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  1. Lanardo

    Awesome post, I agree time wasted is time not gain

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  2. Nick Hamze

    My dream is to take all that sweet sweet WordCamp sponsor money for events that aren’t going to happen anymore and create our own version of the depression era WPA.

    Get all sorts of people working on everything on the WP “someday” list. We could turn this tough time into something wonderful. Not only will the WordPress community benefit directly from the stuff people create but people will have something to do and some money in their pocket when both things are scarce.

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    • Justin Tadlock

      Interesting idea. I wonder if that is something that can be done with the money. I’m unfamiliar with the process and whether there is any legal red tape for doing something like that.

      Personally, I’d like to see some money thrown toward cleaning out the 1,000s of Trac tickets.

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      • Nick Hamze

        You know how easy that would be with many hands doing the work. I assume you talk to Matt, ask him about it. Heck create a trac bounty system, close a ticket get some cash, win – win for everyone.

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  3. Sister Wolf

    THANK YOU so much! I needed a kick in the ass today.
    xoxo

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  4. Ashley

    I think it’s great if people want to create stuff, but I also find there’s a ton of emphasis on “go create things!” right now, and “great time to start a side hustle!” and people need to appreciate that we are in a pandemic. These are insanely stressful times – you’re not just on a voluntary break from normal life. You’re not a failure if you don’t create something. You’re not lazy if you don’t create something. There’s value in just relaxing and taking a break. Recharge. Take care of yourself. Sometimes that’s hard enough. You don’t have to be go-go-go / create-create-create. There’s value in just: meditating, catching up on sleep, reading a book, watching a great TV show, just relax. Do whatever you can to take care of yourself.

    Sure, if you’re bored and want something to do, then creating something is a great option. But I’ve seen so much stupid shaming going around implying that authors are a failure if they don’t use this time to make a big dent in their next book! Or you’re lazy if you don’t finally get that side hustle together while you have so much free time!

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    • Mel Choyce-Dwan

      Huge +1 to this, this time is super stressful — especially for people working full-time, and also doing full-time child care.

      Another note — when I find myself bored, it’s often because I’m really feeling anxious or depressed. It’s not that I don’t want to entertain myself or create something cool, it’s that my brain is incapable of focusing on anything, so instead I just aimlessly drift from task to task. It’s a terrible cycle that ends up making me feel worse.

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    • Justin Tadlock

      Yep, I definitely dislike the shaming posts about not having discipline if you’re not building up your business during this time. Many people definitely need a break. Life has thrown us into a bit of a whirlwind, and this will affect different people in different ways.

      If you need to relax, you should absolutely relax.

      For me, creating things is how I cope, especially during stressful times. I am a huge believer in taking personal time to enjoy myself outside of that process too. Others, like my dad in particular, would get stir-crazy after a day of what the rest of us would call relaxation.

      It should be a personal call based on how you’re feeling. No one should feel pressured, which often adds to the anxiety they may be experiencing.

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      • Glen Birbeck

        Justin – I am old enough to remember the beginning of the web. The viewer, the audience is a constant. Expectations of style and appearance are fashion, trend. The drive to a mono culture seems to happen everywhere, site design too. Make it like everyone else’s site. Might not be you but it will not stand out as crappy. No, but it might look generic. I just do my thing and leave it at that. Being locked down, motorcycle in the garage, car sitting too, I have time to establish a web presence. I appreciate your observations and comments.

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  5. Koen

    Very inspiring and also relatable article, Justin.

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  6. Stephen Vaughan

    First thing I read this morning.

    👍

    Nicely put. Will pass it on.

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  7. Eugenia

    Excellent read, Justin. Thank you for a positive and encouraging outlook.

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  8. Martin

    For me, this time has been an absolute blessing to take a step back from my busy day job and to focus on my side hustle (my blog) after working hours, which wasn’t really an option since I set the blog up last May. Having now the opportunity to spend (virtual) time with friends and family after work, plus the time to focus on my blog makes these months feel less like they’re “lost”, but rather a good investment into the future when everything returns back to “normal”.

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    • Justin Tadlock

      I’ve been tinkering with my personal blog as of late, mostly under-the-hood stuff that has been on my “to do” list for months. I plan to even do a little blogging over the weekend, assuming I don’t get too sucked into Animal Crossing: New Horizons. :)

      It has also been a good time for me to chat with friends and family. Sometimes it’s easy to go for weeks or months without checking in. The current lockdown has meant that we all have a little more time with each other, even if it is virtually or over the phone.

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  9. Johnny Medley

    Thanks for the touching and motivating post, Justin! Looks like AccuRadio is using WordPress right here: https://coronaviruswatch.com/

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  10. Node35

    I’ve been working from home since 2007 so it’s nothing really changed much from me aside from washing my hands all the time!

    Few weeks ago I build a site that help educate people about the importance of staying at home at times like this.

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  11. John Sundberg

    Very interesting post. Appreciate the open window into your family’s creative endeavors through the generations.

    Along with what Ashley and others have said, I see value in both relaxing and creating, and I think they often go hand in hand, like the ebb and flow of the tide.

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