Friday, September 30, 2005
Great Blogs are like Krispy Kreme Donuts
Great Blogs are like this! Delicious morsels of information served hot off the press.
Rosa Say's "Talking Story" is just such a place. Her blog has so much warmth and friendliness. Her Hawaiian values make everyone feel welcome. Yet her content is compelling. This is a place you just have to experience for yourself. Take a trip out to her island today.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Subtle Influencers Running Beneath the Radar
I'm not sure exactly when Mary Godwin stumbled across me or why. Probably some flip comment I made during the BlogHer doings, which I highly supported. I found myself stumbling back to (Pro)Claiming Age and found someone I felt an immediate connection with, although I'm not quite sure why. Mary's insights into life, family and the truly important things are perhaps what I enjoy most. She doesn't sidetrack into metablogging or the self-flagellation so many of us wander into.
Her own masthead says it best
Blogging as a Woman of Age and Adventure tackling graduate studies at Purdue University, though currently most the mom of Tommi, a soldier-daughter in military intelligence serving with the National Guard on the frontlines of Mr. Bush's War just outside Baghdad in Iraq. This is a story of survival we are living together, the story of a walk with my daughter through her own daily adventure. Her name is Tommi, a woman of strength in her own right.
I was fortunate enough to catch her own spinoff of herself on Body Electric and post a barbaric yawp in response to her arrival.
Mary's daughter Tommi also brings some wisdom and insight that I can only respect and admire in her role as Sentinel 47: Keeping the Gate.
Perhaps it's a common age. I think it's much more. There's a kinship found there that spans miles and very different lives. But Mary and Tommi are people I've come to pay attention to, listen for, and feel a bond with. If you haven't discovered them yourself, go click the links and explore.
Change of Pace, Change of Direction
We all have our favorite blogs. Likely, we all have a dozen or two favorite blogs. Pick one and tell the rest of us why in 50 words.
Lens caps, viewfinders, Grand Canyons
The essay means something different to me now, and it means something about direct engagement in life. Or not. Is blogging a direct engagement in life? Or is language always a deflection, a thing to hide behind, a way to be clever?
I found my way from Walker Percy to an essay written by a student for his English 101 class, entitled “Cameras, Gun Shops, and the
“I have never looked at anything as intensely as I have through the viewfinder of a camera. It may seem odd that my most intense experiences of reality have come through an artificial lens, but a camera is a close cousin to both a magnifying glass and a microscope. It is not only the ability to see things in more detail that commands our attention. It is something else, something about the art of photography that forces us to examine the world as we don’t normally do. Normally we don’t see things as they are. The familiar is forced into the background of our focus. Objects become ideas.
Walker Percy calls this the problem of symbolic complexes. In his article ‘The Loss of the Creature,’ he describes the loss of such grand monuments as the
In order to take pictures — and by pictures I mean good, interesting pictures — one has to see what one is looking at, just ‘as one picks up a strange object from one’s backyard and gazes directly at it.’”
So which is it, I started wondering? Is blogging a disengagement, a deflection, a problem of symbolic complexes, of linking only with those who support our already formulated expectations, of distance from and commodification of? Or is it a means for seeing differently and more intensely? What is my
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Five Bloggers I Admire
Which bloggers do you admire?
Is the U.S. ready for a woman president?
Today, there are 6 active female Presidents...in Finland, Ireland, Latvia, The Philippines, Sri Lanka and San Marino. Why not the U.S.?
Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
Finding my voice in this sea of voices
Then it occurs to me how odd a thought that is: looking to make my voice blend in with others'. I've spent most of my life working hard to make sure that my voice only blends with those around me when our goals are the same. I've never wanted to be a lemming. Lemmings don't do much, and I want to be free to do whatever I want.
Lemmings look at the past year of my life in wonderment. They look at me and ask, "But weren't you scared?" or "I could never do that. How did you do it?" The lemmings who are on the verge of breaking through and leaving the lemming lifestyle behind them tell me, "I wish I was as brave as you. Then maybe, I could run away from the things that need to be run away from, too."
It's that second group that I love to talk with. They're the ones trying to find their own voices in the sea, their courage to step up and stand out just a little bit. They're the ones who break up the monotony, and have a wide sea of potential opportunities laid out in front of them. They just haven't quite accepted that it's all right to reach out and take the chance.
So, maybe I can find my own voice among those around me after all.
because it's there
I'm not sure if there's a "real" book in me, though I need to sit down at a desk long enough to find out. Maybe I just want to write a book for the same reason I want to write online--I want someone to give me feedback. I like feedback.
I write online because it's easy, because it's connected, because I meet new people, because I get validated. A little pathetic. I can admit that; I always pretty much did.
I write online throughout the day because it's there.
Monday, September 26, 2005
I imagine the blogosphere as a virtual time capsule
I imagine the blogosphere as a virtual time capsule. Better than any collection of books, it will tell the story of our times.
"Keep focused on your constructive reasons for being involved with blogging." - Mike Sanders
Thanks to Phil Gerbyshak for the Disney quote.
I find rain in my life all the time, sometimes just a drizzle, sometimes it pours, and I know it can't, it won't, rain all the time. I'd bet you're no different. It just feels like it will never stop. Really. It feels like it will never stop coming down, that it will never get any better.
Rest easy friends. After the rain, comes the rainbow, and at the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold, just waiting for you. If you're willing to wait for the rain to stop.
Make it a great day. Live for the rain, even when it's pouring, and especially when it's not.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Doing This For 5 Years
Full Disclosure: Gerard is the person who gave me the invite to join The Project, so I admit I'm a bit biased here ...
But I'd be congratulating him publicly even if he hadn't invited me, so shut up.
I do it for Fun. Not the lower-case kind of fun, but for Fun itself, for the sake of Fun, for the Fun of living in a world that's a little more Fun, a world that maybe values Fun a little more.
So when it comes back to me, like in the form of this invitation to be a 100th part of 100.bloggers, it makes me think that, yes, this blogging thing is worth the effort. Yes. It is. Because now you're reading something I have to say. And you're thinking maybe there's something that I (as in, you) have to say back to me. Or to someone else who is blogging. Some soggy morsel of yourself.
And so we build community, identify commonalities, regain our sense of self and mutuality. With a comment. With a blog post that blogs someone else's blog post. Linking. Connecting. For Fun.
Deep Fun - a playful path to wholeness
Blogging as a voice in the world?
Blogging somehow fills that gap.
Or at least, that's what I'm thinking. Anybody Else?
---- Nick Chase, Chaos Magnet
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Working on self-knowledge is not easy. Often, the harder it is, the more important it is. We dig up things we would rather not see. We resist the pain. We have a choice between a lifetime dull ache and a brief acute confrontation.From Jennifer James' Success is the Quality of your Journey
We settle for the familar and confuse boredom with depression.
We all have unexpected moments of of insight. "Oh, that's what it was all about." Few of us seem willing to push deeper.
People who refuse to do their personal homework reap crops sown in the past by their parents' influence and other powerful experiences. Unwilling to dig deep enough to set their own values and perceptions, they are caught forever working over the same small parts of their past.
Do your homework. Self-knowledge is for the purpose of contributing. You can change your perception of the past to bring peace to your present and our future.
Too much stuff!
It is Stuff that keeps us from participating fully, our mobility and sense of fun and playfulness and ability to be directly engaged muted by our concern for objects, our holding onto.
So let's dump some stuff aside as we tackle these 100 posts in 100 days.
Troy may be the centurion but let's perform more like a jazz band,
riffing on the posts, comments, and what is happening around us.
And let's leave the stuff behind ...
It will be good to go forth
into this new blogging venture
with only what we had at birth
with what we have learned since then
but only what we can carry between our ears
like common sense
well, what would you add?
This is a resonant project, an idea we don´t know how it will develop, a tale with unwritten chapters.
I think this is close from recent experiences in virtual art . It could easily classified as a blogformance, a performance on the blogsphere. I see it has two basic traits,
- The impossibility to anticipate the next post.
- The high rate of digression.
Will we be graded on spelling?
I'm with Tom--all fired up and ready for besd. Bed.
Thanks for running with this Troy, should be loads of fun and fireworks.
Friday, September 23, 2005
I'll probably do a real post on Saturday morning, but for now, here's a cool link!: Featherbed's Sketchbook and Comics on Flickr.
Check it out!
All Hail Troy Worman! - candidate for centurion of the blogosphere!
Thanks for creating a new place to exchange ideas. I see you have already annoyed the self-appointed guardians of the blogosphere and that is a good thing. It almost guarantees the achievement of your goal.
The first 100 Bloggers project may have failed in its ultimate mission, but it showed that getting anything useful out of a century of bloggers requires a centurion. I think you will be equal to the task.
The earlier project also showed us that a realistic set of objectives is necessary to create and sell a product. If your objective is to create an entertaining and informative site at no cost to the reader, you are already halfway there.
It is up to the individual blogger, of course, but if we can provide entertaining and useful posts, we create immediate value for our readers and for ourselves. This is so simple it is almost scary.
The next thing you know, someone will get the idea to write something remarkable and traffic will start building and... well it's all downhill from there. We could end up with sidebars with BlogAds, a code of blogger etiquette, blogging purity wars, and factions. Why, it'll be just like...civilization! :)
Thanks for putting the pot here and letting us add ingredients and stir it.
All Dressed Up & Nowhere to Go, So...
Pearl Buck on new ideas
I love this idea! And I'd love to post something incredibly insightful, but as Forest Gump so honestly put it: "I gotta pee."
Blogging is important to me and my business and it is also great fun.
I love the fact that the censorship is totally down to the individual. My view has always been that if people are treated as adults they will always impose testing and high quality standards on themselves. Just trust people for God sake – when will business understand it is as simple as that - Rant over!!
My 'Simplicity thought for the day';
"When it comes to quality standards we are much harder on ourselves than any rules imposed on us"
I have just written an article about empowering front line staff - if anyone wants a copy just let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find my Simplicity Blog here http://simplicityitk.blogspot.com/
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Why not 1,000?
Here is my post...
We just returned from a movie starring Ralph Fiennes, titled The Constant Gardener. All about the role of Britain and others (especially the drug companies) in Africa. Based on a John Le Carre book, it tells a gripping tale of corruption, deceit and murder on a continent that refuses to be subdued by western vested interests and gangsterism. Very thought provoking, and well worth seeing.
What's Going On Here?
I'm expecting the community here to be fun, supportive, and challenging. I'm curious who else will sign up, and if they don't why not? Have they not heard of this 100.bloggers experiment, or are they afraid that if their voice is heard, they'll say something they shouldn't?
Me? I'm happy to get the opportunity to meet new folks, and try something new. I'm looking forward to where this goes. I'm sure it will be somewhere good.
Thanks for the opportunity!
welcome to 100.bloggers
No themes. No guidelines. No constraints.
If you are interested in contributing to the project, contact me.