Frequently Asked Questions
In the last ten years, I have answered over 200,000 emails from 86,000 people. It’s my part-time job — my community service. These are the most common questions.
What should I do about my career?
What should I do with my life?
Can you introduce me to (famous person)?
No, sorry. Definitely not on request.
If my friends ask me if I know someone who’s doing what you’re doing, or have a specific need, then I’ll be glad to recommend you. But not if they don’t ask.
Will you promote my thing?
Will you invest in my company?
No, sorry. I never had investors. I have never invested in anyone or anything.
I don’t know anything about investing, and I’m not interested in it.
Can I use your video / article?
Yes. Anything I put on sive.rs is free forever.
It would be nice if you could credit me and link back to sive.rs But honestly I don’t care either way.
Will you be on my podcast?
Maybe. Email me a few questions you’d like to ask.
I enjoy interviews when the questions are interesting, and haven’t been covered before.
Will you speak at my event?
Sorry, I don’t do public speaking anymore.
I’ve got content for your site.
No, this is my personal site, completely non-commercial, for my personal expression only.
No advertising, no income, no analytics, no tracking, nobody else’s stuff.
I can’t focus.
First understand the do-or-die importance of focus. If you don’t learn to focus, you will have a shallow and unrewarding life without any meaningful achievements. So make it a priority.
Yes it’s hard. Websites, phone apps, and media in general are designed to be as addictive as possible. Treat them as you would other harmful addictions.
I have a boring well-paying job. Should I quit my job to pursue my art full-time?
I’m a full-time artist, but can’t make money. What should I do?
What do you think of this business idea?
It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks, except your customers.
Nobody can predict whether it will work or not. So stop asking "in-theory" and go find out.
Where can I find a mentor?
Then read the best books about the challenges you face, and let those books be your mentors.
It’s dangerous to think that there is one special person that can give you all the answers and help you.
I never had a mentor. When stuck on a problem, I’ve always called many friends for feedback. Some of the best and most helpful insights came from random friends asking naïve questions.
Why isn’t my business or audience growing faster?
I worked on CD Baby for 12-18 hours per day, 7 days per week, for four years before it really took off.
As for an audience, I’ve been creating and posting things online for free non-stop since 1994. Yep, that’s 25 years
now. And keeping in touch
with everyone I met that whole time.
Keep pushing, but be patient.
How should I learn programming?
But if you still find programming fascinating, make a point of learning the basics of three or four other vastly different languages, like SQL
, and Racket
, because something clicks once you understand a few different ways of getting the end result you want. You don’t need to master them. Just spend a month with each, going through a couple tutorial books about it, and making something happen with it.
How do I become a better writer?
Write publicly every week. Post it somewhere people see it. Something changes when your writing is out in the public, being seen by strangers. Seeing it through their eyes helps more than anything.
Will you read or review my book?
I don’t review books.
I only read for my own self-improvement, based on my own needs at the time, then take notes
for my own reflection.
I’m a musician. What should I do?
This is the single best book on the current music business. An absolute must-read for every musician.
Blah blah blah blah CD Baby?
I know nothing about what they’re doing. So I have no insights and no opinions.
What should I do about my relationship, or lack of?
" by Mark Manson. (Only guys ask me for relationship advice.)
I’m really sad.
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As to learning SQL, look into nosql databases such as couchdb. A simple thing like this coupled with some JSON objects might be all you need. Easy-peasy!
You had me with the Lone Nut Follower and I love you more and more as time goes by. We need more people like you on this earth. I am a fan.
Thanks for what you do, and this advice. Your willingness to share is inspiring.