Away from Keyboard
By Changelog Media
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Exploring the human side of creative work. Host Timothy Smith talks with creative professionals from different industries about the nitty gritty: life, mistakes, burnout, and finding balance while creating satisfying work.
||Clean12: Laura Gaetano doesn't want to be a manager||Laura Gaetano was born in Italy, and by my count has lived in at least four different countries. Her multicultural upbringing has had a huge impact on her life. In fact, she currently works at the Travis Foundation with a focus on diversity and inclusion. We talk about her upbringing, her troubles with art school, the work she’s doing now, and changes that may be on the horizon.||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Adam Clark wants to be independently wealthy||Adam Clark and I met back in 2013. We started a podcasting company together (which we both left), he shut down his consulting business to move to California and work for Apple, and now he’s back in Tennessee. Last year he launched a new business, Podcast Royale, a company he says will afford him more freedom to do whatever he wants to do. He talks to me about growing up in a cult, losing his father, marriage, and how being a parent gives him a purpose in life.||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Maria Boland Ploessl found her home in technology||In our last episode of the year, I talk with Maria Boland Ploessl. Maria’s path to technology has been interesting to say the least. A Saint Paul native, she studied Spanish and Latin American studies in college. In 2016, after living in a few different cities (even a year-long stint in Brazil), she moved back to Minnesota. Now, she’s the Executive Director of Minnestar, a non-profit organization with the aim of supporting and growing Minnesota’s tech community. Maria talks to me about what Minnestar does, the work they’re doing to bring more people of underrepresented groups into tech, married life and how she’s grown from it, and parenthood.||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Jeremy Fuksa is a unicorn||Jeremy Fuksa has had a rough few years. After deciding to go out on his own, his third year in business was filled with anxiety. Going back to working a full-time job may sound like a failure to some, but Jeremy doesn’t look at it that way. He talks to me about his unique skill set, dealing with anxiety and depression, and how his recent experience has taught him some great lessons.||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew episodes coming in December!||There hasn’t been a new episode in a few weeks so I wanted to give you a small update. We’ll be back with new episodes on December 4th.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Eryn O'Neil isn't afraid to speak her mind||Eryn O’Neil grew up in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. When it came time for college, it was easy for her to move a few states over and go to college in a small town in Iowa. She now lives in Minneapolis, and after years of being self-employed, she just finished a months-long journey to find her next job. Eryn talks to me about being the first female engineering manager at her new company, what excites her about technology, the hurdles of married life, and staying healthy in a demanding industry.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Suz Hinton says find your allies||Almost eight years ago, Suz Hinton made one of the biggest decisions of her life: move away from her home in Melbourne, Australia and move to the United States. After amicably breaking up with her boyfriend, another decision lied ahead: would she stay? Suz talks to me about culture shock, the hoops she had to jump through to get her visa, her parents, and dealing with burnout.||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Mahdi Yusuf knows being healthy is a constant struggle||Mahdi Yusuf worked a startup in his twenties and wasn’t worried too much about his health. When he quit that job, he decided to take better care of himself and lost fifty pounds. Now, he’s the CTO of Gyroscope, a startup that aims to be the operating system for the human body, but ever since joining, has gained weight back. Mahdi talks to me about how Gyroscope is trying to help people understand their bodies better, growing up with a love for computers, and trying to be healthy with a busy life.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Justin Dorfman’s passion is advocating for developers||After a very difficult 2014 that put Justin Dorfman in the hospital, he vowed to never go back. Justin has Bipolar I disorder, so coming to terms with his limitations and the sacrifices he needs to make to stay healthy hasn’t been easy. He talks to me about his early BMX dreams, his transition from engineering to marketing, and the stigma around mental health.||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Jeff Robbins is an actual rockstar||While some dream of having a successful career, Jeff Robbins has already had several. Once the lead singer and guitarist for Orbit, Jeff has worked on some of the most famous Drupal websites. He talks to me about his early interest in computers, starting Lullabot, and adjusting to life after leaving the company he built and ran.||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Ashley Baxter is excited about… insurance?||Thirteen years ago, Ashley Baxter inherited the family insurance business when her Dad passed away. Even though she’s a talented photographer, and built a successful photography business, the insurance industry kept calling her name. Ashley talks about what excites her about insurance, the challenges of running a business, and how burnout forced her to focus.||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAway at OSCON||Hello everyone! No new episode this week, since I was away at OSCON last week in Portland. We had a fantastic time. The show will be back with new episodes next Wednesday!||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Justin Jackson finds focus||I first heard of Justin Jackson about six years ago. Back then, he was consulting full-time for a company with the dream of going independent. Fast forward to 2018, and after building a successful business, he’s now embarking on a new adventure. Justin talks about his parents, dealing with depression, and a new business he’s co-founded.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Jason Snell is his own HR person||It’s been four years since Jason Snell left his job at Macworld and started his own site Six Colors. In that time, Jason is back to what he loves: creating. He talks about the diversity of his work day, finding the right mix of revenue streams, and taking a break when you need one.||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0: Welcome to Away from Keyboard||Away from Keyboard is a new show from Changelog that talks to creative professionals about how they do what they do, where they started, and how they deal with the things that make us all humans. As exciting as our work can sometimes be, we all face burnout, a lack of motivation, mental and physical health issues, and more. While these are topics that can be difficult to talk about, our experiences shape who we are and teach us so many things. AFK is a show that explores the human side of creative work.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Well worth your time
If you're a designer of any sort, or you're an aspiring designer of any sort, AFK should be in your regular rotation. Tim is a thoughtful, entertaining host, with plenty of real world experience and the chops to back up his show. Give it a shot - you won't regret it.
Great show, great host, great production
AFK Is the newest show from the Changelog, Tim Smith is host does not disappoint. Tim is a veteran of the podcast seen, having worked on numerous podcasts in the past. What I like the most about AFK Is the insightful interviews with industry experts. Great to hear their stories, their struggles, their triumphs. The pacing of the show is on point. Excellent addition to the CL roster, can’t wait to hear more.
Great guests, amazing quality.
I love this show. Tim is a great host and the quality of content (and production) is superb. Can't wait for more of this!