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Connect!: A Guide to a New Way of Working from GigaOM's Web Worker Daily Paperback – January 3, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-0470223987 ISBN-10: 0470223987 Edition: 1st

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Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"This is a book about the future that is arriving now. It will transform your work habits, productivity, and attitude."
Richard Ogle, Author, Smart World

"Zelenka gives every web worker—be they corporate or indie—an array of invaluable tips and insights to survive what surely is the beginning of a golden era of work."
Steve rubel, Senior Vice President, Edelman and AdAge Digital columnist

"Zelenka demonstrates how putting the web to its best use can actually boost your productivity, if not entirely transform your career."
Gina Trapani, Editor, Lifehacker

"Full of great tips and terrific suggestions, it's a must-read how-to guide for the digitally minded."
Kara Swisher, Technology columnist, Wall Street Journal

"This is an awesome resource for independent web workers!"
Tara Hunt, Founder, Citizen Agency

Are you a web worker?

You are if you use the web to reach out beyond the confines of your office, cubicle, home workspace, or seat at the coffee shop to connect and collaborate with others doing the same thing. In this book you'll learn how to use new web tools to improve your work life. You'll discover web sites and services you might want to try. You'll meet the social web, where people are as important as corporations. You'll learn how people like yourself are working in new ways because of the web, and how you can too.

About the Author

Anne Truitt Zelenka is a writer and web technologist. As editor at large of Web Worker Daily, Anne brings a mix of career and technical advice to readers looking to find success and satisfaction in the new ways of working enabled by the web.
Anne has been in software and web development since the nineties, and worked through the dot-com boom as a database and web application developer. She lives in Denver with her husband Rick and three children. You can reach her via her website at

Judi Sohn, editor of Web Worker Daily, has over 10 years experience as a homebased graphic designer, technology consultant, and blogger. Now remotely managing a patient advocacy nonprofit organization, she truly lives the web worker life and brings her practical experience to Web Worker Daily readers.
Judi lives in Central New Jersey with her husband Eric and two daughters. She maintains a personal blog at


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470223987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470223987
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,212,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished Connect! A Guide to a New Way of Working by Anne Zelenka. Connect is all about web workers, those people who spend all or part of their time working remotely over the web either as telecommuters, freelancers, or some other online working arrangement. I spent about 6 months working remotely, and I could have used a book like this. Based on what I learned from my experience, this book was right on target and offers great advice to people interested in working over the web with good coverage of both the good and the bad aspects. While the flexibility was great for me, you can go a little stir crazy, and Anne has a lot of ideas to help minimize the issues inherent in working from home.

In addition to the basic information about web working, some of the related ideas in the book really helped define some of what I have been noticing over the past couple years that seem to he changing the way people work. Anne makes a great distinction between knowledge work and web work. With knowledge work, the focus has been on the corporation, proprietary technologies, desktop tools, and knowledge, but in contrast, web work is focused on individuals, open technologies, web tools, and relationships. When I was at Intel, the focus was more on knowledge work, but I am noticing that at my current employer, the focus is on web work as Anne defines it with collaboration, openness, and relationships being of utmost importance. As an community person, I am definitely more suited to the web work model.

Busy vs. bursty is also a common theme throughout the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne Gentle on January 12, 2008
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This book articulates concepts and beliefs that I didn't even know that I held or believed - but there they are on paper. I have instinctively been employing a connected web worker approach in many of my professional and personal pursuits and Anne Zelenka has nailed the joy of balancing work and home life while offering encouragement for others to find their own way.

The book is clear, well-written, and includes tables and other reference materials that let you dive in deeper. It doesn't sugarcoat the experience of working at home and offers suggestions for starting from scratch or blending an approach that fits you.

Plus, this book offers terminology for the web worker (such as the Tidy Web) to make it easier for us to communicate with others about the priorities and selections you can make when connecting with others online. There's a great chapter on different alternative career paths (kaleidoscope, organic, slash, hero's journey) that was very informative as well.

It's hard to describe the energy I get from my current work/life balancing act to many of my friends and family, so I appreciate well-written pieces. I want to buy this book for all my coworkers and managers and their managers so they can understand that a connected, bursty lifestyle can work for many of us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hallenda Slattery on July 16, 2008
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This book impacted my view of the internet in an empowering way. It caused me to reevaluate my approach to both work and family, and how to blend (even sometimes separate) those worlds in a more smooth and efficient manner. I learned many tips and tricks that have assisted me in accomplishing goals and meeting deadlines. This book also prompted me to consider going out on my own as a freelancer. I don't know if I would have given much thought to such a venture without the discussions and concepts the author brought forth. What I like best about the author's writing is that it is comprehensible for a relatively low techie, like me, to understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 5, 2008
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While the book does offer some helpful insights and recommendations for working and connecting via the web much of the information could have been communicated in a more condensed manner. Many topics were repeated over and again with little information added. Over all it was a good book for an introduction to web working but the author makes a lot of assumptions about how people (other than herself) accomplish their work. It's worth reading, unless you have something else to tackle first...
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henk-Jan van der Klis on March 13, 2008
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Met Judi Sohn presenteert Web Worker Daily schrijfster Anne Truitt Zelenka in Connect! A Guide to a new way of working vele tips, verwijzingen en inspiratie voor de de web werker. De web werker wordt gepositioneerd als vervolg in de lijn van productiewerker uit de Industriële Revolutie, de kenniswerker (gepropageerd door Peter Drucker sinds de jaren '50 van de vorige eeuw). Mensen die hun plek zoeken in de uitdagende wereld van hetzij een gecombineerd leven van kantoorwerker en een rijk (sociaal) online leven, de freelancer die niet om het web heenkan, de projectleider die mensen verbindt op verschillende locaties en in verschillende tijdzones. Connect! laat je - voor zover je ze nog niet kent - kennismaken met handige hulpmiddelen als instant messaging, (micro)blogging, zoekmachines en online projectmanagement. Het haalt de krenten uit de pap voor wat betreft werkplek, keuze van telefoon, computer en online diensten. Het biedt handige aanwijzingen om dingen gedaan te krijgen, efficiënt met de stroom e-mails, RSS-feeds en andere vragen/verstoringen/afleidingen om te gaan. Het schept helderheid in mogelijke werkvormen om van hobby werk te maken en andersom, betrekt zaken als persoonlijke financiën, het belang van 'echte' relaties, oog voor de gevaren van burnout, overspanning en frustratie. Connect! leest lekker weg, maar bevat meer wijsheid dan je op eerste oog doorhebt.
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