Six years ago I wrote a post sitting in a park watching my daughter play. I called it "The Life" and the feelings in it spring from what seem to be an eternal longing inside me to live other people's more "glamorous" lives. For instance, I listen to a lot of different podcasts and I find myself wishing I could "do that". Whatever that might be.
For instance, if I'm listening to an adventure drama, I'll wish I could write something as engaging as The Red Panda and capture people's imaginations.
Or if I'm listening to two guys chatting I start imagining what interesting conversations I could have with my favourite people to share with the world.
If I'm listening to a something educational, I'll try and figure out what subject I know enough about (or could learn enough about) to be as engaging as Hardcore History.
Ultimately though, what they all share in common is the underlying model of making cool stuff and being your own boss. I don't know why this appeals to me so much, but it does, and always has. I don't really know where I acquired this romantic notion that self-employment in some creative endevour is what would make me happiest, because frankly the idea of putting myself in charge of anything sounds like a terrifyingly stupid idea.
There are a couple of things I spelled out in that post six years ago that I thought would make me happier:
to pad1 out my digital lifestyle with all the trimmings
I'm pretty content with my trimmings right now. I have enough disposable income to get "stuff" that makes my inner geek/child happy, and to get some fun stuff for my own kids that my own parents could never afford for me.
sit in a park and read and write
I still sit at a desk.
never fix another jammed printer or reset another password
I hear talk of mythical beings who enjoy their day jobs
This I've achieved! This is where I have to point out how fortunate I've been to get to a point in my career where I absolutely thoroughly love what I do. I used to weigh up taking a day off almost daily in previous roles and jobs, but where I am right now it never occurs to me. That isn't something I take lightly, and I am grateful to everyone who has helped push me into this position.
I'm not sure how many of my friends are in the market for good podcasts, but one of my favourites has just returned from a lengthy hiatus.
This is a superb treat for your ears. No other podcast I listen to sounds quite so epic and intimate at the same time. The voice acting is sublime and draws you in to the intricately created world of the Edicts.
Now is a great time to listen from the beginning and catch up for the second half of season 3. Immerse yourself in the world of Agent Nick Garrett of the F.I.S investigating reports of strange phenomena that threaten to undermine his understanding of the very nature of the world.
It's atmospheric and creepy with incredible sound design. I really can't recommend it enough.
I've scoured Soundcloud to find the best Christmas music I could find. It's chock full of Christmas favourites (and a few new ones) that are guaranteed to:
1) Bring Christmas cheer
2) Not suck
25+ tracks from great musicians with a unique sound to bring to your Christmas celebrations. Including favourites like "Away in a Manger", "Carol of the Bells", and even a special rendition of an old favourite from a much beloved Star Wars character!
Thank you to all the artists who have shared their Christmas songs on SoundCloud for the rest of us!
When you first install the WHMCS Bridge plugin from Zingiri, the plugin warns you not to 'edit or delete this page', meaning don't touch the page that's automatically created by the plugin. Unfortunately, if you disable the plugin then re-enable it, the page that was initially created gets trashed and a new one created. This would be fine, if unlike me, you just permanently deleted the original page that had been created, then altered the page slug and page name however you want on the new page. What do you do if you need to edit the WHMCS Bride page?
Consider getting the Pro version - it's worth it.
However, if you were like me, you instead permanently deleted the new page, and reinstated the old page, only to find that it doesn't work any more.
That's because the settings grabs hold of the database ID of the page it creates and permanently stores it in the settings, untouchable in anyway via the front end.
First up you need to grab the ID of the page you want to use. You can get this from the database, under the wp-posts table, but it's easier to just edit the page you want to use and grab the page ID from the URL. For instance, you might have http://example.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=123456789&action= and you would grab the ID 123456789 from the middle of the URL.
Next you want to edit the database. Using something like phpmyadmin (beyond the scope of this post) head to the wp_options table and look for the option cc_whmcs_bridge_pages. change the value to the ID you grabbed before, and blammo - pages are working again.
You might also need to add THE Custom Field Name cc_whmcs_bridge_page with the value WHMCS, but I found they were already there when I reinstated the page.