Link Category: Ideas
Roald Dahl interview and short film – Pebble Mill at One 1982
The children’s author on his writing process and habits.
Extreme ownership is the bedrock of success for digital projects
You should probably take more responsibility.
Rubber Duck Debugging
Over on Thoughtful Code I recently covered the topic of “rubber duck debugging.” It’s a pretty simple procedure but one I love because it works surprisingly well. Here are the basic steps:
I’m a very slow thinker
Derek Sivers will get back to you tomorrow.
Crypto-coin-stealing code sneaks into fairly popular NPM library
What Is The Morning Writing Effect?
Writing as a proxy for “when do we work best”?
Getting Black Friday right for WordPress products
Black Friday is a great opportunity for WordPress products, but offering a straight discount isn’t necessarily the best way to go: you need to balance existing customers, price-sensitive potential customers, and deal-searchers, and a straight discount leaves at least one of those groups dissatisfied.
What is “Thoughtful Code?”
A sort-of goal of starting my Thoughtful Code hobby site was to use it it say a little more on theory than “here’s how to set up Java projects” or “here are five cool things you didn’t know about PHP.” I love articles like that (and should write more of them), but they don’t speak to the name or concept of what makes code worth writing and what makes it valuable to the word. And that’s something I think about a lot, both in our work here with WordPress, and with my role in Code for Fort Collins.
Candy Japan YouTube marketing horror story
Last week I linked my piece on marketing channels, and the importance of testing new channels to see what works. This is a great write-up of a marketing channel experiment – YouTube sponsorships – and how it really didn’t work.
How to Change WordPress User Passwords via FTP
A member from the WPShout Facebook Group blew my mind last week with this set of instructions for either resetting WordPress user passwords or adding new users using only an FTP connection. This was in response to our Quick Guide that describes how to do the same thing inside phpMyAdmin, which requires cPanel (or similar) access. For many situations, I believe this FTP route is quite a bit simpler and requires requesting less complete access from your clients.