We need a social tipping point on climate

“I used to feel like I was doing something. I was switching over my lightbulbs, cutting meat out of my diet, catching public transport, and printing on both sides of the paper. I felt virtuous. But now it’s clear that these small acts of good citizenry are not working fast enough to make enough of an impact. There’s an urgency I didn’t understand before, a curve on the graph which accelerates under its own momentum.”

How do we go on? (Australian National University)

Our little wins aren’t big enough to offset climate chaos. Big moves need to come from those who can make the biggest impact.

Two useful methods for personal productivity

When I’m feeling the pressure of competing obligations, or not sure if I should work on something, or if something I am working on feels like it’s just not right, I turn to Think, Organize, Do. These are the three modes of work that everyone needs in order to function with purpose. These modes inform and feed each other, and when I’m in a rut, burned out, or overwhelmed, it’s usually because I haven’t spent enough time in one or more of these modes.”

Think, Organize, Do (Gina Trapani, Postlight)

I’m wearing a bunch of hats at work. I’m a platform administrator, overseeing tools and processes; I’m a content marketer, working on project management & asset creation; and I’m a community manager, working on program development & implementation.

Somewhere around all that I’m also working on my personal stuff — this blog, a few others, WP Durham, certifications, upping my coding skills. Then there’s my family and home and health, other hobbies, and all that gaps in between.

There’s a lot going on.

80% of the time I feel in control, like everything just flows from one task to another, like all the things are a latticework. But then there’s the 15% of the time where I feel out of alignment. And the 5% where I feel straight up overwhelmed.

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Creating common knowledge

Creating common knowledge creates a network effect. All companies in Silicon Valley want to build network effects, but few have followed Barton’s path despite its effectiveness. The more people use and trust Glassdoor, the more companies must take it seriously. And as users see more people contributing to Glassdoor, they can be more confident they’ll stay anonymous when they add their review. There are virtuous loops in common knowledge.”

Making Uncommon Knowledge Common (kwokchain)

My hobby from high school through college was to work on gaming fansites and forums.

In those early days (mid 2000’s) it was up to us, the devoted webmaster crowd, to compile information into comprehensive guides and resources for other gamers.

Our guides — usually written by one or two people — drove a fair chunk of search traffic and links. But the vast, vast majority of our traffic came from the forums.

Our forums were a well of common knowledge, deep discussion threads probing all angles of the games we covered.

That arrangement was good for a while. Our sites offered the coherent walkthroughs and references; the forums offered everything else.

Then “Web 2.0” happened.

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Leadership is a role

“To build a great career in content marketing, you need to develop all the right skills, but you also have to elevate above the day-to-day work. To be seen as a leader, you have to act like one. Leadership, therefore, isn’t a job title, it’s a role.”

How to Earn a Senior Content Marketing Role (Animalz)

Shoutout to Devin at Animalz for this piece on career development in the world of content marketing. It piggybacks on an episode of their podcast that’s also worth a listen.

Another juicy takeaway from her article:

“If you want to level up, you need to be the one who comes up with ideas, advocates for them, turns them into reality and gets them to the finish line.”

— Devin Bramhall, Animalz

Devin’s experience at Help Scout feels incredibly familiar, and it matches my own journey at GoDaddy over the last five years.

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A dream job in your current company

While there’s no one path to convincing your company to let you do your dream job, career professionals say it’s critical to figure out how your aspirations and interests intersect with the company’s needs. From there, it’s about convincing your company to let you pursue those goals.”

How to Create Your Dream Job Inside a Company (Adobe 99U)

I think about this a lot.

Arriving at GoDaddy nearly five years ago brought me into a company that’s perfectly aligned to the stuff I did for years out of personal interest.

The potential of what we can do at GoDaddy keeps me going, and it’s why I’ve stuck around for so long. (Anything over 2 years seems to be an eternity in tech.)

Things can always change, but for now? Everything I want to do, I can see myself doing with GoDaddy.

Technology is not the world

“It’s been hard to accept, at least for me, that each of our techy ideologies, while containing various merits, don’t really add up to a worldview, because technology is not the world. It’s just another layer in the Big Crappy Human System along with religion, energy, government, sex, and, more than anything else, money.

Why I (Still) Love Tech (Wired)

This essay from Paul Ford echoes much of how I feel about this industry I fell into. I love tech because of the opportunity it affords us. Tech isn’t inherently good or evil. It reflects the intent and decisions of those who harness it.

Also FTA: “Technology is just another human creation—like religion or government or sports or money. It’s not perfect, and it never will be. But it’s still a miracle.” — Amen.

The secular faith of Workism

The economists of the early 20th century did not foresee that work might evolve from a means of material production to a means of identity production. They failed to anticipate that, for the poor and middle class, work would remain a necessity; but for the college-educated elite, it would morph into a kind of religion, promising identity, transcendence, and community. Call it workism.”

Workism Is Making Americans Miserable (The Atlantic)

One side frets over the anxiety and blurred lines separating work life and personal life, while the other side gets knocked around in an unpredictable “gig economy” designed to make things more convenient for those who can afford it.

A good enough life

“Buddhism offers a criticism of the caste system and the idea that some people have to live lives of servitude in order to ensure the greatness of others. It posits instead the idea of the “middle path,” a life that is neither excessively materialistic nor too ascetic. […] In this radical vision of the good enough life, our task is not to make the perfect human society, but rather a good enough world in which each of us has sufficient (but never too many) resources to handle our encounters with the inevitable sufferings of a world full of chance and complexity.

The Good-Enough Life (New York Times)

A good enough life is a life worth living.

Pinterest’s potential

“One of the biggest value propositions in retailers for Pinterest lies in creating as seamless of an experience possible for users to find something they like on Pinterest and go buy it. And while Pinterest hasn’t yet perfected the format for doing so — neither have any of its competitors.”

Pinterest’s long road to becoming a commerce platform (Digiday)

I like Pinterest. Sometimes I even love Pinterest.

It’s a source of inspiration; DIY solutions for household problems; and discovery for things I’d maybe like to buy. And because it doesn’t have any of the volatility of other social networks, it’s also like a mental break, a breather, from the rest of the web.