Hack Your Life
Couldn't say this any better if I tried. "You love your friends and enjoy your acquaintances, but their Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn/MySpace activity is killing your productivity. Here's the two ways, "sledgehammer" and "scalpel," we recommend for keeping yourself in the loop while minimizing constant distractions." Make the jump for the rest of the great post by Lifehacker - How to Filter and Manage Your Online Social Life
Take This Job And...
There have been many missives back and forth about both the death of journalism, and the so-called decline of what is considered 'news' and 'the media' due to the rise of voices in the social media realm. While I believe there are points to be made on both sides, check that - all sides, of the argument over the future of how we define news, journalist Tynan Wood makes great points in his blog rant My Job and Welcome To It
"What gets under my skin are the comments that invariably accompany these screeds about the future/death of journalism. It’s amazing to me how many people out there firmly believe they know how to do my job better than I do, despite the fact they have no idea what I actually do. So I thought I’d try explaining what I do, and how it’s changed as a result of the blogosphere, in an effort to clear up some misconceptions and, hopefully, shut some people up." More after the jump
Forget the Chimps, Climb the Pole
Thanks to Twitter, found this link to a fantastic guest blog post by Jason Barr (another Boisean I might not have had the pleasure to know if not for social web connections). On the site 'Dumb Little Man' - Jason blogged about Overcoming the Fear of Success.
".... If we try to do something extraordinary with our lives, and we tell people about it, we're worried we'll be ridiculed for it. Mocked and shamed into conformity. People tell us it can't be done, simply because they've never seen anyone do it before. Well, I think it's time that it stopped. Thumb your nose at the rest of the chimps and climb the pole. Do what you want to do, and don't worry about what other people think." To find out what the heck chimps have to do with it, make the jump.
Of Jason's 'Lessons Learned', #1 hit home the most for me. Go see which resonates with you. Yes, inklings of fear still infuse my life on a regular basis. But it's good - and it is part of what drives me to climb the pole.