Merlin Mann Media

You know. Various and sundry videos, podcasts, interviews and other odds and ends that I’ve made with other people or for other projects. It’s all work that I hope you’ll enjoy, because it’s all work that I’m proud of. [RSS Feed]


Audio: John Gruber & Merlin Mann's Blogging Panel at SxSW

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My pal, John Gruber (from, and I presented a talk at South by Southwest Interactive on Saturday, March 14th. We talked about building a blog you can be proud of, trying to improve the quality of your work, reaching the people you admire, and maybe even making a buck (in a way that doesn’t blow your deal). Here’s what we had to say:

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Video: Merlin's Macworld '09 Talk, "Toward Patterns for Creativity"

Merlin Mann - “Toward Patterns for Creativity” - Macworld PULSE

Here’s a video of my presentation, “Toward Patterns for Creativity,” from earlier this month at Macworld, here in SF.

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Audio: Merlin, Interviewed by Leo Babauta

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The beginning of a blood-curdling recession hardly seems like the time to ruminate about fantasy resources, I’ll grant you that. But, I want you to think about something. Really think about it.

If, tomorrow morning, you had 60% of the time and resources you needed to start making anything you wanted, what would it be? And, what would you do first?

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Video: How to Blog

Here’s some totally choppy video of a dude named “Marilyn,” talking about How to Blog.

TL;DW? Here’s everything that I know about blogging in one slide:

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Essay: Four Years

Four Years | 43 Folders

[“what is this?”]

Four years ago last Monday, I started 43 Folders with a TypePad account and no idea what I was doing.

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Words: "Better."

Open Mic Night


Politics, celebrity gossip, business headlines, tech punditry, odd news, and user-generated content.

These are the chew toys that have made me sad and tired and cynical.

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Merlin's Panel at SxSW: “Worst. Website. Ever.”

Are you ready to monetize your net-net, viz-z-viz at the end of the day? Also, opening the kimono.

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Video: Merlin's "Time & Attention" Talk (Macworld '08)

Macworld ‘08: Merlin Mann / “Living with Data”

This was the first edition of a talk that’s already starting to evolve rather quickly. The slides are available at Slideshare.

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Audio: Merlin, Interviewed by Jesse Thorn for "The Sound of Young America"

Merlin Mann is an internet guru. He’s best known for his wildly popular lifehacking site 43folders, which offers simple solutions to make work and home life less complicated and stressful. He’s also a new media personality, with his own series (That Phone Guy, The Merlin Show) and a regular co-host slot on the Mac Break Weekly podcast.

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Video: Merlin's "Know How" Talk at IDEO

Scott Underwood from IDEO was kind enough to invite me down to their Palo Alto HQ for a tour of the renowned design group (they designed Apple’s first mouse!) and to participate with him in one of the company’s internal “Know How” talks. It was very informal (and — because this was during my recent “100-year sinus infection” — I was completely high on cold medicine).

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