This morning I took a trip to Long Island to visit my parents. I started getting into a conversation with my dad about some things that happened in the past, and he started talking to me about my uncle.
Well, it’s his uncle to be exact, but that’s just what we say.
Back in the 80’s my uncle came to Brooklyn from Puerto Rico with nothing. He literally had only a hundred bucks in his pocket.
My dad gave him a place to stay and told him not to worry about anything until he gets back on his feet.
With the hundred dollars and a small camera, my uncle got to work.
This is the 80’s, there was no Google or anything to help him out. Just pure intuition and balls.
My uncle spoke only Spanish and knew nothing of NY, so the first thing he did was ask my dad where the Spanish neighborhoods were.
Every morning he would wake up, take the train to the Bronx (quite the hike from Brooklyn) and in the little Spanish neighborhood, he would start networking.
Going into buildings, knocking on doors, asking folks if they wanted pictures, asking if any event were happening. He did anything and everything that he could to make it work.
He had a goal, a vision, and every time he made a little bit of money, he’d give my dad what he borrowed.
He did this for a few years until he eventually had enough money to move his entire family from Puerto Rico to an apartment in the Bronx.
A few years there, then he moved to Jersey where he still lives today, with his small Photography shop that does very well.
There’s a saying that goes:
“There are only 2 things that will drive you to succeed, inspiration or desperation.”
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When you want something bad enough, you’ll go for it. When you’re in a place of need, you’ll make it work.
Sometimes we get spoiled with all the comfort that apps, tools, and software has allowed us.
When we start to think of ways we can move forward, one thing that I like to practice is to see what I would do if I didn’t have Google, or if I didn’t have FaceBook.
What kind of old school methods can you implement into your business that will help catapult you? My uncle went door to door for years!
Are you patient enough to wait?
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By Jonathan Perez — 1 year ago
Social media has been getting super interesting lately.
I used to use Twitter all the time and it was an amazing place to engage with users and chat it up. Then automation started getting bigger and bigger, and now all I’ve seen recently is motivation quotes and random links. I’m 100% guilty of this myself, but it just seems weird that the social element is starting to slowly fade…
I switched over to FaceBook and thought to myself, I could start engaging a little more. I friended a bunch of people (there was a strategy to that that I’ll get into in a bit), and I joined a bunch of groups.
Now here’s the thing, I love groups. I think it’s a great way to chat it up, share ideas, get some help, etc., but things are starting to look a little grim.
Why do I say that?
There are a few reasons. First, groups are starting to turn into some hardcore support forums. Second, omg rules, rules, and more rules. Third, the fake entitled police members who basically just troll.
I get that it’s super easy to ask questions to a bunch of like-minded individuals. Easy to get an answer, right. But add 2000 people who aren’t really comfortable or experienced to build something, then all of a sudden, groups are flooded with “How do I…,” “What plugin should I…,” “What’s the best way to…?” and post after post, they come in.
You ever hear that saying, “Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat forever.” I’m not trying to bash anyone, but figuring things out by researching, googling, etc., instead of having someone just answer the question for you, is an incredible way to excel at your craft.
Seriously. When I was starting out, no one had answers. It was all research. Googling for hours, piecing things together, figuring it out. Then once it was learned it was like this amazing sigh of relief and understanding. “That’s how I do it! Yes!!” Then more and more practice, until you fully understood what you were doing.
I think people want to take the lazy way out. I mean, I don’t blame them, time is money right? But a lot of the people that want someone to just tell them, are the same people that aren’t willing to invest in other sources that will save them time and/or money.
Here’s an example: You’re struggling on a $2k website, and it’s taking you forever. You’re getting stuck on certain tasks because you either don’t know how to do them, or you’re just starting to gain experience.
If time is money, would you hire someone for a small job to get it done in a timely manner? I don’t think many people even think of that as an option. The first thing a lot of folks do is hop in a group, “How do I…”
Waiting for an answer while still trying to figure it out. More time is wasted, more money is lost, hopefully, you got an answer that you can implement, but you don’t understand why it works, and it leads to more and more issues.
I’ve seen it countless times. Please don’t get me wrong, though, it’s totally OK to ask for help. I’ve been in some time crunches where I just need an answer, spare me the understanding crap! But a lot of times it’s a common occurrence, so the second time around, I’m usually looking at what I did the first time, then Googling how variables inside functions work, or something like that.
I may have gone off in a tangent, but the whole point is, should these groups just continue being support forums? In my opinion, I think one of the rules should be, keep support in the support channel. Maybe it’s unpopular, but that’s just how I feel.
We all need rules, but a rule that I can’t stand but fully tolerate (to an extent), is ‘NO SELF PROMOTION‘.
C’mon admins, this is strictly for you. I can see the reason for this in certain situations… an exclusive group to a program or membership, or possibly someone who created a group to exclusively sell themselves to the members.
Maybe a better rule would be no Sales Promotions?
Having no self-promotion on an online forum just doesn’t make sense to me. Everyone in the groups is running their business online. A lot of these groups have thousands of people in the direct audience that your business speaks to!
Could you imagine going to a conference with 1000 people, who are all people you deal with on a daily basis, but when you walk in, the person running the conference says “Hey, I know you fit right in with this crowd, but do me a favor, don’t talk about yourself to anyone, or I’ll kick you out!”
What the whaat!? That’s ludicrous to me.
I get the whole, no sales pitchy stuff, that makes sense, but “Hey I got this awesome article with this thing that I went through that I want to share with you guys cuz it totally makes sense but I’m not allowed to because I wrote it.” is just going to start leading to “Joe, do me a favor, go into this group and share this for me,” if it doesn’t happen already.
It’s just awkward that people don’t want you sharing your stuff; your experience, your knowledge, that could ultimately, drive a group forward.
Please don’t come at me either with the whole, “Then the group will be filled with a bunch of spam!” Stop it with the spam crap. The group will then be full of a bunch of amazing resources that relate to each and every member in the damn group!
Fake Group Police and people that call everything spam
Sometimes I like to share cool sh*t, completely unrelated, but just fun. I did it once and OMG did the fake police reign down on me!
Listen, if the admins have a problem with something, they can address it, that’s their job. If you don’t like something, or can’t relate to something, ask to be an admin then, and you’ll have all the control you want.
Taking some notes off of ElBenbo (Ben Settle) I just started having fun with it. Don’t call my sh*t spam and not expect a reply from me! HAHA 😀
Bottom line is there are probably millions of groups that relate to what you want to promote. Don’t go spamming groups with posts (you’ll start to alienate the audience as well if you do) but be a little strategic about it.
If you share something, and admin might get mad, delete the post, or just tell you something (Internet slap on the wrist, probably similar to a poke, but in a bad way), but be respectful. Especially to the groups that you respect and want to be a part of.
So what do you think of this Social Fiasco that seems to trend more and more?
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By Jonathan Perez — 2 years ago
OK, before I get a ton of hate mail/comments from every WordPress lover out there, let’s get something straight. I use WordPress ALL THE TIME. I have no issues with it, in fact, I love using it. It makes life super easy, it makes building much faster than having to start from scratch, and I really enjoy it.
With that said, wtf is with all this WordPress community BS? I just finished reading an article by James Dalman, and while it’s truly a sad article and I have nothing respect for the man, he also linked a bunch of other posts with users addressing the WordPress community and not being happy with it. This has nothing to do with him, but more the “WordPress Community” as a whole and the fact that a lot of people see it as some holy grail.
I think I’m at a point where I’m just fed up with FANS of WordPress vs. actual doers. Let me make this clear, WordPress is nothing but a tool you use to make websites, that’s it. The community aspect is just a massive facade of people who just like WordPress, which means absolutely nothing in the real world.
WordPress powers a lot of the internet
74,652,825 sites out there are using WordPress. Around 50% of this figure (close to 37 million) is hosted on the free WordPress.com. In the realm of self-hosted sites, WordPress accounts for 18.9% of all websites. (Reference)
These stats were from an article on 2014. So it most likely has grown since then. However, there are a few things that stand out from this statement.
- A significant amount of WordPress users has no idea what they’re doing. How do I know this? Because almost 37 million users (probably a lot more) use WordPress.com to maintain their site. An easy, DIY solution to work on WordPress. I know a lot of developers, and I don’t know anyone who works on WordPress through the .com site.
- WordPress self-hosted sites cover 18.9% of all sites on the web. That means there’s still 81.1% of websites THAT DON’T USE WORDPRESS! Why? Maybe because there are better solutions out there? Maybe some people just don’t see the value in it? Maybe because WordPress is not the end all be all for websites? There can be a ton of reasons, but the fact is, it’s only about 1/5 of all sites. Not a small number, but if I had a pizza pie with 5 slices, and only ate 1, there’s still plenty of pie left to feed my appetite.
Of this incredibly large number, how many do you think are actually involved in the WordPress community? I’m betting it’s an extremely tiny fraction.
What the hell is the WordPress Community Anyway?
Let’s define community.
Where the hell does WordPress, fit into this? I understand that you can have communities WITHIN WordPress. For instance, a WordPress Marketing Community, or a WordPress Development Community, but what exactly is a WordPress Community.
That’s like having a hammer community of people who just like hammers. WordPress is a tool. You can do lots of things with WordPress and the things that you do with it, will define your community.
If you’re standing around just saying “Oh, I’m part of the WordPress community,” what are you actually saying? You like WordPress, so what? WordPress is not an attitude, it’s definitely not a goal, and if you relate to a community who just has an interest in WordPress, then you’re a fan.
So when we reference the WordPress community, are we talking about just a bunch of fans of WordPress? If so, then, of course, there’s going to be conflict! Designers don’t have much in common with developers. Developers don’t have much in common with marketers. Marketers don’t have much in common with managers, and the list goes on.
How do you define yourself as a WordPress community? I work a lot with Beaver Builder, and I’d say I’m in that community because our common interest is to build websites easier. I was heavily involved in Genesis, that’s a community filled with Developers, I pulled back because I don’t develop as much, so I’m out of that community.
I use WordPress, but what do I have in common with someone else who uses WordPress but doesn’t have my similar interests, goals, or attitude? NOTHING!
WordPress is to Websites like Hammers are to Homes
It’s a tool; it’s a platform. There are a ton of other solutions out there, and even better solutions to handle specific situations then WordPress. Sure with a lot of hard work and elbow grease you can do whatever you want with WordPress, but that doesn’t make it the best solution.
There are plenty of other tools out there where the foundation IS WordPress, and they’re perfect for what they are, but when you step away from it, you’re also a lot more free to build and create without the confines of what WordPress gives.
Some solutions run within the WordPress environment like invoice plugins, CRM’s, etc., but at the same time, there are a lot more solutions that run outside of WordPress that are much more free to build how they want. It’s no secret that WordPress has had a slight problem with onboarding and usability, but when you step out of the realms of it, you can create and build from a blank template. That’s developer freedom!
Depending on your service or what you’re trying to do, the benefits or a blank template can out weigh starting with WordPress.
Users and Builders
As you saw in the previous statistic of WordPress sites, there are a WHOLE lot of users on the platform. Even my neighbor signed up for a WordPress site not having any idea of how it worked. She was a perfect example of a user.
WordPress is super easy to sign up for, just go to the site, and create an account and you’re done. People use WordPress, and become part of the “community” but have nothing in common with anyone else other than the fact that they use WordPress. These are the users. They technically have their own beginners community because they’re learning how to use the platform.
Then there are builders. Now if you’re a builder, you really need to think about this and ask yourself this question: What Am I In Business For?
Because when you answer that, I will guarantee you that the whole WordPress Community aspect will just fly out the window. Unless you’re working for WordPress, what the hell does the WordPress Community have anything to do with your business, aside probably trying to market to them you’re services.
In which case, you’re probably appealing to the marketers, or the developers, or the designers, or beginners! You’re appealing to someone specific, or a sub-community that just uses WordPress.
It’s way too general
To say your part of the WordPress community is just way too broad. There are so many pieces, and so many different variables of WordPress to be defined simply as a WordPress community.
If you think about it, are you even a part of the WordPress Community? If so, which part? And if the “WordPress Community” actually upset you in some way, again, WHICH PART?
Calling out the WordPress community is like me being a New Yorker calling out America. Or a NY city boy, calling out NY State over something that happened in Buffalo. It just doesn’t make sense.
So I probably pissed a bunch of people off, but you know what, this has to be said. This community talk is such petty BS. Are you in business? Are you a freelancer? Then do what works for you. That’s it.
Getting involved with like-minded individuals is a great way to build yourself. Getting involved with your audience is a great way to grow a business and really solve some problems. But if the only thing you have in common is a hammer, then you probably need to start searching a little deeper with what you’re actually doing.
To some up this entire article, too many people but this whole community thing on a pedestal when it’s really just a small piece or more so completely irrelevant to the big picture.
Update: I only posted this a few hours ago, and the responses are super mixed. But that’s to be expected. It’s like this, if you don’t get the point in what I’m trying to say with this article, then you’re either too caught up yourself, or you just haven’t gotten there yet.Post Views: 1,969
By Jonathan Perez — 2 years ago
Yesterday I posted something on Twitter thinking I was helping out. I referred a product to someone who asked for a recommendation. Mind you, the product I referred has gotten only amazing reviews and has been used by people that I know who swear by it. The response that I got was:
“I’m not willing to pay a monthly fee and not own my stuff, though. May work for some but I’m picky.”
Yesterday, I also wrote an article talking about the WordPress community and my feelings toward it. The reviews were mixed but most positive and a lot of people feeling the same way. But I got comments like:
“At least for me was an empty article.” and a bunch of other snarky comments.
About an hour ago, I was researching some marketing stuff and was getting excited about this content curation plugin I found. Immediately my mind is thinking how I can use it to market and do all sorts of amazing things. I was talking to a friend out loud about it who walked by, and without hesitation, I hear a voice from a coworker. “Don’t tell him how to pollute the internet.”
This hurts me.
I feel like there’s a ton of people out there who just don’t get it and feel so comfortable in their box that they just don’t want to expand on anything else.
We learn by reading, by doing, by practicing. But everyone (including myself) tend to have pre-judgmental opinions on things they either don’t understand or don’t care to look into.
I think everyone goes through these types of stages. When I was a kid all I wanted to eat was chicken and everything else was gross. Just until recently with my business, I though funnels were just a waste of time, I just didn’t get it. Now I see how they are absolutely not!
So when I hear things like, don’t pollute the internet, or I’m picky, to me it’s like the people who just haven’t taken the red pill yet.
In your entrepreneurial journey, you will need to find tools, strategies, partners, ideas, experiments, and so much more that I can’t think of right now, but each one will effect you and what you want to do and where you want to be.
You’re in business to make money. We all need to start to think outside the box. If something makes your life easier, regardless of what it is, you should at least consider it.
If something is working great for you, awesome, why change it (but you can still experiment). We’re in the tech age and things are changing all the time. What’s cool now may be outdated later. A tool that’s awesome now can be replaced by something that makes your like 100 times easier.
We can’t be so enclosed in our box that we don’t see how many other things that are out there that can be benefiting and be helping our journey. Sometimes you need to invest, sometimes you need to stop doing things, sometimes tools need to be replaced, and sometimes you need to not be around negativity…
The thing that excited me most about these types of thinkers is it give me a great opportunity to share! Share the things I learned, the things I had to figure out, and the tools that work! Everything that I went through in my journey may not work for you, but we learn from failing! If other people failed, you can learn from their mistakes and so on!
Let’s ride this journey and keep an open mind on the amazing tools that people continue to build to literally, make our lives easier.
Stay Awesome and God Bless. Enjoy your weekend!
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