Content, Community, Commerce, and Code

Back in early August I wrote a blog post about finding focus in my 30s. In that post, I decided that Content and Community would continue to be fundamental to what I do. Commerce and Code would add to it. Together, these four topics would form the “pillars” of my work.

This is how I look at it:

Content refers to the information that we present online. This could be something as simple as a Facebook update, or something as complex as an interactive hybrid AR/VR narrative. (Kinda like a movie, but not a movie.)

Community refers to the groups of people that we interact with. It could be a group that we lead or facilitate; it could be a group of peers that we collaborate with and learn from; it could be a group of people that we want to reach, like a target demographic or regional market. (Community is like Soylent Green. It’s made of people.)

Commerce refers to methods of making our work self-sustainable. How do you cover the costs of the work you’re doing online? I think it’s really, really important to understand the options here. Even if what you’re doing is a personal hobby, and you’re not interested in commercializing it, you should still know what’s available.

Code refers to the technology that supports and enables all the rest. Code is like language. With it we can create things and solve problems. Specific languages — HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, SQL, and others — all have different use cases, from building websites to grokking data. I want to learn more so I can do more.

So these are the topics that I want to develop more expertise around through learning and experimentation. And in the spirit of the Open Web, I’m documenting what I learn through this site.

I’ve published four new pages, aptly named after the four above topics, where you’ll find an ever-evolving dumping ground of notes and thoughts and resources:

Let the sharing begin!

P.S. If you’re interested in keeping up with resources and notes as I add them, I’m launching a weekly email digest in the coming weeks called Read This. Sign up right here:

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