I m a long time WordPress user & developer, checking out my old blog ( which I already converted to a static site ) it starts from the year 2004, I wrote quite a bit of posts ( stop blogging early 2017), I build some simple plugins, started my freelance business mainly based on WordPress & Laravel, I miss out the opportunity of Premium Themes & Premium Plugins land grab.
Oh, yes most of the blogger started 2004 should have at least earn something through the blog before, my blog did bring me few small Google Adsense cheque before.
Since I stop blogging on WordPress 2017, I start to shift my focus on WordPress to Laravel, I stop following and chasing all the WordPress news and if possible will try to use other solutions then WordPress. One of major drawback for me, if using WordPress, most likely it should come with a maintenance plan because to take good care of a WordPress site, is not easy. Most of the time the client never budget for this sort of thing, so is really hard for me to pitch with a solution like this.
2018 when I started my company with my partner, one of the major goal we are focused on doing things out of WordPress, provide different solutions for our clients, but it seems like doesn't work that well. At the end of 2018, I back to solo, I converted a proposed solution that using jamstack e-commerce back to Woocommerce and shipped the thing within a week.
For 2019, I still tweaking my business direction, but I m still struggling with this WordPress thing, got a few ideas for WordPress product, but I m not sure shall I go for it. There is some recommendation instead of starting with saas as an indiehacker, starting with some once off product might be easier.
So while fine tuning my business direction, I still need to ask myself shall I continue WordPress or not, or shall I just focus on Laravel ( and maybe Vue ?).