Some changes are coming at Gigaom Research, and it’s good

I’m sure that others at Gigaom Research will be discussing changes that we are making in our work products and practices, but I thought I would pen a short post about these changes, partly because I started some experimentation in new practices in March (see Why I’m adopting a new approach at Gigaom Research).

The research agenda I outlined in March will remain as stated — The economic and societal forces on business, The changing nature of the workforce, work technologies and the ways to apply them (work management tools, task management tools, social CRM, social marketing, and social customer support, file sync-and-share, and office applications), as well as the natural philosophy of topics like human cognition, social psychology, organizational culture, and social networks, and the new way of work that I call Leanership.

As the center of gravity of the research I’m doing has shifted over the past few years, we’ve trailed a bit in how we characterize it. But now Gigaom Research calls me the Lead Analyst, The Future Of Work — which includes those areas mentioned above — and I suppose at some point you will see ‘Work’ in the bar above this post instead of ‘Social’. We still consider social business technologies and practices a major aspect of what is going on, but not the defining characteristic.

Gigaom Research has undertaken a serious reorientation of how analysts will be applying their time and energy. In my case, instead of the 8-10 blog posts per week of 2013 (and the experimental 5-6 per week since March), I will be writing 3-4 blog posts per week. These are likely to be only a hair longer, but more in depth, based on deeper research. I will still be writing a weekly update every Monday, as well as a Quarterly Update and an in-depth report each quarter. We are adding — I am happy to say — two concise Research Notes each quarter, which are intended to get out ahead of trends and market news. I am planning several, already: one on Algorithmic HR (the case for pulling humans out of the hiring loop), and another on the rise of embedded messaging in all sorts of work-related mobile apps.

I think these changes are going to benefit our community, and that the redistribution of time will lead to more and deeper thought in my analysis, rather than chasing the news cycle.

One other plan: I am hoping to spend more time on  what I am now calling investigative research. Investigative research is capturing the interactions and discussions with thought leaders, visionaries, and innovators through text, video, audio, and to share those interactions with the community here, in a variety of ways. I have been doing this textual in the New Visionaries series of interviews, but I am hoping to add video starting this quarter. More to follow on that front.

Survey finds status meetings don’t help work get done

It will probably come as no surprise to WebWorkerDaily readers that a recent survey found that 70 percent of information workers don’t believe status meetings help them accomplish work tasks. Additionally, almost 40 percent of respondents feel that such meetings are a waste of time.

3 tips for getting more done in fewer hours

With the ability to work whenever we wish, web workers face ever-increasing work hours. There’s always “just one email” after dinner or the pull of our smartphone before our morning workout. But one blogger is arguing that longer hours actually usually mean less productivity.

How to Raise Your Prices

We all know that it’s better to keep existing customers than to spend the time and effort getting new ones. So when a friend and fellow business owner asked me for advice on how she could raise her prices, here’s the procedure we came up with.

The Emotional Labor of Building a Business

I’m fascinated by successful people, those who say, “This is how I want my life to look,” and then they go create it. I find them interesting because most people don’t live like that. Most people aren’t willing to put in the work, the “emotional labor.”

How to Build Conversations in Social Media Using the 3 P’s

Are you just getting the ingredients together to start a business? Or are you in the process of making your dessert — taking your business from new to sweet? In either case, you can take your business up a notch with social media.

Building conversations anywhere in the world of social media develops relationships, grows brand recognition and expands expertise. The formula for starting and building a community around your topic calls for a heap of passion, a large scoop of planning and a big bowl of promotion — the three P’s. Read More about How to Build Conversations in Social Media Using the 3 P’s

Thursday’s Plans and Hopes for 2010

In the last year, I had the pleasure to work with some amazing clients, bring out my first e-book and attend some great conferences. I saw my own blog grow and even if there was a disappointment or two, I managed to buy a house, so I think 2009 went pretty well.

While I don’t have any resolutions, I’ve made some big plans for the new year, though — and I’ve already made some progress on them!

I’m My Own Client

I’ve been operating several small sites as passive income sources for quite a while, but they tend to get neglected in favor of the work I do for clients. Don’t get me wrong — I love the writing and blogging I do for my clients — but I want to make sure that my projects don’t get ignored. To that end, I’m working on changing my frame of mind: when it comes to my own projects, I’m just as much of a client as everyone else I work for. I’m tracking the time I spend on my own projects and treating them just like any other project a client asks me to work on.

Busting Out of the Short-form Rut

I write a lot, but the majority of my writing is on short projects: blog posts, articles, a page or two of web copy. But I learned last year that I enjoyed working on longer projects — even though I don’t get to work on them that often. I’m planning several long-form projects, including more e-books. I’ve even already brought out a new e-book this year, so I’m well on my way to meeting that goal.

I’m also experimenting with other forms of writing, like scripts for a web series. Right now, I’m not really concerned about finding a successful project, but I’ve found that changing up the projects I work on makes a big difference in my ability to write. It’s also one of the fastest ways past writer’s block that I’ve found. In order to explore some of those options, I’m also planning on taking a class or two.

Attend More Conferences

Most of the conferences and events I attended last year were local, but I’m looking for opportunities to get out on the road in 2010. I’ve already got a ticket for SXSW and I’m looking for a few other conferences to put on my schedule. I’ve started looking specifically for conferences in places I want to visit, where I can meet clients that I’ve been working with for years in person. Of course, I’ll keep on going to local events as well — it’s one of my favorite ways to get out of the home office.

I do have some non-work travel planned. I’m actually expecting to be on the road pretty much constantly from March through June. I’ll be taking the laptop along with me and working from wherever I happen to find an Internet connection.

How about you? What are you planning for 2010?

Image by Flickr user Doug88888

While I don’t have any resolutions, I’ve made some big plans for the new year, though — and I’ve already made some progress on them! Read More about Thursday’s Plans and Hopes for 2010

Nancy’s Plans for 2010: A Year of Projects

A while back I wrote that I don’t believe in resolutions. But I did suggest that the new year was a good time to evaluate your goals, especially business ones. Events the past few months have made it an especially good idea for me to do that this year, so I decided I’d join other members of the WebWorkerDaily staff in sharing them.


I accumulated a lot of new gear in 2009, but that doesn’t stop me from still having some gear goals for 2010. One of those goals I already fulfilled by purchasing a Canon 270ex flash for my Canon XS last week. I can now avoid the recurring expense of renting a 430ex ii when I attend trade shows, and the 270 will do the job with less weight to carry.

Like Simon, I’m looking forward to an upgrade to my iPhone 3G (s aapl) when I’m eligible this summer, right after the traditional new model rollout time. I’ve also been shopping for EVDO card options after our Christmas week Internet outage (and another one caused by our cold snap this week in Florida) made me realize I needed a better Internet access back-up plan. So far, I’m leaning toward a MiFi from Verizon (s vz). Read More about Nancy’s Plans for 2010: A Year of Projects

Will’s Plans for 2010

2009 was a challenging year for me professionally, but I learned a lot and am applying those lessons to have a successful 2010. Some good things happened in 2009, too, like joining the WebWorkerDaily team, meaning I am greeting this year with some renewed focus.

Renewed Focus on my Work

  • Work with multiple, diverse and interesting clients. When I was growing up my father always worked more than one job, which is how I’ve usually defined my work ethic. To date, anytime I’ve deviated from the definition, like in did in 2008/2009, trouble has ensued, so 2010 is going to see me going back to what works. Oh well, my dream of only getting one or two federal tax forms at the end of the year is no more.
  • Improve the proper care and feeding of my social media presence. In 2009 most (if not all) of my professional reconnections and potential writing opportunities came via LinkedIn or Facebook. My blog also helps people find me, so I am planning to regularly write posts for it rather than it just containing links to my WebWorkerDaily posts. Read More about Will’s Plans for 2010