Social objects

[author’s note: I wrote most of this post nine months ago, but never got around to finishing it. It seemed an appropriate companion to my recent series of “Social [X]” posts, so I added a couple paragraphs to the end and am posting it.] I was reading a gapingvoid post, and saw this wonderful quote […]

True Fans

Last night after class, I was skimming through my RSS feeds and saw Kevin Kelly’s post on how creators can make a sustainable business for themselves if they can get 1000 True Fans. I really liked Kelly’s take on it being more important to reach a smaller number of fanatics than to reach the mass […]

Remixing fields

I liked the career advice from Scott Adams last week (also seen at Seppo’s blog), where he points out: …if you want something extraordinary, you have two paths: 1. Become the best at one specific thing. 2. Become very good (top 25%) at two or more things. The first strategy is difficult to the point […]

Welcome to Brazen Careerist readers

Thanks to Penelope Trunk linking to me from her most recent Yahoo column about productivity, it looks like I’m going to have a lot of traffic today. For you readers that are curious, the quote she mentions (“The particular goals aren’t as important as the process of setting goals and working to meet them.”) was […]


It’s interesting how wishing sometimes makes it so on the Internet. Or at least how enough people are thinking along the same lines that ideas pop up in multiple places last month. A few months ago, I went to a Social Media Club meeting, and came back musing about feedback karma, where it “would be […]


I’m sitting in a barren apartment, stealing wireless from one of my neighbors. The movers came by this morning, and put all of my stuff on a truck. I’m taking a break from cleaning up the place a bit, throwing away the piles of trash that were generated by the packing process, sweeping up, etc. […]

Social identity commentary

I’ve mostly spent today packing, but took a couple breaks to comment on one of Dave’s posts about social identity, which I’m linking to in the spirit of “owning my comments”, as Dave often does. Other posts I’ve done that are vaguely relevant: Thoughts on community and identity, as inspired by Orson Scott Card Identity […]

Web 2.1

I’m not sure whether I can make it yet, but I figured I’d toss a pointer to Web 2.1, a “BrainJam” for folks who can’t or won’t pay the $2800 to go to the official Web2.0 conference this weekend. Chris Heuer decided to organize his own “unconference” to move beyond Web 2.0, to Web 2.1. […]