If you’ve been involved with WordPress the past few years, odds are you know Tung Do (a.k.a. Small Potato), who ran WPDesigner.com until it was sold last year to deadbeat owner Pawel Ciszewski for $66,000. SP made the decision to leave the WordPress community while frustrated WordPressers watched WPDesigner sit for months with no trace of Pawel or SP to be found. It has been a year since all this went down and I thought it might be nice to catch up with SP and chat about how everything went down and what he’s been up to since last year. If you have any questions you’d like to ask, leave them in the comments and he may just stop by and answer them at some point.
1. Known in the WordPress community as “small potato,” you built up wpdesigner.com with great tips, tutorials, the first viable theme club, and a really tight community of WP-ers, what sparked the decision to sell wpdesigner.com?
i sold it because of personal reasons. i posted those reasons on my other blog (braintied.com), which is no longer online. basically, life didn’t turn out right. i was getting tired. i knew i had to change it so i did. although i could’ve kept partial ownership of wpdesigner.com, leaving it all behind was best.
2. Do you have any regrets after selling it with the way it’s been reduced to what amounts to an affiliate landing page?
No regrets, just disappointed.
3. After selling wpdesigner, you pretty much only use the internet for email these days. What have you been up to in “real life” since then?
After selling the site, I wanted to travel to find whatever I was looking for. I guess you could say it’s soul searching… sort of. And following some long, long vacations (hehehe), I decided to go back to my roots, which is Viet Nam. Prior to moving there, visiting Viet Nam felt like coming home and I wanted to hold on to that feeling. Besides traveling, moving to Viet Nam, learning how to pick-up girls (with some success hehe) and learning how to play the guitar, I gather experience here and there like the time I tried out teaching english to Vietnamese kids. Also, for some time, I was working on a new WordPress site. Unfortunately, it never went online. More than anything, it was wrong timing.
Right now, I’m designing again.
4. You had a pretty public falling out with theme designer and entrepreneur Adii as a result of a critique of one of his themes for Unique Blog Designs. Have you followed any of his work since then? In addition, what do you think of WooThemes?
I’d rather not comment on Adii and WooThemes. Whatever I say will simply continue the back and forth betwen me and Adii. It’s pointless.