Career

Musings on my own little sweatshop

I have now officially crunched 143 logs for Mosaic: work totals, sleep totals, housework, exercise, TV, reading…. The reason this is significant is that 143 logs give me 1000 days (1001 to be exact). That was my target for data analysis. I think 1000 days gives me a pretty good picture of modern life.
(Side note: I actually have a lot more than 143 logs, bu… read more »

I like to go to other people’s conferences

I went to a writing conference a few weeks ago and it was fine. I said hello to a number of people I know, and I got good ideas. But I’ve been having a more interesting time lately going to other people’s conferences — other professions, other industries.
This is honestly a major perk of being a professional speaker, and not one I’d really thought abo… read more »

The Nesting Place: Analysis, critique, etc.

I recently read The Nesting Place, by Myquillyn Smith, and went through various frames of mind about it. The one sentence review: it’s got a lot of great decorating ideas in it, and some seriously gorgeous photos of what can be achieved on a slim budget. If you are not into a discussion on feminism, gender roles, economics, and the upsides/drawbacks of the &#… read more »

What does it mean to stay home?

The Pew Research Center came out with a report a few weeks ago on stay at home moms in America. The headline out of the report was that the proportion of stay-at-home mothers was rising, to 29 percent of all women with kids. Perhaps this conjures up an image of women chucking their briefcases for hearth and home, but deeper within the report were some more interes… read more »

Sources for stories: Doing what you love, and making money doing it

We are having a wonderful time in the Netherlands, and I’ll do a full write-up of the week when we get back. In the meantime, I’m using a low-key day to get a little jump on next week.
I’m working on a Fast Company piece on career and earning advice from people who’ve found that “do what you love” doesn’t have to be a ba… read more »