The Coffice Resort – Book

Most of my friends, colleagues and even clients are aware of the fact that I am a strong supporter of telecommuting and flexible work hours. I formed the local freelance community several years ago and I have given numerous talks on freelancing, remote workers, outsourcing and everything related to that. I live in a building with a hackerspace two floors above my place and a co-working space below my apartment. However, several years ago I started (officially, full-time) my freelancing career at a coffee shop in my city. And I enjoy working from coffee shops so much that even when… Continue Reading

The Ten Years Linux Journey

A Linux/LEMP discussion on Twitter today reminded me that I've spent about 10 years within a Linux environment now. It's not exclusive per se, there were times where I got back to Windows for a few months (keeping at least one system Linux-driven all the time), but it's been a great time and I'll tell you my experience with the mystic or notorious (depending on where you stand) platform. Note: Most of you know that I'm not an Apple fan but I'll keep it for myself in this post, just reviewing some slides over the years. Therefore please keep the… Continue Reading

2013 Overview and 2014 Goals

I'm quite happy with what happened in 2013 and I'm grateful to everyone who supported me in any way during my endeavor :) WordPress Core The most significant accomplishment for me was finally getting some of my patches in the WordPress Core. I have contributed more than 15 patches to the core in 3.7 and 3.8, and I'm determined to continue contributing in the next few versions as well. Thanks to SiteGround I'm able to work on the core as a part of my WordPress Ambassador position duties so huge props to the company owners and all the incredible folks that… Continue Reading

The Right People Behind a Business

I've had a few conversations over the last month with people who have contacted me for work lately and we've had a meeting or two (or currently work together). I rarely check my leads and referrals when they contact me through my blog or Twitter, which is a bad habit and I'm catching up now, and my research led to some interesting results. One of them met a former client of mine in London One of them googled "WordPress Developer Bulgaria" Another lead through Post Status - thanks Brian! One more liked a comment in a technical blog and reached… Continue Reading

WordPress Developers – Interview with David Bisset

Our last interview in the Google+ WordPress Developers community is with David Bisset - a BuddyPress freelancer from Florida, one of the WordCamp Miami organizers, recognized WordPress expert and the creator of WP Armchair. David and I discussed the freelancing business of his and I find it quite amusing (in a good way, just like I said in the video :) ) that he's working with European clients, which isn't quite common with most of the WordPress freelancers or small agencies. We went over the large events coming over the next few weeks - WordCamp Europe and WordCamp San Francisco, and… Continue Reading

Back from WordCamp San Francisco

I'm back from my WordCamp San Francisco 2014 tour and I'm genuinely excited after meeting close to a thousand WordPress community members over the past few days. The magic of WordCamp San Francisco is impossible to describe unless you've been there at least once, and if you haven't - I'd definitely suggest you to plan for it. However, WCSF with it's scale would not exist in the same form and from 2015 this would be WordCamp US (or USA), hosted somewhere else and ready to accommodate more than 1500 attendees given the growth pace over the past 9 years in San Fran. [caption id="attachment_9688"… Continue Reading

The Abusement of Open Source

The Free Software Foundation has a clear and concise definition of free software - which is tightly connected to what we refer to "open source" with some verbal modifications: “Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”. We sometimes call it “libre software” to show we do not mean it is gratis.… Continue Reading

Ask Me Anything on ManageWP – Sep 14, Open Floor

Since I've been moderately quiet online over the past year, it's about time to get back with some fresh ideas, insight and tricks from my long business journey lately. I delivered a presentation on remote teams at WordCamp Europe in Vienna, but haven't posted a recap yet due to some presentation format issues with both Slideshare and Slide Deck, so it's pending as well. There are a few things planned over the next months, including a slight face lift of the blog here since the homepage is not even usable to me! :) But that will come after we've wrapped up the… Continue Reading

WordCamp Belgrade 2016

Being based in Sofia, attending WordCamp Belgrade last year was pretty much a no-brainer. Luckily, the incredible organizing team in Serbia is organizing another event happening this weekend, or in other words: enter WordCamp Belgrade 2016! It's been close to a year since my sabbatical after WordCamp Europe 2015 when I had to take a long break, rearrange some of my priorities, focus on certain personal and professional things in my life and scale a number of things that would allow me to regroup our resources and give back as a team. We used to contribute more than 5% "before it was cool"… Continue Reading