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In this episode of Divi Nation we sit down with Tammy Grant of Sunflower Blog Designs to hear her story and talk about what it means to “play the long game”; to build a business for yourself (and possibly your family) instead of opting for the immediate security or simplicity of a “regular job”.
Divi Nation 14: Playing the Long Game with Tammy Grant
Many of our guests on Divi Nation end up talking about how how their decision to start their own business, while challenging, has ultimately been one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. With Tammy however, we went a bit deeper on that topic and talked about how the rewards for doing so can go far beyond the normal stuff that everyone usually talks about–more control over your time, no bosses, etc.
In Tammy’s experience the lessons learned starting and running your own business can provide you with something of immense value to pass on to the next generation. Not to mention the possibility of passing on your business itself!
I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we did. And if you’d like to make sure you can easily watch or listen to future episodes of Divi Nation, please take a moment and use one of the subscription options we’ve provided below.
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This Week in WordPress 12
In this edition of This Week in WordPress our host Nathan B. Weller and guest host Tammy Grant discuss the importance of starting before you’re ready, common freelancing mistakes, and the pros and cons of freelance work versus a salaried job.
Playing the Long Game with Tammy Grant
In this interview from our podcast Divi Nation, host Nathan B. Weller talks with guest host Tammy Grant about the importance of playing the long game in her career as an entrepreneur. How the choice to build something for herself–instead of working for someone else–has allowed her to live life on her own terms. To homeschool her children, cope with life seasons better, and ultimately pass on valuable wisdom and experience to her family.
Divi Quick Tip 10: How to Trigger Animations When Scrolling Both Up & Down
In this edition of Divi Quick Tip we show you how to use a small jquery script to trigger page element animations on both the up and down scroll–whereas by default they would only trigger on the down scroll.
You can use the code below to follow along:
As always, below is the list of the software and gear used to create Divi Nation.
- Scrivener for the scripts.
- Skype for the interviews.
- Ecamm Call Recorder for the interview recordings.
- Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 for call recording and webcam segments.
- Canon XA20 Professional Camcorder for my segment videos
- iPad Teleprompter for segment videos.
- LimoStudio Light Kit w/ Backdrop for my lighting.
- Screenium for screencasting.
- Rode Procastor mic for my interview audio.
- Rode NTG4+ Boom Mic for my segment audio.
- Scarlette 2i2 interface for both segment and interview recording.
- Adobe Audition for audio editing.
- Adobe After Effects CC 2015 for the motion graphics.
- Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 for video editing.
- Blubrry PowerPress for podcasting from WordPress.
Ok, so this week I’ve introduced some new audio elements to the segment videos. And some new camera settings too. The video quality is much sharper and focused, but now there seems to be more visual noise in the image than I would care for. It’s an improvement, but a work in progress nonetheless.
As for the audio, I’m quite happy with the new sound. As I mentioned a few episodes ago we got a boom mic and I absolutely love the sound I’m getting out of it. Part of the reason for the improvement is moving from the H6 Zoom recorder and instead using the Scarlett 2i2 to record directly onto my computer. I’ve also learned more about editing audio in Adobe Audition and the processes I’m running all of my audio tracks through has improved bit by bit each episode.
My goal for the next episode is to work on the visual noise in the segment portions as I’d like to end Season One with the best quality possible.
As always if you have any production related questions please feel free to hit me up in the comments section below.
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