Premium Themes Are Dead (As We Know It)

I’ve been thinking about a scenario brought to light over on the Envato Market which suggests one of the top selling themes may be involved in bulk purchasing licenses to their own theme.

Bulk purchasing on the Envato Market isn’t particularly unusual especially for files that haven’t adopted the GPL license. The default Envato Split License only allows for a file to be installed on a single instance so, if a theme or plugin isn’t GPL, the license will need to be purchased multiple times if a user wants to use it multiple times.

The Envato Market Membership terms [ Section 25b ] outline that authors aren’t to purchase their own files but the fact of the matter is that the number of sales a file has directly impacts the popularity of that file (e.g. sales) so it’s hard not to think about ways to bend the rules, right?

I believe the current situation directly relates. Allow me to divulge in my own theory about how this theme has managed thousands of overnight purchases and the reason behind it: Continue reading Premium Themes Are Dead (As We Know It)

Smart Phone Prison

Last night I asked on Twitter:

Next to replacing my phone with a Nokia, the best suggestion was to simply remove the apps you want removed. Duh, right? Why didn’t I just think of that? What sense would it make to download an app to get rid of apps?

So today I removed most of them from my iPhone. 42 in all. I connected the phone to my computer and went “click click click” without remorse. Boom. Gone.

The funny thing is that I thought I was one of the few people who didn’t download every app and I made a point to regularly pare things down to only the “essentials”. But I was shocked to see the that total once I was finished purging.

The final result. Ignoring the Apple apps (that you can’t delete), it still feels crowded.

The notifications and the temptation to check various social media accounts, news sources, sales data, bank ledgers, etc. finally became too much. Everywhere I went, I saw people looking down at their phones. I was looking down at my phone too.

I’ve realized that I’m missing things like, oh I don’t know, life? I’ve also realized that I felt a very heavy burden.

This realization isn’t anything new and I think it’s becoming more and more common for people to notice the unnecessary stress, emptiness, and anxiety from an over-active smart phone.

I’m letting go of the FOMO. I’m letting go of the constant nag to stay plugged in and instead giving myself the opportunity to breath again.

Would you be able to do it too?

A New Way to Listen: Developing Empathy

The key is to find out the point of what the person is doing—why, the reason, not the steps of how she does it. Not the tools or service she uses. You’re after the direction she is heading and all her inner reasoning about that direction. You’re after overarching intentions, internal debates, indecision, emotion, trade-offs, etc. You want the deeper level processes going through her mind and heart—the things that all humans think and feel, no matter if they are old or young, or you are conducting the session 500 years ago or 500 years in the future.

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