Starting in the new year, you can find all your content at collaborationforgood.wordpress.com . Keepin’ it simple.
Reading the Lean Startup and Lean Machine (among many others) made me realize that I haven’t been practicing what I preach. While running a self-hosted blog was a great idea for a while and taught me a lot, I wasn’t getting to the segments I wanted with the results I wanted.
It helped introduce me to an incredible crowd of practitioners and thought leaders in the Social Business space, and keep in touch with friends and family while we were in Tanzania. No regrets.
With that in mind, after a little more than 3 years, I’m wrapping up shop here at collaborationforgood.org and will be looking for a new home, probably on tumblr or wordpress.com.
I don’t regret a dime or a minute I spent into this work, but for now self-hosting isn’t the answer for me. Time to pivot.
It’s never fun to be used to attack others. C4G has been slow, and then down for 48 hours, due to a takeover! The aliens have come.
Fortunately, I was able to clear the mess. MIB came. While I look into improving the firewalls and rebooting the server on an upgraded instance from Bitnami – my host – we should be back in action!
By the time I was ten, before household scanners existed, I was done typing my reports on school computers after spending hours etching them on paper. My handwriting wasn’t terrible, but it took real effort to make it “final product worthy” and so I wanted a shortcut. I asked my older brother to gather samples of handwriting from everyone in his class (as I did the same), and we’d create a catalog of variations of each letter that we could “teach” to a camera with some kind of computer attached. From there we could just take pictures of our handwritten work and have the camera interpret it all and spit it out as a Wordperfect document (yes – this was in the pre-Word era). I had no idea if this was even feasible, but from a 5th graders perspective, it was my top priority and just seemed like it should be true.
I’m not staking claim to have invented scanners or natural writing conversion tools here. The lesson I learned (albeit much later) was that sometimes the best way to a solution wasn’t just thinking “outside the box”, but was more akin to creating a new box. It’s extraordinarily difficult to remove ourselves from what we know are existing paradigms and limitations. However, sometimes the best new ideas come more from our inner 10 year-old selves than they do from PowerPoints and extensive market research and industry benchmarks. And more often than not, it takes a series of failures to get to the right (or at least more right) idea.