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Dandy Cast 040: If you want to succeed, you need to evolve.

Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson

This podcast episode was recorded as an accompanying audio version of the Dandy Newsletter that was published on September 01, 2020.

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It’s a new day so that must mean it’s time for me to change website themes again, right? That’s the way things have been going so far. Why muck up this good system we’ve got going, you know? It keeps people on there toes and it keeps me busy. You have no idea how much of a mess some of those theme’s code are in.

Hey, evolution is a great thing. It helps us become better people. It helps us understand the world around us. It help our websites look so much dang cooler than they used to. Who doesn’t want a cool looking website? I know I want one, hence all the changes. This is for the best, though. I’m very happy with it.

There’s also a brand spankin’ new blog post waiting for you. It’s called, Conquering Your Calendar, Part 3: Making Events.

We’re continuing our journey of becoming amazing calendar wizards by taking a deep dive into the meat of this whole course. This week, we’re learning how to make excellent events within our calendars. This is where the real magic happens, so get to reading this post today.

We’re wrapping things up with what I’m watching, reading, and listening to this week. It’s a great assortment of media that’s worth your time.

Links to stuff that was mentioned:

Dandy Cast - Dandy Cat Design

Hue - Aspire Themes

Krabi - Aspire Themes

Conquering Your Calendar, Part 3: Making Events - Dandy Cat Design

We’re the Bit Company - Accidental Tech Podcast

Hunt for the Wilderpeople - IMDb

Any Day | The Sea and Cake - YouTube

After Dark | Haruki Murakami - Goodreads


The full text

The Dandy Newsletter—09/01/20

Last week I wrote about evolving and wanting to improve myself by being honest with you, my dear reader. In that newsletter, the focus was on admitting that I had been using Twitter again after spending so much time extolling the virtues of more open and beneficent services. I want to continue that train of thought this week. I’ll do it by starting with another bit of evolution that’s been happening with Dandy Cat Design.

Since starting to record Dandy Cast many months ago, I knew that I would have to update or completely change the underlying theme of my Ghost website. I opted to just find a theme developed by someone else because I don’t have web development time to spare at the moment. For a few bucks, I ended up with a good looking theme, called Hue, that does a pretty fantastic job. I liked this one for several reasons:

  • It showcases both my blog posts and podcast episodes in a nice and mostly intuitive way.
  • It’s allowed me to better feature the Dandy Newsletter sign up form.
  • It has easy podcast subscription buttons in the “hero” section of the site.
  • It’s got extensive documentation.
  • The developer is amazing and very responsive.

It seemed like an easy choice to make. However, I found myself feeling less enthusiastic about it after diving into the theme’s code. There are a couple major drawbacks for me:

  • There’s no featured “Membership” button in the navigation. Indeed, the Membership screen is only shown after someone gives me their email.
  • If posts are filtered onto my home page, they won’t be shown in the more specific “Blog” or “Podcast” pages. This may actually be a Ghost-specific limitation, but it’s still frustrating.

Ultimately, these aren’t huge drawbacks, but they left me wondering why they were there in the first place. I began thinking that I’d have to code my own Ghost theme to get exactly what I want. Again, I don’t feel I have the time for that. I need to be working on developing new online courses and writing good content for you.

On the plus side, this developer has another theme, called Krabi, that I believe could be better suited for my needs. This one doesn’t appear to be made with podcasting in mind, like the Hue theme is, but the changes that would have to be made to feature Dandy Cast more prominently would be minimal. A minimal amount of work I can do. I can’t afford the time it would take to learn the ins and outs of developing my own theme; I’m not a Ghost theme developer.

So the appearance of Dandy Cat Design has changed again, or as I like to think of it, the appearance has evolved again. My website has had many different looks, but I believe each one of them has been an improvement on the last.

Give it a look:

An image of the recent Dandy Cat Design theme update.

None of this newsletter is to suggest I’m apologizing for this evolution; as my business has grown, my website has needed to, as well. These sorts of changes are something of a hallmark of people who like tinkering and also have at least a minimal amount of coding knowledge. It’s about par for the course, so to speak.

I view these changes as me moving forward with my business, which is an important action. If you’re not moving forward—not improving—then you’re standing still and everyone else will pass you by. Worse yet, you could start moving backwards and end up in a terrible place.

Even if the world weren’t in some pretty dire straits right now, standing still is not conducive to the current and future success of your business, online or otherwise. If you long to have a dream-worthy life, then forward is the only direction you should head.

I’m not suggesting that we should be out there all day, every day grinding ourselves down to the marrow of our bones in pursuit of whatever definition of success is trendy these days. We should all be moving forward, but if your life consists of too much stress, not enough sleep, and the constant specter of failure hovering just behind you, then you’re not “businessing” the right way. No doubt about it. Live that sort of life and you’ll probably find yourself moving backwards anyway because you’re too sick to keep moving forward. Everything will go down the drain.

Take these tips into serious consideration:

  1. Work as much as you’re able to during the day, and no more.
  2. Only consider what will help move your business forward. If an idea doesn’t have legs, then trash it as soon as possible.
  3. Engage in what you’re comfortable with. If Instagram isn’t your thing, then forget it. If conferences are terrible, then screw them. However, if sending emails to your devoted audience is your jam, then do that with gusto!
  4. Silence your phone, remove distractions, and get regular about your bedtime. Seriously. We should all be getting about eight hours of sleep a night.
  5. Likewise, treat your body and mind with love and respect.

Evolution, and success, isn’t a straight line we can follow. I’ve spent loads of time getting my business (and website) to where it is today. I’ve taken twists, turns, and have even driven off a couple cliffs to get to where I am now. Other people have had a straighter road than I’ve had. That doesn’t invalidate any of my actions and that doesn’t mean I’m any worse than them. It just means my path is different than theirs.

Remember that. Your winding mountain road will take time to drive, but if you keep moving forward, you’ll end up where you want to be.

Let's jot this into our schedules

There’s a new blog post waiting for you. Hip-hip-hooray! 🎉

It’s called: Conquering Your Calendar, Part 3: Making Events.

It’s time for part three of the Conquering Your Calendar online course and I couldn’t be more excited to debut this one! We spent all of part two setting the foundation for the picturesque building we’re going to create with this installment. Get ready for some goodness.

We’re talking about how to create events in our digital calendars. Events are the whole dang point of our calendars, so it’s important that we learn not only know how to use them, but also fall in love them. We’re taking a deep look at how to enter events into our calendars. More importantly, we’re also talking about why these events are so essential to boosting our productivity.

Click through the link above to take the next step toward developing your most organized life ever. I hope you find great value in it and I appreciate your support of both this series and Dandy Cat Design.

If you ever want to throw some suggestions my way, then send me a reply to this email. They’re always wonderful to receive.

Seriously friend, I'd love to hear from you.

Until next time cats, stay informed, stay safe, and stand up for what’s right. Black lives matter and wear a dang mask.

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