‘Finding Your Fanatics’

Shawn Blanc, on finding your audience and how your audience finds you:

Your brand is also important. I’m not talking about logo marks here, I’m talking about your reputation. How do people perceive you (as professional or amateur; friendly or angsty; humble or self-centered; etc.)? What topic or subject people do people connect to you (design, development, typography, photography, etc.)?

Your content and your brand are summed up as being what you make and who you are. This is true for the individual, the small business, and the large corporation. And over time the two become deeply intertwined. What you make represents who you are, and who you are fuels what you make. Your brand and your content become one and the same.

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On the WWDC 2014 Keynote

Consider this piece to be a “touchy-feely” take on yesterday's WWDC 2014 keynote.

I had the opportunity to attend the event live and in person for the first time. It was such an exciting experience — I could barely sleep the night before, I was so stoked — and definitely one that I'll never forget 1. As someone who had faithfully watched each and every Apple event prior to yesterday's from home, the fact that I was actually there, sitting in Moscone West with thousands of others, to witness Craig Federighi announce Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 was equal parts thrilling and surreal. As I said, an experience I'll never forget.

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‘Working From Home’

Matt Gemmell offers advice for getting the best out of working from home:

It’s not just as straightforward as pulling out a laptop in the living room, though. Working from home has a number of difficulties and challenges. In many ways, it’s a battle for mastery of yourself. I’d like to talk about a few of the issues I’ve faced, and how I handle them.

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My First Mac

A lot of people are writing about their first Mac, so why not me too?

My first Mac — the very one I’m sitting in front of as I type this — is this one:

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My first Mac is the same Mac that I bought almost 6 years ago, in October 2008. It was among the first aluminum unibody Macs, the design of which is still seen today in the MacBook Pros. (In fact, Apple added the “Pro” surname to the MacBook in 2009.) The aluminum MacBook was introduced at a special event on Apple’s campus, which also happened to be the one and only instance when — to my knowledge, anyway — Jony Ive spoke publicly.

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2013: The Year When My Low Self-Esteem Rose to An All-Time High

Earlier tonight, I was listening to this week’s episode of CMD+Space, in which host Myke Hurley was chatting with guest Glenn Fleishman about, among other things, the Kickstarter project for his digital periodical, The Magazine. I tweeted that not only did I back Glenn’s project as a show of support for indie journalism, but also because The Magazine is, to me, rooted deeply in my heart with lots of warm and fuzzy feelings.

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Tim Cook Talks Accessibility

In accepting Auburn’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Apple’s CEO says:

[P]eople with disabilities often find themselves in a struggle to have their human dignity acknowledged; they’re frequently left in the shadows of technological advancements that are a source of empowerment and attainment for others. But Apple’s engineers pushed back against this unacceptable reality; they go to extraordinary lengths to make our products accessible to people with various disabilities from blindness and deafness, to various muscular disorders.

Cook’s mention of accessibility starts at the 4:35 mark of the video.

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‘Become a Hero’

Stephen Hackett writes about St. Jude and his son’s battle with cancer:

A week from today, tens of thousands of people from around the world will run races, winding across the city of Memphis to raise money for St. Jude.

Over the past four and a half years, the hospital has spent millions on my son’s treatment. He’s had four brain operations, 18 rounds of chemotherapy, over a dozen MRIs, countless CT scans and is still undergoing weekly rehabilitation services.

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30 Things I’m Thankful For

What follows is my take on a list that my friend Karen put together on her own blog.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year, so why not list them too, right?

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  1. I’m thankful that I go to bed every night only to wake up the next morning.
  2. I’m thankful to have a roof over my head that, thanks to my uncle’s living trust, will someday be mine.
  3. Speaking of my uncle, I’m thankful to be as close as we are, despite the fact he drives me crazy in more ways than one.

This Third Time Most Certainly Isn’t Charmed

She was a mother to five, biologically. I was number six.

But what a sixth kid I was to her. She taught me that you needn’t share DNA to be family — and, believe me, if you knew my familial background, you’d know how much that lesson has meant to me over the years. I was just like another son to her, and just another brother — “kuya”1 — to her daughters, my sisters. We’re family. We’ve laughed together, cried together, spent holidays together, and been there for each other, through times good and bad. She’d yell at me just as much as she’d yell at any one of her own kids, but she’d always preface it with the disclaimer that if she didn’t care, she wouldn’t yell. The ultimate backhanded compliment.

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‘You Have a Reputation’

CJ Chilvers gets it right:

Marketing phrases like “personal brand” come and go, and are mostly the work of marketers who believe to own something, you must re-name it.

Go back decades before such buzzwords pervaded our lives and you’ll find the foundation of this concept was more simply called your “reputation.”

I like to think, in both of my careers, that I’ve earned a good reputation.

(via Shawn Blanc)