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  • ✚ What’s Your Minimum Effective Dose?

    11:22am By Shawn Blanc
    You’ve no-doubt heard of the Law of the Vital Few. It’s the 80/20 rule, which states that roughly 80-percent of the results come about from just 20-percent of the energy. What if you took your 80-percent results and applied the … (More)
  • ✚ Who, What, Why, How, and How Much

    Wed 2:59pm By Shawn Blanc
    Consider the components to a creative business (or any business, really), and here’s what you get: Who, What, Why, How, and How Much. Who is your (ideal) customer or client. What is the product or service you’re creating or providing. … (More)
  • Paddle: Giving app developers access to all their favorite tools from a single SDK (Sponsor)

    Tue 7:11pm By Shawn Blanc
    Paddle is an all-in-one SDK that gives app developers access to all the essential tools for building a great product. Including in-app analytics, user feedback, app store ratings, funnels and more. With only a few lines of code you can … (More)✚
  • Awesome Gear for iPhone Photography and Videography

    Sep 25, 2015, 4:00 pm By Shawn Blanc
    True story: I decided to get the iPhone 6S Plus this year. In part, I went with the bigger iPhone to see how the big-screened other side lives (my Android-toting cousins are never going to let me hear the end … (More)✚
  • How to Pair Your Apple Watch to Your New iPhone

    Sep 25, 2015, 3:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    If you’re getting a new iPhone in the near future, here’s our Sweet Setup article from a few months ago with the steps on how to pair your Apple Watch to your new phone. In short, back up your old … (More)✚
  • Paddle: Giving app developers access to all their favorite tools from a single SDK (Sponsor)

    Sep 23, 2015, 1:59 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Paddle is an all-in-one SDK that gives app developers access to all the essential tools for building a great product. Including in-app analytics, user feedback, app store ratings, funnels and more. With only a few lines of code you can … (More)✚
  • ✚ What Would Your Ideal Workspace Look Like?

    Sep 23, 2015, 11:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    * * * A few weeks ago I wrote about Whole Brain Creativity, and how each of us have different learning and thinking styles. And, as Cynthia Ulrich Tobias writes about in her book, The Way They Learn, we each … (More)
  • Curbi (Sponsor)

    Sep 15, 2015, 10:54 am By Shawn Blanc
    curbi gives parents peace of mind; providing the best solution so the entire family can enjoy the online world as much as the real world. My thanks to curbi for again sponsoring the site this week. curbi is pretty incredible, … (More)✚
  • ✚ Thoughts on Annual iPhone Upgrades

    Sep 14, 2015, 6:30 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This year I decided to buy an unsubsidized iPhone so I could save a bit of cash on my monthly wireless bill, and so that I could own my iPhone. But, the more I think about it, the more I … (More)
  • John Gruber’s Brief Thoughts and Observations Regarding Last Week’s ‘Hey Siri’ Apple Event

    Sep 14, 2015, 3:06 pm By Shawn Blanc
    An excellent, as always, overview of last week’s Apple event, as well as John’s initial thoughts on the new iPhones, iPad Pro, Apple TV, and Watch. I was bummed that I couldn’t watch the Keynote last week — I was … (More)✚
  • How to Create a Vision for Your Life

    Sep 14, 2015, 11:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    Corbett Barr: I’ve also noticed something over the past several years: the most interesting, accomplished people I know all have a vision for their lives. They seem to know what comes next, like they’ve seen the future. On the other … (More)✚
  • The Creative Impulse

    Sep 14, 2015, 11:04 am By Shawn Blanc
    For Kinfolk, Rachel Eva Lim interviewed Yale researcher, Mei Tan, about creativity and it’s great: How do you scientifically define creativity? We define it as a set of skills that allow an individual to produce something that’s both novel [original] ……
  • Incase — Never miss a shot with the DSLR Pro Camera Backpack (Sponsor)

    Sep 7, 2015, 1:44 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Customizable and adaptable to fit your choice of camera gear, the DSLR Pro Pack was designed to meet the mobile needs of the modern photographer. With a sleek and minimal design, this is not your typical camera bag. The Pro … (More)✚
  • ✚ What Does Opportunity Look Like?

    Sep 2, 2015, 11:09 am By Shawn Blanc
    Scott Belsky wrote an article a while back about how to find your Work Sweet Spot. Your Work Sweet Spot is where you will have the greatest job fulfillment and satisfaction as well where you will give the greatest contribution … (More)
  • ✚ Books for September

    Sep 1, 2015, 12:18 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Looking for something awesome to read this month? Here are two suggestions. One to learn from and one to kick back with. * * * People Over Profit By Dale Partridge People Over Profit is an excellent book about running … (More)
  • ✚ Whole Brain Creativity

    Aug 26, 2015, 10:46 am By Shawn Blanc
    Are you a right-brain person or a left-brain person? Right brain folks are more artistic, feeling, intuitive, and creative — they like to find solutions by making connections and trusting their intuition. Left brain folks are more rational and logical ……
  • ✚ Building Better Defaults

    Aug 19, 2015, 11:27 am By Shawn Blanc
    As you know, I’ve been working for myself from home for over four years. And even still, I’m terrible at estimating how much time I need to spend on a particular task. At first, my bad time estimations would frustrate … (More)
  • ✚ Concerning the Ebb and Flow of “Work”

    Aug 3, 2015, 9:27 am By Shawn Blanc
    As I write this, I’m preparing to spend a week in the mountains. And, in fact, by the time you read this I’ll already be in the mountains. Up until this point, the entirety of 2015 I spent working on … (More)
  • ✚ Creativity is a Gift

    Jul 29, 2015, 10:27 am By Shawn Blanc
    Doing our best creative work is a fight. It strikes me this morning that I’ve been saying this often over the past few years. (Maybe it’s becoming my motto or tagline or something.) I love how Steven Pressfield puts it. … (More)
  • ✚ Don’t Let Success Breed Failure

    Jul 22, 2015, 11:20 am By Shawn Blanc
    At the recommendation of Jeff Sheldon, a few days ago I ordered Dale Partridge’s new book, People Over Profit. I’m half-way through, and the book is about so much more than running an honest and successful business. Partridge’s book is … (More)
  • ✚ Behind The Scenes of The Focus Course: Outlining, Architecting, and Writing

    Jul 15, 2015, 11:06 am By Shawn Blanc
    I built the Focus Course on 3×5 notecards. While there were other tools — such as highlighters, binder clips, the world’s greatest pen, iA Writer, MailChimp, WordPress, a Baron Fig notebook, and a stack of paperback books taller than my … (More)
  • The Tools & Toys Review of The Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 Lens

    Jul 14, 2015, 12:43 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of awesome reviews, over at Tools & Toys today, Álvaro Serrano wrote an incredible review of what is, in my humble opinion, the best lens for the Micro Four-Thirds system: The Panasonic Leica 25/1.4. I’ve been shooting with this … (More)✚
  • The Best Read-it-Later Service is Instapaper

    Jul 14, 2015, 12:31 pm By Shawn Blanc
    A few days ago we published the latest app review-slash-pick, and it was for our favorite read-it-later service. Instapaper is more than just the best app for saving things to read later, it’s an awesome app in and of itself. … (More)✚
  • Introducing the New Uuni 2 (Sponsor)

    Jul 13, 2015, 3:48 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Much of what people love about the Uuni still remains the same: It heats up to 840°F (450°C) in less than 10 minutes. That intense heat cooks a pizza in under 2 minutes. It burns wood for an authentic flavour. … (More)✚
  • Go Big And Go Home

    Jul 13, 2015, 1:55 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of zigging and zagging, Kyle Steed wrote an excellent article to accompany an equally amazing mural he illustrated. We can’t have it all. This is true. At one point or another we must all decide what is more important … (More)✚
  • ✚ Remembering to Take My Own Advice

    Jul 13, 2015, 10:28 am By Shawn Blanc
    Just because you know about something doesn’t mean you do anything about it. There are overweight dietitians, sleep-deprived sleep researchers, broke business coaches, and angry counselors. Common knowledge is not the same as common action. * * * The balance…
  • ✚ The Art of Price and Value

    Jul 8, 2015, 4:30 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Two years ago I launched my first real product. I remember waking up the morning of the launch and feeling sick. I didn’t have the flu. I was scared. There was a big knot in the pit of my stomach. … (More)
  • The Tools and Toys Review of The Fuji X100T

    Jul 7, 2015, 10:28 am By Shawn Blanc
    Marius Masalar wrote a review for us over on Tools & Toys of the Fuji X100T. Fantastic review, fantastic photos. While I’m very happy with my E-M10, my heart goes out to anyone in the market to get an awesome … (More)✚
  • Home Work Podcast: “Focusing with Shawn Blanc”

    Jul 6, 2015, 8:50 am By Shawn Blanc
    And, speaking of podcasts, I was also privileged to be a guest on the latest episode of Home Work. Dave, Aaron, and I talked about the glories and the terrors of life as a work-from-home dad. I also shared a … (More)✚
  • Best CIA Spy Submarine App

    Jul 6, 2015, 8:47 am By Shawn Blanc
    I was just recently a guest on Joe Darnell and Joshua Peiffer’s podcast, TechTonic. It was a great show where we talked about writing, design, using technology, and a whole lot more. ✚✚
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