Business Users: eCommerce Has Arrived!

Andy M.:

This is a pretty big deal.

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

We’re thrilled to announce that, starting today,  WordPress.com Business users can connect their sites to their online stores. With three leading ecommerce partners to choose from — Ecwid , Shopify , and ShopLocket — you can showcase, promote, and sell products to your customers directly from your site.

If you’re already a WordPress.com Business user, or are thinking of becoming one, here’s how the ecommerce feature will power your WordPress.com site.

A simple, hassle-free connection

Users with the WordPress.com Business upgrade already enjoy great features like live-chat support, unlimited storage, and free access to all our premium themes. Now, you can turn your site into a sleek online storefront, and let visitors shop from any post or page. The partners we’ve teamed up with — Ecwid, Shopify, and ShopLocket — all provide a smooth and secure ecommerce experience for you and your customers.

Connecting to your store is…

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By Andy M. Posted in Blog

On Alumni Becoming Teachers at BitMaker Labs

“We refuse to let alumni be teachers at BitMaker labs because we don’t feel that a person who has recently graduated from a coding school is in any position to teach with a sufficient amount of experience to help student actually overcome what they want to come”

via Changes Are Headed For Toronto’s Bitmaker Labs (Good Changes) | BetaKit.

A very smart position, IMO. Get experience under your belt first before you dive back into teaching up-and-coming students.

Next Draft’s Dave Pell on Email

The key thing to remember when it comes to getting people hooked on an email newsletter is that it will end up in their inbox. The inbox is a personal and sacred place. Yes, over the years, it’s been filled with endless junk, spam, and circular work-related conversations that have turned inbox zero into an increasingly distant mirage. The key is not to become part of the problem. Email is still the killer app. It’s just that most content that ends up there is useless.

via Dave Pell’s Tips On Building A Huge Email Newsletter Around Your Project ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community.

Mentoring WordPress meetup organizers.

stepped down from leading the Toronto WordPress Group last fall. (Brent Kobayashi is now the lead organizer.) I never took that sabbatical/break — woops! — but things have worked out all the same.

With lead organizer duties off my shoulders, I now have the time to help onboard event hosts for Toronto’s WordPress meetups; support other non-WordPress meetups in our city; and, starting soon, help other WordPressers organize meetups in their own cities.

From today’s Make WordPress Community meeting notes:

In-house Mentorship Program. Jen to contact each contributor group about developing a 1-month/3-month pilot per the post about it. For this team, we’ll try pilots around meetup organizing, WordCamp organizing, and WordPress.tv. Jen and Andrea will work out the volunteers and will set up a meeting next week to discuss the content with those volunteers. @andymci will be one of the first meetup mentors. @STDestiny reminded us of the work done last year around a WC mentorship program. (We need to find you a new username that doesn’t make people think of STDs.)

Last month I shared some thoughts about organizing meetups over on WPUniversity.com. Through this new effort with the Make WordPress Community team I hope that we can get more WordPress groups going around the world.

WordCamps are great and all, but why limit it to just a weekend of WordPress? :)

Writing, procrastinating, imposter syndrome, et al.

Dweck puzzled over what it was that made these people so different from their peers. It hit her one day as she was sitting in her office (then at Columbia), chewing over the results of the latest experiment with one of her graduate students: the people who dislike challenges think that talent is a fixed thing that you’re either born with or not. The people who relish them think that it’s something you can nourish by doing stuff you’re not good at.

via Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators – Megan McArdle – The Atlantic.