My Most Productive Time in My Life

The year was 2001.
The Device was the Handspring Visor Platinum.
The Software was Palm Desktop.

It was a simple setup and the sync was perfect.

Palm Desktop contains four main modules which correspond to the four main modules of the original Palm Pilot:

Contacts, analogous to index cards in a Rolodex card file or address book

Calendar information as discrete or repeating appointments

Tasks, sortable by priority, date or category in task lists

Notes, for reference materials, memoranda or journal entries

I made my life fit in these buckets.

I had spent a year trying to make Microsoft Outlook work for me. Then I got the handspring – and I spent another 3 months trying to make it work with Outlook via 3rd party sync apps. Horrible.

I met a guy at a networking group and he had a Palm Pilot. I asked him what he used etc. He said Palm Desktop. Quick. Easy. Simple.

There was not a lot of options then unlike today. iOS has how many task and calendar and note taking apps that rarely work together?

It is one reason for my personal (not work life) I use iCloud. It is not perfect but it has all of these elements and they work.

What is a Blog?

In 2002 Rebecca Blood wrote a book to document the growth of weblogs – later know as blogs.

A weblog is a coffeehouse conversation in text, with references as required.

Rebecca Blood – 2002 from her book the weblog handbook

Why am I hammering blogs these last couple of days?

I feel that social media, I am looking at you Zuck, have failed us. We traded easy and free for our free will and free expression. Facebook and Instagram decide what you see. The company wants you to stare at the app for a long time. They are making money from your attention. They are in your relationships. The intent is to manipulate your mind and emotions for their profit not yours.

When I deleted my Facebook and Instagram accounts I was free. But I still wanted to express myself. I had this blog I opened back in 2018 to document my health journey so I decide to post more here.

I think you should consider moving your daily thoughts to a blog as well. WordPress.com has plans for $4 a month. Forget about likes and comments. Think about self expression and sharing your story.

If you have a personal blog – let me know in the comments.

How To Attribute in 2021

I have been blogging more and thinking about blogging more in 2021. One thing I have noticed around the web and on social is that lack of attribution and/or a common style for attribution e.g. Elements of Style.

A favorite blogger of mine CJ Chilvers retweeted Tina aka Swiss Miss:

I have been reading Rebecca Blood’s book the weblog handbook

I arranged the book in roughly the order I expect most people approach the subject, first explaining what weblogs are and why anyone would want to read or maintain one, and then moving through more practical considerations: how to choose a tool to update your site, how to make your weblog stand out, and how to attract an audience. I answer commonly asked questions about weblog etiquette, explain what you need to know about living online, and give you some suggestions for dealing with burn-out. In short, I’ve done my best to get everything I know about maintaining a weblog — any kind of weblog — onto the page so that you can benefit from my experience.

Rebecca Blood about her book the weblog handbook

Here is a review from her site:

“ This book almost rivals Strunk and White’s Elements of Style in eloquence and utility. ”

— Herkimer- Perkins

I recommend the book.

If you use something. Link to it.

If you quote something. Give attribution.

The internet before social media was about sharing.

The social media internet of today is about having your moment. About your personal authority or influence. If you use an idea that works for you who cares where it came from right? You used it better! Wrong.

Do the right thing. Be a good citizen of the internet.

Updated: PS: if you need a paper copy here is a link to one at Half Priced Books.

A Bonafide Amateur!

Austin Kleon in his 2014 book Show Your Work quotes C.S. Lewis about being an Amateur.

The fellow pupil can help more than the master because he knows less. The difficulty we want him to explain is one he has recently met. The expert met it so long ago he has forgotten

C.S. Lewis h.t. to Austin Kleon

That is the power of the modern internet. Finding others amateurs to help you on your journey. That is why I started to write. That is why I hope you write on your own blog.

There are far too many amateur’s posing as professionals putting together courses to make a buck, selling you the 9 steps to a successful life.

Rather find a fellow student in your field but who might be a few grades ahead of you and ask to study together.