Earlier this year my friend, Daniel Espinoza, started a program called WooCommerce Office Hours. Every other week he opens up his virtual office (via a Google Hangout) and invites folks to ask questions about WooCommerce. The cool part? It’s totally free. Daniel gets to drop knowledge bombs and the people walk away with Woo satisfaction.
I loved his idea so much that I’m
ripping it off inspired to start a similar program for the Genesis Framework (aff link). Starting this Thursday, March 13 at 4p EST, I’ll host my first Genesis Office Hours, where you’ll be invited to ask all of your burning Genesis Framework questions.
No doubt the format will evolve on it’s own, but the plan is to broadcast via a Google “On Air” Hangout. You’ll be able to join me on the hangout or submit your questions via chat. The number of participants will determine how many questions/answers we cover. If there’s a queue, I’ll spend a max of 10 minutes on a single question so that more folks can get a chance to ask questions.
Two Birds, One Stone
Don’t worry, I’m not actually going to kill any birds in this post.
I struggle to make the most efficient use of my time. While this is not a post about time management skills, it is one of the factors behind moving to a weekly “office hours” format.
I love writing tutorials and articles here on my blog (and love even more that people utilize the information), but as it grows I’m not always able to keep up with the discussions that result in the comments or via email. By funneling questions and conversations into a single time slot, I’ll be a better time manager.
Questions don’t bring answers… they usually bring more questions! If you leave a question on one of my WordPress tutorials, you’ve got to either subscribe to get replies via email or refresh the page a million times to see if I’ve answered yet. And then if I’m on the beach without a computer, you may have to wait a full week for a response. And maybe my response doesn’t fully answer your question, but just brings up…another question?
An interactive format provides a way to give real-time answers (and follow-up answers) in a single shot.
My hope is that Genesis Office Hours will be a way to more effectively use my time while contributing back to (the Genesis Framework segment) of the WordPress community. We’ll see how it goes.
Will You Join Me?
Thursday. March 13. 4p-5p EST. I hope to see you there!