Monthly Archives: December 2010

Unwrapping the Gift of Blogging in 2010

You know when you get that tingle in your spine at the base of your neck, you know that you have to write something down that very moment or the urge would dissipate until it strikes again. Well, here I am writing again.

I started this blog with the sole purpose of bringing my own thoughts about work and entrepreneurship in some sort of organized state, and because of an inkling I had that some of my ideas, observations, and stories may be of value to someone other than myself. That is the reason I am not merely writing a diary but a public blog.

Blogging, it turned out, is harder than writing a diary (which incidentally I never had any interest in doing) because writing for an audience of many makes the writer responsible for the quality of the writing and the ideas that said writing contains. The flipside is that it if the writing happens to be good, the writer is propped in their effort by the audience’s feedback, and so the virtuous cycle continues.

Nearly for a year now I’ve been fortunate to be a part of such a virtuous cycle. I’ve had the pleasure of receiving your insightful comments (a first for me), and seeing the numbers of views reach ‘thousands’ for a few of my essays (another first). It’s both comforting and startling that you find the content of this blog worthy of your attention, and I am grateful for that.

Thank you for the wonderful year. Although I feel like I am still learning the ropes, the desire and the potential (oh, hubris) to get better at this in the coming year and the years after is as palpable as ever. I do hope that you stick around.

Happy New Year!

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Psst, Turn-O-Phrase is now live!

It feels really good to be able to tell you that the game I’ve been working on for the past 2.5 months has just launched. To be a little more precise, today I launched a limited, yet playable version of the sprawling vision I had in the shower (hehe) on or around October 15th, 2010. Yes, I actually remember where the idea occurred to me for the first time.

I haven’t yet done the work of spreading the word, so my Twitter followers and my blog readers would be the¬†privileged¬†few to have a go at it first. Hope you enjoy it, and I welcome any and all feedback.

Oh, before I forget, proficient and/or native English speakers will tend to enjoy the game a lot more than the rest of the world. :) Please use the feedback tab to let me know how you feel about that.

Email for Introverts 101: Ten Hard-learned Lessons

For a while now I’ve been meaning to write about my confused relationship with corporate email. I think the main reason for recounting this story is that it underscores typical problems us technically-inclined folks face when we dive into (or dip our feet in) real-world business communications.

I’ve been professionally employed for a little over 4 years. A hardened introvert and a mediocre communicator, I ended up joining the workforce in a customer-facing role (as a field applications engineer), and I’ve stayed in the customer-facing role ever since. It was a premeditated career move on my part so the challenges I faced were mainly self-imposed. I don’t regret any of it, of course, but I wish I knew then some of the things I ended up learning in the process. Now, how often do you get to hear that?

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Pipecleaners – Experiments in Risk Management

Pipecleaners are a powerful metaphor and an interesting approach for managing all sorts of risks. I’ve heard it mentioned by my boss a couple of times, but with the boss filter on I hardly knew what he was referring to or where it could ever be applied. Having launched LinkPeelr (in a completely different category of software from what I launch in my day job), I’ve now come to see a more universal applicability of pipecleaners.

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