I got a new job! It's kind of my dream job. (And by "kind of," I mean "totally.") Starting next Monday, I'll be managing the education side of Skillcrush, an edtech startup that teaches women to code as a way of narrowing the gender gap in technology.
If you've had a conversation with me in the last three months, you lively already know how much I love the company and everything they do. I couldn't be more excited to join their team in a role that's basically a combination of all my favorite things.
ALL THE THINGS
Since it's a holiday week and there are not nearly enough round-ups this time of year, this email is taking a different form than usual. Partially because of the reasons explained below and partially because I'm stranded at the Tampa International Airport for an indefinite period of time. (Yay, holiday travel!)
Back in my pre-teen LiveJournal days, everyone kept running lists of the books, movies, and televisions shows they consumed each year. We set arbitrary goals for each category (25 books, 50 movies, etc.) and tracked them all in a sticky post pinned to the top of our journals.
I'm not really sure why we did this, but I always liked it. Partially because it allowed me to quantify things that otherwise can't be quantified. (If I can put it on a list, I'm being productive! It wasn't a waste of time!) I haven't updated my LiveJournal in years, but I remember how much I liked being able to look back and remember books or movies I loved but had already forgotten. (I'm perpetually that person who gets asked for her favorite movie and rattles off the same three titles she's been recalling for years, even if she hasn't seen them in just as long.)
These days, I don't consume nearly as many books or movies as I used to but I read a shit ton of blogs, articles, and the like. I tweet the ones I love and share favorite passages on Tumblr but most of the things we read online are here today and gone tomorrow. I think that's a shame. Some of them are fucking awesome.
So, without further rambling, here are the best things I read this year. I collected them all in an Evernote over the last twelve months, revisited them all while traveling earlier this week, and have collected them here for your enjoyment. All of them are available online for free and in their entirety.
(This list would probably make a great companion for your flight/train ride/drive home this week. Just saying.)
I hope you enjoy and also appreciate how long it took me to copy/paste and link all those titles. This sucker is twice as many words as usual. Whew. Also, keep in mind that the categories are a little *makes wavey hand motion*
If you prefer chronological order, that's how they're ordered on my blog. (<--- That link also has some "honorable mentions" that were written in 2013.)
Just a reminder that crickets are still dumb and sharing is caring. Reply to say hi and/or let me know if the airport you passed through this week had free wi-fi.
I hope you're having a wonderful December, with whatever holidays that entails for you. I'll see ya in 2015!
(Also, I'm serious about the wi-fi thing. Let me know.)