I’m currently in the process of writing a longer piece on social reading and where I see its future, so this fits perfectly:
Instapaper just released a huge update. Besides the (amazing) redesign of both website and apps, they added a feature that made me ditch Pocket and switch to Instapaper. I even bought a subscription (their “pro” tier).
Here’s Instapaper’s Andrew McLaughlin:
@UARRR You got it. (And seriously, thanks for the kind words!)— Andrew McLaughlin (@McAndrew) May 8, 2014
When they do it right, and everything seems like they’re on the right way, everything I wanted to achieve with QUOTE.fm will be reality and I am very much looking forward to it.
Do you still draw/sketch a lot like back in the "real" uarrr days?Anonymous
I don’t. Not even close. Actually when I decided to stop studying illustration, I stopped drawing entirely. I always thought I want to become an illustrator and then discovered that design, be it UX or UI, is the thing I want to work with. I’ve never been very good (read: good enough to make a living from it) at illustrating either and I only miss it rarely.
Mal angenommen, man arbeitet an einem Startup und würde dich gern mit ins Boot holen. Ist es realistisch das du dich auf sowas einlassen würdest sofern dich die Idee begeistert oder bist du für sowas gar nicht zu haben?Anonymous
Ganz davon abgesehen, dass eine anonyme Frage, die von mir nur öffentlich beantwortet werden kann, nicht unbedingt der richtige Ort für so ein Thema ist: Ja, natürlich ist das realistisch.
Ob das dann zustande kommt, hängt von ungefähr 5000 anderen Dingen ab und – wen überrascht das – ist nicht ohne weiteres zu beantworten ohne irgendwas zu wissen. Insgesamt bin ich aber auch für Arbeit an spannenden Projekten neben meinem eigentlichen Job zu haben. Allerdings wäre es produktiver (und professioneller) so etwas per Mail zu klären.
Which online-services do you pay for?Anonymous
Hm, let’s see. Not counting domains and webspace, this should be the complete list:
- IRCCloud: Used for several chatrooms and different groups of people. IRC is old as hell but flexible, easy to set up and free. I pay for IRCCloud so I’m always online and can connect to password protected servers.
- Spotify: Well… music! I got the Premium option for mobile and offline access. Couldn’t be happier.
- Amazon Prime: Signed up for it a few years ago, because it was cheap. Now it becomes expensive but I’m so used to “Order now, get it tomorrow” that I’m not sure if I want to live without it. I’m spoiled, I know. I don’t care for the whole tv series and movies stuff, though.
- Dribbble Pro: The last thing I need is a Dribbble pro account. No idea why I got one.
- iCloud: Yeah. More space for backups.
- Droplr: I have one of the old accounts and pay not as much as they’re asking now. It’s fast and reliable.
Are you one of the people who are afraid of showing their work to others? Is everything constantly not good enough? Nobody would ever think about hiring you, because everyone else is a lot better than you are? Wait, somebody hired you? They sure must have made a mistake, you think?
Yeah. You’re a lovable idiot. No offense, I have the same thoughts all the time but I learned to use them for my advantage. Just like the incredible Hulk, who’s always angry, you’ll always feel not good enough. That’s your strength.
Think about it. Your greatest weakness is simultaneously your greatest strength – and you’re not even some kind of super hero. Just somebody who likes to do stuff.
Yes, there are many people who are better than you. The simple fact that you managed to acknowledge this means a whole lot:
- You’re obviously not a brick-faced prick who thinks he/she is the greatest.
- You know what’s good. You look at your own work and you know that it’s not the best someone could do.
- You know that there are others who are better than you and you know their work.
Yeah, all that sounds very obvious, but I’ve met a lot of people who aren’t aware of the power that’s hidden in these observations.
Let’s think of successful people. You sure know somebody that’s so much better than you, that you don’t even dare to imagine to be as good as they are someday. Do you think they’re always pleased with their work? That they finish something and mumble to themselves “Well, that’s a fucking masterpiece. I’m a genius!”. Trust me, they don’t – and if they do, there is a huge chance that their work is nothing but a buttload of crap.
What not being pleased shows is that you have potential and that you know of it. You know what something should be like and the main reason for you to not achieve it is that you don’t know why. You just know that “that’s not it”.
That is why it’s so important to see that others are better. There always will be somebody who’s more skilled at what you’re doing. Imagine a situation where that’s not the case and how depressing it would be. You just need to keep one simple assignment in mind: Try to understand why something else is good or better. Just look at the work of others, not a quick glance, look at it and think about what makes it good. I’m sure you’ll discover something noteworthy.
Here we are. You just learned something just from looking at other peoples work. Now add it to your own skill set, apply it to your next work, think about how you can use this new knowledge to get even better.
Will you be absolutely satisfied with what you’re working on now? No, you sure won’t and as I said, you’ll never be. Nothing is ever perfect, you just need to learn to think about it as “good enough”. I know, that doesn’t fit into all that talk about “perfectionism” and people “getting lost in details” but let’s face it: At the end of the day even the most perfectionistic person will make mistakes. That’s life, get over it.
tl;dr: As soon as you’re “good enough”, you should look for something more challenging. Being good enough means you don’t have something left to learn and that’s a bad situation to be in.