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Making my own space

Welcome to Miss Venn

I’ve been a Tumblr user and lover since 2007. That’s a long time! It’s still a wonderful platform, one I plan to continue blogging with, but it feels like time to own my brain a bit more.

So welcome to here, I guess. Miss Venn! Miss Venn is basically Venn 2.0, with a snazzy new logo and name and look and everything. You’ll find content just like what I post on Tumblr, but with more of my own content and more lifestyle-y type stuff. I’ve blogged here for a short while in secret and am really digging WordPress 3.9. Finding and customizing a theme plus finding the right plugins kept me busy for a few days which was both fun and a good mental stretch. The last time I used WordPress it was slow and clunky, but it’s so much better now! The full screen writing mode is glorious (especially when paired with Chrome’s presentation mode) and I’m loving how the tiled gallery feature in Jetpack works.

If Tumblr offered paid plans with solid backups and exports this might not feel quite so necessary. I’m guessing the Yahoo acquisition took that off the table. I happily would have paid to ensure my data remained mine and wasn’t used for advertising or “engagement”, which seems to be the direction their team is heading in. Oh we’ll, it’s no use crying over spilt startups.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Tumblr is still a happy place for me. The Tumblr community is full of super nice people who post wonderful content all day long. I plan to continue posting there perhaps with more regularity, though definitely with less purpose. My Tumblr will hopefully become a place full of random gifs, random pretty things, and social justice rage, the way a Tumblr should be.

Anyway, I’m still tinkering here and deciding what I want this space to be, so be prepared for changes. Have amazing WordPress tips because you’re a pro? Send them my way!

Want to keep up with what’s new? You can subscribe to the feed or follow on Bloglovin’.

Hope you enjoy Miss Venn as much as I’ve enjoyed making it!

xo, Lindsey

Happy Monday

What a weekend! I’m sitting in our new apartment, dog at my feet, boxes on all sides, thankful for our excellent wifi connection. These past few days was a whirlwind of moving but I think the worst is behind us. The rest of August is all about putting our new home together. Fun!

  • I’ve just discovered Moodboard, a quick way to curate and publish a collection of images. Looks like it might fill part of the Icebergs hole now that they’re shutting down.
  • Our new fridge isn’t magnet-friendly (insert sad emoji here!) but maybe you can make one of these 10 easy & adorable DIY magnets for me.
  • Have you explored Twitter’s Analytics tool yet? Blog Clarity has a great overview of how to access these handy metrics and a few ways to interpret the numbers.

(appropriate illustration via Zoe-Zoe Sheen on Dribbble)

Happy birthday Parker!

It’s hard to believe that our little Parker is four-years-old this week but it’s true! Four years of being woken up at 4am (by a hungry cat), keyboard takeovers (by a hungry cat), and afternoons filled with meows (by a hungry cat). Gotta love her! Look at how cute this furry beast is:

parker-birthday

This week is also Parker’s third move with us, so she’s an old pro now. I’m pretty sure she thinks all the moving boxes are her gifts since cardboard is her favorite thing! In fact, she is curled up in a cardboard box as I’m typing this.

Happy birthday little cat!

Get a move on

Another year, another move! AJ and I have this habit of moving every 12-21 months and our time is up in a few days. It’s time to say goodbye to this little house and hello to a cute—and modern!—apartment up the street. There are a lot of issues with this house, but so much has changed since we’ve lived here I can’t help but be a bit sad. This is the home that we designed our wedding in, went from just together to together for ever, took naps, added (furry) family members, celebrated in… looking through this past year’s photos reminded me how much I have grown and changed just in this 12 month span. I guess this home was just what we needed to get through this year of change after all.

The new place will hopefully be just what we need to get through the next year’s slew of changes. It’s a little one-bedroom apartment with a great view of Portland’s classic craftsman roof peaks. It’s only a few blocks from a park, which Henry will be happy with, and has lots of amenities we’ve been missing like a dishwasher and proper air conditioning. Now we just have to get through the actual move! Wish us luck.

xo, Lindsey

Luxe

nail-art-luxe

The original plan for this week’s nail art was to play with some these new nail vinyls that arrived in the mail last week but, you know, life happened. So instead of starbursts and chevrons my digits are featuring a few super luxe polishes from Zoya. Monica is a rich deep purple that is perfect for fall. And how amazing is Maria Luisa on top?! Zoya describes Maria Luisa as a “gold cellophane accent topper” which is a boring way of saying “this polish will top off any manicure with beautiful elegance.” However you describe it, I’m sold!

Continuous learning with Gibbon

Continuous Learning with Gibbon on Miss Venn

Have you discovered Gibbon yet? It’s a still-young startup based in the Netherlands that is my new favorite learning app. Gibbon harnesses the amazing wealth of content already published online to power its peer-to-peer learning network.

There are a bunch of other options out there to help you learn. Some, like Treehouse, focus on tech and offer lessons in web design and development. Udemy offers classes in all sorts of things (including how to teach online courses!), but many of them cost money. Most of the services use videos and other rich media to attempt to replicate a classroom setting that caters to visual learners. The courses tend to be more formal and sometimes even scheduled as with the Stanford online courses.

Gibbon, on the other hand, is a more casual, “set it and forget it,” kind of learning experience. Once you choose topics that interest you and set how often you want to learn you don’t have to do anything else. Well, nothing besides actually learning! Gibbon will send you a daily, weekly, or monthly selection of readings from your chosen topics as a reminder to check in and read or watch something.

All the learnable content in Gibbon comes from its users, which is another reason I love it. Anyone can sign up and create a “playlist”, which is a topic full of educational content. For example, this User Experience Design from A-Z playlist is full of 99 articles about user experience, all curated specifically to take a learner from “what is UX?” to solving complex experience problems.

Gibbon figures out an approximate reading time for each “chapter” in a playlist which the system uses to build the reminder emails. Every morning I get an email with around 10 minutes of content in it. And because I subscribe to more than one playlist I sometimes get articles on different topics. I’ve been loving the wake up call! Each day I get a cup of coffee and settle in to spend 10 minutes focussed on learning. The articles are shown in a beautiful distraction-free view that let’s you read without wandering away. And the end of each playlist “chapter” has a big “Mark as Learned” button for a satisfying this-is-done feeling.

Gibbon - Playlist view
Gibbon - How much do you want to learn?
Gibbon - Article comments
Gibbon - Learning view
My Gibbon profile

What I’m Learning

My own profile is mostly full of design- and management-focussed playlists. Gibbon and I haven’t been close for that long but I’ve already found several articles to tuck away for reference later. “Jumping Through the Hurdles of Brainstorming” from Pete Sena’s Leadership playlist and “Dare to be Boring” from Gibbon co-founder Wouter de Bres’s Becoming a Better Designer playlist both resonated with me.

Gibbon is free to join as a learner or teacher, but paid plans are available for private playlists. I see a few interesting applications of the paid plans. Teachers could ask students to create playlists throughout a semester, for example, to help teach continuous learning. Or accelerator mentors could build playlists for specific teams to help them grow and succeed. So many options!

What are you learning?

Happy Monday

It’s a big week y’all: we’re moving house! This time next week I’ll be up on the fourth floor in a cozy apartment. Can’t wait until we’re settled in! To kick this week off right I collected a few thought-provoking pieces from Medium to get your gears moving:

(image via)

Nail Art: Dainty Flowers

dainty-flowers Not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of this one! Not only is it super fabulous and distracting, these flowers didn’t take as long as you would expect. My inspiration came from this Beauty Department post from last year that I had pinned to my nails board on Pinterest, which is pretty typical of my usual nail art process to be honest! dainty-flowers-polish

Polishes:

  • OPI Nail Envy
  • Formula X Prime base coat
  • Julep Kam
  • Zoya Snow White
  • Formula X Pyrotechnic
  • Butter London British Racing Green
  • Julep Stella
  • Seche Vite top coat

What’s on your nails this week?

Honesty: My Remedy for Impostor Syndrome

I spend more time than I probably should thinking about impostor syndrome. To help combat the feelings of ineptitude I’ve been keeping a “good job” journal where I note the nice things other people say about my work. It’s a great place to start when impostor feelings are dragging my motivation away.

Being open about my fears sounds like a great next step. Maybe it’s time for a heart-to-heart with the world.

Honesty: My Remedy for Impostor Syndrome

I spend more time than I probably should thinking about impostor syndrome. To help combat the feelings of ineptitude I’ve been keeping a “good job” journal where I note the nice things other people say about my work. It’s a great place to start when impostor feelings are dragging my motivation away.

Being open about my fears sounds like a great next step. Maybe it’s time for a heart-to-heart with the world.

“Feminism is not a free-for-all where anything goes, but I would like to think that feminism (in addition to helping women overcome oppression in all forms) allows for women to make choices – even choices with which other feminists would disagree. It allows for women to be sexual and sexually provocative because they want to be. It allows for them to do with their bodies as they choose. Beyoncé, in her current incarnation, seems incredibly empowered. She is sexual, yes – but on her own terms. When Beyoncé wants, she rolls up the partition, so to speak.”

Beyoncé’s control of her own image belies the bell hooks ‘slave’ critique – Roxane Gay (via)