Is This Still What I Want to Do?

In my old age, I’ve gotten very selfish with my time. Early last year, I decided I was done spending my life doing work I didn’t believe to be important, valued, or interesting, and I began making plans to change my circumstances.

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The Habit Loop

I took an intro to philosophy course a thousand years ago. I never really got into philosophy, but a famous quote by Aristotle has stuck with me ever since:

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I'm Not Going to Subscribe to Your Newsletter

I think I’m one of the last few people still using RSS. I subscribe to a ton of blogs in Feedly, and I go through every morning and clean out my RSS feed.

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How Comments Made Me A Better Programmer

One of the biggest hurdles I’ve faced when learning to program is how to transition from tutorials to writing my own code. I think it’s a common problem for anyone who’s new to programming, even though I’m not exactly new to programming. I can read existing code, figure out what it does, and change it to do something different. But writing code from scratch remains a weak point. Hence JavaScript January! Now known as JavaScript February. It lacks that satisfying alliteration, but we’re closing in on Groundhog Day and I’m still messing around with JavaScript.

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Flow State Of Mind

I didn’t really enjoy reading Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I found it too academic for my tastes, and my nightly reading became a struggle.

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Making Things in 2016

I ran across Justin Jackson’s 2016 Maker Challenge a while back, and it sounded like a good excuse to work on some projects I’ve been thinking about for a while.

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The Best Books I Read in 2015

I read a lot of books in 2015 - 33 non-fiction books for professional development and self improvement, and 11 fiction books for fun. Here’s the best of what I read.

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What Held You Back This Year?

I did fairly well with the goals I set for myself in December of last year. This year, I read 32 books (33 as soon as I finish up The Thank You Economy) and wrote first drafts of 12 short stories.

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What Is Good Content Marketing, Anyway?

When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of the Weekly World News.

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Display Ads Are Dead

On paper, a big display advertising campaign seems like a good marketing strategy to try. It sounds like an easy way to build brand awareness, and get your business in front of thousands of people who are in your target audience.

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