Category Archives: Personal

A New Kind of Resolution

Since I was a teen­ager, I’ve had a mid-January ritual of reflect­ing on the pre­vi­ous year and mak­ing res­ol­u­tions for the upcom­ing year. Mid-January, because I always feel I need to let the year sink in for a couple of weeks before I can prop­erly digest it. I go through my journal, look at what […]

Forward March

A little over a year ago I stopped writ­ing online, save for a few posts on the Woopie blog. I stopped writ­ing for myself, for other people, for freel­ance work. What my star­tup needed at the end of 2012 was focus. A year later, and what a year! I’m on a plane back to San Francisco […]

The price of focus

What a dif­fer­ence a year makes. This time last year, I had fin­ished an early pro­to­type of my pet pro­ject of an Irish-focused tech magazine and was shop­ping it around to poten­tial advert­isers, con­trib­ut­ors and part­ners. I had also suc­cess­fully con­vinced the best designer I know, Stew­art Curry, to be its design dir­ector. Just a […]

Writing Elsewhere Around the Web

I took a short break from Tues­day News­day and reg­u­lar writ­ing here to do some guest posts recently. Below is a quick roundup of what I’ve been up to in terms of art­icles writ­ten, pod­casts and speak­ing engage­ments.   Design­ing Enga­ging and Enjoy­able Long-Form Read­ing Exper­i­ences – guest art­icle for Smash­ing Magazine This art­icle incorporates […]

Daily Lessons from 2011

At the begin­ning of 2011, I made a res­ol­u­tion to note one new thing I learned every day. I stole it from this art­icle, which I loved: I kept my list on tumblr here: It was both easier and harder than I thought it would be. Easier because when you pay atten­tion, you’re […]

Quantified Self Europe Review

One of the first things I dis­covered this past week­end in Ams­ter­dam at the first ever Quan­ti­fied Self Europe con­fer­ence is that I clearly do a bad job explain­ing what QS is. When asked why I obsess­ively track things in my life like sleep pat­terns, exer­cise habits, food intake, skin con­di­tion, and oth­ers, I usually […]

Transitioning From Working in an Office to Working From Home

There are many dif­fer­ent adjust­ments required when you move from work­ing in an office for someone else to work­ing from home by your­self. For me, one of the chal­lenges has been schedul­ing time to catch up with people.  While work­ing at Microsoft as an evan­gel­ist, part of my job involved meet­ing up with people, grabbing […]

Getting Out of the Bubble

When you live and breathe one industry for most of your pro­fes­sional life, what hap­pens? Usu­ally you end up liv­ing in a bit of a bubble.  That bubble is rein­forced when your friends, peers and col­leagues are in the same industry.  This is dan­ger­ous because it changes your per­cep­tion of real­ity. I recently moved from […]

2011: Back to Work

Fun­em­ploy­ment is over.  I have work to do. I made the decision last sum­mer, when I was start­ing to look at new jobs, that I no longer wanted a full-time, all-consuming job.  I made a list of what I wanted, and it looked like this: — Time to work on my own pro­jects (2 days a week)- […]


Fun­em­ploy­ment [fuhn-em–ploi–mənt] –noun :      The art of mak­ing unem­ploy­ment fun. Fun­em­ploy­ment took me from my return from Nepal and Tibet through the hol­i­day sea­son & new year.  I can’t recom­mend it enough.  Up until this break, I haven’t ever not worked since I was about 16. You know those pro­jects that build up?  Some­times they’re silly […]