We are all so very busy with life moving forward that we forget to look back once in a while and see how far we’ve come. It’s a healthy and encouraging habit that I highly suggest doing every so often (although you don’t have to do this every day or week).
I think the benefits are pretty obvious and plain but if it were that obvious then we’d all be better at it, right? Honestly the only time I spend time reviewing past work and previous experiences is when I somehow accidentally stumble upon them for whatever reason.
So, I’m sitting in the same place you are and I find myself needing this reminder just as much as you do: We all should endeavor to review past work and gain perspective.
As the world spins dramatically toward a mobile-centric world I can’t help but seeing a pendulum-like narrative being built.
And it’s always been this way for me as I’ve always been built somewhat as a contrarian; as the masses go right I decide, for whatever reason, I’m going to go left.
This is even more fascinating from my point of view because I’m working on developing an exclusively mobile app experience with Pressgram. I realize that mobile is eating the world (and then some) but I also believe that the desktop app will always reign supreme in certain circles and in terms of specific functionality.
I have been blogging for over 12 years now starting in 2001. At the time I was literally uploading static .html files via FTP to a web server as there wasn’t any dynamic or automated way of blogging at the time.
Quickly, though, one appeared that suited my fancy (or at least my girlfriend’s fancy) and I began writing in what we now understand as a structured Content Management System publishing posts in reverse-chronological order. My first post using this system (Xanga) went live on May 6th, 2002.
Truth be told, the first few posts were absolute shit – for example, here was one of first public blog posts that I published:
When I was an engineer at Dell the role of social media in business and the enterprise was getting hotter and hotter.
Even though most people had no idea what “social media for business” was you could tell that people and organizations were attempting to capitalize on this growing phenomenon by offering full-time salaried positions with titles such as “Social Media Manager” and “Social Networking Manager” and many similar iterations.
Heck, when I became an executive at my next role at Fox and then NewsCorp part of my title was, in fact, “Social Networking” besides being in the product-side of things. It was somewhat ridiculous and even more so now as we collectively look back on those roles and ask ourselves, really, what was going on.
Now it’s quite apparent – the “social” aspect of our jobs is here to stay. When I say “social” I simply mean being involved in social media at large and using social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook. And, since the use is ubiquitous in nature the specific roles are no longer required.
I found this advertisement on the back of a magazine interesting enough to warrant capturing a photo and even a blog post. For starters I just liked the composition and the duality of the shots, Singer and Songwriter.
Taylor Swift is, without question, extraordinary. I have a few of her more popular hits on rotation in my iTunes library and I’m quite happy to hear her rotate through my headphones during a busy day of work. She has accomplished so much in so very little time and she has become a worldwide musical icon. It makes you wonder where one can go when you’re already at the top of the mountain.
Mike Dariano shared this link with me about how Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs doesn’t own a computer and doesn’t have an email address:
Peter Higgs, it turns out, is not interested in being accessible. He has no e-mail address because he owns no computer. He does own a cellphone, but he only answers it if he knows the caller.
I suppose that the point of the article was to suggest how greatness still can be achieved without modern technological communication devices and software but I think it’s worth noting how his award was for something he worked on in the 1960′s and is not really connected with his choice of technology today.
But, it’s worth thinking about, isn’t it?
This was the very last shot that was taken from my Canon DSLR that I recently sold, taken by my 2 year old. I find the perspective and the shot fascinating as it’s exactly the view that she sees every single day: That of her father staring at his notebook “working” or staring at a small mobile device (related to the “work” that’s being done on the notebook.
I wonder how she feels about her father staring so consistently at technological devices. I wonder what she thinks about when she sees me working on my “compooooooooter”. I wonder what her opinion is of her particular view and if it’s positive or negative. I wonder, at times, if she feels like that “compooooooooter” is my god incarnate.