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Dandy Cast 013: Maybe we could try... not hustling?

Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson

This podcast episode was recorded as an accompanying audio version of the Dandy Newsletter that was published on February 25, 2020.

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Why can’t hobbies just be hobbies? I mean, seriously people. There’s nothing wrong with just enjoying things for the sake of enjoying them. We don’t have to turn everything into a money-making venture just because somebody with a YouTube channel told us that’s the only way to be happy in life.

Perhaps we could try just enjoying life for the sake of enjoying it? Hey, there’s a lot of good in this world! No need to muck it up by tossing business things into the mix. LLCs? Lawyers? Etsy?! No, thank you.

There’s a brand spankin’ new blog post waiting for you. It’s called, Quick Tip: Adding a Background Color to Squarespace Gallery Blocks.

Gallery blocks on a Squarespace site are already pretty eye-catching, but why not jazz them up even further? You know what, let’s not stop at jazz... Let’s throw some pizzazz in there, too! With this informative quick tip, you can learn the simple CSS code needed to add a background color to your Squarespace Gallery Blocks today!

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.

Links to stuff that was mentioned:

More Movies Please! - Libsyn

Compass boom arm - Blue Designs

Yeti microphone - Blue Designs

ATR2100x-USB - Audio-Technica

Quick Tip: Adding a Background Color to Squarespace Gallery Blocks - Dandy Cat Design

Westworld - HBO

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness | Smashing Pumpkins - YouTube

The Affair | Lee Child - Goodreads

The full text

The Dandy Newsletter - 02/25/20

I’ve been trying to think of something more tiring than hearing about everyone’s main/side hustle. The only thing I can come up with is my own gripes about my main/side hustles. And when I say tiring, I mean tiring.

There’s this feeling that any idea, any hobby, any possible thing that someone might want to slap down some bucks for should be turned into a money-making venture. You should get a website going, start up a non-stop Instagram account, and sell your goods as if they were the cure for death. If you’re not spending every waking moment marketing your stuff to people who want to buy it, then what are you even doing with your life?

Oh, and make sure you don’t forget about your real job because how else are you going to pay for this side hustle? The side hustle isn’t about getting rich quick. It’s a marathon, you know, not a sprint. In the meantime, you’ve got to eat, right?

Never stop the hustle, man!

And look, hustle all you want. The world isn’t designed to help its citizens anymore (if it ever was) and we do all indeed need to eat. But I’ve got to ask, does every good idea need to turn into a side hustle? Do you need to set up an Etsy shop for your bespoke, handmade knittings and things? Do you need to order business cards so people can carry evidence of how you like to bake cookies? Do you need to start attending every networking event under the sun and sell your wedding planning know-how to other side hustlers?

I wonder, can’t we enjoy doing something just for the sake of, you know, doing it?

This thought popped into my head a few weeks ago as I’ve been recording podcasts with a good friend of mine. We both love watching movies (not surprising, considering we met at film school) and we wanted to share all the conversations we already had about the movies we saw. Really, there’s nothing more to it than that. I can’t speak for him, but recording this podcast has been a fun creative outlet for me. I spend large portions of my day working on and growing Dandy Cat Design, so getting to do something different and without any expectations of success actually feels like a relief to me.

Which isn’t to say that I don’t want the podcast to be listened to. In fact, keep an eye out for it. We’re calling it More Movies Please! and it’s going to start coming out soon.

What I am saying is that I’ve been feeling so happy to do something that I’ll still be proud of even if it doesn’t start bringing in sacks of cash, literal or otherwise. Creating things I like is an activity that I need to have in my life. I feel bad when I’m not able to do that. More Movies Please! is the perfect tool I need to keep creating something I like that doesn’t necessarily have to be tied to a business. It just needs to be something I like making.

Recording the podcast has been inspiring me to invest in this new hobby, both with my time and money. I want to help make it as good as it can be. I’ve got a fancy boom arm for my Yeti microphone and I’ve got another, hopefully even better sounding, microphone coming soon. Suffice it to say, I’m really enjoying myself.

The important part about podcasting to me right now is the lack of hustle in it. I don’t want to be lazy about working on it or getting the word out about it (hence why it’s popping up here), but I don’t want it to create any undue anxiety in my life. If loads and loads of people start listening to it and enjoying it, then that’s really wonderful. If only a few do, then that’s also really great. The important thing is that I find the process of making it fulfilling.

I don’t need the podcast to be a new side hustle for it to be important and meaningful to me. It’s good precisely because it’s not a hustle. That’s a healthier way to look at our activities.

With a hustle comes worries about exposure and finances and longevity and relevance and the day-to-day minutia that can grind away the fun of something you like. We’re all looking to remove the struggle of daily life. The answer doesn’t have to be turning something you love into a job.

Color can change a lot...

There’s a new blog post waiting for you. Huzzah! 🎉

It’s called: Quick Tip: Adding a Background Color to Squarespace Gallery Blocks.

The gallery block feature in Squarespace is a really remarkable tool you can use to show off your images in a beautiful way. I mean, they really cracked the code there with that one. It’s simple, but powerful and oh so eye-catching.

But what if you wanted to customize your gallery blocks even further? Who out there is saying you can’t add more pizzazz to those gallery blocks? Not this guy, that’s for sure.

With a few simple lines of CSS code, you can add an appealing background color to all of your gallery blocks. Really, it’s one of the simplest things you can do with CSS on Squarespace, but the results can be amazing.

Click through the link above to learn how you can add some extra life to your Squarespace gallery blocks today. It’s a quick tip feature, so it’s not going to take up much of your time. What it will do is add another arrow to your site styling quiver and it’s always great to have more of those.

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.


Sean Anderson

Lover of productivity tips, Apple devices, and vegan ice cream. Mostly, I'm busy petting cats 🐱 and dogs 🐶

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