[consulting] General consultant's vent

Sam Cohen sam at samcohen.com
Thu Aug 6 18:49:31 UTC 2009

Why not just use phptemplate_ preprocess_page in template.php to change the
blog title?

On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 2:44 PM, Ayen Designs <info at ayendesigns.com> wrote:

> I thought that all of you who have read and posted (thank you) regarding
> this would like to know the outcome. First of all, I neglected to mention
> anything about the relationship originally, because before it wasn't really
> important, until the discussion expanded into the subject of 'investment.'
>  This particular client has given me over $10K of work during the time of
> those 2,000 e-mails, so my take on whether to investigate things for free is
> affected by that.
> The client is the type who is very demanding in terms of
> particulars...reads about SEO, blogging, on and on. This is helpful in
> having discussions about specifics, because her level of knowledge allows
> her to understand, but is also very taxing, in terms of having specific meta
> data constructs, page name constructs, alternate image text constructs, and
> so forth given for everything. That is what led to the problem with the
> blog, the fact that she knows what she wants, which is to send a blog
> article by blog-api, have the blog name be what she wants (not user's blog),
> have the blog article show in the breadcrumb when its being viewed, and have
> the url be what she wants.
> So, she phoned today. I had basically told her in my response that I didn't
> feel it could be done in 30 minutes, that I really didn't intend to change
> my estimate to fit what she read in the article, and I reminded her of my
> development pedigree, not in an uppity kind of way, but just that I've been
> around the corner several times and started in a garage at the same time as
> Bill Gates, but he had the better idea :-)  And that I've had projects from
> 30 minutes up to $20M. So when she phoned, I said that she already has a
> blog that doesn't work the way she wants. That I've already tried
> string_override to solve the blog name problem, and that it didn't work, and
> for good reason, but that it wasn't known until tried that it wouldn't work.
> That I could set her up a single-user non-blog blog in 30 minutes, but that
> she already has one that doesn't work the way she wants, and that I don't
> know if the 20 things she needs her blog to accommodate will work with that
> solution, and that it will take me the 3 hours to find out whether I can
> make it do so.
> The result?  She said ok, and told me she was sending me another dozen
> things to quote.
> I offer this up as my advice on it all. There's a difference between
> passiveness, aggressiveness, passive-aggressiveness and assertiveness.
> Assertiveness will usually win when dealing with another professional.
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