Time for me to propose yet another standard for people who run personal websites, in the spirit of Derek Siver’s /now and @Curiositry’s /intractable.

The proposal: a /redacted page that lists what you’ve stopped doing, ideally with a line or two on why. Such as the one you’d read below.

(Optional but may pay future dividends: Include what you want to stop doing, and why. Invite readers to reach out with ideas and suggestions.)

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I’ve stopped…

  • Asking people “What’s wrong?” (“Can I help you?” is more direct, active, and kind.)
  • Earning hourly pay. (Paying by the hour is a broke and broken value-exchange system. I prefer project-based and/or results-based compensation.)

I’d like to stop…

  • Apologizing when I have done nothing wrong, or when I had no control or responsibility over the situation. (Doing so weakens the meaning and weight of my apologies when I actually mean them. For now, I’d blame this on my being Canadian.)