On the 17th, I gave my first structured talk outside of the walls of whatever company I was working for. (I’ve talked quite a bit in the course of my career, but it was mostly for in-company presentations, projects, training, etc.)
It made me think about the question of exposure — that is, the things we do to make sure that other people notice us and our careers and what we’re capable of. For someone who works in-house their entire life, the sphere of influence is pretty much confined to the in-house work… but for those working in agencies or freelancing, the sphere of influence is necessarily much larger.
This week’s post is born from a conversation with a friend about how someone could believe what they did.
Morality is sticky business.
It’s actually a topic people have studied, which on one hand, no surprise, people have studied everything. On the other hand, I learned about the study of morality and systems of morality back in high school and it was such a bizarre experience that I thought it was worth writing about.
My job role is UX Designer, my career is as an Information Architect, and I love Design.
But really, somewhere deep inside, there’s still a fiction writer honing her craft in here.
In this week’s post for The Interconnected, I wrote about looking at exactly how many damned files one person can generate for one unpublished (and unfinished!) novel… and exactly what a mess I’ve made.
There’s a tiny part of me that hopes I never do hit it big, because I don’t want to hoist this mess off on some poor unsuspecting archivist in the future.
Sometimes companies go down a path that significantly alters the structure of what they do and how they do it.
Sometimes they do it well, and sometimes they do it poorly.
In Dismantling an investment market: Patreon’s fees, I look at some basic info about how investing works (because working at Vanguard for 16 years did teach me a few things about the business, even if I am definitely not an investment advisor and you should talk to one of them before ever listening to me). I use the models of mutual funds and stocks to analyze what Patreon chose to do with their business (and then undo) and offer my own take on why it’s just a bad idea.
This week, I thank GPS for getting me through a difficult holiday.