More Puppets in B2B Videos

Whenever I see a company’s video (especially in #b2btech) that opens with optimistic instrumental music and off-centered talking individuals (you know what I’m talking about) or a pan of the side of a building, I catch myself excitedly thinking it’s going to be an SNL-like parody. Anyone else or just me?

A minute in and nothing’s really changed. It’s the same music now showing candid shots of people working. Classic. “Oh, they’re serious,” I disappointedly think.

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Leaving the New Relic “Aquarium”

My desk at New Relic, Inc. started out 2 years ago in a high traffic area. So to meet new people, I would ask teammates who walked past to draw me a fish.

I explained that I felt like we were in an aquarium swimming to and from on the 10th floor where marketing sat. (My Pre-K teacher side was clearly showing itself.)

After a few months, I was able to collect a variety of fishes that I put on display by my desk. (And then I decided to collect other post-it drawings and then I moved desks…but anyways I finally took out the fishes on my last day.)

And what I saw was that an aquarium is beautiful when we have different fishes swimming in it. :)

Thanks old and new fishes for joining my New Relic journey! Now off to swim in a different aquarium!

Leaving the New Relic “Aquarium”

Because Personal Side Projects Should Feel Like Play

Remember that feeling? You’re really into playing (dress-up, legos, video games, or whatever it was that you enjoyed playing as a kid). Your adrenaline is high, and you’re having so much fun you don’t even notice the time.

Your adrenaline is high, and you’re having so much fun you don’t even notice the time.

You then get an interruption. You’re told to stop, which is the last thing you want to do. So you whine and pout, and then begrudgingly succumb to the bedtime routine.

As adults, we often don’t make time for our own play. We tell ourselves to stop before we even start. That childlike wonder gets buried as a result, and then we forget how to play.

Personal side projects are a great outlet to rediscover that playful curiosity, and it should be exactly like that, playful! Here are 8 tips to help reignite the play in personal projects.

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Because Personal Side Projects Should Feel Like Play

Day 145 of 100

Day 145: Studying the classics. 😆 This was from December 2013. (5/6)

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Day 145 of 100