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Business

Care is essential to service work; products cancel or conceal embedded care work

Bookmarked Why Care Work is Critical to the Value of Information by Tara McMullinTara McMullin (explorewhatworks.com)

So here’s my not-so-wild hypothesis:

Services are stigmatized because they are feminized.

A service-based business is a care-based business—to one extent or another. All that client care, relationship-building, and personalization? That’s women’s work.

This is interesting stuff to think about as I start my consulting business. Also interesting when I think of how many solopreneurs in my field are women — and that they are often offering direct outreach services.

Information products… are services with the care work removed, automated, or embedded within them. The care work—to the extent it’s there at all—is deemphasized or made invisible.

Like companies hiding real workers behind AI pretending to be human.

With few exceptions, a high-end information product with glowing reviews and a passionate student community incorporates a massive amount of care work… Understanding and creating systems for care work is critical to the success of an information product.

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Technology Websites

WordPress-powered email newsletter service

Bookmarked Mail Poet by Quentin FreryQuentin Frery (mailpoet.com)

The Best Email Plugin for WordPress More than 500,000 websites are using MailPoet to keep in touch with their subscribers. Enjoy everything in one place. MailPoet works seamlessly with your favorite CMS so you can start sending emails right now. Quickly add content and images directly from your media library. No need to upload files […]

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Learning The Internet Websites

Rediscovering “timeless” posts

Kottke is re-publishing “timeless posts” from his archives during his sabbatical. I brought up a related challenge at yesterday’s Homebrew Website Club: what to do when you find a cool site that’s no longer updating.

My challenge is stumbling upon static indie websites or dead blogs that nevertheless have interesting articles. I can’t usually take the time to dig back through a site’s entire archives when I stumble upon their website — I’ll read three, four, five articles, but there’s only so much I can read at a stretch, especially if I’m trying to process the information too. With a new site that’s still updating, I’d add it to my RSS feed, but I don’t have a solution for retired websites.

There is value in older content, but we read what is put in front of us. A feed — whether email newsletters you subscribe to, RSS feeds, or a social media timeline — is not inherently a bad way to help decide what to read given the vast amount of content out there, but isn’t good or reliable at resurfacing older information, even if it might be higher quality or more valuable than “fresh” information. The feed rewards the opposite of SEO, where you (used to anyway, dunno about now) benefit from your content being older; on the silos, content is washed away downstream, irrelevant as soon as it’s off the feed.

So how can we get these older articles in front of us?

I recently saw a website that manually curates good old articles — useful for finding “classic” content to read. A podcast I was listening to re-aired a popular episode from a previous season. These are manual processes, and not easy for readers to replicate without doing the digging themselves.

What I would love is a way to subscribe to old, dead RSS feeds and have old content sent to my feed reader at a reasonable (weekly?) interval — similar to email courses that send you the subsequent emails at a predetermined span of time after your start point.

Another service I’d love is sending me my starred Pocket articles to read, because I never think to look back at what I’ve saved 😉

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Art and Design Fun Marketing

Print your own newspaper

Bookmarked Newspaper Club – Make and print your own newspapers (newspaperclub.com)

We help you make your own newspaper. Print one copy or thousands, from a range of sizes. We ship internationally and offer a fast, friendly service.

About $2 each for tabloid at 100 copies

Curious how a local printer would match up 🤔

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Entrepreneurship Websites

Open Source Website Analytics

Bookmarked Plausible (plausible.io)

While I plan to keep my personal websites analytics-free, it would probably be imprudent to have zero analytics on my business websites. Subscription model more trustworthy here because I know I’m paying for it, not my clients’ data.

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Music

Three months with Tidal: what I like, what I don’t, and problems

At the end of January, I switched from Spotify to Tidal for my music streaming. It’s been a bit of a disruption to my listening habits. Some things I’ve adapted to, but overall I’d say the interface is harder to use than Spotify. It’s definitely more challenging to make playlists. I haven’t gone back, but definitely think Tidal needs work if it wants users who want to make their own playlists.

I’m probably an outlier in playlists, having several hundred going back more than ten years, so what’s an issue for me may not be an issue for others 🤷‍♀️ For a “power user” Tidal is not pulling its weight — which seems weird because with their focus on music quality I’d guess they’re going for audiophiles who are going to listen to a lot of music? Sigh, probably another of those design-for-the-lowest-common-denominator-screw-power-users that generalized software falls into (yes I’m still mad about the ribbon).

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House

Virtual design services

Bookmarked The Expert – Home (theexpert.com)

Book online consultations with the world’s top design experts

It seems unlikely I’d ever pony up this much for a consultation but might be worthwhile for a second opinion before spending a bunch of money 🤷‍♀️ Probably I’d want someone who could come to my space in person because I think the layout and feel of the space is my challenge versus aesthetics.

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Getting Shit Done

TaskRabbit Personal Assistant

Bookmarked Hire a Personal Assistant | TaskRabbit (TaskRabbit)

Easily hire a personal assistant on TaskRabbit. Get help on an hourly or ongoing basis with personal or business needs. Book now!

I wonder how well this would work for like 3 hours of administrative work a week. I would love to hand off a bunch of insurance tasks but then would need to give someone my logins and they’d see my medical information… Is that a safe practice? What about financial chores? Are these not things you can have someone else do for you? These are the most painful admin tasks for me and I would gladly pay someone else to deal with them for me.

Also, are they paid enough?