Goodbye Pressgram

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Today marks the 2-year (official) anniversary of Pressgram and it is with a very heavy heart that I am announcing that active development on Pressgram is being discontinued. Consequently, I’ll be pulling the app from the Apple Store on 9/11 and shutting things down permanently by the end of this month (9/30).

I have been drafting this announcement post for a long time and had, at one point, a 3,000+ word epic narrative but it just didn’t really make sense as I stood back and looked at it as a whole.

Simply put, there are no words that can adequately describe how I feel about this news.

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9 Years

March, 2004

March, 2004

Today I am humbled and proud to say that my wife and I have fought hard to survive 9 full years of marriage. To think that we’re now coming into our first decade (and to say that word!) is absolutely thrilling.

There are very few words that truly capture how I feel about these last 9 years. We have seen some crazy ups and downs, a handful of side-to-sides, and everything in between. We’ve grown to love our two beautiful daughters and feel content about having a “complete” family.

For this post I reviewed the previous posts that I’ve written and I get emotional about thinking how far we’ve come:

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On Positivity

Keeping an incredibly positive outlook is one of the absolute essentials for making it in the startup world and launching your own business. There are only a few other character traits that are essential to one’s success.

You have to learn to believe in the impossible. Or rather, you must be capable of believing in the unseen, the places that have yet to be created and the realities that yet to be seriously entertained (or at least by the masses).

And, you must be serious about your attempts at solving the impossible as many can believe but very few will actually ever do.

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Labor Day

On this Labor Day I hope you are reminded that it is vastly more important that you have good work to do rather than the fruits of success that could arise out from that very work.

In other words, our aim and focus must be on securing and executing against work that is meaningful, fulfilling, and purpose-driven rather than worrying about the necessary results of such work.

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Blogging and Indirection

I spend a great deal of time encouraging everyone I meet to do more writing. I think writing has become a nice-to-do and a sidelined skill and activity that more people have abandoned for other less valuable activities.

I’ve stated my reasons why I write many times and I think it’s important for everyone to discover their own personal reasons why they engage in the most-healthy activity of writing.

One of the natural outcauses that I have shared continually is the natural benefit of being exposed on the internet and the natural opportunities that arise from being more visible. In fact, much of my own personal success both personally and professionally can track back to my blog in some way.

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Time Required for an Acquisition

A good friend of mine is walking through their very first acquisition and the numbers that he’s working with are 7-figures.

Naturally, the excitement was pretty palpable as the thought of living completely debt-free and all the other benefits of a large buyout turn from fiction to reality.

But that excitement doesn’t always stay that high for that long and he realized that really quick as he began moving into the “due diligence” phase where the nitty-gritty of an acquisition comes into play.

After having walked through a few of these myself we’ve chatted weekly about the progress and I’m very happy to help (ecstatic, actually) as a neutral counselor and sounding board.

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Some Thoughts on the WordPress Philosophy

Have you ever considered and/or read the actual WordPress Philosophy? It’s worth a read if you haven’t.

I’ve been reflecting more and more about the core and foundational thoughts around WordPress, especially since I’ve been generally “away” and more removed from that direct community than I have been in the past, and with more clarity how I engage with the platform as a whole, both professionally and personally (and for my upcoming app Desk that will connect to it).

Here are the main points of their philosophy and my own personal thoughts:

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