Welcome Back!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be shadowed in my day job by a computer science student.

He was interested in web development and eCommerce, so I thought I’d show off a few of my sites.  He was pretty impressed.

Well, until we got to this site.

The old Jumping Duck Media website was somewhat stale.  WordPress plugin listings were out of date.  The news feed was over a year old.  And the online store was just broken.

So I blushed, apologized, and quickly moved on to another, more up-to-date site.

When I got home, I immediately pulled this site down and committed to rebuilding from the ground-up.  I’m proud to say that I’m (mostly) done rebuilding and ready for the public to once again see what I’m up to.

The Objective of This Site

My goal has always been to help people overcome their fear of launching a dream.  I provide direct support through consulting, help pull together resources and other material, and (when I’m able) I’ve been known to contribute financially as well.

That goal is the foremost purpose of this site.

I will provide code tutorials for developers.  Support forums for those still learning.  A free monthly newsletter with lessons and resources.  New product purchases and downloads.

Stick around and see what comes next.

Still to Come

I’m in the process of changing my online business model.  Simply building WordPress plugins, giving them away, and sitting on IRC and in support forums isn’t a sustainable endeavor.  So some things will be changing – and some things will stay the same.

I will continue to develop cleanly-coded open source plugins.

I will continue to distribute these plugins for free online.

I will begin to develop and distribute free, open source WordPress themes.

I will no longer offer free support for these products.

Limiting support is more a reflection on my limited time than anything else.  I can’t afford to spend hours debugging personal sites, re-configuring Linux installations, or offering custom workarounds for conflicts with other, incompatible systems.  Particularly when other people have been benefiting financially from my free efforts.

So instead, I will be launching a paid support forum on this site.

Membership will be only $5 per month, and you’ll get support for all of my plugins as well as WordPress itself from one location.

As I get ready to release new themes and plugins, you’ll also have exclusive access to early releases, private beta tests, and perhaps a handful of non-distributed systems as well.

About Eric

Eric Mann is a writer, web developer, and outdoorsman living in the Pacific Northwest. If he's not working with new technologies in web development, you can probably find him out running, climbing, or hiking with his dog.

Comments

  1. Paid-support subscription model…very interesting concept. So, in the last 13 months, how has it worked out, if you don’t mind my asking?

    • Didn’t end up working too well. I opened membership for free for the first month and had several people join. However not a single one posted anything in the forums. People continued instead to use the free WP.org site and would flame me if I didn’t help out there. Turns out people aren’t as interested in paid, personal support as they claim when not in need. In total, once I turned payments on, I made a whopping $0 total from all of my paid-support efforts. Definitely not sustainable as-is.

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