“What we have failed to do is show that we care personally about the PEOPLE we’re disagreeing with. We utterly fail to do that.” Kim Malone Scott

“What we have failed to do is show that we care personally about the PEOPLE we’re disagreeing with. We utterly fail to do that.” Kim Malone Scott

What’s worse than being an asshole? Being too empathetic to give the information that would help others.

List to the podcast: ‘Radical Candor’ author Kim Scott says being too nice is worse than being mean – Recode


David Allen on Why We Write Down Ideas

“If you write down the idea, a part of you knows that your brain no longer has to keep hold of it, so it’s free to range and roam into new territory. 

“If your goal is to have the best ideas that you can about anything, you want to be able to draw on as many possibilities as you come up with, which gives you the widest range of choices. 

“Having a place for ideas, whenever and wherever you might have them, combined with the habit of free-form recording of those ideas, guarantees a great deal of valuable thinking that woudn’t otherwise occur.” David Allen

From the book: Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life


What Motivates Us? Being noticed.

In experiments, just showing that you notice other people’s work increased performance.

When researchers simply looked at a people of paper before filing it, subjects were able to do more tasks. The other two lesser conditions were simply filing without looking or immediately destroying the paper after it was done.

Try this: Simply show you notice what other people around you are doing.


“Life is improv. Not a fact test. You take the bad notes and weave them into music.” James Altucher

“What happened to the idea that a 40% success rate made someone the best baseball player in the history of the world?

“Or the idea that if only 50% of your business decisions are correct, you’ll have a billion dollar business.

“Or the idea that, in the hands of an artist, even the wrong note can be turned into beautiful music?

“Life is improv. Not a fact test. You take the bad notes and weave them into music.” James Altucher

Source: 15 Essential Skills They Don’t Teach You In College – Altucher Confidential


Email: The most reliable way to reach readers

“I learned a real profound lesson with the Inside news app. “You can get 500,000 people to download an app, but only 1 percent or less will use it a day. And then I realized, I took the same information that was in the app, I emailed it to the same audience and 40, 50, 60 percent opened it every day.” Jason Calacanis

Facebook isn’t email. Most people don’t even see your posts. The FB algorithm shows only what they think will keep you on FB. All of your friends are hidden.

On the user end, email is super easy to control. You own it. Most email programs make it easy for users to sort email automatically, search, and surface content when you want it.

Listen to the podcast: Journalists should use email more — and Google and Facebook less — to reach readers – Recode


“No one wants to look like an amateur, but I love that. I love that evolution. Rather than spend all this time figuring out the perfect logo and perfect channel, find out what’s fun.” Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge

“No one wants to look like an amateur, but I love that. I love that evolution. Rather than spend all this time figuring out the perfect logo and perfect channel, find out what’s fun.” Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge


Re: Homebrew Website Club Baltimore 2017-03-22 Wrap-Up

HWC Baltimore 2017-03-22 Wrap-Up by Marty McGuireMarty McGuire(martymcgui.re)
Baltimore's Marty 2017 meetup for Homebrew Website Club met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on Mar 22nd. Notes from the

“brianey.com missed the last meeting, so it’s been a while. Working on a new site at thebrianyoung.com, set up his WordPress network to include IndieWeb plugins, including things like accepting Webmentions. Some small updates to imnotwrong.com. Committing to more (of everything) for next time.”

And the initial version thebrianyoung.com is up! Thanks Homebrew Website Club!

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