I restarted my newsletter last week, but then on Monday the feedback started rolling in — the Subscriptions didn't work for any of you. :-(
Having this as a weekend hobby, I couldn't afford to carve out time to fix it, so I just killed the subscription feature (while mumbling Balkan curse words) and made a note on my task list for the end of the week. ✓
The beauty of temporarily holding the fix is that the subconscious kicks in and gets to work. I knew what it was — I was trying to be cheap. You see, this site failed me twice: first in the morning of the book launch day because I was using a free web hosting option. That morning I moved everything to a new hosting service — DigitalOcean — which wasn't free, but it was cheap — $5/month.
Okay, let me admit— it was free for the first sixty days. I'm not a web coder, but I found a step-by-step guide and managed to set it up quickly. The blog worked, but I got in trouble after enabling the email subscriptions. All the emails were going straight into spam boxes, and then the subscription service died. Eventually, I had to admit my failure and calculated that my peace of mind is well-worth those $29/month that Ghost(Pro) charges for a fluent service.
Ghost is a beautiful platform, and they helped me move everything fast. Up and running, and suddenly everything works (🤞).
Lesson learned: free has no value, and cheap means trouble.
Considering that I spent the last two decades in high-value-selling corporate jobs, it feels weird that I have to learn this as a consumer.
So let me welcome you to this week's edition of my newsletter, number two of this new series. (If you're interested in the twenty editions of .lebenslanges Lernen, my previous newsletter, check it out).
I'm still brainstorming here, and these weekends I'm reading and learning about the newsletter economy, studying some awesome resources. So I'd like to enlist your help here, dear Reader — would you give me one minute of your time to help me pick the right name for this newsletter? 🙏
If so, please click here and chose either:
- Finding Your Enough,
- or gimme your suggestion.
(If I pick that third option, I'll send you a signed paperback copy of my book!).
Not so well known in the European Union, but in the USA, and especially in the world of startups, Naval is considered a deity. He was an angel investor in Twitter, Uber, Yammer, and many other big successes. Until proven wrong, I'll argue that he's the only person with 1M Twitter followers who follows no-one — 0 people.
I started learning more about and from Naval recently, after listening to a podcast interview (read on).
Eric Jorgenson wrote The Almanack of Naval Ravikant, collecting and curating Naval's wisdom from Twitter, podcasts, and essays over the past decade. You can either purchase a book or read it in its entirety on the website. Free downloads available as well. I'm a big fan already.
“A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought — they must be earned.”
– Naval Ravikant
If you don't want to read about Naval, then maybe you'll give it a go via Tim Ferriss's podcast. If you're not familiar with Tim's podcasts, don't be surprised that this is a 2-hour episode. It's deep. I used to consume all my podcasts during business trips, but nowadays, they are a big part of my long runs. Or maybe you want to start with a walk — a 2-hour stroll is a great workout! Combined with this podcast, it's both a mental and a physical workout. 🏃♂️
The biggest thing in personal computing that happened this year and probably set the tone for the current decade: Apple's silicon. They introduced a new fanless MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro, and a new Mac Mini. The processor is known as M1 and seems to be a beast from another planet — delivering lighting speed while the laptop batteries can run up to 20 hours! @doubters: yes, benchmarks confirmed.
I'm happy that I sold my Intel shares last year. They fell asleep.
The first units were delivered this week, and the reviews are out. I already placed the order for a Mac Mini M1 (16GB/1TB). It's going to be the longest five weeks ever. 😬�
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