The Price Of Failure

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One of my long-standing pet peeves with the field is its willful evasion of examining failure. There’s too much paranoia over controlling narratives and fear of negative donor reaction that we not only miss out on learning from failures, but we begin to spin them as success. Worse still, there are plenty of examples where such action is rewarded. What I wouldn’t give to lead a sincere panel discussion where executives …

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Taking Stock Friday

Sometimes, it feels like the days just melt away, but it’s better to be busy than bored. To that end, here are some of the things that occupy my time as of late. Consulting Work I’m very happy to say that the musician employment agreement model I wrote about back in April 2019 is starting to catch on. While I can’t go into nearly as much detail as that article, I …

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One Week From Today = Brand New Star Trek Music!

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Are you excited for the Star Trek: Picard series premiere one week from today? All things being equal, that means the powers that be could begin releasing music from the series as soon as the same day. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait until the end of Season 1 and if we’re lucky, CBS will follow the model Disney set in place with their Sci-fi series, The Mandalorian, which dropped eight …

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Don’t Get Suckered Into This Billable Fluff Expense

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I published an article today at ArtsHacker that examines one of the less than scrupulous trends of web designers making clients feel like they are getting something special that expresses their uniqueness but in fact, it’s just something used to pad invoices. I’m talking about custom navigation icon design. At best, you’re only paying for something you believe delivers more value than it does. At worse, they can actually degrade your …

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A Good Reminder That You Don’t Always Pick Engagement Channels

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While yesterday’s article examined the highlights from the 2019 reader survey, there was one particular item that warranted a separate post: RSS feeds. Among the new questions in the 2019 survey was one asking readers their primary point of contact with articles. For those indicating a daily or weekly email subscription, the survey included a conditional question asking if they preferred using their email client or visited the browser version from …

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