Women Who Design

If you’ve ever thought, “I’d love to have more diversity on our team, but I just don’t know any women designers” you should bookmark the excellent womenwho.design and fix that problem.

On What Songs Hold

A song is a container for empathy.

Abigail Washburn

Roma Cinematography

I was caught off guard by the magical cinematography in Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma.

Live Quiet, Mind Your Biz, Work Hard

There’s this wonderful little verse tucked in the middle of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the churches in Thessalonica:

[A]spire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands…

1 Thessalonians 4:11

Paul likely wrote this letter around 52AD, but it feels more relevant and important to me now. Between always-on social media, the 24/7 news cycle, tech culture’s hustle ethos, and the literal tiny hell rectangles in everyone’s pocket, aspiring to live quietly, keep to yourself, and focus on working with what’s in front of you sounds downright quaint. And simultaneously revolutionary.

The second part of Paul’s exhortation is more practical:

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On the Competitive Advantage of Being Yourself

Just be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

If you can be yourself on stage, nobody else can be you and you have the law of supply and demand covered.

Bill Hicks

Five Things I’ve Done Since I Stopped Blogging Six Years Ago

  1. I quit my long term gig In late 2016, I stepped away from the in-house team I spent 11+ years helping to grow. It was time.
  2. I hung out my shingle At the beginning of 2017, my design studio Blankenship Office opened for business. We’re still here!
  3. I became a family man Having two kids in the span of 2.5 years tends to change your life. We sing a lot of Disney songs and it’s rad.
  4. We launched a lil’ thing Last Fall, Mrs. Blankenship and I started a little paper goods company for kids (and their adults).
  5. I legit almost died So it turns out blood poisoning is still a thing, and it can kill you if you don’t treat it. Who knew?

Let Sleeping Blogs Die (or) The Return of the Personal Website

I started a blog in February 2004, and for the next 5ish years I posted something to the web so often I called it the Very Daily Weblog.

This was B.S.M. — Before Social Media. Pre-Don’t Read the Comments. It was also before I learned to write, or that every thought going through my head didn’t need to be published on the internet. (I would not encourage you to dig around the archives before 2009. There be dragons.) 

By some chance of early web — which felt impossibly small and connected — my blog became a pretty chill little community and a gateway to the WWW for a bunch of nice folks who showed up to see what I’d found out in the wastelands everyday. Civil discourse happened. I made friends. Some of you might be reading this post (hi, dotcomrades!) But over time my output slowed. New jobs. New cities. Twitter ate blogging. I met a girl. Work got busy. Stupid adulting. 

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Tinnitus Tracker

Rob Weychert made Tinnitus Tracker, a live music diary with info about nearly every live show he’s attended since 1992.

On Mediocrity and Repetition

The signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency.

Jim Collins

Leaders are repeaters. Repetition of values, vision, and results builds trust.

Luke Wroblewski

There are always opportunities to be remarkable through consistency.

Endless Jeopardy

Endless Jeopardy is the single best thing on Twitter right now.