This is Important

Thursday, Sep 15, 2022

Patrick Rhone, a friend and writing colleague of many of ours, went on a social network path at one point in time when posting about his family and family activities. ”This is important.” he would write, over and over again.

”This is important.” has become my new favourite slogan as of late.

When an old friend, whom you haven’t seen for 10 years, walks past you on the street, you stop, talk, and give each other hug. This is important.

When your time on-screen is about to debut in front of 700 people and your newborn needs a diaper change, you change the diaper. This is important.

When you drop off your toddler at pre-school for the first time and he doesn’t want you to leave his side, you stay and play with him despite being late for work. This is important.

When you stayed late playing with your son at pre-school and you have an important work project to finish, you stay late and finish. This is important.

When you finish supper, jump on the couch to watch the baseball game, and want to fall asleep, you fall asleep. This is important.

When a client calls over your family supper with an emergency, you answer the call. This is important.

When your child has nightmares and simply can’t get back to sleep without mom or dad, you let them crawl into the middle of the bed and you hold yourself on the edge of the bed for the rest of the night. This is important.

When you have a chance to purchase tickets to that important football game and you question whether it’s worth the money, you purchase the tickets. This is important.

When your alarm clock blares at 7:30AM Sunday morning after a hard, hard week at the office, reminding you to get ready to go to church, you get your butt out of bed and get dressed to go to church. This is important.

To everything, there is a season.

Work cannot always come first. Family cannot always be prioritized.

Rest and relaxation sometimes must come later, after the hard work is done. Hard work can be done after you’ve had some time away.

Money should be saved. Yet sometimes, you should go into debt to have some fun.

Wherever you may find yourself, life must be lived.

This is important.

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God Save the King

Sunday, Sep 11, 2022

God save our gracious king!
Long live our noble king!
God save the king!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us;
God save the king!
Thy choicest gifts in store
On him be pleased to pour;
Long may he reign!
May he defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the king!

Write the Boring Workflow You Want to Read

Monday, Sep 05, 2022

I got my first real start writing on the web about Field Notes books and fountain pens. I had the opportunity to talk with both Brad Dowdy and Myke Hurley on The Pen Addict podcast a long while back, which turned into an opportunity to work with Shawn Blanc on Tools and Toys and eventually The Sweet Setup. It’s been a ton of fun and I’m so honoured to have walked the path.

I continue to walk the path, for what it’s worth. And I have no intention of shutting it off, as long as Shawn and crew will have me. I love talking tech, Apple, workflows, apps, cameras, and lenses, and I likely always will. I want to continue discussing those interests on those appropriate channels.

Interests do wane, change, and grow, though.

I am absorbing as much business-related stuff as possible these days. Less the “Personal MBA”, self-help stuff and more the anecdotal commentary from professionals in the industry. The “I’m a partner at a Big 4 firm and here’s what works well and what doesn’t” sort of thing. I can’t get enough of that stuff.

Unfortunately, finding this kind of material is difficult at best. You might find a thread on Reddit somewhere, or a few tweets from some random individual online whom you have to assume is a practicing professional, or you have to sit down and have lunch with someone. It’s not readily available — and likely so for a variety of reasons.

There are other professionals in the Mac-centric writing industry who either left their profession to write or who always felt uncomfortable sharing too much about their practice for fear of breaking confidentiality. It could be that anyone who attempts to uncover these professional workflows runs into the same issue.

For at least a little while, I’m going to do my best though.

This isn’t to say that every blog post going forward is going to be a professional, enterprise-y workflow. Nah, I’m not that dry. Nor am I high enough up the ladder to truly know what works and what doesn’t. I also want to discuss fatherhood — something I feel isn’t discussed enough. Fatherhood is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, so there has to be some value in learning out in the open.

I have this cool career trait where I’ve never worked inside a Big Professional Firm. This is “Cool”, in the sense that I have zero idea what makes the Big Professional Firms amazing and what makes them dumpster fires. It’s also “Unfortunate” in the sense that there are many workflows and aspects out there that are likely worked through and experienced and I’ll have to learn the hard way as I experiment.

So it goes.

That experimentation could work well on a blog though. I could run down this path or that path and let people know what’s great and what sucks.

Like using a Mac in a Windows-heavy environment. It takes some serious workflow adaptation to make this sort of thing work. But it works. And I’m convinced it works better than if you are Windows-only or Mac-only. There is just about no file or document you can throw at me that I can’t open in one of the operating systems on my computer.

Whether others are interested in this, well, I don’t much care. I’m interested in it. And I want to write what I want to read.

The reality is that there is a massive segment of online readers who aren’t truly served. “Creativity” seems to be only applicable to those who make art, or photos, or videos, or apps, or self-help courses. There are so many people inside stereotypically non-creative industries who are completely unserved by current content creators.

I won’t pretend to be on the hunt to fix this problem. My life has become so focused on work and family that this humble little blog has fallen down the priority ladder.

But I’m going to try, at least for a little bit.

Maybe something written helps someone out one day. Or takes a new firm down a new path. Or quickly uncovers why my proposed idea was complete trash to start with.

Experiment out in the open. Let’s see how this goes.