I sometimes wonder if all of these “free” products and services people get to use has skewed all of our understanding of how the product/customer relationship works when applied to businesses that do not have funding.
Archive of: On life in general
Thinking about the impact my life before the web has had on my life as a web developer and bootstrapper.
I have enjoyed reading other review posts, and I thought it would be nice to look back over what has been an exciting and difficult year.
Thinking about how we, working on the web, rarely get those moments where we can say, “this is done, this is good.”
Many years ago, as I started to create my own “digital identity” I made a decision not to also create one for my daughter. I tried to avoid linking her and her real name with me. She is now 16 and I talked with her about having parents who are very visible online, and how she feels about identity and privacy on the net.
My sixteen year old daughter has left school. She isn’t taking A Levels. In September she will begin a course at a top dance college, to even get a place there is a huge achievement for her, I’m hugely proud as she has worked so, so hard for it.
I tell people of her plans and they react in horror, “no A Levels? What will she fall back on?”
I told this story at the Insites Xmas Special earlier this month and have been meaning to write it all up. It’s the story of how I stopped being afraid of airplanes. In the hope that something in this is of use to anyone else who is scared of something and wants to deal with it.
Yesterday Zeldman wrote,
The first thing I got about the web was its ability to empower the maker. The year was 1995, and I was tinkering at my first website. The medium was raw and ugly, like a forceps baby; yet even in its blind, howling state, it made me a [...]
Something I have always loved about the web industry is the kindness and openness in the profession. We have all learned from each other, we all build on each other’s work. Throughout the history of this industry we’ve been creating things, sharing them and someone else has come along and [...]