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  • Diary of an iPad Owner (circa 2010)

    Apr 3, 2017, 4:02 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Seven years ago today it was a Saturday morning, and I was standing in line to buy an original iPad. Since then I’ve owned an iPad 2, iPad 3, and a 2nd-generation iPad mini. The latter is the one I’ve … (More)✚
  • Daylite: Manage Clients & Projects Better. Together. (Sponsor)

    Mar 28, 2017, 1:20 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Need a better way to manage clients & projects than spreadsheets and emails? Try Daylite, the CRM & Project Management app for teams on Mac, iPhone & iPad. New in Daylite is Team View on the Mac. Get a quick … (More)✚
  • The Best WordPress Client for macOS

    Feb 7, 2017, 12:52 pm By Shawn Blanc
    …is MarsEdit, of course. I’ve been using this app for a decade. (!) Here’s my original review from 2008 (which still stands up pretty well, if I do say so myself). ✚✚
  • Daylite: Business Productivity App Exclusively for Mac & iOS (Sponsor)

    Feb 7, 2017, 9:43 am By Shawn Blanc
    Struggling to juggle business coming in while managing current projects? Then Daylite is a tool you definitely want to check out. Share contact and project information, delegate tasks, share calendars and emails, and track projects – all in one app. … (More)✚
  • Your Most Important Thing Is Not Enough

    Dec 1, 2016, 9:45 am By Shawn Blanc
    Cal Newport: Someone who plans every minute of their day, and every day of their week, is going to accomplish an order of magnitude more high-value work than someone who identifies only a single daily objective. […] In other words, … (More)✚
  • Short and Sweet Creative Focus Previews

    Nov 30, 2016, 1:55 pm By Shawn Blanc
    All this week over on the (new!) Focus Course blog, we’re posting some short and sweet video previews. Here’s what’s been posted so far: Monday: Claire Lew on Quality and Patience Tuesday: Josh Kaufman on the 5 Essentials of Business … (More)✚
  • Automatically control your connected accessories via your presence. (Sponsor)

    Nov 30, 2016, 1:40 pm By Isaac Smith
    Bring your home to life. Cue the perfect ambience simply by entering your room. Eve Motion detects movement, allowing you to set scenes and control your connected accessories via your presence, even when your iPhone is not around. Rule your … (More)✚
  • Secrets: A simple & secure password manager exclusively for Mac and iOS (Sponsor)

    Nov 22, 2016, 10:49 am By Isaac Smith
    Secrets is now Free on the App Store! Secrets is a simple, secure password manager for Mac and iOS. It leverages industry standard encryption algorithms to provide secure storage and macOS and iOS native features to facilitate automatic filling of … (More)✚
  • ✚ The Creative Focus Online Summit

    Nov 21, 2016, 3:25 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Early last week, I peeled back the curtain to finally announce something I’ve been working on for months. It’s The Creative Focus Online Summit. It’s an online event that starts in two weeks from tomorrow. And, to be candid, this … (More)
  • ✚ What’s Next?

    Nov 11, 2016, 9:43 am By Shawn Blanc
    As I type this note, it’s a crisp Friday morning and my hot coffee is keeping my keyboard company. Here in Kansas City the weather is beginning to cool down, and it finally feels like fall. It’s in these final … (More)
  • ​Enjoy the Comfort of Connected Lighting (Sponsor)

    Nov 9, 2016, 5:28 pm By Shawn Blanc
    With Eve Light Switch from Elgato you can turn your lights on and off using Siri or with a quick tap on your iPhone. You can further create scenes to control Eve Light Switch and other HomeKit-enabled accessories with a … (More)✚
  • ✚ Little Things Add Up: The Effect of Details in Aggregate

    Nov 3, 2016, 8:36 am By Shawn Blanc
    It’s the little things, in aggregate, that can make the difference between something being exquisite and delightful, or else being full of friction. When done well, the little things add up to make an overall positive impression. And, on the … (More)
  • Building Creative Habits

    Nov 2, 2016, 5:22 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Jane Portman was kind enough to have me on her design-centric podcast to talk about building creative habits. We dove into how to set goals, avoid distractions, build personal integrity, adopt the right habits, and live a focused life. ✚✚
  • Daylite — The Business Productivity App. Exclusively for Mac, iPhone & iPad. (Sponsor)

    Nov 1, 2016, 9:48 pm By Isaac Smith
    Need an easier way to keep track of client follow ups, emails, meetings, projects, and new business opportunities? Try Daylite — the business productivity app for the Mac, iPhone & iPad. Review all emails and notes for a client before … (More)✚
  • A site about ⌥⇧K.  (sponsor)

    Oct 27, 2016, 1:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    My thanks to Trev for sponsoring the site to promote his blog about Apple and design. This week’s feature is about Gil Amelio. He had to pay me to read it. Sponsored Post ✚✚
  • ✚ Blanc Media Core Values

    Oct 25, 2016, 9:04 am By Shawn Blanc
    When you’re living a focused life, it’s your personal vision and values that serve as the foundation for how you spend your time and energy. Start with what’s important to you, and then use that to direct where you spend … (More)
  • ✚ Your Content Strategy and Your Business Goals (Part 3)

    Oct 17, 2016, 9:54 am By Shawn Blanc
    As a business, or as a “brand”, your biggest challenge is overcoming obscurity. In his book, The 10x Rule, Grant Cardone writes that as he was trying to get his business off the ground, he was working extremely hard to … (More)
  • ✚ The Welcome Email (Part 2)

    Oct 10, 2016, 3:05 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Let’s say you’ve created an incredible method for potty training dogs. You know there are folks out there with dogs that are not potty trained. And you’re trying to share your ideas and approach to doggy potty training. Because you … (More)
  • ✚ Thoughts on the iPhone 7

    Oct 5, 2016, 11:39 am By Shawn Blanc
    It was 2:00 o’clock in the morning, and I was sitting up in bed, barely awake enough to keep refreshing the Apple Store app. While I was somewhat concerned that the iPhone 7 might actually sell out in the middle … (More)
  • 8 Things Jeff Sheldon Has Learned from 8 Years of Ugmonk

    Oct 4, 2016, 10:45 am By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of Jeff Sheldon, here’s another fantastic post he wrote just recently. Jeff has become a good friend, and it has been exhilarating watching him push the Ugmonk brand to the next level the past couple of years. Not only … (More)✚
  • How Jeff Sheldon Comes Up With Ideas

    Oct 4, 2016, 10:28 am By Shawn Blanc
    For me: (a) I keep a Spark List in Simplenote that serves as a running list of random ideas, and (b) I mostly jot stuff down in my Baron Fig notebook (which has become the driving engine behind my day-to-day … (More)✚
  • Pagico: Stay organized and never miss another deadline (Sponsor)

    Oct 4, 2016, 9:23 am By Shawn Blanc
    Managing tasks, files, projects and clients is nobody’s idea of a good time, but Pagico will make your life easier by letting you manage all these things in one elegant package. It is one of the few apps that combines … (More)✚
  • ✚ Thoughts on Content Strategy (Part 1)

    Oct 3, 2016, 12:02 pm By Shawn Blanc
    First things first… “Content Strategy” is not a dirty term. Sure, it carries with it some corporatespeak baggage, but let’s look past that. Let’s look at what the term actually means and why it’s so important for you to have … (More)
  • ✚ Benson

    Sep 26, 2016, 11:39 am By Shawn Blanc
    Last week my wife and I had our third (!) boy. His name is Benson, and he’s awesome. Everyone is doing well, and there is much excitement here at the Blanc house. Benson’s older brothers love having this little guy … (More)
  • Tastiest Hot Sauces You Have Never Heard Of (Sponsor)

    Sep 12, 2016, 4:44 pm By Shawn Blanc
    There is no better feeling than stumbling upon something delicious that you can’t find anywhere else. The hot sauce addicts over at Fuego Box scour the globe every month and sift through thousands of sauces to deliver you the tastiest … (More)✚
  • Thoughts on Annual iPhone Upgrades

    Sep 8, 2016, 8:46 am By Shawn Blanc
    Last year I made the mistake of paying full-price for an unlocked iPhone 6s Plus so I could get out of my 2-year contract cycle with AT&T. If I had thought a bit harder about it, I would have gone … (More)✚
  • “Living a Focused Life (With Shawn Blanc)”

    Sep 8, 2016, 7:59 am By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of podcasts, I was just recently interviewed by Nick Snapp for his productivity show, Make it Snappy. Nick and I had a fantastic conversation. We discussed living a focused life, building a business, balancing creative entrepreneurship while raising a…
  • ✚ Special B&B Throwback Episode: The iPhone 7 Event

    Sep 8, 2016, 7:54 am By Shawn Blanc
    My friend, Ben Brooks and I recorded an impromptu podcast episode to talk about yesterday’s iPhone 7 event. (Those of you who remember the B&B Podcast, you’ll like this.) Topics we cover include our first impressions of the new Apple … (More)
  • ✚ Learning Not to Think About It

    Sep 2, 2016, 12:34 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Here is a quote from Ernest Hemingway that I often refer to in my own professional life: I learned not to think about anything that I was writing from the time I stopped writing until I started again the next … (More)
  • ✚ I Buy More Books Than I Read

    Aug 26, 2016, 11:57 am By Shawn Blanc
    And I don’t care. A quick survey of my Amazon order history for 2016 shows me that I’ve bought 30 books so far this year. Which is about one new book every week. While I’d love to say that I … (More)