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Link: John Gruber on the evolution of Daring Fireball

This insightful talk covers the evolution of John Gruber’s Daring Fireball and how this side project became a full-time gig. The retrospective is interesting, starting with the intentionality of making it work, but also the various turning points in the road to make it a success.

It’s always fascinating to hear how creators make their work pay and sustain itself long-term. What’s particularly interesting in this case is a model – for a solo creator – that is advertising based without resorting to the tracking and privacy abuses that underpin much of the ad-tech industry.

Worth a watch if only for the quip about hair pieces and freelance graphic design work.