Turning down an upgrade

I had to renew my phone contract and had a chance to upgrade my four year old phone. In the end I decided against it. The offer sounded good but I wouldn’t have wanted to upgrade this year anyway so it was just spending money I didn’t want to spend. As I reached the conclusion that I should …

My 3 favourite pieces of tech hardware from 2022

The end of the year is in sight. And while there’s still time for me to purchase a new piece of tech, I think it’s safe for me to create this roundup list (especially with my current financial situation). I haven’t bought too many items this year, but these three stand out above …

I wouldn't have believed a random project 6 years ago would turn into this.

6 years ago I started making some simple videos for students of English as a foreign language because it was a more valuable “proof of work” as a freelance teacher than the alternatives. Today, I’m using those skills (and more I’ve learned since) for the onboarding videos …

A return to stock apps?

As I read CJ Chilver’s recent post on the lazy billionaire, I was reminded of Patrick Rhone’s approach of using the Apple default apps as much as possible. Notes in Notes Tasks in Reminders Events in Calendar Podcasts in Apple podcasts and so on. Some of these feel more controversial …

The images we live by

Metaphors create new worlds. They focus our attention, open our imaginations and help us to see connections. But no metaphor is perfect. If there weren’t any limits or exceptions to a metaphor, it wouldn’t be a metaphor. (this is an extension of the ideas “the map is not the …

🔗 The Perils of Audience Capture - by Gurwinder

The Perils of Audience Capture - by Gurwinder - The Prism In some respects, all his eating paid off; Nikocado Avocado, as Perry is now better known, has amassed over six million subscribers across six channels on YouTube. By satisfying the escalating demands of his audience, he got his wish of …

🔗 Facebook's TikTok-like redesign marks sunset of social networking era

Facebook’s TikTok-like redesign marks sunset of social networking era Mark last week as the end of the social networking era, which began with the rise of Friendster in 2003, shaped two decades of internet growth, and now closes with Facebook’s rollout of a sweeping TikTok-like …

🔗 How Reels Have Impacted Engagement Rates on Instagram - Later

How Reels Have Impacted Engagement Rates on Instagram - Later For those who have pivoted to Reels, engagement rates have remained consistent — or, even better, seen positive growth. So regular posts went down 44% but if you post reels it’s about the same engagement. The headline I saw this shared …

🔗Instagram gets worse with dark patterns lifted from TikTok TechCrunch

Instagram gets worse with dark patterns lifted from TikTok | TechCrunch The new UI is plainly inspired by TikTok, the way Instagram has routinely been “inspired” by its more innovative rivals, like when they clone-stamped Stories out of Snapchat. In this case they took the opportunity to bring in a …

So long and thanks for all the todoist

I’ve left todoist. I’m not sure why I was on todoist recently but probably because I wanted a task manager on a windows PC. That’s my usually reason for choosing todoist. But now I’m working in an Apple only environment and I’m free to choose. While todoist has some …

Joining PomPom as a Marketing Executive

I've Joined PomPom as a Marketing Executive Back in 2013 I started a small podcast to promote our English School in Badajoz, Spain. We shared our thoughts on Spanish life and made some materials based on the topics we discussed. Our students loved it! The content was intimately relevant for them, …

The perfect time to change todo app

I’m starting a new job on Monday so this is perfect moment for me to consider changing task management systems. After all, I have a string of out of tasks for my old work that no longer matter. And this would be a great way to mark the end of my work there and a fresh start. Losing tasks in …

Episode 2 - 5 WWDC impressions

For my second micro cast, I thought I’d have a look at WWDC and the five things that caught my attention including that spoke to me as a sketchnoter. I’ve listed the topics below so turn away now if you don’t want any spoilers. Continity camera Messages Stage Manager Freeform M2 …

Starting is the first step

I’m starting a micro cast experiment to get more familiar with my new company’s app PomPom. It’s a podcast editor that’s native to the Apple platform so my role as a marketing executive will be to help make it more wide known and create relevant content on the Apple and …

A brief reflection on hitting issue 50 of my newsletter

I just published issue 50 of my newsletter! (It’s actually a few extra which I didn’t import). It’s gone through about four iterations during that time but the sketchnote roundup format really seams to have worked for me. I was sharing this content without the newsletter …

Making the right choice for me.

I spent ages debating whether or not I should call my site Learn Create Share or keep SketchnoteClassroom or do something else. In the end I changed to Learn Create Share as I wanted an impulse to make sketchnotes about other topics rather than just make sketchnotes on sketchnoting. That was a …

Managing vs leading.

I’ve asked some friends for advice on managing a team and a lot of people respond with things on “leadership”. I find that jump interesting. Of course there’s a lot of crossover between the two but I don’t view them as the same. Leadership involves setting the vision …

A lack of flow

Today I realised that since I became a manager, I have a lot less “flow” time. Instead of the long, multiple hours of focus on one thing, I now have a lot more jumping from one thing to another. Part of it could be changed (by myself and others in the company) but part of it seems to be …

My fears about doing a roundup newsletter

Whenever I’ve run a newsletter sharing links of stuff I find interesting, I’ve always worried it will become obsolete. Surely people would just start following the same sources I do and find what I find before I share it. But yesterday I realised that is not true. Many of the roundup …

awkward product placement in Ted Lasso and The Morning Show

One of the most annoying parts of Ted lasso and the morning show is the awkward use of iPhones. Anytime someone gets a text, it’s shown on the iPhone and the camera has to do a close up of this small text. Shows like Sherlock found an easier way to show texts by making bubbles appear around the …

🔗 First Look at WordPress’ Upcoming Twenty Twenty-Two Default Theme: “The Most Flexible Default Theme Ever Created for WordPress” – WP Tavern

First Look at WordPress’ Upcoming Twenty Twenty-Two Default Theme: “The Most Flexible Default Theme Ever Created for WordPress” – WP Tavern Reigstad said the theme will be “built for Full Site Editing first,” with as little CSS as possible, and all theme styles configurable through theme.json …

🔗 Scotland's version of 'hygge' - BBC

“But it isn’t just MacLeod’s sumptuous hot toddy choux buns, Heilan' coo cupcakes or haggis bon bons that have made the soft-spoken chef a viral sensation. By serving his food with a side of Hebridean folklore, Scottish Gaelic tongue twisters and traditional music – as well as the …

🔗 Best Habits to Track in 2021. Analyzing Habit Tracking Behavior from… by Coach Tony Coach.me App Medium

Best Habits to Track in 2021. Analyzing Habit Tracking Behavior from… | by Coach Tony | Coach.me App | Medium Every year I go through our data from Coach.me to see what habits people have started tracking and what habits they’ve stopped tracking. The result is a snapshot of what is becoming more …

Bullet journaling just isn't for me...or is it?

Me two weeks ago: I think I’m finally done with Bullet journaling. It just doesn’t work for me and I’m doing everything in obsidian now anyway. Me today: You know I like interstitial journaling but it’s a hassle to get my journaling page up and add to it. If only I had a …

How do you know if they're a good app reviewer?

Would you more trust a reviewer who jumps apps as often as they change clothes or one who hasn’t changed app in years? The one who always changes probably is probably too interested in novelty over real usefulness, but the long term user might be too stuck in their ways. I saw a forum …

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