It’s the first of three days off for me which, followed by the weekend, gives a nice five day break. This is the school half-term holiday week so I’ve always tried to take at least a few days off.
Adam linked to a post he wrote 11 years ago in which he argues that the basic currency of the blog is the thought “that’s interesting” – that’s all:
Everything you post to a blog is something you find interesting and want to share with others, be it a link, an article, a photo or a video.
Today is World Mental Health Day, a day for mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
Although it is widely recognised that (in the UK) 1 in 4 people will experience some form of mental health issue each year, the stigma surrounding it is still so great as to stop people seeking help.
I didn’t really explain part of what I meant when I wrote:
“And that’s what I want to separate: the role itself from what it means to you as a person and what it allows you to be.”
And, hopefully, how it can be again.
I have long wrestled with the concept of identity online and especially on social networks but, as I wrote previously, what happens online is influenced by that which occurs offline. The two are linked for me.
While I have been exploring my thoughts around depression in recent months a couple of posts stood out as I tried to catch up on my RSS feeds.
Firstly, in stark contrast, Austin Kleon posted “Notice when you are happy” in which, via a passage from Kurt Vonnegut, he reminds us to acknowledge when things are good.
As part of my recovery and reconnection I headed back to RSS (using NetNewsWire on the Mac) and resubscribed to a few podcasts including Internet Friends by my internet friend Jon Mitchell and his, Drew Coffman.
I did something today that I don’t normally do.
My job is predominantly reactionary requiring fast response times so the tendancy is to get stuck in situ. If I leave the building it’s only ever to grab a sandwich which I’ll then eat at my desk.
Two years ago today I quoted Ben Thompson of Stratechery saying that, rather than try to hide it, Apple went out of its way to emphasise the presence of the notch despite it being controversial.
I said a little while back how I was considering moving back to iPhone from Android but realised that I actually switch platforms because I get bored.
That’s true, but in the weeks since that post I made the definite decision to switch thanks, in no small part, to the return to blogging.
Today is WSPD 2019. I’ve been lucky that things have never reached this stage but others have not. Too many others.
We can all do something today, something simple: talk. Whether it’s talking about your problems or being there to talk to someone else about theirs, it can make a difference.
Liked: Shhhh… – Patrick Rhone
It dawned on me a few days ago that I am middle aged. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise but I think it’s something that creeps up on you only to be realised once it’s been there for a while.
In response to “A post” Bix says that he is “learning to not waste too much of my cognitive or emotional capacity” on wondering if his posts are being read so, in a sense, they actually are being shared for the sake of sharing.
So much truth here.
I was typing the words “a post” on my phone and missed the space so predictive text, understandably, suggested “apostle” as what I might have been going for.
To keep to a religious theme (and not wishing to appear blasphemous with any of this) I had an epiphany of sorts. I instantly thought there should be a connection between the two but, in order to find it, needed to clarify what an apostle was.
As I continue to deal with/recover from my mental health issues I feel that part of said recovery is putting myself back out there and have, therefore, decided to re-add the blog feed to my account on micro.blog.
I was watching an online course on Organisational Change Management at work (bear with me) and my attention was caught by the section on transitioning people through change.
It began with the Change Curve, based on Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’ Grief Cycle – the five stages of grief we are all familiar with:
Liked: Some Changes – On my Om…
Om Malik, long time blogger and critical thinker, has also been re-evaluating what blogging means to him (again) and has gone back to his roots: