Sharing Is Hard / We’re All Imposters!

It’s probably pretty safe to say that most of us participate actively on a variety of social media applications (probably more often than we should). Additionally, many of us went through high school and likely even some college – so we’ve all had to write our fair share of papers. Why is it so difficult to blog, even casually, then? I know I’m not alone on this.

Social media sharing is probably easier for most people because, for one thing, social media platforms are designed to make sharing simple. Whether that means limiting what you share to photos, restricting your character count, etc. There’s really no pressure around the content that you share on those platforms. You can post about literally anything you want – from daily complaints about XYZ to photos of every meal you’ve ever eaten since the dawn of the camera phone.

Posting on your blog/website, on the other hand, feels so much more “official”. Even if it really isn’t. It often can feel like you’re publishing a legitimate resource for all to read and scrutinize – so everything has to be perfect.

On top of that, there’s always the debilitating feeling that everything there is to say about any given topic has already been said – and at least 10x better than I can articulate it. This, of course, is a form of Imposter Syndrome and is absolutely false, in reality. The irony of that is – for me personally, at least – when I am learning something new, I actually prefer to pull information from multiple resources to get a variety of different takes on that topic. While each resource may cover a lot of the same general things, there’s always something new to take from each individual’s unique perspective.

The truth of the matter is that none of us really knows “it all” – even though it may feel that way at times. We’re all constantly learning and evolving – especially in the industry that I work in (tech). That’s what makes things so exciting! You don’t need to be an “expert” to share what you are learning – whether that be by speaking at a conference or simply posting on your own blog.

The bottom line is, no two people will experience something in quite the same way. What you learn and take away from an experience is unique only to you. So, even if something has already been written about many times over, only you can share your experience from your own, very unique, perspective.

Now, perhaps I should learn to take my own advice.

This post was originally published on the A8C Design Flow blog, under the title Blogging Is Hard / We’re All Imposters!

The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art project in Detroit, Michigan, in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood on the city’s east side. It was created in 1986 by the artist Tyree Guyton after he returned to Heidelberg (the street where he grew up) after serving in the Army and found it in shambles. Guyton was assisted by his wife, Karen, and grandfather Sam Mackey.

Resources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidelberg_Project
  • http://www.heidelberg.org/research_resources/history.html

Dot Blog

To ring in the new year (and thanks to some wonderful colleagues of mine), I just activated dan.robert.blog, replacing my previous site address. Initially, I had set this domain up as a separate photo blog but I changed my mind. I think it will be much more sensible to combine and maintain one site, instead of two.

I’m really proud of the work the .blog folks have done on the new TLD and I’m excited to see where it goes from here.

Head on over to: get.blog if you would like your very own .blog domain!

Whistler, BC – Automattic GM 2016

This past September, Automattic held it’s annual Grand Meetup – where the entire company (located all around the world) gets together in one location to talk about past and future goals, work on some fun projects, and hang out with each other.

This year, we went to Whistler, BC Canada. I absolutely loved it! The hotels were right in the village so it felt like we were still a part of everything going on in the surrounding area. Last year, in Park City, UT, it felt like we were much more secluded … it felt kind of like The Shining.

The food options were very good, the activities available were really fun, and the scenery overall was amazing!

** As usual, I’m a couple months behind on this post. I’ve been pretty bad at being on top of things here, lately. Trying to get better at that! :/

New York, NY

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to travel to NYC for a short work trip. It was my first time visiting the city so I spent a bit of time one morning exploring as much as I could. All of my time there was spent in Manhattan (aside from a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge one evening) but I absolutely loved it … much more than I ever imagined I would!

San Francisco, CA – Team 51 Meetup

Last month, Team 51 (the team I am a part of at Automattic) had it’s first-ever official team meetup. We chose San Francisco because half of the team lives there so it made things a little easier to plan. Plus, it’s an awesome city anyway! We even took a little day-trip up to Napa Valley for a little bit of wine tasting! That was especially exciting because it was my first time to Napa.

Lisbon, Portugal – Theme Wranglers Meetup

Just before Thanksgiving, I took a trip over to Portugal with my team at Automattic. While most of our time there was spent hacking away at a cool, new project and chatting a lot about themes, we did manage to squeeze in a bit of time for some exploring.

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