Justin from Smalltown Alabama

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  • #3321
    justintadlock
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    I am Justin Tadlock.

    I am now a writer at WP Tavern. I snagged Jeff’s old job when the opportunity arose. 🙂 I previously ran Theme Hybrid, a plugin and theme site, for over a decade. Mostly, I was just trying to make ends meet because, while a may be a decent developer, I suck at running a business. I am also a co-author of Professional WordPress Plugin Development (second edition coming soon!).

    When I’m not doing WP stuff, I am taking care of my animals. I currently have 13 furry and feathery friends, a group that includes a mix of cats, chickens, and ducks.

    Most years, I garden, but I’m taking a break this year because I have so much going on. It feels weird to not have potatoes already growing at this point. At least my peach and plum trees are blooming and the chickens have restarted their egg production.

    I am an avid film/TV physical media collector. I have media ranging from the Laserdisc era to 4K UHD (if anyone has an old, working Laserdisc player they are willing to part with, let me know). I’m not sure of the count, but I imagine I have at least a couple thousand titles. It’s a large collection in comparison to the average person, but it is tiny relative to serious collectors.

    I also read love reading fiction and plan to one day become a novelist. I am in Year #2 of my daily reading journey. I’ve primarily been on an epic fantasy kick lately, but I’m pretty open to most genres.

    #3356
    mperalty
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    You made a strong pivot. I’m really impressed with your ability to crank out content. I kinda got burned out when it came to blogging and haven’t been able to really get back into it in any meaningful way since. I don’t think most people appreciate how difficult it is and to step in such big shoes and do so well, you must be very happy.

    My wife and I worked together to co-author a book a few years back called Second Class Supers which is a take on class warfare where the rich can buy super powers. It was fun to write. I have two other novels in various stages of development, but haven’t been able to complete one on my own yet.

    As for running a business, the thing I’ve learned about myself is I work better in a team. As a solo person, I flounder, lose focus and don’t hustle the same. I’m glad I found a strong co-founder in David Krug for PressTitan.

    #3386
    Steven Gliebe
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    I’m eager to see your new edition. I’ve been spending the last couple months getting my dev skills up to speed in preparation for a new plugin for sermons. I’ve learned a lot from you over the years but the learning never ends! Been gleaning everything I can from Carl Alexander as of late.

    How old are your peach and plum trees? I have a nectarine, peach and plum. Funny, the nectarine started blooming in January (!) but the peach tree is just starting now. I’m keeping them short per Grow a Little Fruit Tree. What’s your approach?

    #3471
    Jeffro
    Keymaster

    I am now a writer at WP Tavern. I snagged Jeff’s old job when the opportunity arose.

    This is still weird to see but it’s also interesting how things fell into place for it to happen. I still think you’re one of the best at taking complex subjects and explaining them in a way where people like me can understand them. Welcome to the Mainline!

    #3616
    justintadlock
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    You made a strong pivot. I’m really impressed with your ability to crank out content. I kinda got burned out when it came to blogging and haven’t been able to really get back into it in any meaningful way since. I don’t think most people appreciate how difficult it is and to step in such big shoes and do so well, you must be very happy.

    My wife and I worked together to co-author a book a few years back called Second Class Supers which is a take on class warfare where the rich can buy super powers. It was fun to write. I have two other novels in various stages of development, but haven’t been able to complete one on my own yet.

    As for running a business, the thing I’ve learned about myself is I work better in a team. As a solo person, I flounder, lose focus and don’t hustle the same. I’m glad I found a strong co-founder in David Krug for PressTitan.

    The biggest thing that helped me with cranking out content was participating in National Novel Writing Month. For folks unfamiliar, it is an event where folks from around the world attempt to write a 50,000+ word novel in a month. That’s 1,667 words/day. You’ve got to be a little crazy to try it, but it definitely gives you some valuable skills on just pushing out words.

    I’ll definitely have to check out Second Class Supers. The description sounds interesting.

    #3626
    justintadlock
    Participant

    I’m eager to see your new edition. I’ve been spending the last couple months getting my dev skills up to speed in preparation for a new plugin for sermons. I’ve learned a lot from you over the years but the learning never ends! Been gleaning everything I can from Carl Alexander as of late.

    How old are your peach and plum trees? I have a nectarine, peach and plum. Funny, the nectarine started blooming in January (!) but the peach tree is just starting now. I’m keeping them short per Grow a Little Fruit Tree. What’s your approach?

    Carl has some really good stuff. I’ve learned a lot reading what he’s written.

    I think our book will turn out pretty good. The biggest downside, at least to me, is that it is tough to fully explore every concept. You get 500-600 pages to dive into an extremely complex system, but there’s always more to explore. We’re somewhat limited by the formatting, but it’s a good intro for folks who want to get into the heavier development side of things or even just have handy as a reference.

    The peach and plum trees are looking great. They’re both blooming and are generating plenty of bee activity. Because of my schedule over the winter, I was a bit lazy with pruning. They got a little out of hand in terms of height, but I’ll fix that next time around. This should be their 4th or 5th year (counting the initial growth before I planted). I got several fruit last year, despite a late frost killing off a lot of blooms. I’m looking forward to this year’s harvest.

    #3651
    Steven Gliebe
    Participant

    …get into the heavier development side of things or even just have handy as a reference.

    Good, I find my skills outdated every few years. I get caught up in business and maintenance then wake up to see all the shiny new things. Sometimes I need to revisit the [updated] fundamentals.

    It’s amazing how many designers end up developers. Partly a fault of WordPress, I think (and wonder how much theming with blocks will affect that).

    #3746
    justintadlock
    Participant

    It’s amazing how many designers end up developers. Partly a fault of WordPress, I think (and wonder how much theming with blocks will affect that).

    I think it becomes a natural path in WP. For me, it was writer > designer > developer. I started a blog before I knew WP was a thing. I wanted it to look pretty, which meant learning HTML and CSS. Once I got into WP, I needed to learn more PHP to make my blog function a certain way. In the past couple of years, with the block system, I’ve had to learn more JS.

    I could potentially see theming with blocks opening the door to more design-only stuff. If they keep the FSE/block-based themes system simple enough, theme authors can possibly simply be theme designers once again. We’ll see.

    This is still weird to see but it’s also interesting how things fell into place for it to happen. I still think you’re one of the best at taking complex subjects and explaining them in a way where people like me can understand them. Welcome to the Mainline!

    Thanks, Jeff. It’s definitely weird for me too. I didn’t imagine this would be my path, but it’ll be interesting to see where it goes. I did need a change, to mix things up a bit. I felt like I had become a bit stagnant and not as excited about my previous work as I once was.

    #3756
    mperalty
    Participant

    My path went blogger > theme developer (kinda) > devops (kinda) > project manager > business owner (doing all those things). I love the variety but the world right now makes the whole thing pretty crazy.

    I struggle with JS, so the change towards it and away from some PHP has me struggling to manipulate code.

    #4238
    nigelmrodgers
    Participant

    I struggle with JS

    Kindred spirit 😆

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