“By the way, this is off the record, Monica.” The corporate director looked right at me, and I almost laughed. Is he serious? We were a small group of young Seattleites expecting to hear candid advice on leadership, not sensitive, newsworthy information. But that’s not what was funny. What was funny is that he said this only to…More
We like to say Seattle is a tech-fueled entrepreneurial city. David Harris wants to make that true in one of the places it’s not. “I’m really excited about this,” he said, stopping on the sidewalk near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Jackson Street in the Central District. He had walked us…More
“Do you have to be enlightened just to get by these days?” I ended my Sunday column two weeks ago on popular blogger David Roberts’ year off-mic with that question — his — because it echoed in my head long after our interview. It’s still in there now. Roberts — who’s most of the way through…More
Emmett Shear had no idea whether his idea to focus his video site around gaming would actually work when he persuaded his cofounders to try it in 2011. Then he saw the response. “Our first bar to pass was 25 percent growth a month for the first three months,” Shear said, “and we crushed that.” Shear, who…More
Last week at a local tech event, two friends gushed about a popular app they had fallen for. When I posted later that I had gotten it, other friends were quick to warn me away. It’s not worth my time, they said. Worse — it could hurt. The app is called Secret. Its users post…More
One Sunday last month, Marie Montemayor cut back and forth through happy crowds at French Fest at Seattle Center. Not finding any place to charge her phone’s dead battery, she cried. Two days earlier, at 4:30 p.m., she had told her 13-year-old daughter on that phone that she was making spaghetti for dinner. She hadn’t…More
It should have been no surprise that one week before the Seahawks play in the Super Bowl I found myself following my husband into the TV section of the Sony store. “Maybe we get one for a month and return it,” he said, gazing into one of the flat black rectangles showing “The Avengers” on…More
If you’re African-American, you’re more likely to be on Instagram. If you’re a woman, you’re more likely to be on Pinterest. And if you’re older — believe it or not — you’re way more likely to have a profile on LinkedIn. A new survey of online adults from the ever illuminating Pew Internet and…More
When was the last time you wrote a letter?
Charles Morrison will write four today. He wrote four yesterday. And the day before that. And the day before that. All told he’s penned 4,000 letters to about 110 people in the past 11 years, hardly ever missing a day. They’re nothing grand. Just “letters by a guy of modest intelligence who likes to write,” as the 71-year-old put it. He mailed 150 of them at his Shoreline post office two weeks ago. Each was written with one of 36 calligraphy pens, and each is about something completely different.
I have no idea when I wrote my last letter. I told Morrison as much at Caffe Umbria in Pioneer Square last week. Most of the people walking by on Occidental Avenue South, I guessed out loud, probably wouldn’t know either.
“It’s so easy to get information, give information, dash off an email. The very ease of it makes it so convenient,” he said.
“Convenient,” he added, is not one of his favorite words.
“When everything needs to be convenient, you lose sight of the process, how important the process is,” he said. “It’s just: Get it done.”More
The British royal family has been in full PR mode for the birth of the royal baby. For new mothers on social media, that’s a familiar experience.
(The Duchess of Cambridge is in labor, according to a royal family spokesman.)
I had my media strategy pretty well figured out when I went into labor with my son a year ago Friday. I wouldn’t tweet I was in the hospital. I’d asked family not to post details of the labor. And I’d made sure that my mom, who spends more time on Facebook than I do, understood that under no circumstances could she scoop me and my husband on that all-important post announcing the baby’s birth.
Whether you’re the Duchess of Cambridge or a mere commoner in Seattle, becoming a parent is one of the biggest stories of your life, and there will always be loyal subjects who can’t wait to hear it.More