This podcast episode was recorded as an accompanying audio version of the Dandy Newsletter that was published on February 18, 2020.
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I really like some things and those things are really likable. I mean, do you know about Micro.blog? You should. It’s an incredible blogging service that’s worth checking out. My iPhone is pretty dang dandy. I can do so many great things with it! I also love my fiancée because she’s just the bee’s knees. The bee’s knees and the cat’s pajamas!
I think it’s important to celebrate what you like. That’s exactly what I’m doing in this episode. I hope this will inspire you to consider what you’ve been really loving these days.
There’s a brand spankin’ new blog post waiting for you. It’s called, Suck a Little Bit Less Every Day.
We should all make it our personal duties to be less sucky every single day. Now, I’m not saying that you’re a jerk, just that your life should be all about trying to be better than you were before. You should try to improve yourself every single day. In this week’s blog post, I’m discussing why we should try to suck less every day and how we can always be working on self-improvement. And if you are a jerk, then just stop it.
We’re wrapping things up with what I’m watching, reading, and listening to this week. It’s a great assortment of media that’s worth your time.
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The Dandy Newsletter - 02/18/20
I want to make sure that the Dandy Newsletter isn’t turning into just a collection of “Gripes Sean Has About the World.” There are better places for someone to talk exclusively about the problems that the internet, technology, and humanity have created. That place is probably Twitter or maybe a soap box on the corner of some busy city street.
While there is a lot to gripe about in this world, there’s also a lot to celebrate. I’m thankful for a lot in my life, but there are three things that have been on my mind lately.
I’ve talked about this one before, but I’m going to do it again because I like it so much. Micro.blog is a microblogging service. Makes sense, right?
Think of it more in terms of how Twitter works. In Micro.blog, you’re able to create and publish short, usually 280 character length posts. Those posts are able to be seen by anyone using the Micro.blog service. They can reply to your posts, favorite them, and follow you to see your stuff appear on their personal timeline.
However, that’s pretty much where the comparisons to Twitter end. Unlike that service, Micro.blog is first and foremost about developing and posting to your own blog. A blog that you own and pay for. The words you post may appear on the Micro.blog feed, but unlike Twitter, that doesn’t mean they own your content. You’re free to develop and style this blog of yours to be whatever you’d like. You’re not beholden to some tech company’s idea of how to present your ideas to the world.
The community there is wonderful. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen a group of people that’s as supportive and friendly as everyone there. Trying to engage with anyone on Twitter (or Facebook or YouTube or anywhere else) is like willingly sticking your hand into a pot of hot oil. It’s painful and you’re not going to be able to forget about it easily.
I’d so much rather be a part of something that feels welcoming. It’s a great thing they’ve got going on there. Check out my micro blog to see what I mean.
A smartphone is nothing new or particularly exciting anymore. These days, it’s an essential item that nearly everyone has. I can’t think of a more ubiquitous piece of technology.
I think it’s a bit of a shame how they’re mostly taken for granted by the people who own them. They’re such powerful objects, they can do so much for us, and most of us just toss them on our bedside tables when we get home for the day. I don’t think we should baby these devices, but I do think it’s fascinating that we toss around our most important computers like they’re day old socks.
And yes, I do think our phones are our most important computers. Sure, no one’s going to be editing 8K video on them anytime soon or coding a complete app on them or mastering next year’s top Grammy winning songs on those screens. They might be powerful enough to do that, but what a bad experience that would be. Plus, they might actually melt under such intense workloads.
But consider all the other amazing things they can do. In our pockets are our telephones, our text messaging portals, our only (or main) cameras, our internet browsers, access to nearly every song ever recorded, the ability to see so many videos that it would probably take millions of years to watch them all. We use our phones for just about everything and I love mine a whole lot. I depend on my iPad and iMac to get much of my work done, but I depend on my phone to get most of my life done.
I’m encouraging you to take a good look at your awesome phone. It’s an insane marvel of technology, isn’t it? Learn to really enjoy it again. Listen to some great music or podcasts on it. Go out into the world and capture some great pictures with it. Text or call someone you like on it. It’s always there to be one of the best things in your life.
I’m not going to write too much about her because she’s a private person who isn’t interested in sharing as much of her life online as I am sharing mine.
That’s just one of the many things I really love about her.
Having someone in my life who supports and encourages me in my creative endeavors, who has a compassionate ear and a thoughtful mind, and is a truly good person is nicer than I could have ever imagined.
She inspires me to be the best possible version of myself so that I might give back to her all that she’s given me. I love her a whole lot.
This post sucks a little less than last week's and that's a good thing
There’s a new blog post waiting for you. Huzzah! 🎉
It’s called: Suck a Little Bit Less Every Day.
In all of my business and personal pursuits, I’m always trying to accomplish what I consider the holy grail of accomplishments—doing just a little better than I did the day before.
I believe our goal in life shouldn’t be to attain perfection. In fact, screw perfection! It’s an unattainable quality that only serves to drive people mad. There really isn’t any way to be perfect at something.
But! We can try to be a little better at something every time we work on it. Whether it’s pitching a new project to someone who’s ready to give out some money, cooking an amazing omelette, or even just listening to someone else, small improvements are where it’s at.
Click through the link above to read more about why you should be striving to suck a little bit less at what you do every day. There’s good information in there about how to turn your small wins into meaningful accomplishments.
If you ever want to throw some suggestions my way, then leave a comment at the end of one of my blog posts. Or heck, reply to this email.
Seriously friend, I'd love to hear from you.
Until next time, stay dandy, cat.
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