Archive for November 1st, 2012

November 1, 2012

forced to spend time alone with my thoughts

24.10.12 – journal

A thought I had while running in the park today was I don’t want to be alone with my thoughts (I forgot to charge my ipod, so was forced to entertain myself). It’s like being stuck with a relative you don’t get on with, who presses all your buttons, who drives you crazy, who as an adult you only see at weddings and funerals.

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November 1, 2012

blogs I have spent entire days reading

01.11.2012

An analysis of my blog-reading habits. And when I say “days on end reading,” I mean that, literally. In my pyjamas, becoming progressively more feral.

1. These are blogs I spent days on end reading when I discovered them, and the only 3 blogs I keep up with. The two main things they have in common is that they post regularly, and the posts are short, which is good, given my goldfish-like attention span.

2. Below are blogs I spent days on end reading when I discovered them. Blogs 1-4 I admire for their brilliant story-telling, humour and quality of writing. Blogs 8-10 are cartoon blogs. Dude, I’m an Aspie, in addition to being a clever, minimalist cartoon, taught me a lot about what it means to have Asperger Syndrome. As did blogs 11 and 12.

  1. parma violet tea
  2. tired dad
  3. belgian waffle
  4. defective yeti
  5. the trephine – the most interesting blog I’ve yet read about writing, being a woman, and trying to have integrity
  6. the idler – specifically, Tom Hodgkinson’s ‘a country diary’
  7. scott adams – I get Dilbert mailed to me daily as well
  8. indexed
  9. cartoon church – I am not religious, but I love this blog
  10. dude, I’m an aspie
  11. aspie strategy
  12. asperger’s diary

3. Blogs I regret spending days on end reading: blogs 1 and 2 are highly addictive if you’re feeling lazy and inadequate. They don’t stop you being lazy and inadequate, but while you’re reading them, they give you the illusion you are doing something useful.

  1. 4 hour work week
  2. lifehack

4. Blogs I have not spent any time reading, in spite of a nagging feeling that I should:

Anything to do with consultancy, more specifically, creativity, innovation and  change management, with the possible exception of creative think. Maybe it’s because the blogs in this field are written by desperate, self-employed people like me, and the overall tone is one of forced self-aggrandizement.

My theory is that in this field you cannot be good at what you do AND be good at marketing yourself. That’s what I tell myself every time I force myself to re-read anything I have ever written about work.