My wife inspires me. She has the kind of personality that when she starts something she’s going to finish it. In 2009 she decided to run a marathon and she woke up several times a week to run several miles around our neighborhood. One day a week she woke up super early and drove to another part of town before dawn to join a running club on super long runs.
Back in January of this year I published “Ship or STFU” where I talked about the regret that comes with wanting to work on a side project, but not choosing to have enough time to do it. I shared how my wife had grown tired of hearing me talk about things I was going to do and how I set a deadline (End of February) where if I didn’t have them done I would no longer talk about them.
I did stop talking about them after February, but I’ve also shipped a few. Here’s an update!
My Four Projects
In January I listed four projects that I wanted to complete:
- A plugin marketplace
- A training course
- A non-ecommerce plugin
- A vlog (formerly located at RovingCoder.com)
Each of these projects are very interesting to me for various reasons and they are in my wheelhouse.
Marketplace: I launched a plugin marketplace, Shop Plugins, on February 2nd of this year. We’ve been open over six months now. We have released over a dozen plugins and I reached the 6 month revenue goal I set. So #1 is done.
Training course: This summer I started work on the training course and it’s still in progress. So #2 is still on the DL.
Vlog: I setup a new domain/youtube/twitter account for “roving coder”, but the thought of managing another set of social accounts exhausted me. Instead I made this blog more personal and a place to blog and vlog as I see fit. I’m using my original YouTube channel to vlog and I’ve been experimenting with different types of videos to get better at using my vlogging gear and find what kinds of videos I like to make. It’s been a lot of fun!
Today I am excited to announce that project #3 – a non-ecommerce plugin project – has launched!
Several months ago I talked with Pippin Williamson about his Sugar Event Calendar plugin. We agreed to partner together to add some new features to the plugin that had been requested and create some new add-ons. Today’s release of Sugar Events Calendar version 1.5.0 brings some great new features.
I’m excited about this milestone and the future of the plugin!
This month I’m going to be participating in the VEDA or Vlog Every Day in August. I’ll be joining several other folks initiated by Amy Schmittauer over at Savvy Sexy Social.
The first day’s topic is just to do an introduction so I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I had filmed a channel trailer 6 months ago (yes, six months) and hadn’t finished editing it. So I edited it, put it on my new/old channel and used it as my introduction.
A few months ago I created a new channel with the hopes of getting the user name “DanielEspinoza” on YouTube which isn’t currently used, but that didn’t work out. I’ve got the username “growdev” from when I didn’t know what name I wanted to use and I’m not that happy about it. It’s funny that I didn’t default to my own name when pressed to choose. I still don’t understand the rule prohibiting changing your username. Nevertheless, I do have the channel name “DanielEspinoza1” which I’ll just have to deal with.
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Roving Coder Episode 004
We celebrated July 4th by going to the pool, getting pizza, then going to Pickrell Park in Schertz, Texas. Amanda grew up watching fireworks on the 4th and since our kids are older we want to continue the tradition.
We chose Schertz over a few other locations in town because it’s a short drive and we didn’t think it would be as crowded as the other locations.
The festival was fun! There was a live stage with snacks, several booths of crafts. Annabelle got her face painted and the boys got hats with their names and favorite characters.
The carnival was a bit of a bust. All of the rides were $4 a pop, they seemed in disrepair, and the lines were very long. We didn’t stay very long in the carnival.
The fireworks were the best part of the night. The show started at 9:15 and went on for almost an hour!
The day was a blast and we enjoyed celebrating the holiday.