Picture this — It’s 2030. Your robot butler has just woken you up and made you breakfast. You put on your VR headset to do some light reading while you eat.
Or this — Your self-driving car is taking you to work. You have a good half hour to kill during your commute. Plenty of time to read an article or two.
And lastly this one — You’re kicking it in a Starbucks after work, happy that the AC is keeping you cool on yet another 110 degree day. A perfect time to catch up on your reading.
This is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. Mumford & Sons has been my whole world. Honestly, without them I don’t even know what to do anymore. But I’m doing it. I’m finally doing it. I’m leaving. Don’t try and stop me.
I’ve decided it’s time to finally move on with my life. This means no more Mumford. No more Sons. No more looking at myself in the mirror and thinking, “Son, you’re a MUMFORD now. All those people who said you wouldn’t amount to anything? They can all SUCK IT.”
What will I miss…
So Medium decided to get rid of all ‘spam’ accounts by deleting tens of thousands of users. Their rationale is that they’re protecting the platform by making sure only real and authentic people are on it, and in turn that only real and authentic people are reading our stuff.
I get it. I really do it. It make sense for Medium. It makes sense for writers whose entire writing oeuvre exists on this site. But for writers with broader aspirations, meaning those looking to publish in other places, or those looking to write more than just articles, it’s a setback.
Several years ago, right before my band kicked off a west coast tour, I developed a throat infection. I wasn’t even the lead singer, but my vocals were important enough that without them, it didn’t make sense to do the tour.
To not cancel, I needed to do everything possible not to irritate my throat, including cutting out cigarettes. That meant quitting cold turkey. No nicotine gum, no patch, no hypnotherapy. Just wham, bam, no more smoking, man.
To make it even more challenging, I’d be surrounded by triggers the entire time. All my bandmates smoked, and many of the…
Up until recently I was one of them.
That’s because there are very few things I like less than working out. Given the choice between going to the gym or the dentist, or having to exercise or do my taxes, I’d have to flip a coin.
However, I never miss a workout, ever, no matter what.
Without fail, I go to the gym three times a week, every single week…
Like Christmas music, the Kardashians or YouTube pre-roll ads, no matter what I do I can’t seem to shake this guy.
Without fail, every time I log onto Medium I am bombarded by stories from Tim Denning.
At first I tried to just ignore him.
When this proved to be impossible, I simply chalked him up to a hack or a charlatan, one of those writers who only writes about writing. The equivalent of a “digital marketer” or “dropshipping expert” with no actual business or business experience to speak of (sans selling overpriced courses and coaching sessions).
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a problem with judgment. Whenever I meet someone new, before they even have a chance to introduce themselves, I develop an opinion about them.
It began in high school and got progressively worse in college. I’d judge people on everything — their clothes, music, politics. It got to a point where no one was good enough to meet my impossibly high standards.
The result? I spent a lot of time alone.
It took me a long time to realize my behavior had nothing to do with anyone else, and everything to…
In mid October, like everyone else in the U.S., I was caught up in all the drama, excitement and stress surrounding the presidential election. I needed some kind of release from all the tension, so I did what I always do in these kinds of situations — I wrote an article about it.
This one, in fact: A Radical Proposal for Dealing with Trump Supporters After Biden Wins
It took only a couple hours to write, and was published a few days later. The initial reaction was decidedly meh, with views and reads in the hundreds. But once it got…
There is a TON of value on Medium. I subscribe to numerous publications and individual writers who consistently put out high quality work that is inspiring, entertaining and informative. But more often than not, when I’m looking for something new to read, or am getting suggestions on the app, the article is about how to succeed as a writer on Medium.
This can make it feel like being trapped in an endless loop, in which we’re all just writing articles to help each other do better on the platform. This begs the question:
Is Medium little more than a giant…
I get it. You’re sick of hearing about this stuff: Morning routines. Meditation. Intermittent fasting. Journaling.
Frankly, I am too.
And while I can’t speak for the validity of a lot of these things, what I can tell you is that cold showers actually work.
I know this because they have significantly changed my life. I’m not telling you this to brag or to illustrate how tough I am — quite the opposite. For the longest time, even the thought of taking a cold shower would send an icy shiver throughout my entire body.
I’m the kind of person who…