This is very cool and flattering. Hacker Monthly features top posts and comments from Hacker News, gracefully compiled, edited, and formatted with excellent design. I'm in Issue 6 which is quite an honor - that's some pretty good company.
I realized the editor, Cheng Soon, was in Malaysia and I'm passing through Malaysia right now, so we were able to get a coffee and lunch together earlier today. Very cool guy, massively hard working, fascinating interests. We had a good chat on a range of interesting topics, and it was a blast.
If you want to get a grip on Hacker Monthly, the first three issues are free to download here - http://hackermonthly.com/issues.html - very high production quality, good insights, good selection, elegant design and placement... really just a beautiful product. An honor to be featured there, and a nice coincidence that he chose one of my pieces right as I was arriving in Malaysia. Go check out those first three free issues if you want some really pleasurable and stimulating reading on entrepreneurship and technology. Consider subscribing if you really dig it, I think it's a bargain as it's current price point.
Don't feel bad- a procrastinator will procrastinate. If he has access to the internet, he will find something to spend time on. It's on a more fundamental level that he has to work on. Your website has nothing to do with it, not really, since it's just a possibility of many. One more appreciated than othes, but there are others.
Very good question from a reader. I wrote up a pretty thorough reply, and now I'm recalling a number of times i've been asked this. So, here we go -
You are travelling a lot, so I've been wondering if you feel lonely and if that's the case, how you deal with it. I don't mean to sound too personal, just for the record, so if you do not wish to answer, go ahead (just let me know if that's the case, or point me to some reading, maybe?). I have found that when travelling for extended periods of time in places one does not know people, or when moving, changing location, that a certain lack of close contact with people can occur. This can lead to demotivation (concerning activity in general, work...), paralyzation, distraction causing lack of devotion to work and the like. Well, you are often writing about many friends, and I suppose you mean over the internet? Is that enough, or a temporary substitute? How do you counteract low-states induced by such cirumstances? (If they occur, I don't know if you have the problem, it just seemed a possibility).
Thanks a lot,
Good observation. Yes, you're 100% right - lack of contact with people is a big problem with traveling.
Last Friday night, after two years of really hard work on SETT, we sent invite codes out to the four hundred people on the SETT waiting list, offering fifty spots. Whoever managed to snag a spot could either take a free basic account or buy a premium account and get 50% off for life.
The main point of releasing these spots is to start testing SETT on a wider scale, to get more feedback, and to begin work on some really cool blog to blog features. So if no one actually paid for an account, and everyone just took free ones to mess around with, I would have been satisfied. I figured maybe one or two people might pay, and maybe things would go really well and five people would pay.
As it turns out, thirteen people bought accounts, covering all three price points that we set. More than the actual money, which I've already used to upgrade the servers, I'm personally touched that people are excited enough about SETT to pay for it. I've worked so hard on this and continue to narrowly focus on making it the best blogging platform, that it's moving to have people who share the vision.
I'm also grateful for the people who set up free accounts and have already started using them. Many of the paid and unpaid SETT customers are members of this site who are active in the community section and comments, so I have high expectations for all of their blogs. As they get settled in, import their old blogs, and write new posts, I'll be linking to some of them here. Next Monday I will link to every new SETT blog that has at least one post on it.