Episode 057: The Bourn Creative Identity
Every episode of the DradCast begins with a monologue by the guest host, which means I needed to write a monologue! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I wanted it to be something meaningful, something that means something, not just to me, but to those important to me.
As I was contemplating my opening monologue, I read a tweet that inspired my message:
All great people started their journey when they weren't great but they still started.
— Mike Magolnick (@magolnick) August 25, 2014
This tweet really hit home. When I started designing websites, I had no clue what I was doing, but I learned. I learned because my friends were willing to take time from their weekends and evenings to sit at my kitchen table and work on projects with me and teach me. I learned because the WordPress community responded when I asked for help and advice.
Over the years, I learned, improved, failed, kept going, kept trying, asked for help, and evolved as a designer, a business person, and as a human. I am where I am today because of hard work, drive, integrity, and community. It takes a village to grow a business. I like to say Brian and I aren’t self taught, but community taught — and many of you can claim the same.
I worked this message into my monologue and encouraged others to pay it forward, to help others as you were helped, and to share resources, tools, plugins, insights, and whatever you can, just as others shared them with you.
New people are discovering WordPress daily, and while they may not be great yet, with the support of the community, they have the potential to be great.
Don’t be a code snob, design snob, or Twitter turd. Step up and offer encouragement, point them in the right direction, provide mentorship, offer some kind words — who knows, you may inspire them to work a little harder, keep learning, get back up if they fail, and who knows, they just may do something amazing.
Check out my monologue:
A couple of prior military geeks, a few adult beverages, and all things WordPress discussed. Although not limited to WordPress alone, the DradCast is a weekly video podcast that primarily concentrates on the latest news around WordPress, upcoming WordPress events, and the wonderful community surrounding the premiere open source content management system on the internet.
Each week the DradCast is hosted by a new guest host and will cover topics ranging your favorite GPL discussion, to the latest amazing plugin. The show will of course include discussion and that world famous craziness brought to you by the two knuckleheads who the show is named after — Dre Armeda and Brad Williams.
Brad Williams is the co-founder of WebDevStudios.com, a co-host on The DradCast, and the co-author of Professional WordPress and Professional WordPress Plugin Development. Dre is the Co-Founder of Sucuri Security. He is infatuated with WordPress, web design, and web security.
After the monologue the episode kicked off with the interview section, where I was asked questions like:
- How did I get involved in web design?
- How did I get started with WordPress, how did I decide to go “all in”?
- How did I navigate the decision to move from freelancer to business? How was Bourn born?
- Our services are rooted in design, we use WordPress, and Genesis — what is our core competency?
- What’s it like working with my husband / having my husband as my business partner?
- Where should people go if they are interested in joining our team?
- What’s next for Bourn Creative? Launching something new?
- How have I grown my business / marketed Bourn Creative?
In this segment, Brad and Dre chat about:
- WordPress 4.0 release candidate is out for testing, release dates, what’s interesting about 4.0
- BuddyPress 2.1 beta
- Automattic acquired BruteProtect a security firm — Brute force attack protection, blacklist warnings, malware scanning. Interested to see what they do with it and how it gets implemented
- The Crowd Favorite and iThemes partnership to bring iThemes products to enterprise level clients
- WordCamp rules and regulations — pros, cons, balance of local and well known speakers, the role of foundation
While this was only the third episode of DradCast to be dry (no drinking), we all did come to the table with a bar trick to share!
- DRE: WP Dashboard Notes, a WordPress plugin that adds a feature similar to Google Notes to your WordPress dashboard. With it you can leave color coded notes, communicate with others, make notes public or private, edit them right in Dashboard (adds widget area), etc.
- BRAD: Menu Humility, a WordPress plugin by Mark Jaquith that simply moves all plugin menus to the bottom of the admin menu where they belong.
- JENNIFER: Iconic — an icon tool that lets you use and customize icon sets for your website that are done in pure CSS. The icons are also responsive, and gain or lose detail as they are made larger or smaller.
Check It Out!
I had a blast hanging out with Dre and Brad as guest host of the DradCast. I hope you set aside a little time to check it out, and I’d love to know what you think!