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At some point I’ll get around to adding tags. Probably. Note that ALL of my writing is free, but my three latest posts are always for email subscribers only.

Should I implement infinite scroll for my blog posts?

Published by Patrick Griffith on May 21, 2018

By "infinite scroll" I mean that I automatically load the next blog post when you're done reading the previous one. So you can just read and read and READ. Hooray!

A few minutes ago I started implementing this. Then I realized - especially given my post-divorce COMMUNICATE ALL THE FEELINGS phase - I should hash this out with words before continuing. To make sure it's what I really want to do be doing, and to gain clarity around the decision.

So... auto-load another post when a reader gets to the end of the post he's reading? Upsides? Downsides?


  1. Increased user engagement by default with no thinking required. Traditionally if you finish a blog post you either leave or you deliberately take another action like clicking a related link. With this, the next step is already chosen for you. Taking no action is easier than taking an action.
  2. Increased awareness of who I am. I write about a lot of different stuff, so you m...
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Why and how should I restrict access to my blog posts in order to grow my email list?

Published by Patrick Griffith on May 16, 2018

I've never had more than ~250 email subscribers at any given time, probably in large part because I only have 8 live blog posts right now.

So astute readers might fairly say "don't worry about growing your audience... just start writing."

But an astute author (me) might also fairly say "this IS me writing, dumbass." Except I would never call a reader a dumbass, of course.

This is the shit that I find interesting, and one of the many hurdles that keep people like myself from getting over the hump. Maybe. I've never been over the hump so I can't say. But I do like to hump things, so I feel at least PARTIALLY qualified.

I've got mad programming skills. That's not always a blessing. 99% of bloggers with something to say - and I DO believe I have something to say - would just download a WordPress theme and start writing, never looking back. But I spend LOTS and LOTS of time thinking about how to improve the experience/design/whatever instea...

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I'm probably not going to start blogging daily.

Published by Patrick Griffith on May 14, 2018

As I've said a thousand times before, I'm a perfectionist. In a bad way. I over think things and don't want to share anything with the world unless it's the best WHATEVER that's ever been made.

That's why I spend too much time DESIGNING sites and not enough time DEVELOPING them. And it's why I only put up a new blog post every other month.

I care too much about presentation.

And actually, the problem is a lot more pervasive than my online production.

It's why I don't shoot enough in basketball. It's why I don't hit on women until after I think of something funny to say.

If you'll pardon me playing fake psychotherapist for a second, I think I have this ULTRA high opinion of myself and don't want to show any part of myself to the world that might make other people think differently. Not for fear that they WILL see the real me, but the opposite. For fear that they'll only see a statistically-insignificant small body of work and judge me based...

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I’m switching to Winston as my primary writing app.

Published by Patrick Griffith on May 9, 2018

Winston Writing App

My name is Patrick Griffith, and I'm a perfectionist. That's an admission of a problem, not a brag. Not even a humblebrag, believe it or not.

I also get distracted suuuuuper easily. It's a bad combination. When I write, normally I spend more time not-writing than writing. My first step to combat that was to create a parentally controlled secondary account on my computer that ONLY allowed my writing app and Spotify. That worked somewhat, but still I found myself far less efficient at getting out thoughts than I used to be when I used good old fashioned paper and pencil.

Then one day I realized that my problem was that I was treating every word I wrote like a final blog post that was about to be seen by millions of people (which has never happened in the first place) rather than just thoughts on a piece of paper. And because of that, I spent tons and tons and tons and UBER tons of time going...

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The Hybrid: Being the best combination of multiple things.

Published by Patrick Griffith on Feb 27, 2018

I'm supposed to be busy designing and developing Noncents. But I got distracted for a few minutes and started scrolling through The Most Influential Images of All Time.

Which got me thinking: For most of these images there were probably hundreds of shots taken. But the photographer selected only one to show the world.

That's the art.

It's not the lightning or the angle (disclaimer: I'm not a photographer and may very well be full of shit). It's looking at 400 photos on your computer and narrowing them down to one.

And how rare that artform is.

Imagine if

The beauty of this process is what our new project is trying to borrow. My friends (cuz "co-founders" sounds too serious) and I are building a cryptocurrency research tool for people who have better things to do with their time then research cryptocurre...

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Keep it Simple, Dumbass (that’s me)

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Jan 9, 2018

Pretend you get an idea for a simple tool that you realllly want to use but that doesn’t exist anywhere. Since it’s so simple, and because the build process should take less than a week, you decide to build it.

Where do you start?

I’d start by taking an edible and then going on a long walk, stopping every 12 seconds to write down my AHA moments. But you probably don’t live in Colorado, which sucks for you, so let’s move on.

This is where I live. How can I NOT brag?

This is where I live. How can I NOT brag?

After I was comfortable that I had the subtleties of the idea down, I’d spend some time figuring out the brand. Better to figure that out before writing a line of code, right? That way the product matches the voice.

That brand-conceiving would dump me on to Instant Domain Search where I’d tr...

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28 Takeaways from 28 days in Nepal

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Jan 7, 2018

A few months ago I sold my previous business. And I haven’t started my next one yet. You know what that means? FREEEEEDOMMMMMM (screamed in your best Mel Gibson voice)!

Recognizing that my current level of freedom is something that I might not have forever I decided to take some time to get away from everything (yes, even my wife) before diving back in with 100% commitment.

I asked some people for ideas for a cool 10-day solo getaway. Then a friend introduced me to a new friend who introduced me to Nepal. Just like that my 10-day journey ballooned into a minimum of 20 days. But why rush, right? It’s a hell of a flight to get over there, so I figured I’d take my time and do it right.

Because my goal was to get away from it all and reset I did not blog or even journal while there. I just took everything in. Unfortunately that means I can’t write a full recap because I’m already hazy on some of the details. But that’s okay. It was worth i...

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The Power of Smallness

Published by Patrick Griffith on Nov 4, 2017

Last year I went through the most painful existential crisis of my life. It was basically an impossible-to-stop downward spiral of thoughts about death and about just how tiny my existence is. It sucked at the time more than I can convey, but has turned out to be one of the greatest things to ever happen to me.

After that crisis I started ditching everything that wasn’t making me happy and diving headfirst into the things that were.

In the past 10 months I:

  • Left my six-figure day job with zero backup plan.
  • Launched 8 different websites and shut 3 of them down.
  • Started and stopped an email list more times than I can count.
  • Moved from Delaware to Colorado with my wife, basically on a whim. Neither of us had a job out here or any “real” reason to move. We just wanted to.
  • Embraced yoga, meditation, and spirituality (even though I don’t believe in any gods). The weed probably helped.
  • Learned to cry (my tear ducts had...
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Why I’m Quitting Social Media Entirely (and why that’s so hard to do)

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Oct 20, 2017

Instagram goodbye message.

I want to quit social media. But I don’t. But I do. But I can’t. Or I guess I could. But can I, really?

That’s been going through my head repeatedly for the past few months. How much mental energy do I have to expend on this stupid decision before I just do what I want to do?

Two main factors have kept me from going off the grid.

  1. The fact that I have to have an account to use a site’s API. (I own three sites that use social media APIs.)
  2. The thought that there’s no harm in having accounts but not using them.

But those are no longer enough. Time to unplug. Why? It's a story about attention, intention, validation, creativity, copycatting, and image.

Oh, and it’s also about value. Twitter - my main social media outlet for years - just doesn’t provide the same value that it used to. It used to be a place to discover new people and make new...

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iA Writer as a CMS: Publishing directly from iA Writer to MySQL using PHP

Published by Patrick Griffith on Oct 11, 2017

Holy crap I'm so happy right now. I love writing. But up until a few hours ago I hated the process. I hated the process so badly that sometimes I skipped writing to avoid it.

But I just eliminated the process!!!!! (note that I'm not a fan of exclamation points, so let that be proof of how excited I am)

That process has always looked something like this:

  1. Write (the part I enjoy) in Bear Writer. Or Ulysses or whatever.
  2. Copy/paste into WordPress.
  3. Find a small change that I want to make, and then make that change in Bear.
  4. Copy/paste into WordPress again.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 a few dozen times.
  6. Accidentally make a change directly in WordPress instead of Bear, then struggle to remember which is more up-to-date.
  7. Read through the entirety of both posts to figure out which...
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Fear of Heights

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Sep 6, 2017

The worst two hours of my life occurred this morning from 9:45am to 11:45am. This is unfortunately not an exaggeration or the lead-up to a joke.

Sarah and I were originally supposed to hike Longs Peak today. 10 days ago we were invited by a coworker of Sarah's. It sounded fun.

8 days ago I did some research into Longs Peak. After discovering that it was a Class 3 climb with an exposure rating of 3 (more on those numbers later) I sent the following text messages to Sarah.

I don't know if I can do Longs Peak, Sarah. I'm not ruling it out, but it does not seem like a good place for somebody who is afraid of heights.

This isn't to say that you shouldn't do it or that I'm unwilling to research it further, but based on what I've read so far it really doesn't look up my alley. I am extremely uncomfortable in situations like that, and I know that I need to challenge myself and I like challenging myself, but I don't know...

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I'm Better Than You

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

I sank into my seat. Battered in ways. Bettered in others. How selfish am I to benefit from a man's loss? How selfish would I be not to?

Moments earlier I was sitting forward in my seat when I caught a glimpse of the man’s phone. Normally I would look away. I didn’t. I was drawn to the phone. And I kept my eyes on it.

My wife and I were on a tarmac in Phoenix, AZ getting ready to fly through the sky. Instead of looking out the window or talking to my wife, I covertly watched the man’s every keystroke. Glued to the drama.

Only three weeks earlier I had written a 7,000-word mega article about phone addiction. I wanted to see what this man was doing on his phone that was so damn important that he couldn’t engage in the life around him. Why was this man letting his life pass him by?

The irony of my behavior was lost on me.

I was on my high horse. I was judging the man. I looked in the man’s direction and thou...

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Too busy to read this? That's okay by me.

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

There’s been attack after attack after attack on busyness. The advice in those attacks is top-notch. The bashing of the word “busy” is not. Being busy isn’t the problem. Cramming our lives full of low-value activities that we’re “supposed” to be doing is the problem.

1. Working full-time jobs that we hate. So we can buy junk that adds no value to our lives. Because that’s what we’re supposed to be doing, right? That’s what everyone around us is doing.

2. Making sure we’re always caught up to the latest episodes of the seven TV shows that we adore. Because we wouldn’t be able to sleep knowing that somebody could potentially spoil The Big Bang Theory for us. That would be tragic.

3. Wasting every Sunday morning in church because that’s w...

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Costco and Perspective

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

Today I had to go to Costco. That's normally one of Sarah's chores. But being the most amazing husband ever I thought I'd take my turn.

It wasn't until I reached the parking lot that I remembered: Costco doesn't accept credit cards. Except for Amex. Inconvenient given that I just closed my Amex card earlier that day. And I don't carry a debit card. So I had to get everything on my list for the $120 in my wallet.

It was an eye-opening experience.

Chicken was $17/box. I wanted two boxes but figured I'd probably only have enough money for one. So I put one in my cart and had to keep that $17 figure in my brain in case I had any money leftover.

Eggs were $7 per two-dozen carton. Hot sauce was $5.50. Coffee was $16.50. And so on.

Every time I put something into my cart I had to update the running total in my head. And I had to remember the price of the items I purchased multiples of, like eggs, so that I could put some back if I went over-budget.

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Cutting Back

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

You can’t add something to your life without removing something else. That’s something I failed to consider when I started this blog.

This blog has had a big impact on my life. I’ve met great people. I’ve rekindled lost creativity. I’ve worked through issues that I never realized I had.

I don’t regret starting this blog. But the truth is that I didn’t plan for it as well as I should have.

So I’m cutting back.

There are four different articles that I’m excited to write. I have a grand vision for them. But I don’t have the time to write them according to that vision.

There’s a new side business that I want to start. There are important changes that I need to make to my existing side business. There’s more disc golf to be played. There’s more cuddling to do with Sarah. There’s more walking to do with Moonshine. There are more vacations to be taken.

So I’m cutting back. But not from blogging.

I’m Cutting Back at My Day Job

As of...

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Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

As an atheist I’m not supposed to fear death. But I can’t imagine being more terrified.

I’m not scared of anything bad happening. I have no fear of discomfort. I have no fear of the unknown or anything like that. I’m relatively confident in what awaits me when I die. Or what doesn’t await me. And it’s not bad.

It’s also not good. And that’s what has me feeling sick right now. That’s why I couldn’t eat dinner tonight. And that’s why I had to put my unfinished beer back in the fridge. That’s why, as I type this three hours later, I still have a lingering pain in my chest that I can’t describe to you.

It’s the lack of goodness that has me so scared. The lack of goodness forever.


Never again will I smile. I’ll never kiss Sarah. I’ll never even see Sarah. I’ll never think. I’ll never cry. I’ll never feel this terrible pain that I feel right now.

The thought of death doesn’t usually bother me so much. U...

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How 40 days with a flip phone made me an internet addict.

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

40 days ago I switched to this flip phone. Yesterday I switched back to my Android phone. Super exciting story, right?

If you haven’t fallen asleep yet then you get to read why I switched in the first place, how it backfired, and how it (hopefully) permanently changed how I use technology in the process.

(Yawn. I’ve been practicing stream-of-conscious writing lately. And I literally just yawned. Is that a sign that I should stop writing? Probably.)

The Internet and Me

I try hard to be mindful in (almost) everything that I do. Usage of the internet falls under that scope. The internet is wicked hardcore awesome, but I’m careful to make sure that my internet usage is serving a purpose that I’m happy with.

Being a full-time maker of online things you might wrongly think that I’d be enslaved to the internet. But other than git push, git pull, and export to Wor...

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I'm a Fraud. But So is Everyone Else.

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

This was supposed to be a weekly blog. But there’ve been six weeks of silence.

Not because I’ve been short on thoughts. Not because I’ve been too busy to write those thoughts down. But because everything I have to say is nonsense. And because I’m a fraud.

I mean - not entirely nonsense. And I’m not entirely a fraud. The general advice is on point. I think. Minimalism will make you happier. Intentional living will probably make you more appreciative of life. Blah blah.

But do you need to read four blog posts every week on how to own less and live more intentionally? Probably not.

Here. I’ll summarize:

  1. Spend more time doing what you love doing. This might mean spending less time doing other stuff.
  2. Spend more time around people you love being around. This might mean spending less time around other people.
  3. Use the possessions that bring you the most joy and/or the most value. This might mean getting rid of some...
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Dangerously Good

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

Have you ever had a good idea? I once did.

And I almost let it crush my dreams. Sometimes that’s what good does. It makes us complacent. It keeps us just happy enough to stunt our growth. It traps us in a way that bad cannot.

If I were normal I would have gone through with the idea mentioned above. Because pursuing a good idea is normal. It’s safe and logical and right. Right? So, why not?

Opportunity Cost

Good can have a vicious impact on our lives. A kind of negative impact that bad can’t have.

See, bad is safe (as long it’s not too bad). We usually don’t pursue bad. But even when we do, it quickly reveals itself to be bad and we abort. There’s little long-term damage done from most bad.

(With some exceptions) we quit bad jobs. We distance ourselves from bad relationships. We leave bad parties.

But good is dangerous. Good jobs. Good professions. Good houses. Good cities. Good beliefs. These are all things that many people...

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The Real Secret To Healthy Eating

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

Last night (as of the time of writing) I had gluten for the second time in about six months. Gluten is at the tippy top of my list of no-nos. My most forbidden of forbidden fruit. But I don’t regret it at all. It was a choice.

Earlier this week Sarah (my wife) and I celebrated our one year anniversary. The next day I handed in my letter of resignation so that I could take a stab at flying solo. Throughout the rest of the week I bought Jason’s future, rebranded my blog, took some online courses and otherwise invested hardcore in the future that I want. And yesterday I won my first ever disc golf tournament in the Advanced division (something I’ve been working crazy hard toward).

It was one of the best weeks of my life. It very well might have been the second best week of my life behind only my wedd...

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I'm Not Judging You

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

The off-duty transportation worker collapsed. He fell to the concrete, rolled to his back and grabbed his chest.

Sarah and I were on the Orange Line train on our way to Midway Airport in Chicago. We were coming to the end of a spontaneous, wonderful weekend trip.

A few days earlier Sarah had noticed unusually cheap flights, and we decided within 30 seconds "why not?"

The train stopped at Western and 49th. Three stops shy of the airport. The doors opened out of formality. Nobody was getting on or off. As we looked out the window to our right we saw the man on the platform collapse.

He fell to his knees, then his side, then his back. Sarah and I looked at each other, panicked and still. Silent.

Given the 28 miles of walking and the limited sleep over the past two days, we were exhausted. Our response times were poor.

We both looked at the man and back at each other. Finally, Sarah broke the silence with &qu...

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You Might Not Like This. And That's Okay.

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

It’s 7:02PM on Friday. Sarah (my wife) and I are leaving for the airport at 3:45AM. Sleep is preferable, so I have about three hours to drum up the idea for this week’s blog post. And write it. And edit it.

A shortage of ideas is not the problem.

I want to write technical posts about some cool JavaScript that I wrote recently. And about some A/B testing that I’m doing. But most of my readers aren’t nerds.

I want to write a post about disc golf, the world’s most intentional sport. But I doubt more than 5% of my readers have ever played disc golf.

I want to write a post about how I crafted a more intentional Twitter feed. About how I programmatically unfollowed 82% without losing an ounce of value. But you can’t replicate this technique unless you’re a developer. And most of my readers aren’t developers.

The script I wrote calculates how much every user has engaged with you, and recommends which users to keep and which to drop. I hope to...

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Saying Goodbye to Six Figures

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

I have a full-time job. A dangerously good one. My hours are flexible. My pay good. My PTO ample. My benefits through the roof. My oversight slim. Not once in three years have I been reprimanded by my boss.

I have it made.

But I have the urge to leave despite all of that. I want to make new things. I want to write more and play more. I want to focus on myself. I want to feel alive in a way that I don't currently feel. And I crave change.

But I also don't want to leave. The job is awesome, after all.


This is my second full-time job. My salary now is exactly double my salary from my first full-time job. I don't know which of those salaries is closer to being fair. I don't know which of those my work is worth.

Including the income from my side business I earn just over $130,000/yr.

Out of respect to my employer and my coworkers, I'm not going to give a break down of...

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4 Ways to Take Your Life Back from Technology

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

I can’t stop smiling. A gitty smile. The smile of a small child who hasn’t yet experienced the world.

20 minutes ago I received my first ever quarterly bonus. The money will come in handy. But that’s not what’s making me smile. It’s the appreciation. The validation. I work for a company that loves me almost as much as I love me. A satisfying feeling.

Now I’m on my commute home. I have the windows rolled down. My speakers are blasting “Shake it off, shake it off.” And I’m singing “My ex-man brought his new girlfriend...”

I don’t care. I’m happy.

As my vocal chords tire I sing a little less and think a little more. I think about my job and my future. About my happiness and my thankfulness. Quickly, my thoughts shift to my family. I think about how excited I am to spend the evening with Sarah (my wife) and Moonshine (our dog). To share the good news with them. To celebrate with them.

In my head I make a promise to Moonshine that we’ll go for a long wa...

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I didn't vote. Feel free to yell at me.

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

I was passionate about the Bernie Sanders campaign. I donated. I sported three of his campaign magnets on the back of my car. I was vocal on social media and IRL about my strong feelings for Bernie. I switched my voter registration from Independent to Democrat just so I could vote for him in the primary. I felt the Bern.

I realllllly wanted Bernie to win. And I was heart-broken when he didn't. My heart, I imagine, felt a lot like how the hearts of Hilary Clinton supporters must feel right now.

On Tuesday, though, I didn't vote.

There was zero chance I was going to vote for either Clinton or Donald Trump. "You have to pick the lesser of two evils," people say. No. I don't.

"Well… you can't complain if you don't vote," people say. Sure I can. Don't tell me what I can and can't do. Go f-bomb yourself. My right to not vote is every bit as strong as your right to vote. And my thought process for not

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Writing is Hard

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

Writing this post is hard.

I'm not crying over my keyboard. I'm not shaking with emotion. I'm not paralyzed by fear or regret or nostalgia.

Writing this sentence is hard. Writing this whole paragraph is even harder. And writing this whole paragraph in a single fluid motion? Nearly impossible.

Not physically. My fingers work like a charm. Psychologically.

When I get up to pee the next three paragraphs come to me. They come to me with zero effort. They are flawless. They are profound without trying to be profound. They are words that my readers will want to read. And even if none of this is true… it's true to me. So for the sake of the argument, they are profound and flawless.

Then I get back to my computer and I can't transfer them to the screen.

I haven't forgotten the thoughts I had while I was peeing. The thoughts are still in my head. The exact wording, even, is still in my head. So you would think I could just do a mental CMD-C...

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Phone Addiction: 27 Signs You Might Have a Problem

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

Picture this. You’re taking the subway home and you notice a woman that you’ve never seen before. You’re an introverted guy, so this isn’t easy for you, but - as the woman’s eyes pivot away from her book and for a fraction of a second focus on you - there’s something about that look that your mind holds on to.

It scares the hell out of you, but somehow you work up the courage to approach the woman and strike up a conversation. And it goes well. And again it scares the hell out of you, but again you somehow work up the courage to ask her if she would like to grab a coffee. And she would.

And the next morning you wake up, not knowing what the future will hold. But one thing you do know, is that you feel exhilarated. You did something scary and worthwhile, and you’re proud of yourself for taking the leap. You don’t know whether you should call or text, or whether you should give her a few days’ space. But none of that worries you too much. Because you’ve already done the...

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Unintentional: A Life Without Thought

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

I used to dream that I would grow up to be 6'6" and black. I wanted to be a basketball superstar like Michael Jordon, and that’s what it would take.

I was willing to do what it would take.

Let’s not focus on my failure to grasp genetics, though. And let’s not start calling 3-year-old Patrick a racist for noticing an NBA-wide trend.

Instead, let’s focus on dreams. I had ridiculous dreams. As a small child you have dreams that are just as ridiculous. And for a brief while you’re taught to foster these dreams.

You have dreams of growing up to be this:

sky-earth-space-working-largeOr this:


At least those are the dreams that you will remember years from now. The dreams that answer the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Adults ask this from a place of love, trying to...

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Grow an Audience Using Zapier, Buffer and Twitter

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

If you're reading this chances are it's because I promised to give you access to this guide if you sent a Tweet that I pre-crafted for you. And clearly you did send that Tweet, because you're here, so thank you!

Update: just kidding. I'm not implementing this anymore. But I'll still leave it up in case somebody wants to copy the idea.

Within 15 minutes of sharing that Tweet you received a reply Tweet from me containing the link to this guide. But I didn't actually send that Tweet. Zapier did.

As promised, I'm going to show you the exact how and why of my setup so that you can do something similar for your next project.

Getting the email address is only half the battle.

Optimizing your site to convert visitors into audience members at the highest rate possible is important. But it's incomplete. The other half of the equation is that you need visi...

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Jason Zook’s Future: The best investment I’ve ever made.

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

Jason Zook, me, and a bunch of other cool peeps.

If you know me then you know that I don’t promote other people’s things. Ever. Because ick.

Heck, I barely promote my own things. Each blog post I write earns one email. Each piece of software I release earns a handful of Tweets to go along with that one email. And that’s that. There’s no remarketing of old posts or software.

This is to my own demise. I’d be more “successful” if I was better at promoting. But whatever. I don’t want to. So I don’t. Because once upon a time there was a guy named Jason Zook, and from him I learned that I don’t have to do business the way that everyone else does. I can make my own rules. So I do. Success is what I want it to be, not what I’m told it should be.

As much as I don’t like sales, though, and as much as I like...

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How to Start a WordPress Blog and Be Super Nerdy About It

Updated by Patrick Griffith on Aug 10, 2017

Note that my blog now runs atop Laravel, so take this post with as many grains of salt as you see fit.

Reviews are a crutch for me. Buying a bag of coffee without reading all of the reviews on all of the top 10 coffee beans first? Never gonna' happen. So when starting a blog, hastily picking a hosting company and a template is not an option. Analness about everything is required.

Here's more or less the complete process I went through to start this blog, just in case you're thinking about starting your own blog and you too are a finicky snob.

Prior to Starting

I had no intention of starting a blog. I had a couple of things to say so I wrote and submitted a guest post to a fairly prominent minimalist blog. It wasn't accepted. So fair warning here, readers: I'm not that good of a writer.

After that unaccepted post I started thinking about how much fun the writing process was, how much I learned about myself in said process (the kin...

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