I’ve recently had a few conversations about RSS feeds, how many blogs is a standard number to subscribe to, self-promotion overkill and 1 really gigantic “subscribe to me” button.
So this morning, as I was thinking of what to read, and absent mindedly scrolling through my reader, I pondered, what does this list say about me.
Does someone’s blog reader hold the same window into their mind as their Bookshelf does? How about their cd/dvd collections?
Well, let’s take a look at how I spend my blog-reading time:
- Culture/Entertainment Blogs: 2
- Nerdy Blogs: 5
- Funny Pictures: 1
- Computer Blogs: 1
- People I know or met IRL: 3
- Cool Phoenix People I haven’t met: 4
- Poker Blogs: 2
- Design Blogs: 3
- Video Game Blogs: 3
- Random Personal Blogs Someone Recommended: 3
- Blogs about Blogging: 3
- Flickr Feed: 1
Having made that list, one thought is to summarize me as someone who’s “nerdy”, “environmentalist”, and into gaming, reading, and blogging. And clearly I’m interested in the view points of people who live near me. And you wouldn’t be wrong.
But then I looked at the categories that only had 1 blog, and those are honestly the ones where I find the most stimulating content, and/or have followed for the longest time. Perhaps I only follow 1 blog in that genre because the 1 I follow does it well and there’s no need for more….
As I’ve mentioned at the bottoms of my last two blogs, I’m accepted @iaagustin‘s 30-Day Blog Challenge. So now I figured I might want to do a little bit of organizing, so that I’m not just sitting her thinking, “crap, I HAVE to blog SOMETHING, what can I think up on the fly?”.
(between you & me, I’m pretty great at thinking things up on the fly, but you never want to exhaust your powers, right?)
Ok, so here’s a list of what I figure I’ll do to fill the days.
Okay, so I’m not good enough at planning to know day by day what will inspire me, but I definately have some topics I want to explore. Here we go:
- Finish off the drafts I never finished (7 Posts)
- Baseball Season Starting (3-5 Posts)
- Green/Urban/Environmental/Sustainable Topics (3-5 Posts)
- Why I Like Comics (1-3 Posts)
- News & World Events (1-3 Posts)
- Weekly 5 Things (4 Posts)
- Dear Ryan Weekly (4 Posts)
- Review the Challenge Post
There we go; that comes out to just about 30 posts or more.
Hopefully over the next month I can make some discoveries as I force myself to write consistently.
Hopefully I can also entertain while I do it.
Let me know when you think I’ve failed one of those.
(this is day 4 of the 30 day blog challenge)
We all know Superman, “Mild-Mannered Reporter” Clark Kent’s alter-ego. Beneath the surface Kent always has his super-powers at the ready, to pitch in when disaster calls.
But what about the rest of us.
Certainly we all have talents and abilities that we don’t broadcast.
Here’s my list:
– Incredible BS/Gift-of-gab ability
– Extremely powerful eyebrows and facial expressions
– near-mythical efficiency
(all adjectives are thematically exaggerated)
What’s your Superpower? What do you have laying right below the surface?
(this is day 3 of the 30 day blog challenge)
Pretty sure this list is borrowed from the “Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide”.
This blog was actually from 2/23. I just forgot to hit submit back then.
All postive things that happened to me today:
– got to sleep in, including a glorious “what-time-is-it/roll-over-back-to-sleep” combo
– long hot shower
– great weather outside
– time to sit casually at the Lola Coffee and work on my blog
– great coffee & scone: acheived
– stole foursquare mayorship of my favorite coffee shop
Another morning and I once again find myself awake at the GF’s home, wondering what to do that won’t be invasive.
Background: Anie always sleep more than me. It’s not that she’s some kind of Slothy Sleeperson. Actually, it’s my fault. Whereas she prescribes to the as-advertised 8 hours a night, I’m awake after 5-6 hours.
As you can see, this leaves me with a rather sizable gap. When we stay at my place, it’s pretty easy to overcome. I can get up early and make coffee and watch the Today Show in the living room, I could sneak out of bed after she falls asleep and stay up until I’m actually tired.
As in any relationship, though, balance & reciprocation are a factor, and so I sometimes find myself at her place and hours of free time and no clue how to occupy myself. To that end, I’ve made to following list.
Things I Could Do at 8am in A Foreign Land
1.) fake being asleep and try to convince myself I like staying in bed
2.) read a book as the sun comes up
3.) lament not having coffee in my hand
4.) try to access her laptop and think up witty, lovable blogs
5.) consider physics equations and try to solve them in my head, without paper or pen
6.) continuously update my twitter app, hoping there’s someone up to entertain me.
Any tips on what you do when you find yourself in this situation?
I know that one of my traits that drives Anie at least a little nuts is my faux-minimalism. This usually manifests itself in my ideaology, and in my purchasing habits. It’s not that I buy a lot less stuff than the average person; my bank account is solid evidence that I definitely stimulate the local economy.
What I do do, however, is audit my purchases before I get to the register, asking myself if a really need/want each item more than the equivalent number of dollars it will cost. (This has to be a habit I picked up from my mother, though I know she was doing it to make sure she could still pay for everything in the cart.)
After spending more than enough time in the store, I will go through the cart and decide to remove a few items (sometimes the only items I contributed to the cart), and will get the “well why did we just waste the time picking that out, then” look from you-know-who.
The other probably-weird-to-outsiders manifestation is the ease with which I can part with items. I’d like to say that this stems from a childhood of limited resources and having to get over losing things when they break/get lost, but it’s probably more likely that I have such an easy time deleting people from my life that regular old objects never stood a chance. When I recent thought “what would be the one item I’d grab in case of a fire”, the thing I needed besides my phone is the Yankee Stadium Baseball I plan to use to teach my future-son how to patch catch with (thank-you Anie). Other than that, I can pretty much shrug off everything else I own.
This, I thought, was a pretty solid accomplishment, until I ran across this guy’s blog. Dude is living his entire life from the road, in supposedly random countries, as voted on my his blog readers. As a necessary evil of this everyday Rick Steve’s lifestyle, one can’t carry much with them, especially with shipping/luggage costs.
As a minimalist, it’s important that my possessions do not own me and that what I do own serves multiple purposes, is high-quality and as sustainable as possible. . . So as part of my effort to further reduce and optimize my possessions, here is a list of everything I own and photos of those items. Already many items on this list are on the chopping block, as I haven’t used them in the 2 months I’ve been in Buenos Aires and doubt I’ll use them for the rest of my stint in Argentina.
Seriously, 72 things. Whoa!
That got me thinking about how much stuff I have that really could stand to organize or obliterate. Just looking around me, here’s a list of things either on, or within 12 inches of, my desk.
- Computer (monitor, keyboard, mouse, mouse pad, speakers, headphones)
- copious random papers
- never used candle in a jar
- envelopes & stationary
- random cd’s
- unused gift cards from x-mas
- several Yankees Startling Lineup action figures
- hookah my brother gave me for X-Mas 2008 (thanks Eggs)
- olde tyme wind-up alarm clock from IKEA
- windex (no lie)
- empty photo frames
- afore-mentioned Yankee Stadium Baseball
- cordless drill
- drill bit set
- old computer (no longer working it seems)
- cushion to a chair I no longer own
- iPhone stand & charger
- vase full of corks from wine bottles I’ve drank while living here
- massive corkscrew (I need the one with the levers on the sides, otherwise I shred the cork)
- Globe-shaped liquor decanter (empty)
- random 3″ action figure/keychain bought at Red Hot Robot.
- Cigar cutter
So, 24 things within 1 foot of me, and that dude only owns 72 things on the entire planet.
This has led me to think that maybe I should institute an Items Per Room (IPR for you analytics nerds) limit to each room of my home. I’d have to exclude artwork and books/movies, as those things should really be wall-based. Maybe limit to 50 Items Per Room? That sounds achieveable. Maybe start at 75 then audit down again in a month?
I’m going to mull this over and see what kind of numbers I can come up with.