Our first "success story" (that is still in progress) where Marcin’s hobby became so important he quit his job to pursue writing full-time, to write his first book about the history of typewriters and keyboards.
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How to grow a blog and remain true to your audience - Chris Coyier (CSS-Tricks & CodePen) | Hacking UI
It is our pleasure to present to you Chris Coyier. Chris started his journey writing blogs he didn’t enjoy, and eventually realized that his passion was actually in coding the blogs and crafting the CSS behind them. He eventually closed down all of his blogs except one, and CSS-Tricks was born. His blog is now one of the largest front-end development blogs in the world and paved the way for his platform, CodePen, which allows developers to share demos of front-end code while inspecting the code at the same time.
Chris is also the host of the podcast, ShopTalk, speaks at conferences around the world, and this year he published his second book, Practical SVG, which is all about using SVG on the web. In this episode, Chris discusses his strategies for blog growth, valuable tips for monetization, the proper etiquette for sharing sponsored content, and much more.
This is the twelfth episode of the second season of the Hacking UI podcast, ‘Scaling a Side Project’. In this season we interview designers, developers, and creative entrepreneurs who built and scaled successful side projects that we admire.
How do you go from having no idea of a career… to becoming Net Awards Developer of the Year? In just a couple of years?!
For Lebanese freelancer Sara it’s been a journey of self development as much as anything she’s done for the web. Hear her story of learning, sharing, writing, speaking, teaching, creating… and then learning some more.
American science fiction writer, Kim Stanley Robinson, best known for his award winning "Mars" trilogy, joins Lucy Sussex at the Melbourne Writers Festival to discuss the inspiration for his work and the problems facing planet Earth.
Robinson explains to his audience why it is important for everyone to know about science, especially in the face of the climate change crisis.
It’s a subject very close to the author’s heart: virtually all of Robinson’s novels have an ecological component with sustainability being one of his major themes.
Robinson also defends science fiction, believing it deserves more attention by literary awards such as the Booker Prize.
After all, if one of his favourite authors Virginia Woolf was a science fiction fan, why can’t contemporary literary audiences appreciate the genre more?
Kim Stanley Robinson is an American Science Fiction writer best known for the multi-award winning "Mars" trilogy.
Other books include "The Years of Rice and Salt" and his latest book "Galileo’s Dream".
In 2008 Kim Stanley Robinson was listed as the TIME "Hero of the Environment".
Lucy Sussex is a New Zealand born writer, researcher and editor. Sussex has published many short stories and a few novels, including "The Scarlet Rider" which won the Ditmar, Best Novel in 1997. She currently writes a review column for "The West Australian" and "The Sunday Age".
Robert Forster,musician, songwriter, music critic for The Monthly and co-founder of the iconic indie rock group, The Go Betweens, is in conversation with Sasha Frere-Jones, the pop critic with The New Yorker at the Melbourne Writers Festival.
This is a prize eavesdrop: Frere-Jones loves Forster and The Go Betweens; Forster has a great openness and nerdiness and they both know a whole heap about music.
This plain boy from Brisbane who didnt even have a girlfriend when he was writing some of his best songs with Grant McLennan and wondering how he could compete with The Velvets Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico, heroin and sado masochism is an absolute treat in his deep brown suit and his long winding tale about meeting the woman of his dreams, actress Lee Remick.
Tavi Gevinson was 11 when she kicked off her writing career with a fashion blog called Style Rookie.
She had smart, sharp observations on fashion and visual style and the usual girl things that an 11 year old is obsessed with and she had an audience. And it was big. They were pre-teens and teenagers who had someone from their cohort who spoke to them.
Gevinson was soon reporting on Fashion Weeks in Paris, London and New York and quickly got up the noses of the fashion editors and style queens. Who was this upstart 11 year old?
Your first response may be to immediately dislike someone this young…with talent; and you might immediately assume that shes as obnoxious as some soapie star. Youd be wrong. Tavi is now 17. Though its 17 going on 48 or 50.
Shes smart, witty, erudite, with a good line in self-deprecating patter.
She was a keynote speaker at the Melbourne Writers Festival and she packed out the Athanaeum Theatre with young women wearing Tavi headgear the bunches of roses that she used to wear when she was 11 or 12, and their mums and the odd dad.
Here, shes giving her fangirl keynote speech.
Its worth taking a look at Rookie, her online magazine for young women.
Estelle Tang is the breathless interviewer.
China Miéville is probably the best new writer in the ‘new weird’ genre. Hes got a seriously prolific output and he manages to push the limits of fantasy, science fiction and horror to a very appreciative younger audience.
Hes pulled together a whole bunch of skills: fantasy/science fiction writer; would be politician - he ran on the Socialist Alliance ticket for the UK general election in 2001 - and he did his Phd on Marxism and International Law at the London School of Economics. He also draws and writes comics.
He could only be British.
This conversation covers high surrealism, pulp modernism, H.P. Lovecraft, the Call of Cthulhu and a love of garbage, octopuses and trains.
If you dont read his books, your teenage children probably do…and love him.
China is generous with questions from the audience as he should be, they buy his books, but not every writer is; and he seriously addresses the basic structuring of his books in answer to a keen young fan. If you follow him on various blogs, youll notice that he seems very connected to his audience.
Writer James Bradley is in conversation with him at the Perth Writers Festival, and they begin talking about his latest book, Railsea.
This panel examines the moral legitimacy of using drones as killing machines as well as for the surveillance of private citizens.
Author Ursula Le Guin gives Owen Bennett Jones a lesson in science fiction and talks about how her work has been influenced by anthropology and Taoism. She also tells the story of Ishi, a native American who escaped the massacre of his tribe.
In Margaret Atwood’s new novel, a natural disaster has altered the earth and wiped out most human life. Two women survive, and "The Year of the Flood" is their story. We speak with the author about her career, the new book and what she thinks the future holds for our fragile planet.
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