Category: Chaff

So. Where Has He Been?

Obviously, things went a little stale.

I’ll try to explain.

Just about the time I got rolling over here, I experienced what could only be described as an upheaval in my personal life. One aspect of the upheaval was a relocation on the other side of the country to see my father for what would be the last four months of his life.

Moving that far from what had become my home meant I had to do something to keep in touch with my friends. Something meant Facebook. I’d never been a big user of it, but it was about the only place I could easily keep up with my friends.

For a while, I wrote pretty regular posts, keeping people in the loop for what was going on in my life and staying in touch and processing my grief out loud. When my father died, I stopped writing anything of real substance. There was too much at first, then there was too much to catch up on, then there didn’t seem to be a point. I stayed in the loop and kept an eye on what was going on with my friends, but my usage had changed.

As my usage of Facebook moved from journaling and staying in touch to idle consumption, I felt my time wasn’t being well spent.

So, I’ve scaled down my usage there, and hope to ramp up my writing here. Maybe it will have substance. Maybe it won’t. But for now, this is where you can find me. It posts into Facebook of course – I can’t ask everyone to meet me here. But at least this way my idle consumption is down.

Are you a non-profit? Do you need help with mobile? Come see me.

Last night I followed a link to a non-profit on my phone, and it kinda made me sad. No, I won’t name names or anything, but my guess is that if you were to pick 3-4 of your favorite not-huge non-profits, and you went to their website on your phone, you’d probably see what I mean. A lot of non-profits could use a little help making their content easier consume on mobile devices (or easier to consume in general).

And I’m already doing this thing with Red Rover Open Device Lab where I’m working from locally owned bay area cafes on Wednesdays. It seems like it would be a good opportunity provide a little assistance for non-profits in this area.

So, I announce a little thing today to basically say “Come out wherever Red Rover ODL is, I’ll help you if I can.” I don’t know if it’s useful or not, but I know if I don’t make the offer, there’s know way to know who would accept.

So, here it is bay area non-profits: if it’s Wednesday I’m probably sitting in a cafe, and I’m willing to help you crack this particular nut.

How Not To Do A Blog

Three posts last year, right? That was a record for me!  And one of them was a shill for an article I wrote.

This year should be better.  I’m not going to put stuff up here just to put stuff up here, but I expect to be more active.  Maybe one a week.  Ish.  We’ll see.

I’m totally not just putting this post in here so that it looks like I’m more active than last year though.  That’s just the impression you’re getting because I didn’t actually say anything meaningful in this post.

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