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Terraforming Mars Review

TL;DR: Terraforming Mars game mechanics are exceptional but it desperately needs a second edition to do a complete art design overhaul, new play mats (similar to Scythe), rules/guidebook re-write, and improve overall quality of the product. The biggest issue I have with the game is that the art design is really bad, it’s as if […]

Sprout Apps in Review

This isn’t my “2016 in review” like so many other #WordPress businesses have published this week. For starters, I’m less productive than those I admire and it’s overdue. Joking aside; I’m going to share my journey with Sprout Apps in regards to financial up/downs/ups/drops/outlook… A Chart… I’m going to be referring to the chart below, so analyze it and […]

Big Man, Freshbooks

Update: A rep from Freshbooks reached out to me days after this post, and we started a conversation that led to me talking with with their SEM lead. They said the bids on the “Sprout Invoices” term was unintentional and an automated process via broad match and keyword insertion; I don’t completely agree that it was fully automated knowing a little about […]

Reviews & Download Counts

Trying to find a positive of the review-gate I decided this was a great opportunity to find how positive ratings affects download counts. Be warned: while I like numbers, statistics isn’t a strong area of mine; and while I tried to be objective about these numbers it’s sorta impossible when my intent is to prove a point.  So take the […]

What Now? No Way? Huh?

Let me preface this post by mentioning that this was difficult to write, I’m still frustrated but I’ve accepted the immediate outcome. That said… Last week I received an email from the WordPress.org plugin review team that Sprout Invoices “has been found to be in violation of the repository guidelines, found at https://developer.wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-org/detailed-plugin-guidelines/“. Turns out this was the issue: What […]

New Car Gone?

Been waiting, and waiting, for the final settlement on the VW diesel buyback/recall for months now, the “agreement” has been sealed until it was submitted to the courts today but I’m finding nothing that will help me figure out what I’m supposed to do (with my a3 tdi). Sigh. It looks like they won’t start […]

Why our Refund Rates being so High isn’t Alarming (or Terrible)

James Laws asked me last week for my “lifetime refund percentage” (over at Sprout Apps) so he could get a general feel for our industry. He briefly mentioned his percentage was sub-5% which gave me pause, my immediate reaction was to think I’m doing something wrong; even though (at the time) I didn’t know my numbers. Knowing SA’s refunds were much higher I dug into the […]

Speaking Tour

One of my new year goals is to do more talks, specifically speaking at meet-ups. Yesterday was my first; not the first of the year, my first talk that I’ve given to a complete set of strangers — ever. My hope that it would be easy to do a simple overview of Sprout Invoices was wrong. […]

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Dan Cameron

I build stuff with WordPress

I'm currently building Sprout Apps to help small businesses and freelancers running WordPress.