Parent Things: Pee-Pee Diarrheastein Poopypants, Esquire

From the Perks of Parenting Department; They’re all dad jokes, okay?

Peer pressure sucks. We do stupid shit because of peer pressure. To include not laughing at stuff that’s funny because we want to be cool and fit in. Ugh.

I recently discovered one of the lesser mentioned perks of being a parent—you get to laugh at stupid, funny shit that a lot of people would consider beneath them.

Case in point, Captain Underpants’ arch nemesis, Professor Pee-Pee Diarrheastein Poopypants, Esquire.

When she (P, my kid) laughs, it makes me laugh.

And you know what? Pee-Pee Diarrheastein Poopypants, Esquire, is damn funny.

If you haven’t watched Captain Underpants on Netflix yet, it’s a good time.

Reduce, re-use, recycle—rerun

Reruns get a bad rap.

I’m not talking about the old-timey way of airing a television show again at a later date. I’m talking about going back through the entire catalog of published articles on Gearbox Magazine and determining which ones shine, should be saved, or should be shit-canned.

Quality beats quantity.

The latest check of the GBXM DAM reveals 747 total published articles since August 2009.

And 263 of those are flagged “shit-can” and will likely vanish over time.

It’s what all the cool kids are doing these days in content. There are still places out there where daily posts are required, even multiple times per day—but GBXM isn’t there. And I don’t really see us getting there, either.

If I think about it too much, part of me is a little embarrassed that 35% of the stuff I’ve published over the years is forgettable crap. But there’s a part of me that knows a lot of that content will find its way into a number of useful programs we’re going to be rolling out in the coming years that make a remarkable difference in the lives of our subscribers.

And besides, it’s really neat being able to go back through your body of work and reflect on all the people you talked to—especially right before you interview them about their startup seven years later.

3 words for 2018

I picked this up from Chris Brogan. Started doing it in 2012.

Instead of resolutions, you think about what you want to achieve that year, come up with three words that remind you of what you want/need to achieve those goals, and commit them to memory.

2012: Responsibility, Action, Freedom
2013: Support, Drive, Print
2014: Print, Process, Non-Profit
2015: ???

2016 was the first year it truly clicked for me. That is to say I actually meditated on my words on at least a daily basis—often several times a day.

2016: Intent, Action, Mindful
2017: Time, Health, Example
2018: Network, Minimize, Schedule

Network. It’s not so much what you know, but WHO you know. And even then, it’s who you know that’s willing to step in and help when you need it. Which requires stepping in to help others up front. My goal for the year is a conversation with someone new every week.

Minimize. Two fronts on this one. Minimize the amount of stuff I’ve got cluttering my closet, my garage, my life. And minimized portions on my plate this year because fewer calories and more exercise mean better health.

Schedule. If it isn’t scheduled, it doesn’t get done. If it’s important, it needs to be scheduled. Recording podcasts, writing content, working on the site, cleaning the bathroom, finishing the patio—scheduled. I’ve got a tremendous opportunity to get out—and stay out—ahead of my deadlines this year. Don’t want to blow it!