Ryan Irelan

is building Mijingo and doing limited consulting.

Your own ordinary.

Whatever you grew up with, by definition, was ordinary. It takes years for awareness to set in, when you start to realise that maybe some parts of your experience differed from the average. It takes years more until you get enough perspective to see things objectively.

Started reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates last night. The memoir starts fast and there’s no mistaking his viewpoint.

Looking forward to reading more.

18 years later, I saw Failure for a second time. It was an amazing show.

Everything you do, own, and use should bring you joy. If not, get it out of your life.

Just Reverse Engineer It

I was cruising along, reading this review of the Hemingway 2 app and all was good until I got to this at the end:

[I]t’s very easy to just reverse-engineer it and build something better.

This is one of my least favorite sentiments among developers.

It might drive us to do better but is also so easily thrown out as a cheap insult that is usually ignorant of the actual work behind a tool or technology.

Two Weeks Notice

Manton Reece is documenting the last two weeks before he leaves his job of 14 years to go indie.

One of my biggest mistakes in my first several months of running Mijingo full-time is that I was going too fast.

Keeping a Routine with Due

Ben Brooks shares how Due has helped him remember the small things that are easy to forget or put off day-to-day: like eating lunch.

I figured out three really important things I need to put in there for constant reminders: stopping for lunch, stopping for dinner, and taking the garbage/recycling out the night before. I can’t even tell you how nice this is — and I am not joking around.

I use Due to keep myself on a regular, predictable routine every weekday. I have a Due set up to remind me to leave for the office at 8:30. To break for lunch at 12:30 (even if I don’t feel hungry). To write in my DayOne journal 10 minutes before the end of my day. And, finally, to leave my office every day at 5pm.

Because I’m 100% in charge of my own schedule (no one scheduling meetings for me without my knowledge), I can keep a very structured daily schedule exactly how I want it.

I leave and return at the same times every day. I eat lunch at the same time.

This even sounds crazy to me. But it works.

Be careful what you wish for

Ben Thompson goes a little deeper on why we are plagued with awful ads on websites.

And, Ben warns: be careful what you wish for when it comes to less advertising on the web.

The War on AC

The war on air conditioning, headquartered in the high-rent neighborhoods of coastal cities in the North, has lately grown more fervid.

To Make a Farm

A wonderful documentary on building a small scale farm. Three farms, five people. Lots of dirt under the fingernails.

Creating Valuable Products

Shawn Blanc shares how he went about creating a product (his Focus course) that offers tremendous value but at a price that makes it sustainable for him.

I’ve learned over at Mijingo that pricing products for value is hard. And sometimes it’s a guess. Hell, most of the time it is a guess.

But when you hit it just right, where the value is really there, you have something that no one else does, and the customer is benefiting ten fold from the price paid, it’s magical.

It’s the best part of being in online education: teaching topics that the student can go out and turn into their own income or happiness.

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