Rumen's endless thoughts, published

Personal blog for snapshots, thoughts and experiments

Jun 22, 2018

Stop asking the same question

There is no point in asking a question over and over again. The answer was ready the first time your question popped up. But you were way too preoccupied with...

Jun 20, 2018

Reality is not worth arguing for

Arguing for your limitations is stubbornly insisting that “this is reality”, “i’m just born this way”, “that’s the way things are”. The more you insist on it, the truer it...

Jun 19, 2018

On being resourceful

What aren’t you using but you have ready lying around? What can you use again from what you’ve got? Do you have any by-products you can ship? Are they valuable...

Jun 15, 2018

Your ToDo list is killing you

Having a meter long daily to-do list kills you with expectations. Not having the list on paper, but still adding to it on your mind is even more stressful. To...

Jun 14, 2018

(Im)Patience

Impatience is a sign of lack of trust. A sign of fear. You don’t believe that guy in front of you on the traffic light will move, so you blow...

Jun 13, 2018

Calmness

Oftentimes we find ourselves impatient. We obsessively check our phones, emails and IM for that “urgent” response. We want to be always on, we want to be available and reactive...

Jun 12, 2018

Growth

Nothing happens all ag once. Yes, there are tipping points, but there was a build up happening before things “tipped” over. Don’t expect to do big things. This is impossible....

Jun 11, 2018

What is focus?

Focus is… focus? Focus is putting all of your eggs in one basket for a certain amount of time. Focus is clarity. Being clear about what has to be done,...

Jun 10, 2018

How have you benefited from the things that annoy you the most in your career?

We are always surrounded by things we like and things we don’t. We would love to get away from the stuff we don’t but this just opens us up to...

Jun 9, 2018

How to change your perception about the things you don’t like in your career?

Perception is everything. Many philosophers and metaphysical teachers argue that it is the only thing that’s shaping your reality. You can change the impact of your past not by changing...

Jun 8, 2018

What is the next step in your career?

We are attracted to the new, to what is fresh, to what is different. The thing that is breaking the norm. Breaking the mold. Or as graphic and type designers...

Jun 7, 2018

Why am I not doing design anymore?

For the past 7 years I haven’t done much visual work. But design is not just how it looks, but also how it works. So I’ve been focusing on that....

Mar 10, 2017

Background Update

I noticed that I put too high expectations on myself to write something great. Typical “aspiring writer” syndrome. Instead of writing to help myself and as a side-effect helping others,...

Feb 29, 2016

How To Become A Web Designer?

Recently a friend contacted me over email asking for advice: I’m still, as always, unsure what I need to be learning and focusing on. I constantly feel overwhelmed. Do I...

Dec 7, 2015

CSS Trick: How To Get Trapezoidal Images For Your Website

Have you ever wondered how a certain effect is achieved on a website? You are not alone. This is a question which every web designer wakes up and goes to...

May 25, 2015

How I Design A Website From Scratch (LIVE)

This post is updated daily. The "Day" titles mark when I'm making entries in the diary. This whole process could be completed a lot faster if I didn't take the...

May 15, 2015

Overcoming your fears of "big" web projects

Did you know that ants are omnivores? They eat both plants and animals. And when I say "animals", I don't mean something just a little bit bigger than an ant,...

Apr 29, 2015

How to get work when starting out as a web designer (and you still don’t have a portfolio)

You’ve been learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and have just built a simple WordPress Theme from scratch.(Congrats! That’s not a small feat!) You can do at least basic website development...

Feb 23, 2015

Feel stuck after learning HTML&CSS? Here’s how to create websites on your own

You have read a few books on HTML & CSS and know how to create websites yourself. You know how to find the resources you need (when you don't know...

Feb 8, 2015

Interested in web design, where do I start?

Your desire to try your hands at web design leads you to search "how to create a website". Google says one of the most popular approaches are(amongst dozens of others)...

Oct 24, 2014

I’ve got my portfolio and website online. What is the next step to attract new clients?

So you’ve had several freelance gigs and have sorted out your website. You’ve got most of your previous jobs through services like oDesk or through meetings in-person. Now that you...

Oct 11, 2014

I quit freelancing—How I created a profitable software product to escape "clients from hell" and their boring, crappy projects

Summary: Many freelancers are having trouble with clients. I was one of them. I got so fed up with the fact that I went on to fire all my clients,...

Aug 19, 2014

And I thought we don't have money for advertising…

Yesterday I had a conversation with another friend of mine—she is providing customer service for Google AdWords. In the middle of a talk about the most common problem people have...

Aug 15, 2014

Time to focus on the (product) stars

I have a friend with business experience, whom I trust, who becomes something of a business advisor to me. After a 2 hour biz-analisys talk with him yesterday, I came...

Aug 14, 2014

Your business is as big as your dreams

This is a realization I had after filling in a Profit&Loss statement for the past 7 months. My fears came true. The reason I was neglecting my business was just...

Jun 30, 2014

Testing: Will working on my business for 1 day a week make a positive difference?

I want to try to limit myself extremely and work on my business only one day a week. I hope this will be a substantial improvement mental and result-wise. Note:...

Jun 27, 2014

Lone founder: Should I use “we” or "I" when communicating with my customers?

Have you ever feared customers won’t buy your product or pay for your service if they found out that they are backed by a team of just 1? I am...

Apr 30, 2014

Export a single PDF page on Mac

You may need a piece of a PDF document for reference later. Here is a neat little trick to get that PDF page out of the document. Open it in...

Apr 3, 2014

If it is too hard—you are doing it wrong!

When obstacles are a sign that you need to change your approach — I feel it is too hard for me to achieve this... — You are so desperately focused...

Mar 31, 2014

Procrastination Sans

How your feelings and habits fuel your procrastination Why do we procrastinate on doing things? We think that "it is not the right moment to do this" or "I am...

Mar 26, 2014

Ideas are for bored rich people

Have you ever built a product that no one wanted? In the process you had spent countless hours, even some of your savings. You desperately wanted it to succeed. After...

Jan 22, 2014

Searching for motivation to travel? You need a new perspective.

By the summer of 2013 I have finally freed myself from location and time dependance. I can work anywhere. I need to be “on time” only in the rare occasions...

Sep 26, 2013

Part 0: The journey to my higher purpose begins

Or it may have already began a long time ago. I don’t know. What I am sure now is where I currently am. In my hometown. “Why go back in...

May 25, 2013

Import images as slides in PowerPoint

Ever wanted to import a bunch of pre-made images into PowerPoint to use as slides? Coming from the Mac world you would expect that drag and drop would work perfectly...

Sep 9, 2012

Certainty will push you forward

Be certain. There is no need for plan B as it distracts you from achieving plan A. Lack of certainty is what holds most people back. Yet certainty is the...

Sep 8, 2012

Feeling like something is missing?

Well maybe it is time for you to start doing what you should be doing? Wrong definition. The things that excite you and you think you should do someday in...

Sep 5, 2012

Eustress and distress

What is stress? Probably all of you have been stressed enough to notice the negative effects of stress, at least once in your lifetime. This is distress — the kind...

Aug 17, 2012

Symbolic linking to Dropbox

Recently I've been thinking how can I back up my local git repositories and working copies. Use github, bitbucket and so you may say. Yes, I am using them, but...

Apr 27, 2012

vQmod stopped working

Recently I had a customer write to me something along the lines of: “I installed your OpenCart Mobile Framework. It looks good on the demo, but I couldn’t get it...

Apr 7, 2012

Trello as a design tool?

For the past months I’ve been using Trello as a project management system. Its simple to use lists are its best feature. I especially like the ability to reorder items...

Apr 7, 2012

What am I currently up to?

Owning a smartphone made a big difference in my mobile UX competence. Using it for a while led me to the idea that I can make a child theme for...

Mar 6, 2012

View yourself as a new business

Wether you are starting something new and you are your first employee or just having a day job and managing your finances, viewing yourself as a business will help you...

Feb 24, 2012

I ❤ Pears

Three days ago I’ve found an awesome tool by Dan Cederholm. It’s called Pears. Dubbed as “common patterns of markup & style” it provides a way to store HTML and...

Feb 21, 2012

Six months of lessons

[cudazi_promotext]Living in a new city, trying new things, meeting new people[/cudazi_promotext] Below is a list of the most important lessons that come to mind when I think of the past...

Feb 11, 2012

Internal Server Error 500 + vQmod

I have been installing OpenCart Mobile Framework to a lot of customers lately. This led me to interact with various servers and configurations, but I was most amazed when everything...

Jan 23, 2012

OMF has been featured

Opencart mobile framework is featured on MobileESP’s blog. Run by Anthony Hand, MobileESP is a project for detecting mobile devices. It has libraries for PHP, ASP, JavaScript, .NET, Java and...

Aug 20, 2011

The Eagle has Landed

Finally, my blog is finished. Actually far from complete as most web projects are constantly under development/optimization/redesign, so is my site. You can never have a “finished” state in IT,...

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