The Spiel Pro Retrospective – 2016

I've decided to continue doing the retrospective format I used last year to look at what has worked and what hasn't at Spiel Pro in 2017. It was interesting reading last years. Let's hope this one does the same for me next December. What went well? Revenue We doubled revenue this year. I know there are faster ways to do this, but many of those methods come with a fair bit of risk I'm just not interested in taking right now. We have a slow flame on right now. I'm pretty good with this. Doubling again next year would fit nicely into my plans. The percentage of overall revenue from Spielpro.com is growing. This makes me very happy. This means my work on the site at the beginning of last year are paying off. Setting up others to run the store My niece and nephew helped me run the store fulfillment while I was out of town a couple times this year. This was...
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42% of bullshit is bullshit

Lot's of people like to tell you that WooCommerce powers 42% of e-commerce stores on the internet. It's not true. I spend a fair bit of my time consuming e-commerce related media. Nobody is talking about WooCommerce. Maybe it's just confirmation bias on my part. I tried using it for Spielpro.com, but didn't like how much time I needed to spend trying to make it perform. Despite that, WooCommerce is a stable e-commerce platform that is popular and free. I just don't think it is a pervasive as POWERING 42% of e-commerce. Anyways, curiosity got the best of me, today I decided to reach out to BuiltWith and ask them how they came up with the number. Here's how Gary Brewer from BuiltWith explained it. We've just added a new method for WooCommerce called 'WooCommerce Add To Cart' that will start to populate next week - we might move WooCommerce to Ecommerce (non-platform) shortly because what has happened over the years is theme developers have built...
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Would you like your newspaper in plastic or paper?

Lots of day job drama these last couple of weeks. New directions. Old conflicts. Oh, and a fair bit of uncertainty thrown on top. Guessing that was the cause of the really bizarre dream I had last night. I was working in a grocery store but it was really a newspaper. In the dream, people from both of those eras were interacting in this weird mishmash of worlds. The copy desk was in the office just behind the customer service booth. There was some argument about the headline and what aisle the baked beans were on. These are both former careers. I worked for a local grocery store for about 11 years before I walked in one day and quit. Did much the same with my newspaper career of 10 or so years. Now, I've have workplace dreams on a pretty regular basis for as long as I can remember, but this is the first time the streams have crossed. I like to think it...
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Ask the right question

For the last 3 or 4 weeks, management type people have been asking if everyone has added their holiday time off to the calendar. Over and over again they ask. Every gathering, every meeting, they would ask. The problem is they were asking the wrong question. The right question was, "Who HASN'T put their holiday time off on the calendar." When I asked that question, nobody responded. Everyone had already put their time in. I'm guessing the expectation was that we ALL were taking time off, and when they didn't see names on the calendar, they assumed we weren't doing what they had asked. Quit asking the same thing OVER and OVER. Take a moment to understand if you are asking the right thing. Then ask it. Have you put your time off on the holiday schedule?...
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