1. Text Editors

    Yesterday I watched a colleague’s Sublime Text 2 crash repeatedly as he tried to navigate the search results in a large project. BBEdit‘s search (and edit in the results window) feature is a part of my normal development process. I think it crashed on me once about 8 years ago.

  2. Digital Design Leadership: Alex King →

    I’m a big fan of good interviewers, so I was thrilled when Richard Banfield (CEO of Fresh Tilled Soil) asked me to sit down with him for his series on digital design leadership.

    Richard asks some good probing questions about my experience in growing the team at Crowd Favorite, how I approach challenges, and our transition into the larger and more distributed post-merger company. I hope you enjoy it!

    Runtime: ~19 minutes – and there is a text transcript!

  3. The Price of Success →

    I feel it. I feel it now more than ever. I delete more tweets than I send. I leave more blog posts half-written than I publish. Increasingly, I do the very opposite of the thing I’m most passionate about. I reneg on my right to the freedom of speech.

    Yep. :(

    In my case I used to spend a ton of time as an indy communicating directly with my customers via my blog. It was easy to discuss what I was working on because I generally wanted them to know about it and didn’t have other folks on my end to worry about.

    Now I’m spending a lot of my time trying to make sure we have the processes and systems in place to support a great development team at scale at Crowd Favorite. It would be :scare: inconsiderate :/scare: of me to discuss those kinds of changes until they are first vetted through the team, but I’m hoping to start talking more about them as we implement processes and see the results. Both to share what we’ve learned, and learn from those who have different experiences.

  4. Embrace hard work! →

    The real answer is to spend a deep amount of time stepping into something to learn, because when you learn it, when you truly understand it, it can change the trajectory of your life.

    People with deep knowledge of things are always interesting and awesome to work with.

  5. Coming home from dinner at my favorite restaurant with my favorite girls. Top down, listening to U2’s Joshua Tree on a perfect night.

    It doesn’t get much better than this.

  6. I know everyone is knocking Amazon Prime Music, but I just listened to an hour of Buddy Guy music I didn’t have last week.

  7. Pro tip: Haven’t worn your hiking shoes in 8 years or so? Don’t assume they still fit.

    A 5 mile hike in flip flops was a new experience.

  8. 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.