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  1. Everything dies. Sometimes they die well. →

    And therein lies the problem of side projects. They will either muddle along as a fun side project and provide a necessary distraction from your main work, or they will grow and demand your attention. They want to be fed. The answer to “what if this fails” is easy. You shut it down. The answer to “what if this succeeds” is much harder. Especially when you’re not willing to walk away from your main job. And I wasn’t.

    Moderate success is the hardest kind of success. This is exactly why we got out of our web hosting side project to focus on services and development.

  2. What Do I Do? →

    A great post by fellow OwnerCamper Jeff Robbins about his role as CEO a Lullabot.

    But the truth is that “replace yourself” is just a concept – an ideal. It could also be restated as “You can’t do everything. Find people to do the things you’re doing. Then find other things that need doing.” And repeat. It’s a switch from working on the work to working on the company.

    I feel like I did this in a big way when I sold Crowd Favorite and stepped into the CTO role.

  3. Chris Lema: Personal thoughts on Race, Racism & Twitter →

    [...] ignorance isn’t the same thing as dumb. Lots of smart people are ignorant about a lot of things. It’s an issue of exposure. And you can’t deal with exposure via a law.

    This is a hard, hard topic to discuss – especially on the internet. I really enjoyed having a chance to sit with Chris and discuss in more detail at WordCamp Orange County this weekend.

  4. Golf USGA dubs Pinehurst redo ‘awesome’ →

    Sandy areas have replaced thick rough off the fairways. They are partially covered with that Pinehurst Resort officials refer to as “natural vegetation,” but what most anyone else would simply call weeds.

    The edges of the bunkers are ragged. The turf is uneven just off some of the greens, with patches of no grass.

    Instead of verdant fairways from tee-to-green, the fairways are a blend of green, yellow and brown.

    That was the plan all along.

    This weekend’s US Open should be fascinating.

  5. DiskWave →

    DiskWave is a free disk usage utility for Mac OS X. It helps you determine what files and folders consume most of your disk space.

    This looks handy. (thanks One Thing Well)

  6. WP Think Tank →

    I will be participating in the WP Think Tank round table discussion next Thursday. The panel group is fantastic – I’m quite looking forward to it.

  7. Burying the URL →

    URLs = independence; that’s why they are so important. I’m curious to see how the next generation, one that has grown up with the web, sees these things.

  8. Surviving UI Programming →

    I used to do primarily front-end web development (UI coding) before getting into the back-end stuff. The back-end stuff is less fiddly and feels more elegant. Whenever I do front-end work it always feels like I’m writing more code that I should be (generally to handle lots of edge cases). But I love creating a great user experience, and that means fiddly front-end code.