The Profesional Web Site Of Landon Blake

The latest HBR Management Tip of the day has good advice on helping your remote workers. This basically involves regular communication and monitoring. Here is an excerpt from the tip:

One of the challenges of managing people from afar is having a good sense of how they’re performing. Virtual workers may be more prone to loneliness and loss of motivation, which can result in compromised performance. Since you don’t usually get the opportunity to pick up visual cues or have impromptu conversations with remote employees, make an extra effort to see how they’re doing. Stay alert for signs of burnout by checking in regularly.

I've personally experienced the challenges that come with managing remote workers. In my experience these, remote workers suffer more frequently than your on-site team members from a few specific problems. These problems are :

  1. Feeling left out of important programs or activities.
  2. Feeling like their contributions go unnoticed.
  3. Feeling like they aren't a valued part of the team.

Managers can also mistakenly underestimate the work being done by remote workers. I tell my remote workers to prevent this by sending a regular e-mail to their team at the beginning of each week that outlines what they will be working on for that week. This helps the remote worker show regular progress on tasks, opens the door for collaboration, and reminds the team of their contributions.


I've selected a set of the best free fonts for 2017. There are 8 fonts I've chosen. They can all be downloaded for free or for a small donation to the designer. Here is the list:

  1. Humger Font
  2. Monk Font
  3. Delicia Melted Font
  4. Somatic
  5. Decalotype
  6. Friedrichshain
  7. Bravo

The font shown in the image above is Humgar. The fonts shown at the left (or below) are Decalotype and Bravo.

I hope to highlight the fonts on this list in my future design work on this web page.


I've created a new collection on Unsplash for my top picks from the set of my own photos taken in the California Sierra Nevada Mountains. Most of these photos were taken along highway 88, Highway 4, and Highway 108 in Eastern California and Western Nevada. (In this post are 3 photos from that collection.)

Unsplash is a great place to get high resolution photography free from copyright. I've got several collections there. One is my collection for landscape photos on Unsplash called "Beautiful Earth". I wanted to share a couple of my recent additions to this collection. The images are below.

If are a fan of photography or graphic design, make sure you check out Unsplash!

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