Shotgun with Woycheck

Last week I had the pleasure of riding shotgun with @woycheck while driving to somewhere Latrobe, PA. It’s always great to get alone with Mike because conversation is lively and we can talk about tech, blogging, and the past, present and future of social media. But if you know Mike you already knew that.

Observations

One item that is worth sharing was our conversation about listening to podcasts and reading blogs in your feed reader. Finding time to read and listen to shows has become a challenge since news is consumed in Twitter size chunks anymore. We both remarked that our Google Reader feeds have woefully become unattended as we turn to social media as our places to share and receive daily information. For Mike this is the chief reason he doesn’t currently maintain a blog. I couldn’t give up my website/blog as easily so I toil on.

Back 2 Work

As we talked about time management. Mike wanted to make sure I know about a workplace productivity show, Back 2 Work by Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin. I’m always interested in workplace productivity ideas and theories and I wasn’t aware of this show. After checking out an episode I do like Back 2 Work’s approach and enjoy hearing their view points. I’m worried each episode is a bit long for me, but I’m willing to add it to my list of shows.

Getting back to work seems fitting on this day after Labor Day. One work focusing process I’ve started is contemplating the first hour of my day and using it to get focused. This usually involves planning what I want to carry out and setting realistic expectations for the day. I can easily let my day-to-day grind pull me in a lot of directions but focusing on one direction can really work wonders for my productivity.

Blogging

This is true for a lot of bloggers I know. They spend the first part of their day writing and getting their blog posts written. Usually earlier in the morning that when the world starts to impede on their attention. Mike and I talked about how getting into the habit of blogging is important but getting into the habit at the right time of day is also important to the success of a writer/blogger. Feel free to share your blogging habits in the comments.

Speaking of blogging there is a new(ish) blogging group for Pittsburghers on Facebook. It independent from Pittsburgh Bloggers, a PGH blog directory that has been around since before MySpace and Twitter. The Facebook groups is creating their own directory and sharing tips, news, and opportunities with each other.

So check out the Facebook group and Back 2 Work. Let me know what is working for you as you start your day and get focused.

 

Always Be Blogging

This week I was leaving work and was thinking about a blog concept I’ve been kicking around with a friend who works with children’s programing at the library. We’ve got a great concept and name laid out and are kicking around url ideas. As I was walking past the library in Oakland a simple and effective solution hit me and so I sent her a text immediately. Her reply was, “I’m glad you are thinking about this in the middle of a Monday.”

To which I replied, “Always be blogging.”

Motto

Has a nice ring to it. Obviously a play on words related back to Alic Baldwin in Boiler Room. To which I’ve adopted as my new personal motto. This works for me for two reasons. 1. I want to be writing more. I let myself get distracted or busy and don’t stay focused. 2. I’ve got a lot more I want to be sharing. From my daily goings on to ideas and news I have always felt I should be blogging daily. So a motto that ties back to such an intense message as always be closing will help me remember to get it done.

Tools to Get There

There are some tools that I’m planning on taking advantage of to keep blogging on my mind, Google Reader and quick press. This maybe a no brainer to some, but I’ll mention it anyway. The more you are immersed in a medium the easier it is to stay engaged. There is  a reason filmmakers watch a lot of films. Not because they are movie junkies, but because they are constantly studying the format – seeing other directors ideas from technical to creative. The same is true with blogging.

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how well quick press will work for me. Perhaps it will be a way to quickly put together drafts or to gather ideas for future posts. I’ve played around with it before and we’ll see how well it comes together.

Two Blogs

The story at the beginning of this post is one of two blogs I hope to help get off the ground this year. I don’t want to give away all the details yet but I will tell you that one is related to children’s books and the other is an advice column. Both have killer ideas and brand new bloggers ready to start writing. Stay tuned as these project get off the ground in the next few months.