How to Make Web Design Clients Hate You

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(Said in my nerd voice…)

Well hello there fella! In this email I’m sending to you here today I will be thoroughly analyzing the concatenation of the data type integer and the coefficient of the third iteration of the for loop…

Lol!

Ok, I can’t do that.

So, the other day I had this guy on YouTube comment:

Are you trying to be some kind of Guru, stop using so many flowery words and stick to talking like a dev.

Oh dear!

Now, how do devs talk exactly again?

I actually asked him that and this is what he said:

Namely, more concretely. Like if I were to make a video about knowing your worth as a developer I would include actual, um data… and how say something about how pay actually relates to certain skills sets and perhaps talk about how different devs I have known have been paid and what their skills they knew. 

Okaaaaaaay…

I actually did a video like that awhile back.

But… for the rest of you… please never do this!

Please, please, please.

I mean… if you’re geeking out with a group of other devs… okay… maaaaaybe.

But, as how you communicate?

No, no, no.

You might actually lose yourself some clients to comas as they hit their head on their desk after they fall asleep three seconds into your “dev talk”.

And please…

Whatever you do… never ever… even if you have a gun to your head… never… I mean ever… do this when marketing yourself.

Please.

Now, I’ll cut this kid some slack. Because, while he seems to be an expert on how YouTube videos should be done… he doesn’t actually have any up himself. One day, though. And I’m sure it’ll be epic.

So… I’ll forgive him. He knows not what he does.

Anyway…

Look. People will find all sorts of silly, stupid things to pick at you about. It doesn’t matter what you do… we live in the age of the armchair quarterback. And, it is what it is. Just keep doing what you do.

I hope by me making fun of these people you see…

You don’t have to care… one single iota about what they think.

They’re not always right. They’re usually bitter. And they get their self-esteem from dragging others down.

Ignore ’em. Screw with ’em (like I do). Whatever…

But, certainly don’t spend much time on what they say.

And they’ll be littered throughout your career path. Whether you freelance or not. Do YouTube videos or not. It doesn’t matter.

A boss, a colleague, a client… some random yay-hoo on YouTube.

As, I always say… look at what they said. Find what is true and has value. Ignore the rest. Adjust and move on… quickly.

Like the kids say… haters gon’ hate.

Aight… hopefully that wasn’t too flowery for you.

Let’s move onto getting me paid… 🙂

So, I just released my PHP 101 course on Patreon. It’s up. It’s live. It’s 11 quick videos on PHP that culminates (ooh flowery!) in building a fully-functioning contact form. We tackle arrays, if/else/switch, for/foreach/while loops, get, post and more. It’s your PHP quick-start. You can learn more about what’s in it and how to get it at: http://johnmorrisonline.com/php

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