Closed my Facebook account tonight. I’ve had a love/hate, mostly hate, relationship with Facebook. I hate their business practices. I don’t like the way people act on there. It’s fake. I’ve felt for a long time that I needed to keep it open to keep in touch with people but the amount of time I’ve actually engaged in any conversation there is very small. It’s time to finally let it go.

This from Stehpanie Hurlburt:

I say this occasionally to normalize it:

I’ve never put code on GitHub
I’ve never done coding in my spare time for fun, side project, or portfolio
I’ve had a successful career as a developer

If you have done those things— great! Maybe I will too one day. But it isn’t necessary.

Before I had children I contributed to an open source project or two. I also still do the occasional coding for fun (but mostly for pay). I have never put anything on GitHub but I also consider myself successful as a software developer.

The notion that these things are necessary is silly.

Keen on Cal Newport’s idea of “deep work” but is it even possible in most jobs today? In my profession (software development) I’ve almost never had the ability to sit uninterrupted for any length of time to do deep work. Is anyone actually doing this?

Small b blogging

Via Om Malik a good piece on working on a small blog for reasons other than chasing an audience. I need to remember the lessons mentioned there and review them often 🙂

I do remember once, in a prior incarnation of this blog, writing an article about Whole Foods when they decided to stop offering plastic bags to shoppers. The piece got linked by a writer at the New York Times and the piece just exploded. To this day can’t believe how much traffic that piece generated for awhile. But obviously that becomes old news fast and traffic died and nobody cared anymore.

What was more satisfying was a simple how-to article I wrote up about syncing your iPhone with Google Calendar. At the time Google’s documentation for the procedure was terrible (and very hard to find) so I had many, many hits to that piece and it continued until I shut down the blog, even when Google’s own documentation had been improved both in visibility and content. At one point it was the first result that came up when you did a search for iPhone and Google Calendar. To this day I’m still proud of that piece. It was very satisfying to help so many people.