April 28th, 2021

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Joe is popular because he is (or at least comes off as) authentic. He doesn't (at least not ostensibly) bother to pause and think: ooh, am I the most influential podcaster in the world? I'd better be very tight-assed and responsible then, and think about how my words may impact the behaviour of my listeners:

No. Instead he speaks his mind, making sure to remind his audience, every once in a while, that he is just a regular dude, with only a couple of areas of proper expertise, one of which in martial arts, so they shouldn't take him too seriously. That's what makes him interesting.

Why does the righteous left lose its shit over this?

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Joe Eames, talking on building online courses: You also learn a lot when you build a course. Not just about the process of building courses, but you learn a lot about the topic that you are teaching. Several of the courses that I've built, I built simply because I wanted to learn the topic. Firebase was definitely one of those — I really wanted to learn Firebase, and so Pluralsight commissioned a course with me to teach on Firebase... There's few better ways to force yourself to learn something than to have a big project and a deadline related to that. So, one of that's giving talks, writing blogs, or even doing a whole course — you learn a lot about whatever topic you are talking about when you do a course.

This, to me, is such bullshit. Not the part about learning a lot from teaching — I have no doubt that you do — but that you decide to teach a course because you want to learn a topic. Imagine the arrogance, the sheer size of the cojones to jump into a teaching role without having thoroughly internalized the subject that you intend to teach. It may be a great way for you to get into a subject or maybe even to assert yourself as having knowledge about a subject, but what does it say of your respect for your students?

I remember Kyle Simpson's course on service workers, which, as he admitted himself, he put together in order to have a chance to better learn service workers. I watched that course, where he was continuously stumbling over the syntax, and constantly referring to his notes — and then, soon after, I chanced upon a demonstration of service workers by a googler, who happens to work with them on a daily basis. The contrast between those two presentations was startling! What that googler demoed effortlessly over the course of an hour took Kyle five or more hours to laboriously wade through.

Experience matters, is what I want to say.