How to be a writer on a marketing team without sounding like a jerk

I spent close to seven years in a marketing department on a content team as I wrote blog posts, ebooks, tweets, podcast episodes, magazine pieces, and slide decks among other things. Based on all that experience, I wanted to share some lessons I learned from my time there, and this is the first: Try not …

Every Mastodon iOS app scratches an itch: a brief tour of various clients

Last week, I wrote a gentle intro to Mastodon for the Zapier* blog. I aimed it at regular people that hadn’t yet delved into everything it takes to leave Twitter for the federated network, offering tips on how it works and how to get started using it. After writing the piece, I realized it could …

Perfect chicken tikka masala made in the InstantPot

Ever since I got an InstantPot a few years ago, I’ve been trying to find the best butter chicken/tikka masala type recipe I could find. There are no Indian restaurants within 30 miles of me and I miss the cuisine. I’ve tried half a dozen out until I decided to start averaging ingredients between them …

The best stocking stuffer is these little wire ties

I am pretty sure I first found out about these little reusable wire tie things from an interview at Cool Tools where someone mentioned how much they loved them. I bought a set solely based on the strength of recommendations made on that site. Once I got them, I started using them. And using them. …

Decoder ring on the history of big butts

The Victorian bustle made way for the big butt obsession The new Slate Decoder Ring podcast episode on the history of butts and bustles is pretty amazing. As always, what starts as an innocent question “why is having a big butt popular now when 30 years ago people tried to get rid of them?” then …