A Three Pronged Plan for my WordPress Based Endeavors

Part 1: An Appliance!

I have a concept for a ‘box’ with Linux, MySQL, PHP, Apache, and WordPress sitting under a desk. That will be where the next generation of WordPress based websites will begin. It’s an appliance for creating a website on the WordPress platform.

Once finished enough for first publication, the Appliance will sync up with the actual website and transfer the content up for initial publication. Subsequent updates will occur on the ‘box’ and be ‘syndicated’ or synced when finished.

Notice I said syndicated first. I think syndication onto multiple ‘owned’ websites might be a good business model for many bloggers and website owners. Besides cross-promotion on the owned network, being open and organized around syndication is a good place to be for the prolific content creator or marketer.

Proper distribution via syndication may be the only promotional work ever needed by many bloggers and hobbyists.

Part 2: A Federated WordPress

I’m convinced even more that WordPress needs to embrace the ‘Fediverse’…

Tonight on Shark Tank I heard the phrase, “Facebook giveth and Facebook taketh away”. A stark reminder that promotion on the commercial social media platforms is a perilous place to be basing business upon.

The Indie Web is a good answer to that predicament. It is not perfect and sometimes creates some very strange ‘bedfellows’ but federation across the Indie Web opens outlets that may sometimes be fleeting, Willy Nilly, and capricious but the presence on the Fediverse also opens up steadier outlets and further cross-promotion.

Part 3: Guided WP

There’s a lot of WordPress ‘pieces’ that are fantastic for building out a really awesome, highly functional website. But each of those pieces can be absolutely daunting to implement and maintain.

For instance, I’ve been playing around with something called WP2Static lately which is an amazing plugin from Leon Stafford that takes the output of a WordPress website and converts that to static HTML pages to be rendered by a cheaper web hosting account at blindingly fast speeds.

It’s a very impressive setup but you almost need to be a WordPress guru (Or Leon Stafford himself) to make it work initially. Pair that up with my ‘Box’ concept though and toss in a Guided WP account and you have that guru ‘on staff’ and the WP2Static preconfigured when you spec out and order the ‘Box’.

I’ll be coming back here over the next several months and expanding this article but this was to give you an idea of the possibilities.

The Fourth Prong?

IPFS! I’m thinking an IPFS server is a pretty darn good idea for storing images and some of those static pieces of a website. I’m already using that some for images pertaining to my reading list/book suggestion posts.

Right now I’m using a manual method with the IPFS companion browser extension to save those images.

It sure would be nice to be able to store media images over there from the WordPress media library. 

About the Author… Jeff Hawkins is an active WordPress developer and entrepreneur who writes about his adventures when he’s not busy being a grandfather and a WordPress Support Volunteer!

Mr. Hawkins can sometimes be found espousing his theories as facts on various outlets including Quora.com.

 

What It Was Like in Europe as the Coronavirus Spread

This post appeared first at Outside Magazine: Travel

Everything fell apart at 2,500 feet. Julio, Alberto, Fernando, and I had spent the day skiing secluded Spanish peaks, carving easy turns into forgiving corn snow, and putting close to 14 miles on our ski legs. Climbing out of the high-alpine amphitheater, we watched airplane contrails crisscross the late-day horizon. A wet slide rumbled downhill in the distance. As you so often do in the mountains, we felt at once untouchable and insignificant.

As we rounded the corner to our exit ridge, texts that had been hanging in dead-zone service limbo came rushing forth on our phones, an onslaught of panic and confusion. The coronavirus had arrived in Spain a few weeks ago, but it caught up with us on the crest of the Valley of Valdeón in the north-central part of the country. “We lost Madrid,” murmured Julio, who, along with Alberto and Fernando, works as a professional mountain guide. Clients that were set to arrive from Spain’s capital city, fearing that they would be officially locked down within the next few days, were canceling their weekend clinic. The trio continued reading the bad news aloud. A group of Valencians who had booked months in advance had backed out as well. Summer tour groups were pulling the plug—from Spain, England, Germany—one after the other. In the span of minutes, my group of new friends watched a third of their annual income evaporate. Julio’s impenetrable smile waned. The mountains that had seemed so invulnerable hours before were no longer a shelter from the world’s terrifying new reality.

Numb, we chased the sun until it hit the last jagged outcroppings of limestone and gneiss. As it disappeared, we made our way down toward the dark unknown below.

Read More - Source: Outside Magazine: Travel

Is AutoBlogging right for me?

What’s your compass? | Derek Sivers

from the book “Anything You Want”:

What’s your compass?

2011-07-02

Most people don’t know why they’re doing what they’re doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own.

They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won’t make them happy.

Don’t be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams.

You need to know your personal philosophy of what makes you happy and what’s worth doing.

Read More – Source: What’s your compass? | Derek Sivers

Ten years of experience in one hour | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers from the book “Anything You Want”:

Ten years of experience in one hour

2011-07-01 From 1998 to 2008, I had this wild experience of starting a little hobby, accidentally growing it into a big business, and then selling it for $22 million. So now people want to hear my thoughts.

People ask me about that experience, so I tell stories about how it went for me. Many of them are about all the things I did wrong. I made some horrible mistakes.

People ask my advice on how to approach situations in their lives or businesses, so I explain how I approach things. But my approach is just one way, and I could argue against it as well.

Source: Ten years of experience in one hour | Derek Sivers

Best Survival Books – 7 Titles Handpicked by a US Marine

I’m (Mike of Military Backpack Guide) a former US Marine and IRAQ veteran, and this is my list of the absolute best survival books.  Books you can learn from, and live by.  The problem is that there are a ton of books about survival but lots of them are, well, junk.  Not junk in the sense that the author didn’t try, just more like books that tend to be a compilation of other books, original works that have been consumed and regurgitated, and every other “not that great” reference in between. That’s one of the reasons why this is the “top 7” and not “top 10”.  I refuse to stuff this thing with unnecessary entries just to make a number.  This is officially  the best collection of survival books this side of Mars– neatly organized, and updated for 2015.  Of course, if you’re not a book learner, there are plenty of survival schools throughout the world too.

Source: Best Survival Books – 7 Titles Handpicked by a US Marine

The 15 Best Survival Books Ever Written | Outdoor Life

Not everyone’s a Navy Seal or an Eagle Scout. So for those who haven’t received hands-on training in survival skills, studying a quality survival manual is your next best option. Whether you have a full library of self-preservation books, or you are looking to buy your first survival guide, check out our some of our favorite titles.

Source: The 15 Best Survival Books Ever Written | Outdoor Life

Re: Monitored Automation

I found this post earlier and thought maybe I should pay a bit more attention to my own automation!

Monitored Automation

https://halfelf.org/2018/monitored-automation/

The backstory…

I was checking something out on my own website when I discovered my cron tasks were not running properly. I actually had some cron tasks from back when I first re-started this blog that hadn’t run yet. A little tiny tweak needed here and there and some major deleting work of crontasks that never needed to run now.

It’s starting to right itself.