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Do You Know What Today Is?

Do You Know What Today Is?
By Ernest Wilkins • Issue #168 • View online

This newsletter turns 2 today. Before I got diagnosed with ADHD last year, the #1 thing I heard my whole life was that I’m not “consistent”. Work, school, projects, all I heard was that I couldn’t “follow through” on things. (Hmm wonder why?😂), but here we are. I’m really happy that I proved those people wrong but I’m even happier that I proved everyone who believes in me (aka you!) right! We’re 158 issues in and I have no plans to stop now.
New newsletter Tuesday, new podcast Thursday. Thanks to everyone for the support! 💕.
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What’s new for Office Hours with Ernest Wilkins in 2021?
  • The newsletter will evolve a bit. I’m days away from publishing my new website and eventually, that will become the home of all of my projects, including this one. That means expansion. Right now, I’m thinking that the Tuesday newsletter will become shorter, ideally you’d get a link and some original thought and if i really have something to say, a link out to a bigger piece. More on that to come.
  • Over the pandemic, I’ve been teaching myself how to visualize concepts. It’s a severe blind spot for me. That means I’m gonna give you more data visualizations, charts and overall data to back up all the shit I talk. If anyone is good at that and wants to work with me on data visualization stuff this year, reach out!
  • Given that I have a lot of thoughts on the products that come from the business of culture, I must sadly announce that I will be starting to dip into some aesthetic-based content now and then. That means product recommendations, cultural observations on current events and potentially an advice column?
  • A better paid subscriber experience. 2021 is about doubling-down on paid subscribers and building our community. I’ll be creating exclusive playlists and mood boards, exclusive podcasts and, God willing, access to live events (let’s be serious, this is more like a 2022 thing)
  • The Junto is getting an upgrade. The private Slack channel is going to evolve because I’m not trying to sit on Slack all day, are you? Maybe Slack isn’t the best communication method? Currently, I’m looking at Circle. If anyone has thoughts on that service or any others, you know where to find me.
  • The podcast is here to stay. Seasonal breaks in the summer and holiday seasons, it’s about BALANCE.
  • ICYMI: last Monday’s newsletter was the debut of a new recurring segment called “In Their Own Words”. This is the evolution a concept a few really smart people and I pioneered over on Clubhouse last summer. Goal is to showcase the opinions of a great thinker on a subject that’s relevant to a current event. You’ve already seen demos of this concept. Essentially, this is a leveled-up version of #136.

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