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How I put my weekly newsletter together
Every week, I get emails that start, “I think your newsletter readers would be interested in…”

Let me stop you right there. That’s not how this works.

I don’t send out a list of 10 things I think my readers would find interesting. I send out a list of 10 things I find interesting that I think my readers would find interesting, too.
newsletter  howto  AustinKleon  Bestof2018  GettingStarted 
10 days ago by peroty
How to Save the Day, Repeatedly, with a Notepad – Michael A. LaPlante – Medium
You will save the day repeatedly when you simply write down what transpires. Capture what happens and the decisions that were made along the way, especially your own.

You will gain “super powers” of both recollection and observation.
You will become recognized as an authority on the past and how we have arrived at the present.
Michael_A._LaPlante  notebook  paper  Bestof2018 
10 days ago by peroty
Everything Easy is Hard Again – Frank Chimero
File under: best posts of 2018.

This past summer, I gave a lecture at a web conference and afterward got into a fascinating conversation with a young digital design student. It was fun to compare where we were in our careers. I had fifteen years of experience designing for web clients, she had one year, and yet some how, we were in the same situation: we enjoyed the work, but were utterly confused and overwhelmed by the rapidly increasing complexity of it all. What the hell happened? (That’s a rhetorical question, of course.)

On the churn in ideas and agreed best practices.

There are similar examples of the cycle in other parts of how websites get designed and made. Nothing stays settled, so of course a person with one year of experience and one with fifteen years of experience can both be confused. Things are so often only understood by those who are well-positioned in the middle of the current wave of thought. If you’re before the sweet spot in the wave, your inexperience means you know nothing. If you are after, you will know lots of things that aren’t applicable to that particular way of doing things. I don’t bring this up to imply that the young are dumb or that the inexperienced are inept—of course they’re not. But remember: if you stick around in the industry long enough, you’ll get to feel all three situations.

So much of how we build websites and software comes down to how we think. The churn of tools, methods, and abstractions also signify the replacement of ideology. A person must usually think in a way similar to the people who created the tools to successfully use them. It’s not as simple as putting down a screwdriver and picking up a wrench. A person needs to revise their whole frame of thinking; they must change their mind.

In one way, it is easier to be inexperienced: you don’t have to learn what is no longer relevant. Experience, on the other hand, creates two distinct struggles: the first is to identify and unlearn what is no longer necessary (that’s work, too). The second is to remain open-minded, patient, and willing to engage with what’s new, even if it resembles a new take on something you decided against a long time ago.
programming  web  webdev  complexity  culture  learning  career  html  css  design  BestOf2018 
february 2018 by jefframnani

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