Ask Me Anything. I’ve seen links and chatter about Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions on various websites, but didn’t pay too much attention because often I didn’t know the person and therefore, I didn’t have any questions.
Then ManageWP reached out and asked me to participate in their Ask Me Anything blog series, right after Page.ly co-founder and Pressnomics creator Joshua Strebel.
OMG. Of course, I said yes. Then I started to get really nervous.
- What if the day was a flop?
- What if no one asked me a question?
- What if they asked me questions I didn’t know the answer to?
- What if they asked me something weird — it was an ask me anything after all.
On September 9, my AMA discussion opened and hooray questions began coming in! Questions about family, vacation, games, Legos, and the Grateful Dead, as well as questions about developing client resources, the Genesis Framework, systems and processes, branding, family, managing workload, getting paid, and more.
Here are the questions I was asked:
- Having just recently taken our first family “vacation” (1yo and 4yo), I’m curious — at what age does this become relaxing again?
- Favorite board game? Do you play Monopoly by the real rules?
- Did either you or Brian have a fascination with Lego back when you were kids? How big was your collection back then?
- What’s with the Grateful Dead obsession? :) Have you and Brian always been big fans? Do you meet at a concert? What’s the story there?
- Can you talk about what items you send to clients and how many iterations you went through before feeling like it was working as you wanted it to? Were there certain public resources that were most helpful to you in developing them?
- Can you tell us a little bit about your use of the Genesis Framework? Why did you choose it, and why have you stuck with it?
- What’s it like working with your husband? How do you guys keep the balance between work/everyday life?
- If I wanted to put up a WordPress site on my own just to have a page or two to capture leads and perhaps a blog and wanted it to be something that could grow with me and not limit me in the future, where would you suggest I start?
- Can you tell us a bit about automation of your internal systems and processes?
- What has had the biggest impact on getting your brand out there?
- What is one feature you miss in WordPress that would make your life with clients easier?
- How do you find work/life balance? Follow a routine or not? If you do, then what routine?
- What percentage of your work is with remote customers (another state or abroad) that you’ve never met?
- How do you plan your workload and how long are you booked for upfront?
- What is your selection process for service providers and partners?
- If I choose to vlog by re-purposing a live-streamed video, how do I get started?
- Can you talk about the level of communication you give clients and practical ways you take off without the whole world falling over while you’re gone?
- What 3 things have you learned about the business of web design that had you known in 2005 would’ve saved you a lot of time, money, and headache?
- Do you ever use freelancers to help you work on projects? What’s the best way for freelancers to get noticed by web design agencies?
- Would love a few tips on how you and Brian manage the work/personal balance.
- Services niche is hard, how do you scale your business, what is the average length of a project that you guys do?
- What has been your biggest lesson learned (or your blessing in disguise)?
- What’s your best advice for trying to maintain healthy boundaries with clients, and making sure you get compensated fairly for your time?
- Do you have any advice on marketing to get recognized quickly?
If you want to know the answers, head on over to ManageWP and check out my AMA! Or, if you have a question and I haven’t already answered it, feel free to ask it and I’ll answer!