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Great Blogs Outside This Field
by David C. Baker

Derek Sivers
A self-proclaimed entrepreneur and avid student of life, Sivers says, “I make useful things and I share what I learn.” He does, too. Not only in writing, but in currency.

In explaining why he’s given away several companies to charity, he explains: “Two friends were at a party held at the mansion of a billionaire. One said, “Wow! Look at this place! This guy has everything!” The other said, “Yes, but I have something he’ll never have: Enough.”

Sivers explains that he lives simply, hates waste and excess and really is content with a livable apartment, a functional laptop and that’s about it. This simpler approach to living gives him the “priceless freedom to live anywhere anytime.”

“Having too much money can be harmful. It throws off perspective. It makes people do stupid things. It’s not that I’m altruistic. I’m sacrificing nothing. I’ve just learned what makes me happy. And doing it this way made me the happiest. I get the deeper happiness of knowing the lucky streak I’ve had in my life will benefit tons of people—not just me.”

I like this last statement, especially, because he (rightly) acknowledges that financial success is largely dependent on luck; being in the right place at the right time.

Various authors, ars technica

Ars Technica was founded in 1998 by Ken Fisher with one simple aim—“to be technically savvy, up-to-date, and more fun than what was currently popular in the space.” Since then, with a core editorial staff, the site has evolved into one that churns out technology news and policy analysis, reviews of gadgets, software and hardware as well as scientific advancements.

It has become a trusted source in the industry because, as it states on its site, “ars technica innovates by listening to its core readership. Readers have come to demand devotedness to accuracy and integrity, flanked by a willingness to leave each day’s meaningless, click-bait fodder by the wayside. The result is something unique: the unparalleled marriage of breadth and depth in technology journalism.”

It is that, too. I read it every day.

Penelope Trunk, Advice at the Intersection of Work and Life
Penelope Trunk is a decorated writer who also happens to be afflicted with Asperger’s Syndrome. So here you have a brilliant woman, hardly any filter on what she says, and a very inviting writing style. You will read every blog post, like this recent one titled “Living Up to Your Potential”:

“I confess that I don’t feel like I’m working to my potential. And it makes me feel sick. I know the signs. It starts with me not being able to cope with my to-do list. It all looks too overwhelming. So I scale things back: I take out everything that has to do with starting a company.

“The next stage of not living up to my potential is that I can’t read anything. I tried to read the New York Times magazine cover story about fixing a marriage. I can’t open it, though. The woman who is the author wrote about her own experience. Fuck. I should have posted about that.

“I should have written the post about how our couples therapist fired us because neither of us seems to be capable of getting past our horrible childhoods long enough to connect with someone in a real way. He fired us, but then I used my amazing negotiating skills to convince him to take us back and then I had a screaming fit in the therapist’s office and said he’s incompetent and doesn’t give us clear direction. It was a good moment, actually. Because now that I fired him, instead of him firing me, I am fulfilled in my need to ruin relationships with people all around me and I now have space to let the Farmer get close to me.”

If I could only choose one blog to read, it would be hers.

That's all I have room for, but be sure to check out these, too:
•    Julien Smith, In Over Your Head
•    Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
•    Bob Hoffman, The Ad Contrarian
•    Ad Age: Small Agency Diary
•    John Stanmeyer
•    ProPublica
•    Chris Brogan, Human Business Works

No, Seth Godin isn’t anywhere on this list. He has some good stuff, but it's bumper sticker philosophy. Quit repeating him all the time, folks. CA C. Baker
David C. Baker (, author of Managing (Right) for the First Time, is a leading management consultant for the creative services field. Through ReCourses, Inc., he has guided hundreds of firms through management issues, difficult transitions and growth.