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November 1, 2012

blogs I have spent entire days reading


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.

October 18, 2012

10 defining moments


  1. at school, doing worse at my math test after studying than when I didn’t do anything
  2. losing the creativity contest at the conference to the Sausage Eating team, whose idea was “eat sausages”. Our idea was for pasta that would change colour when it cooked. How could we not win?
  3. Going from deciding I’m surrounded by cretins and morons at the beginning of the conference to thinking I’m surrounded by the most brilliant people ever
  4. Having M tell me he loved me the first time we slept together
  5. passing my Financial Strategy exam
  6. when dad died he became Saint Dad, while mum became The Evil One
  7. being with S. and A., how I can flip between being all sweetness with A to superbitch with S. I’m like one of those really annoying people who baby talk to their dogs and are horrible to everyone else.
  8. My boyfriend dumped me, the bags in which I’d stored all my summer clothes were stolen, my dog died, I thought I’d never smile again, and then I met my baby niece, Clementine
  9. Having my wishes come true, and then realising how superficial my desires had been
  10. how I go from being wildly opinionated to having no opinions at all