More Of The Same Really

Long time no see. Last time we talked, I announced that I’d be stepping away and selling off everything I accomplished with this site and the podcast. I’m happy to report that not only have I sold the content I generated to an awesome buyer, they have requested that I continue about my business with WPTavern, the forum and the podcast as if nothing has happened. The only distinct change that has happened and will be the only thing to happen for the foreseeable future is that the site will be owned by someone else. I am in charge of maintaining and operating the site as I normally would. At the request of the new owner, the terms of the deal as well as who the new owner is is under wraps.

So what this means is that I’ll be re-opening the forum as well as upgrading it to get it going again. I’ll also be conducting an episode or two of WordPress Weekly in the near future and I’ll be writing about WordPress again here on the site. I’m sticking around without any influence by the new owner as to what to write, say, or do. In all honesty, it’s a pretty weird deal on paper but it’s a deal that’s allowed me the greatest flexibility as well as allowing me to fulfill a couple of financial obligations that sprang up. For instance, I was recently able to put money down on a used truck. You don’t know how much you need a truck until you become a home owner!

There is one change that I’ll be making. Thanks to the deal, I’m going to remove all display advertising from the site and will not need to pursue affiliate links in future reviews I do. While any additional income is great, writing without the weight of needing money is actually a huge weight off my shoulders.

Before we get back to regular programming around here, I want to thank all of you for your comments on my good bye post. It became obvious that the audience of WPTavern values my work much more than I do. So many of you wanted me to stick around in some form or fashion while many of you were pretty darn sad to see WPWeekly to go by the wayside. It’s comments like those that convinced me of negotiating a deal that allowed me to stay on and manage the site.

I’m not guaranteeing that I’ll be publishing posts or that I’ll be active in the forum every day or producing a podcast every weekend but I am guaranteeing that I’ll be behind the bar, taking your orders and continuing to talk about this thing called WordPress which is pretty cool publishing software.

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  1. W00t! This is super-dooper, fabulistic news yuss!
    Nice to see you are going to be able to stick around now Jeffro. Sadness over now – we don’t have to be miserable any more. This is really great news. Welcome home!

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  2. @Elpie – Thank you lol. The deal I worked out is awesome. Plus, I end up wanting to say so much and it would suck not having a place to say it :P

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  3. This is great news. Congratulations, Jeff. Whoever you are, Mystery WPTavern owner, thanks!

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  4. Jeff, that’s great news – both for yourself personally and the WordPress community, in general. We can surmise the owner, even if the name remains unsaid.

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  5. Congrats. Thought you would be back, this is quicker than expected though =).

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  6. Congratulations! That’s terrific news, Jeffro. I look forward to having WordPress Weekly back. I understood why you made the decision you did–we all have to pay the rent–but I think you did, indeed, undervalue your contribution to the community.

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  7. It’s great that WordPress journalism is becoming something you can do for a living. Way to go!

    On the flip side, this arrangement sounds extremely weird. Are you going to announce the new owner later, or is the agreement in fact that this should never be disclosed? If that’s the case, it kind of conflicts with the open philosophy that drives WordPress.

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  8. That’s great news Jeff, can’t wait to see WordPress Weekly in my podcast queue again!

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  9. Amazing news, Jeff! It’s really great to hear that you’re back! And congrats on the truck you got — it will sure make your life so much easier (and leave more time for working at the tavern)!

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  10. Jeffro – fantastic news – I’m delighted for you!

    Really looking forward to some new podcasts when you get around to it :)

    Ed

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  11. I am really glad you managed to sort something out that resulted in the best outcome, for yourself and for us, so welcome back and great job on the negotiations!

    Am looking forward to reading your posts as usual and was wondering if there was any chance of setting up an email subscription plugin so we can receive updates via email?

    p/s: One must thank your anonymous buyer for knowing that WPTavern is a unique resource in the WP world that is too good to be left aside. Thanks AB!

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  12. Hi Jeff,

    That is such great news, a WordPress miracle it feels like. Just show what an amazing group we are all part of. I am just so thrilled for you and impressed that someone put their money where you mouth is!

    Kind regards,
    Tony

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  13. Wow this is awesome Im glad the site is going to keep going under your steady hand..this site is a great resource on WordPress..
    DAN

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  14. This is excellent news and Congrats on making such an excellent deal that will benefit so many folks in the WordPress community, I look forward to your podcast back on my iTunes

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  15. That is really great news Jeffro, and I do hope in time that the new owner of WPTavern does reveal themselves.

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  16. Great! Welcome back Jeff!

    I also would like to thank the anonymous buyer: nice of him to recognize the value of WPTavern, and giving us the chance to keep reading you!

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  17. I’m so happy to hear about your news Jeffro. You put in so much time and effort into WpTavern and WordPress Weekly. I’m so glad someone has come to the table to help out! Looking forward to your next podcast and the things to come!

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  18. Good to see you back. Looking forward to some great new posts.

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  19. Awesome to hear Jeff! Congrats on the sale and I’m looking forward to your continued contribution to the community :)

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  20. Wow, a white knight swoops in and saves the day! Great news and glad to have you back :)

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  21. Jeff, I’m very happy to hear this news. I’m glad you were able to get such a good deal worked out. Thanks to your mystery benefactor (who I am willing to guess the identify of just not publicly :-)) for helping you find a way to keep this going.

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  22. Jeffro,

    Glad it worked out for the best. I’m excited to see what you come up with next. Heck, maybe I can finally do some writing again about WP media management *cough*. I’m glad WPTavern lives to write another day.

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  23. Jeff,
    Nice to know that you are still the Pilot of this plane, it doesn’t matter for us whats written on the walls of the Plane. Joke Apart .. Good to know that you will be here.

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  24. Good for you Jeffro. WPTavern has been immensely valuable to me as I muddle through. Thanks very much.

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