Podcast Episode

469 – Thankful Edition 2019

I’m thankful for folks like Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski who challenge me to make something new.

Enjoy the short episode this week and hanging out with your friends and family!

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On today’s episode, we are going to talk about thankfulness and being thankful for all things, right here on “Your Website Engineer” podcast, episode 469. Hello and welcome to another episode of “Your Website Engineer” podcast. And this episode’s gonna be a little bit different because it’s the start of the holiday season, I guess, as they say, and it’s one of those things that – I just don’t wanna spend a lot of time jamming up your time when you need to be spending time with friends and family during this holiday season, if you are in the United States.

And if you are elsewhere, then you just get a break from the “Your Website Engineer” podcast this week. But I do wanna just kinda say a few things about being thankful. This show always come up – and it releases on Wednesday, so it’s always the day before Thanksgiving, and then there’s always a massive list of things that I could say I’m thankful for. In the past, I've talked about – I've even thanked WordPress – of how my life has changed and how much it’s been changed for the good with just knowing WordPress and what-not, and in getting into that WordPress space and that community.

So, there's gonna be no deals in the show. Of course, you might listen to this in a week or two and all the deals are over and you're just getting obliterated by ads. I think my friend Sarah Dunne says it best when she says that, “You can now buy pumpkin beer in July and Black Friday actually starts on Monday.” What a world we live. And it’s just true that we are just getting inundated. It’s only Wednesday this week, and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, all the way up to Thanksgiving, we’re just getting Black Friday deals after Black Friday deals.

And Chris Lema, who’s always in the WordPress space – so, is Sarah, both of them in the WordPress space, but I think Chris Lema says it well too. He says, “I write down everything that I’m looking to purchase in September, and then I keep an eye on only those things when they are coming in.” And so, if you get an e-mail newsletter about hosting and if you had no thoughts of changing hosting, there’s no reason to go in, and just because there’s a sale, to upheave your entire business and move things to a different host. So, I think that’s really kind of a key thing.

And I didn’t do this. I read this tweet yesterday, and so I thought, “Okay, the two things that I’m looking for is, I’m looking to upgrade a few pieces of equipment into my home gym, and I’m looking for JavaScript learning.” So, there's a couple people that I follow, Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski. And they are both in – part of the Syntax.fm podcast, which is a podcast that is phenomenal. It’s about web development and what-not. They’re always talking about JavaScript and it’s always way over my head and there's so many things that I don’t understand.

And I think that’s one of the other things that I wanna kind of share here with the thankfulness of the WordPress is that, I’m so thankful that I work in an industry, in a job, in a career that I am not limited to my knowledge of only WordPress. And I think I would get kind of bored and stagnant, like, “Oh, I've learned everything about WooCommerce. I know how all the code works in WooCommerce and now I can add functions and I can make extensions and do all this kind of stuff and –” or maybe I've learned how all of the extensions work and now I’m just not being stimulated. I’m not using that part of my brain that likes to problem-solve and that troubleshooting aspect.

And so, those are some things that I think that I can be really thankful for because in WordPress, there’s always things that you can learn. Even as a support tech, I am learning something brand new every single day. Every single day new things come across my plate and it is just phenomenal what I am learning. And so, the cool thing is, and the thing that I’m most thankful for, other than – I’m obviously thankful for my family, my friends, the community that I live in, and all of those good things – but when it comes to thinking about WordPress, the thing that I’m most grateful this holiday season is just the things that I don’t know.

I guess I’m thankful for all of the potential learning that I can do in the next year, and I am really dedicated to spending time – I know I’ve done this in the past; I've talked about, “Oh, I’m gonna learn JavaScript in 30 days” or “I’m gonna do this course” or “I’m gonna do this course.” And for real, I've spent some time over the last couple weeks digging in to a project that’s got JavaScript, and it just all blows my mind, and I do not understand it, and it is one of those things that I really wanna “learn deeply,” like Ja – Matt Mullenweg says.

So, this holiday season, just kinda think what you're thankful for; to spend some time not listening to this podcast because this is a short one, but spend some time with your friends and family and think about what you're thankful for in the tech community. You might not be a WordPress ninja yet, but there's always things that you continue to learn; you can always be challenged, if this is something in the space that you wanna be in. So, that’s what I wanna share this week. Just a short little tidbit here from the headquarters of YourWebsiteEngineer.com, and have a great Thanksgiving, if you're in the United States.

Enjoy all of the e-mails for Black Friday, and start deleting them if they are not something that you're interested in. Just because they say you're saving money, to spend money that you weren’t gonna spend is not actually saving money. So, I wanna end with that. And next week we’ll talk about WordPress. We’ll dig back into some of the new things in WordPress 5.3 and some of the things I’m studying and being challenged by. So, that’s what I wanna share with you this week. Take care and we’ll talk again soon.