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Not a thorough post… more like sticky notes…

  1. Growing from 100 to 150 still feels like a slog
  2. When you’re near 200, going beyond feels really fast
  3. Growing to 350 feels like a lot of work
  4. Growing 50–100 users per week is doable provided you post regularly
  5. At 150 followers, you’ll start getting bombarded with tons of spam messages
  6. Growing at a good clip means at least 10–15 posts a day
  7. Posting fewer than 10 posts will lead to a net negative
  8. Posting more than 20–30 posts a day will yield…

A couple of years ago, I built an online marketplace for musicians. It went so great, it wouldn’t even cover my server costs. Awesomesauce. If I had to do a post-mortem of the now-defunct service, there were several red flags, where an older me would’ve said, “hey, you need to fix X, Y and Z if you want this to take off.”

Perhaps, the easiest starting point and the biggest red flag is that I had trouble explaining exactly what it did. A common trait I’ve noticed with other developers/designers is that, once we put on our hats, we get…

The other day, I was trying to figure out why I’ve had so much cognitive dissonance in my head, regarding some of the features I’ve built for one of my side projects. In fact, I even started this post several days ago and had to go back to it, because I didn’t like the original title — “Removing Features You Love”. Having watched an episode in Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Hasan Minhaj put it more succinctly, saying that one of the most difficult things to do when creating your comedy routine is to “cut what you love”.

I’ve spent…

There was a time early on in my career when I’d do anything to get shit done. That would include working insane hours, late nights and weekends. I’d get massive kudos and, for a while, that’d be good enough. Bonuses would help, later, until they didn’t.

It took me a good amount of time to learn how to say “no” in different ways without sounding less like a pessimist and more like a realist. Moving target dates = no bueno. But I didn’t learn this life lesson gradually. …

As I’ve hunkered down to spit out a few posts, what I’ve come to notice is that with each post, it gets easier and quicker. It feels like riding a bike, which you haven’t ridden in a long time. It’s a little uncomfortable, at first, but then inevitably your muscle memory kicks in, balancing becomes easier, and soon you’re unaware that it’s been a while since you last rode that bike.

Figuring out your commitment level to your thing (whatever it may be) is an experimental process. Originally, I started out with committing to three posts a week. Several weeks…

For the most part, and backed by no data whatsoever, I think a good amount of folks juggle multiple things at a time, with each moving piece reaching its milestone and/or finish line one parallel to the other. I’ve referred this to the Gantt Chart of Life in previous posts, but thought of another way to capture it in writing — “in aggregate”.

Let’s say you’re learning two new languages, Cantonese and Farsi… the amount of studying it requires to have a strong grasp of them (ie. using either language conversationally) might be really intense. But if you keep at steadily, over time, you’ll become trilingual. In aggregate, all those efforts will have paid off. That actually just brought me to another anecdotal analogy — single-, dual- and multi-core processing. Oh my, the various places I can take this bloggity… so riveting!

Redundancy++ … this is one of the topics on my writing list, mainly because I didn’t feel like writing about other topics today.

I always thought the difference between the two programming languages, C and C++, was that the “++” made it somehow better, like it it was the successor to plain ol’ C sharp (C#). It’s quite the contrary, and you can learn about that here. Nevertheless, I thought Redundancy++ looked like a neat title, so here we are.

In The Wonderful World of Web Development, you’ll always encounter one question, “what’s your backup?” Maybe it has to deal…

I keep a list of all things I want to remember, because my mind goes off-tangent in about a gazillion-and-a-half different directions, when I see something that inspires me. That list keeps me in focus and, in the early days when I was a reporter for a daily newspaper, I’d keep a sheet of paper next to my bed. …

One ring. Two rings. Three rings. Four rings. Foot steps. Silence. Growing up, I’d always hear my dad say, “well, if it’s important, they’ll leave a message” just as he was about to pick up the phone. I’ve kind of adopted this thought process for my site by excluding the default comment section.

If you’ve ever had a WordPress site, you’re well aware of the fact that it can get ripe with spam(my) comments, even with Akismet (WP’s comment filtration system) installed. Add to the fact that I just don’t want to add another row in my database for a bunch of spam(my) comments and, well, here we are — no comments. Here’s the thing: I have a contact page with my email address on it, so if it’s important, they’ll leave a message =)

It’s 2018, eons later after the entire designer community is already online, and I’ve just started dribbbling, thanks to my awesome CD’s invite. By uploading my blast from the past, what I’ve realized is either that I’ve been designing ahead of my time or, better and more accurate, everything old is new again.

Clean is in. Isometric design is in. Mixing multiple fonts is in, as long as it’s in good taste. It feels like watching another Hollywood remake, another housing spike or another slew of startups running the press mill (bitconneeeeeeeeect). And, as it is with the true nature of history, this, too, shall pass. And when it does, that’s when things will get interesting again.

Michael Kuhlmann

Wrote a book. Published in NYT + other top tier publications. Posts headlines at The Press Enquirer and music at Glossy Hooks.

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