I’m Chanpory, and this is my site on how to live and work better as a designer.

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Long time reader Jason Sanders recently sent me an email:

I have to say: I loved your site. It was a great combination of design tips and productivity. I even learned how to properly format my resume from your article “Give your resume a face lift” which helped me get a job.

Thank you.

But lately your site has become indistinguishable, from the dozens of “lifehacking” blogs and sites that have popped up all over the net. Now your focus seems to be about lists and top ten ways of doing… something. It doesn’t seem as unique anymore and that makes me sad. The personal touch that made it interesting seems to be gone.

Jason’s absolutely right. I’ve shirked my duties.

David’s doing a fantabulous job holding up the productivity end, but I’ve indeed let the site stray from its original vision: a place to get tips for productivity and design.

How did I let this slip? In short, I bit off more than I could chew. Along with a full-time job, trying to have a social life, and maintaining a blog, I enrolled in a course at Stanford. Oops. I underestimated the amount of work, resulting in lots of late nights and blog neglect.

I just took my final exam and class is now officially over. Grades aren’t in yet, but I’ll definitely be taking it easier next quarter. This means I’m back, and will putting up regular posts about design and super cool things. I want to bring the magic back, and I’ll work hard to keep design as integral part of the blog. So if you’ve got suggestions and criticisms, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks to everyone who’ve stuck with the site.

11 Comments

  • pmc27

    gravatarMar 24, 2008
    6:47 am

    Great to read that you accept that critic. I sadly agree with that mail. I understand your reasons, but I miss the old LifeClever.

    I´m still here, anyway!

    The best for you.

  • Craig

    gravatarMar 24, 2008
    7:24 am

    One REALLY good, informative post, or one that makes me laugh, is enough to make me stick with a site.

    I forget what did it with your site originally, but the most recent message on dressing like a mac was so enjoyable, I began to visit regularly again.

    I am still here. I am a frequent visitor and I intend to remain so. You guys and Lifehacker are regular daily stops.

    Keep up the good work. You’ll get your mojo back.

  • Charlie Gilkey

    gravatarMar 24, 2008
    7:32 am

    Good form on accepting the criticism, Chanpory. It’s easy in this niche to get too hacky and lose our vision, and I’m glad you’re going back to your original mold.

    I’m not saying that I don’t like the “Great post” comments, but sometimes the best ones are when your readers keep you in check. That’s what makes blogging so much different than other forms of web content creation.

    I look forward to seeing the newness in the old you.

  • Clay Collins | The Growing Life

    gravatarMar 24, 2008
    8:05 am

    This stuff happens, and while I’m glad you’re back I also hope you do what’s right for you. Keep up the good living.

  • Cesar Torres

    gravatarMar 24, 2008
    9:25 am

    Can’t wait! Glad to hear everything’s going well and excited for some more LC goodness.

  • Daniel MacDonald

    gravatarMar 24, 2008
    12:14 pm

    We all have busy times, but thanks for keeping us in the loop. Now, let’s see the LifeClever® Magic 2.0â„¢.

  • Ivan Brezak Brkan

    gravatarMar 24, 2008
    1:40 pm

    …and your sincerity makes me leave LifeClever in my reader. ;)

  • Dan

    gravatarMar 24, 2008
    4:22 pm

    I also got a job, exactly one year ago yesterday, because of your ‘Give Your Resume a Facelift’ article. Keep it up d00d :)

  • Albert

    gravatarMar 24, 2008
    11:00 pm

    I clicked to the article and away from my RSS reader just to comment (something I very rarely, if ever, do).

    I have to say I also agree with the email you got and I was actually getting ready to unsubscribe and I happened to run into this post.

    I will for sure stick around now, as I used to love this site back when I subscribed a long time ago, and can’t wait to see it come back to it’s magic.

    Thanks for all the work you put in for your readers!

  • Chanpory Rith

    gravatarMar 24, 2008
    11:33 pm

    Thanks everyone for the kind words and for sticking around. It’s great to hear that I helped some of you get jobs!

    Please don’t hesitate to let me know what I can do to improve the site. I love getting hate mail as well as love letters. ;-)

  • DunK

    gravatarApr 18, 2008
    5:28 pm

    I am glad your back. No slight on the substitute, but I was always here for the design.

    Future suggestion for the site? How about some “How To’s”?