The popular site Lifehacker, which provides an unending supply of tips to make life easier, is looking for a few good writers. Besides some proficiency in HTML, a candidate must “have your own computer.” That sound you hear? That’s a million writers clicking check. Then there is the peskier requirement that one be able to “explain complex concepts to a beginner with clarity and ease.” Oh no, both? But achieving clarity is hard. Strunk’s ghost won’t let that go. Both the humor in the computer ownership mandate and the sanguine expectation of lucidity are better understood upon learning that the job openings were posted by Whitson Gordon, Editor-in-Chief at Lifehacker and prose stylist with the lightest of touches. (He’s also a deft practitioner of the parry in the comment section–go ahead and see.) Best thing is, if you get the job, he’ll be your editor. And just think: on the chance you have trouble getting your articles done, there is an entire site of tips and tricks at your fingertips. Simply use Lifehacker’s productivity potions to help you deliver productivity unto others. The job will practically work itself.
The term hacker is slowly losing its negative connotations. According to Lifehacker, “Hacking just means finding a clever way to do something better. Sometimes it’s good, and perfectly moral, like finding a faster way to go through your email inbox.” Of course hacking can be corrupt and dangerous, too, but Lifehacker focuses on personal use hacks. After all, we don’t sabotage ourselves–on purpose anyway. There remains this troubling point, however: not very many people know an endless number tips and tricks to enhance productivity. And the pursuit of technological life assistance offered by a million apps can be rather, well, unproductive. But that’s not a problem for the writing gig: advice is famously far easier to give than to take, even when it’s explained with utmost clarity. Whitson Gordon runs a valuable treasure chest of pointers for people looking to poop better, sleep on fresher sheets and use Evernote efficiently. If you’re someone who knows how to tie your shoes while typing, smoke without dying from it, or relax despite crushing personal debt, the man has a job for you.