Berin’s Rules for Blogging

Following up on Berin’s Rules for Social Media, here are Berin’s Rules for Blogging. A concise set of guidelines and expectations around what I do here in this space, as well as why and even a bit of how I do it. This should be considered a living document, which means I reserve the right…

Use Downtime to Shift from Activity to Productivity

Among my many takeaways from Deep Work by Cal Newport is something that I already knew, but rarely acknowledge. When I push myself, and choose to work rather than embrace some downtime, the work that I do is neither very good nor very important. When I’m tired, and my brain is fried, and my motivation…

Berin’s Rules for Social Media

In seeking a way to balance staying in touch with friends, communicating with readers and customers, and maintaining a reasonable level of productivity, I’ve been working on guidelines for social media use. These are for both personal and professional use, recognizing that the nature of my life is such that the boundary between the two…

Monastic Discipline and Deep Work

I’m reading a book called Deep Work by Cal Newport, about how the internet and modern life have forced us into a pattern of shallow and superficial thinking. We live in sound bites, YouTube clips, and constant interruption. It’s hard to dedicate time to deeper, more meditative contemplation on any issues. It’s a problem because some…

Understanding Why We Create, Part 2

In today’s podcast Katie and I continue a discussion of our respective creative processes. This isn’t what we originally planned to talk about, but we started the episode announcing that Katie was relaunching her blog. This led to her explaining why she was coming back to it after two years, and that naturally evolved into a…