Career

Variety is the spice of work

Whenever people ask how to make a living as a writer, veterans in the field tend to offer this tip: specialize. You become known for a topic, which means that you have ready access to all publications covering that topic, and you also know who are the right sources and what’s the most current research. That means that each piece takes less time to write. Especi… read more »

Two conferences, and what makes a good keynote

On Friday last week, I went to the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. On Tuesday, I went to the Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women. Going to both conferences back to back (I was speaking at the second one, and there as press for the first) gave me a chance to think about conferences, and what the value proposition of a conference can be. Obviously, the bi… read more »

The case for being accessible

Over at Fast Company this week I had a post on “The Compelling Case for Being More Accessible.” I mentioned a comment from an entrepreneur who discussed regional differences in accessibility. She found that in Silicon Valley, it was pretty easy to get meetings with people based on a pitch. In Philadelphia, not so much — you needed to be int… read more »

What is work?

Blog reader Rachael (see her website here) raised an interesting question on my last post: What is work? When you’re keeping a time log and tallying your hours, what should count as work?
It’s a more complicated question than it seems at first. For instance, how do you count breaks? Everyone takes them, every day. If someone runs next door to Starbucks to g… read more »

My work limit

I kept track of my time over the past 2 weeks. I figure if I’m asking other people to log their time for the Mosaic project, I should scrutinize my own logs as well!
A key part of logging time is figuring out how many hours I work. And the answer — at least with my current set-up — is surprisingly consistent. The last week of September and first week of O… read more »