Know Your Value

One day my grandfather gave me an old watch, explaining to me that his father carried this watch during his time serving in World War I.

Hand holding old pocket watch.

Upon giving me this watch my grandfather asked me to take it to the local pawn shop and jewelers to get it appraised. Not quite sure the reason for the ask, I reluctantly agreed. When I returned with the watch, I informed my grandfather the pawn shop offered $150 and the jeweler offered $325.

“Now take it to the museum, and ask what they would give for it”, my grandfather said. So I visited the museum and, too my surprise, they offered me $750,000. 😳

After returning to my grandfather and explaining the large offer from the museum, he told me “There will be many people in your life, surround yourself with people that recognize your value.”

This fictional story was an adaptation of an old parable about a dying father, his son and an old family watch. It really touched me and forced me to understand and recognize those around me which do not acknowledge or realize my value.

We will often times find ourselves challenged with difficult decisions, especially when it comes to value recognition. Coming in the form of family, friends, colleagues and even your employers; lack of value recognition leads to negativity and ultimately unhappiness.

Be valued. Be happy. 😎


Hello World. 👋🏻🌎

Hello, again and again and again, World. 👋🏻

Over the course of my hosting websites I have transitioned sites offline and back online several times, all while auditing the site content to see if I wanted to transition it as well.

Now, in the midst of a Global Pandemic, I am once again performing this transition. While these two are completely unrelated, it is definitely something which has been on my todo list for quite some time.

Oooh, something new…

So, what’s new?

Previously this site was hosted as a WordPress single installation Pantheon’s platform. While I still love Pantheon, I have been looking for a solution which could incorporate a WordPress Network of sites, so that management of all sites fall under one roof.

Now, I know what you may be thinking… a Network? Really?

While there are many reasons to use a WordPress Network, often times creating a network in which each site has its own domain is not the best solution for the problem. That being said, if done right a WordPress Network of sites can perform just a well as any single site installation.

Emphasis on “if done right”.

Since Pantheon does not offer WordPress Networks out of the box (you have to get approved by Pantheon and be on a specific Plan), I choose to move off Pantheon and give SpinupWP a try.

Now, after a few months of hosting on SpinupWP, I have to say I am quite pleased with the simplicity of the platform. The ease of deploys and updates, the barely-opinionated structure of repos and the developer centric focus of work is all quite pleasing.

Unlike other platforms, one of the biggest benefits of using SpinupWP is cost (which was a huge decision driver). Currently we are paying about $50 a month to host eight sites; whereas on Pantheon that would cost roughly $280. Sure, there is a little more legwork involved, but I am a DIY type of person already, so I don’t mind getting my hands dirty.

TBH, I feel this will be one of the last transitions I will ever make with my sites (may switch hosts in the future, because you never know 🤷🏻‍♂️), but will ultimately keep the WordPress Network structure to keep all our sites under one ☂️.

Cheers. 🍻


Back Online

Over the course of my writing, I have taken my sites offline from time to time for a reset, if you will.

Now, it’s time to come back online… so you may see some old posts appear, while others are rewritten.

Stay tuned. 😎


Zoom + Keybase

Zoom acquired Keybase and the internet went up in arms. The company was having major security issues when everyone transitioned during this Global Pandemic and I, for one, see this as a bold move to demonstrate that Zoom considers security important.

Initially, our single top priority is helping to make Zoom even more secure.

This is a bold statement that any Zoom subscriber should be happy about (read more on the Zoom Blog). In the end, Keybase could have sold to anyone. Let’s be happy it went to a company that helps each of us communicate with each other remotely.