Tim Brown

April 4, 2022

Patience 🧘

Patience helped. 😅

I recently set a quarterly goal to share more on Twitter — specifically work stuff, from my @typesetting account. I thought I’d break the ice by paraphrasing bits of Flexible Typesetting as threads, so that’s what I started doing. It felt so good to share! I could see that people were appreciating and saving the information.

Then a weird thing happened: I started losing followers. Each day I would check on the threads, sometimes bumping specific tweets for extra attention, and my follower count would go down by another one or two integers.

I started to think all kinds of thoughts. Keep in mind that I set this quarterly goal because it had felt like a long time since I tried to be active and helpful on Twitter. What if my thoughts were not very helpful? What if people didn’t like threads (a format I tend to enjoy)? Am I being insensitive for sharing about typesetting with so much difficulty going on in the world? … All kinds of thoughts.

But, having posted about choosing an anchor typeface, sizing fonts, and determining measure, I thought I’d finish up by sharing thoughts about dynamic line spacing. Font, size, measure, and leading — the balanced text block.

So I posted another thread yesterday about line spacing, and today I woke up to kind words and a dozen new followers! It made me happy. And it made me remember that, for me, chance, patience, and showing up have always been key to success.

About Tim Brown

Hey there! 👋 Tim Brown here. I’m a designer, author, speaker, and maker of tools. My special interest is typography, a fancy word that means using fonts. This newsletter is very occasional and includes a mix of both professional & personal things.

More about me: tbrown.org