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Scoble has a post which mirrors my own feelings the last week or two:

Louis Gray asks if leading bloggers are getting “blog fatigue?”

It’s worse than that. I’m just really tired — I’ve spread myself too thin in too many different directions. A new kid on the way is staring me in the face, too. So is my email. Everytime I sit down to do an email two more come in. It’s really amazing. The other day I answered a ton of email on the plane (I’m far more productive on the plane, no Twitter is there to interrupt me) and when I reconnected about 1.5x as many as I answered came back! Hint: the answer to email overload is not to answer any email. Yikes.

I wouldn’t say I have quite the same challenges in the same proportions as Scoble does but I do know how he feels. The last few weeks and months have been a bit nutty. I have a number of projects in various stages of development in addition to my determination to blog more often (at least enough to keep my blogs ticking over) and I haven’t exactly been in control at all times. I took the day off on Friday to relax a bit and I think it was a really good idea. My laptop was off until that evening and that felt pretty good too.

I printed out and read three manifestos from Change This including Seth Godin’s manifesto based on his new book, The Dip, and Tim Ferriss’ manifesto titled “The Low-Information Diet: How to Eliminate E-Mail Overload and Triple Productivity in 24 Hours“. I see Scoble mentioned Tim Ferriss in his post. I really enjoyed both of these manifestos (I won’t name the third – I really didn’t think it was very good) and both gave me good thought food. Ferriss’ manifesto in particular has a number of good tips on how to manage email flows and I look forward to implementing some of them (although I don’t think I will ever get to a point where I only check email once a week).

One important thing I realised was that if you are going to take a break from work you really should take at least a day off at some point and take the whole day off. I have been working virtually every day on something and while I haven’t been working 24/7, each day involved work of some kind and the gaps in between don’t add up to a real break.

Anyway, I have had my breather and I am ready to jump back in now …

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I could kick myself …

… (again) that I wasn’t at this event:

(Source: Lessig blog – thanks to Colette for the link)

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David Bullard responds …

… and the message is pretty clear really.

We all did exactly what Bullard was aiming for. We, the bloggers, focussed so heavily on Bullard’s clearly inflammatory column so much that we drove a lot of traffic to it. All we did was feed the Bullard marketing machine. This has been a pretty effective case of exploitation and we rushed right into it. I don’t like being manipulated so openly and so brazenly. That is an abuse and I don’t appreciate that at all. But as Bullard said, he is well paid and works for a national paper so I guess he has done his job.

Ok, well that is his prerogative. I won’t be contributing to that marketing machine anymore and I am going to reconsider contributing to the Sunday Times marketing machine in future.

Update:
I think it is important to realise that columnists go off on their own tangents and that their views don’t necessarily represent the views of anyone else at Sunday Times or The Times. Ray, Carly and their team are working to integrate blogging and other forms of new media into mainstream media and I don’t believe that they were part of the planning of this stunt. That was Bullard and he is obviously good at it.

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I’ll just write some drivel then, Bullard?

David Bullard, Sunday Times columnist, has written a really unfortunate article titled “Name and shame offensive bloggers” which was published today. Vincent has posted a blow by blow review of Bullard’s comments and his responses to them so I won’t go through the same process. Basically this whole blogging thing is, according to Bullard, little more than a bucket-load of poorly written drivel concocted by an unfortunately large group of psychopaths who post because they can’t get laid and to stave off their urgent desire to go nuts gunning down their “fellow students at university” …

… shit, sorry, I dropped my Glock in my condom drawer there …

anyway, as I was saying … what was I saying … (if only I could get laid I’d be able to writer better …)

… later …

So anyway, here I have been writing all this drivel all these years when really what I have been expressing is my strong desire to be hired as a journalist for a reputable news publication (ok, that is ironic). Hmmpf, if only I realised that before I started making a contribution to a community of people who address important issues like broadband penetration, racism and bigotry, crime and justice in South Africa and a number of similarly petty issues! All this blogging (I shudder to think what effect I have had on the general fabric of society with my podcasting too!) and I am two keystrokes away from becoming another Cho Seung-Hui.

I, for one, am grateful to Mr Bullard for his intervention. We South Africans are most fortunate to have such an open-minded, pro-free speech, sensitive, hip and ethical journalist (a real journalist, mind you, not some flunky “citizen media sociopath”). I certainly hope those The Times people are paying attention here. That blogging voodoo stuff is just bad news!

I am going to finish cleaning my gun and then I am packing away my laptop for sure.

Update:
Here are some thoughts by a few other misguided souls (I can almost feel religion coming on … or is that a rash?):
Nic Haralambous
Uno De Waal
Marius
Mike Stopforth

Further update:
My wife is most concerned about the paucity of decent writing on the local blogosphere and has promised to help me improve my writing soon (this offer is limited to me).

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Listen to your wife, she is never wrong …

I just read a post by Ilan Pillemer titled “Tefillin embarassment” where he discovers a truth about marriage and wives. Wives say they are always right (some add that even when they are wrong, they are still right). In my short time with Gina I have (reluctantly) realised that she is right most of the time and the occasions when she is wrong are so rare that they are statistically irrelevant. The lesson to learn from all of this is to listen to your wife, she is never (really) wrong. It will probably save a lot of stress and aggravation later.

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When it is time to ignore the trolls … revisited

I have just been reading through an account of another crazy stalker harassing another blogger and it strikes me that it is a bad idea to enter into a debate with a crazy stalker (or any other stalker for that matter). Long, involved posts and comments explaining your position really don’t enlighten the psycho who is making your life difficult, it just provides him/her with more fuel to add to the fire.

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Hollard’s call centre that doesn’t really handle calls

Hollard Pay as You Drive.pngMy wife has a fascinating and highly entertaining story about her experiences with Hollard after I was involved in an accident in her car recently. I don’t want to steal her thunder (it is a really entertaining story) but this is the highlight for me:

“Its a call centre and as such its very difficult to get hold of a claim agent, but I will send him a message”

In case you are wondering, this is more or less what the call centre agent told my wife after being on hold for a long time. Basically, the people who are supposed to take calls through the call centre are really busy and are not actually taking calls. Instead some low level flunkies are answering the phone and purporting to take some sort of message which may or may not be forwarded to the person concerned. Maybe.

WTF?

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Eric Edelstein says “no comment(s)”

Eric posted an announcement about a new project to launch a 3rd blog aggregator about a week ago and the post got a fair amount of interest which was reflected, in part, in the comments section of that post. I took a look at the post to see if there were any updates and say the following:

3rd blog aggregator - no comment

Interesting! His finger must have slipped a couple times on the checkboxes and the “Delete” button …

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