Don’t let your work become your hobby

Photo of a pair of skates

Every web designer needs a hobby. I have long known this deep down, but I haven’t had any hobbies for years. Work is constantly on my mind. I think about my project work, my blog posts to clients, my blog posts here, my workflows, setting up automation, training, client communication, deadlines, etc. It never ends.…

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WebCami Cafe, One Year Later

My WebCami Cafe anniversary date came and went in early February.  I planned to post about it, but then it snowed like crazy in February and my month was thrown into scheduling chaos.  I wanted to do this post with a little time to reflect on what I’ve learned over the last year. My intentions…

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Cafe Convo: WordPress Plugin creation Q&A with Alex Sirota

I recently learned that cafe member Alex Sirota was working on a plugin. I’ve never built a plugin myself and sent him a few questions to answer. Please share your name: Alex Sirota Tell us a bit about yourself: I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I have a family of 4, my wife Alla…

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How to Make Sure You Always Get Paid as a Freelancer

At the end of last year, I had the unfortunate experience of having a new client say they wanted to cancel their project.  They expected to have a website in 10 weeks and that didn’t happen.  Now, not sending the web designer any content other than a logo file might have contributed to the delay,…

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When it rains, it snows

It’s been very quiet in the cafe since the first Monday of February.  I had this terrific idea to fly home early so I could have a full day of work after a long weekend with Mom and Dad.  I left my parent’s house at 4:15 am in a rental car with bad wipers and…

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How to change a user password in a mysql database

One of the most frustrating things I remember about learning WordPress was losing my own password and not getting the password reset emails.  I couldn’t log into the site, so I was stuck not knowing how in the world I would get in.  A few Google searches lead to instructions. Here’s a quick video: Login…

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