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Johnathan Yesson32,565TO GAIN MORE G+ CIRCLES DO THE FOLLOWING:1.) +12.) RE-SHARE3.) ADD PEOPLESIMPLE!#circle #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #SuperCircle #sharepubliccircle #sharedcircles #shared #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #googlecircleshare #ShareThis #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addtoyourcircles #engagerscircle #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #megacircle #plus1 #plus1this #plus1it #plusonethispost #getmorefollowers #followme #addme #circlesdiscovery #epiccircle2014-09-09 09:24:3050114626
Mike Elgan3,464,700Follow the Blogs of August!1. Click "Add people" then circle this shared circle (even if you did it before)2. Share with your circlesThe Blogs of August are bloggers who are either trying or have already decided to blog on Google+ exclusively for the month of August (or permanently). 2014-08-06 12:34:462215525
Johnathan Yesson30,544TO GAIN MORE G+ CIRCLES DO THE FOLLOWING:1.) +12.) RE-SHARE3.) ADD PEOPLESIMPLE!#circle #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #SuperCircle #sharepubliccircle #sharedcircles #shared #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #googlecircleshare #ShareThis #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addtoyourcircles #engagerscircle #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #megacircle #plus1 #plus1this #plus1it #plusonethispost #getmorefollowers #followme #addme #circlesdiscovery #epiccircle 2014-07-29 13:59:14501302137
Mark Tillison15,294The UK CrowdIt's been a while since I shared the circle of UK Plussers I've been gradually curating over the last 12 months or so.If you're in the UK, you could do worse than follow this great crowd of folks who share good content, engage and lend a hand when folks need it.If you're not sure how to create circles and share them, read:http://tillison.co.uk/2014/06/19/circles-circling-sharing-circles/If you're new(ish) to Google+, I made a Community for beginners' tricks and tips and for you to ask questions - none of which are silly (we've all been there).https://plus.google.com/communities/101236419942719160905Thank you all, friends. #CircleShare   #Britpack  2014-07-06 21:24:2137111210
Shivakant Tripathi1,773IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle   2014-06-05 23:05:224351048
Simon Green1,267UK , British circle of great interesting endangers! A must have if you want to meet a some great people from Britain!2014-06-04 09:20:3444003
Shashi S6,379SOME COOL ASPIRING AUTHORS AT GOOGLE PLUS____________________________________________________This is some of the most interesting Aspiring Authors I have found at Google Plus, over the years. Following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and share Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...With this team, you will be able to find fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Writing something new and share within the world of google plusThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #sharedcircles   #Friday #sharingcircles     #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday     #share     #shared     #followers     #addcircles #publicsharedcircles     #share     #addpeople     #addcircle #addfriends     #circle     #empireavenue     #socialmedia     #influencers     #influencer     #influence     2014-04-23 08:12:05371001
Shivakant Tripathi1,650IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not. (。◕‿◕。)#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles 2014-04-16 21:12:284362111
Shashi S5,879Circle of Authors & Poets_____________________________________This is one of the most interesting group of Authors and Poets, selected from my years on Google Plus, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and after reviewing your profile, I WILL INCLUDE YOU IN NEXT SHARE.... ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR A POET :-) Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...This circle also includes many of upcoming writers who are Top Google + Users, who share unique and original content. They are kind of the early trend setters..With this team, you will be able to grow in your own community, with fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plus5 - YOU HAVE TO BE, AT LEAST, AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR POETThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     2014-04-16 06:47:374134213
Garry Pickles2,271here is a nice circle full of UK Google plus users #circleshare   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircles  2014-03-21 16:19:43340419
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:45475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:00475125
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:45:28475014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:44:37475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:43:264755010
Simon Green1,108My top engagers UK / British CircleAre you new ? or just want to make contact with people in the UK? This is the circle for you! People and pages with humour, insight and fun/interesting content!2014-03-10 10:19:5542001
Simon Green1,108My first Circle - I have created this small circle of mostly UK  fellow G plusser, These guys and gals are great engagers and i have enjoyed their posts/comments, whether its news/humour or putting the world to rights.  You should check them out!Regards simon :o)2014-03-10 09:22:3042403
Shashi S4,923Circle Of Aspiring Authors_________________________TO STAY IN THIS CIRCLE (and future editions)1. keep up your activity2. support each otherTO GET IN THIS CIRCLE1. you must be a Writer (amateur or professional)2. post your own work and share thoughts of other Aspiring Authors3. Share contents or links only WITH INTRODUCTION to inspire other writers4. be active and show support for this circle in your profilePlease support each other and recommend this circle to your friends and followers.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya2014-03-09 06:59:09166003
Tourej Ansari10,655Looked for more interesting circles and this is a great start#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy#TBT#JuicyJ#Cklostopcutting#TeamUSA#LoveYourPetDay#Hangouts#Disneyland#NFLCombine#TMobile#publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #uk   #ireland   #england   #wales   #scotland  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare   #ukcircles   #british  #circle   #circles   #sharedcircle   #thursday   #thorsday   #googleplus   #gpluscircles   #googlecircles   #publiccircle   #awesome   #amazing   #people   #friends   #followers   2014-02-21 05:59:29311216
Johnny Stork7,288Spirituality & Self Development CircleWe all strive towards various personal, professional and for many, spiritual goals in life. In our increasingly crowded and interconnected planet, we are often reminded of how each of out lives intersect and how each of us share many of the same values and needs. Many of these shared values and shared needs included the welfare of others, the welfare of the entire planet and the welfare of all living creatures.One way to think of what it means to be "spiritual" or concerned with "self" development is simply to be concerned with something, or someone, beyond yourself, beyond the personal. Holding a transpersonal world-view.The people in this circle share these values, these interests in developing personally, professionally and spiritually for the sake of all people as well as themselves. I am honoured to share this circle of humanitarian, compassionate, learned and transpersonally inclined friends. #transpersonalpsychology   #spirituality   #selfdevelopment   #positivepsychology  2014-02-05 00:55:3849011616
David Leonhardt2,546Resharing the Engagers VI: Christmas edition by +Markos Giannopoulos1. Plus the circle.2. Leave a comment3. Save the circle as one of your own circles (Click on "Add people" to do this).4. Share the circle as I am doing now (but don't forget to "Include yourself" when sharing).5. Get offline for a while, too.  :-).#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshared    #sharedcircleoftheday #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomepeople   #circlecount  #newfollowers   #googleplus  2013-12-16 19:39:07340109
Markos Giannopoulos13,655Engagers VI: Christmas edition // It's a festive season so my monthly "round-up & thank you" circle is on the right mood!First some stats on people who engaged me (gathered via +Circloscope) and on my posts (tracked by +CircleCount):September: 620 plussers, 93 commentators and 86 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 745 +1s, 74 re-shares and 117 comments October: 395 plussers, 33 commentators and 39 sharers on 43 posts for a total of 1057 +1s, 80 re-shares and 165 comments November: 616 plussers, 114 commentators and 176 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 1109 +1s, 234 re-shares and 227 commentsA great month fuelled by two posts: 6+1 WordPress initial-setup plugins  (http://bit.ly/1bKXVgX 359 +1s, 59 comments, 183 re-shares) and Ode à Eiffel (http://bit.ly/1heptNZ 46 +1s, 4 comments, 5 re-shares). If I wanted to get "analytical" about it, it was two posts with some decent value (helpful list of plugins in one case on a every-day issue for a WordPress developer and an album of 18 original photos of night Paris on the other) :) So on to the circle: the formula for this month is - Plussers who are on over 3 engagers circles (so basically who have engaged with me in previous months as well this one)  - Sharers and commentators - A few kind highly-engaging people who have shared original circles including me. - People with over 300 in G+'s "relevance score" (as reported by +Circloscope), e.g. the people Google considers that I interact more and post similar content to mine (or of my interest)All in all, this came to a healthy group of 340 content creators and real engagers interested in technology and photography. Feel free to add them! As usual, stats and circle creation for this post were only made possible thanks to +CircleCount and +Circloscope. #engagers   #circleshare #circlesharing   #circleversary #milestone #googleplus #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles 2013-12-16 17:49:57340441178
Tancredi Matranga8,830WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th  #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday   #tuesdaycircle   #tuesdaycircleshare   #tuesdaycircleshare  2013-12-03 07:43:1749910047117
Donna Beckett9,384#BritPack circle share 1The UK certainly lags behind the US and Asia when it comes to Google Plus usage but the UK is producing more and more Plussers! This is my circle of UK Plussers which contains  all kinds of UK Plussers ranging from real Google Plus experts (such as +martin shervington - highly recommended to add ) to top engagers, to complete newbies.Check out the members ( add the circle or share the circle only if you want to  - do what you like) and hopefully you'll find some great people to connect with!#BritPack   #CircleShare    #UKPlussers  2013-10-24 12:16:17497522340
martin shervington230,927People who love Google+ hints and tips!Here is a recent circle of people who are dedicated to learning more about Google+, including G+ psychology. Add them in if you also want to see people who produce great content on the subject too. #sharedcircles   #ns   #sharedpubliccircles  2013-10-23 09:47:558524440
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:47:14431303
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:58431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:44431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:06431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:45:54431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:45:40431001
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:44:59431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:44:19431004
Mark Tillison6,179UK Plussers' CircleThank you. This has had an amazing response this week, helping me build this UK Circle of the most excellent UK Plussers.Those that are in this circle are all in the UK and have shared good content or been nominated for inclusion by their connections here on The Plus.The original discussion thread is here:https://plus.google.com/u/0/108087495968597596174/posts/fdeYSsim4HwI'll publish this again next Sunday.How this circle is populated:1. UK Plussers only2. Sharing great content and/or engaging3. Nominated by a friend and qualified in points 1 & 2.Please, friends, nominate anyone you think may be missing in the comments thread below.Have a great week all. Feel free to reshare, but it isn't mandatory. #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles  2013-09-29 15:11:31293601836
Markos Giannopoulos6,137It's the start of a new month and as I did for June, this is my thank you to people I engaged with in July. But first some stats! In June I've had 526 plussers, 65 commentators and 95 sharers. In July the numbers are 710 plussers, 93 commentators and 158 sharers! An amazing month for which I'm most thankful :) I have added back everyone one who engaged with me (tracking is done via +Circloscope, if you want to learn how you can do it, read this http://bit.ly/14oNoYR) but since I can't fit everyone in the 500 people limit of circles, this July Engagers circle includes all sharers and commentators and the grand majority of plussers sorted according to the relevancy score that Google+ calculates for each two users (along with some other criteria where there was no relevancy score). I've also include the 20+ people who through the last months honoured me by including me in original circles as tracked by +CircleCount. My posts this month had a variety of topics around technology, web/mobile apps and web development, social media, Google+, photography and some ranting about overuse of animated GIFs :) So if you're looking for some geeky engagers, add this circle! #circleshare   #circleoftheday  2013-08-02 22:06:375005940131
Technology Roundup0BMN Tech Journalist And Blogger List #2 The ones with last names that start from N-Z.These are people who are thought leaders, reporters, journalists, bloggers in the tech industry.As with all our circles. We try to remove people who aren't active (if you see any here, please let us know).And, if you know of folks who should be on these circles, please let me know, I'll add them.2013-06-21 03:47:32198124
Gideon Rosenblatt28,713Gideon Rosenblatt's Top 100These are the folks Google tells me are my most relevant people (slightly modified to remove people who are relevant, but not active here on Google+).Looking through this list, I can tell you that these are great people full of interesting ideas and engagement. I'm not in the circle here, so I can objectively say that this group is a worthy addition to your circles. Enjoy this group of people - I know I do. They enrich my experience here. Without them, I probably wouldn't still be here today. P.S. - If you got a notification, that means you're in the circle. 2013-06-11 20:53:39100662467
Markos Giannopoulos3,766197 interesting People // If you're into technology, the Web, photography and science, here's a circle to consider. Methodology: out of 3200 people that I follow, using +Circloscope I ordered them according to relevance score (calculated by Google depending on whose posts I engage the most) and filtered for a value over 30, then filtered for whether they are active (when was their last post) and finally filtered by whether they were in my "must read" circles. Voila! I hope you find it interesting :) #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circlesharing  2013-05-26 09:51:2119713412
Lee Smallwood23,038This is my #dunbar  circle  - people's content I can't do without... #CircleShare   #FollowFriday  2013-05-17 17:19:4616121419
Lee Smallwood22,777Outstanding Contribution to G+ CircleActions [sometimes] speak louder than words - spoken or otherwise...Which is why I want to share this circle in particular. It contains people that go beyond the norm and their contributions to G+ are second to none.There maybe some familiar faces contained within it and some not so well known... However, together they create an entertaining and thought provoking content stream that I can't do without on a daily basis.Seriously consider adding them to your circles :) #circleshare  2013-05-10 10:51:3613625219
Zbynek Kysela6,148AWESOME PLUSSERS - APRIL 2013============================This is a public circle of awesome plussers on G+! If would like to be included here in next update please follow these steps:HOW TO BE PART OF IT===================1. Add this circle to your circles (Click Add circle)2. Re-Share This Post Publicly (Click Share Button Next To +1 Button)3. Click +1 and Comment to support the circle!Done ツMy entire social presence:http://xeeme.com/bouchacFeel free to connect.=====================#Circle   #Circles   #Public   #PublicCircle   #CircleShare   #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle   #QSC   #querosercirculado   #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #awesome     #awesomesauce #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #awesomesauce  #круг   #círculo     #サークル     #cercle     #دائرة   #xeeme2013-04-24 09:25:05494421734
Timothy Coxon1,262Tim's Top EngagersSeeing that +martin shervington has put out his top engagers earlier figured I might follow his lead! #circle   #sharedcircles   #timothycoxon  2013-04-11 19:17:0531527
martin shervington81,949Commoogling Engagers Circle 1 (April 2013)These circles are some of the longest and deepest connections I have made during my time on Google+. Thanks to everyone who make Google+ such a positive learning environment.Still learning... #commoogling  2013-04-11 17:23:23456401440
Max Huijgen41,136Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! A new circle of Europeans as I promised long ago to connect the people who responded and share them. See for the first shared circle this post https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1The original post was shared 225 times. You can find it here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/CdhmHGbYjgiPart 2 is still open and can be found here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/NDAhG4fP2a7If you didn´t do so already, post there and as long as I have spots free, I will circle you as I want to see my streams come alive during European hours.There was a shared feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, having some central point to share European circles and last but not least the desire to have hangouts without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+  It already has multiple managers out of the community and that initiative recently span off +European Photo  but feel to offer a bit of your time for this community project. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. We need more peeps from all over Europe to participate and enjoy G+I hope these posts can do the rounds through Europe and gets us firmly on the G+ map. So even if you´re not European yourself, but sympathize with the initiatives to form a community here, help spread the word and share it.And don´t forget: we all love the other continents and most of us have circles which encompass the whole world. So it´s not against others, but pro us :)2013-03-15 15:05:14291532076
Diane Barnett1,964I shared my circle of bloggers earlier today and have been asked to add +Ludovic Moreeuw, which I am happy to do. I couldn't figure out how to put him in the circle on a post that already exists, so I've added him to my blogger circle and am reposting. So, here again is a fine circle of all sorts of blogs. :>}2013-02-26 01:27:58145224
Diane Barnett1,956One more circle to share today. I met +Prodigal Me on here this morning. She is new to Google Plus and she's writing a blog. This is a circle of bloggers that I'm sharing to help everyone meet. If I have included you in this circle by mistake, please let me know.2013-02-25 17:51:41140702
Gideon Rosenblatt23,936My Top 150 Here are the 150 people that Google tells me are most relevant to me here on Google+. This is a really good group of people, full of interesting insights and a willingness to help others.I give you a hardy recommendation to add these folks to your circles here. Your stream will thank you for it later.:-)2013-02-22 00:43:3815037734
Aidan Cole1,819This circle rewards those who take part in interaction as seen below..Everyone OLD and NEW Must ADD this circle to your own the latest versionsBELOW INSTRUCTIONS is what make this all possible so thanksFor newcomers and members this system is the best, we do 3 to 4 things every share.1. ADD THE CIRCLE if you can't try again this ensures you stay in the circle long term and you won't be removed2. Share the post3. PLUS the circle4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #publicsharedcircles #circleshared #publiccirclesproject #growthinfollowers #followers #addmetoyourcircles  2013-02-12 23:37:40265271227
Jens Eckleben3,990Its my special Circle for "Highpotential GPlussers" they are very active, share interesting news and hav more than 2.000 followers.  2013-02-02 18:33:4737432837
Euro Maestro41,209Weekly roundup and the Who's Who of Google Plus ! #sharedcircles   #top500   #ff   #euromaestrocircles   #euromaestro   #weeklyreview  Who are the top engagers on Google Plus this week ?Find out on +CircleCount  http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswho/Who are the top 50 in my country ?On the top of the page change "all countries" to the country that you are interested in to see the top engagers for that country. Where am I on the list ?If you don't see yourself, just put your name in the search box and you can find your scores and ranking.  Click on "open page with profile" to see  who is right above or below you. How can I find the list during the week if I forget the link ?Click on circlecount.com then click on specials and click on Euro's who's who.Who moved up this week ?+Shailja Sharma overtook Neila Rey to get the number 1 spot this week.+Rinus Bakker reclaimed the number 3 spot this week.Ashley Tindale slipped down to fourth place.  +Hugh Jackman climbed up to number 5 from number 16 two weeks ago. +Amanda Blain always in the top 10 secured number 6 once again.+Marques Brownlee moved up to number 7.+Ali Adelstein advanced to number 8.+Trey Ratcliff entered into the top 10 for the first time at number 9.And +Luuh Santos rounded out the top 10.+Wil Wheaton has been moving up quickly from number 27 two weeks ago to numbe2013-02-02 18:14:5426519446116

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2014-08-27 15:52:20 (33 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Language

Language is amazing!

That humanity has developed such a tool for communication and expression is beyond marvellous, it is miraculous.

But language can be equally frustrating.

With billions of individuals on the planet having their own views, opinions and interpretations language holds such ambiguity even between those who speak the same language or even the same local dialect.

Our understanding of language is coloured by or interpretation of its words, it is full of half meanings and inconsistencies. It is a never ending game of Chinese Whispers.

When speaking or writing I know what it is that I am trying to say; I choose words I consider appropriate and that reflect the meaning I am trying to impart. When they are heard or read, however, the audience may ascribe different meanings to them based on their own interpretations -... more »

Most reshares: 2

2014-08-23 20:44:24 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s) 

The same

All our lives we are faced with people telling us what to do, advising us that this way or that is preferable. We are cajoled, coerced and persuaded into action.

We are told what is best, what is valuable, what we should covet - we are expected to blindly follow fashion and trends.

Who are these people?

They are marketers and salesmen but, though we know them for what they are, we still fall under their spells. Societal pressure demands we confirm, that we are the same.

We like the same, we know how to deal with it. If something is common then we can make assumptions, we can prejudge without fear of getting it wrong. We can act according to a pattern and know that we will come out the other side with mission accomplished.

I don't use marketers and salesmen in the way you'd expect, I'm not just talking about those... more »

Most plusones: 40

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2014-09-20 19:32:14 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s) 

Having a real life guild meet-up and one of our members walks in with this cake.

How awesome is that?!!

Latest 50 posts

2014-09-21 22:49:10 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

So what happens now?

After a busy weekend that has been both mentally and physically draining it can be hard to know what to write.

But write I must.

It's almost like a drug now, always looking for the next fix and, on days like this, always curious to see what's going to come out when I don't have an idea in mind.

I think it's at times like this, where there is no plan, that writing is at its most interesting, when you are solely relying on instinct to produce something. When the mind just takes over because you have nothing to consciously offer the reader.

It is also at times like this that you can't force it, you can't try to be too clever or witty - that's just so obvious. Forcing an idea ruins it, maybe even wastes it. Trying to force a particular topic will not do it justice so best to not even try.
... more »

So what happens now?

After a busy weekend that has been both mentally and physically draining it can be hard to know what to write.

But write I must.

It's almost like a drug now, always looking for the next fix and, on days like this, always curious to see what's going to come out when I don't have an idea in mind.

I think it's at times like this, where there is no plan, that writing is at its most interesting, when you are solely relying on instinct to produce something. When the mind just takes over because you have nothing to consciously offer the reader.

It is also at times like this that you can't force it, you can't try to be too clever or witty - that's just so obvious. Forcing an idea ruins it, maybe even wastes it. Trying to force a particular topic will not do it justice so best to not even try.

Instead, just employing the tactic of letting the words emerge on their own, regardless of what they are about, is the best move. Keeping it simple and allowing them to flow - that's the most important thing.

If you wait for the perfect sentence, the most creative phrase, before committing to word to page then you are not writing. Writing is getting words down, no matter what. Writing is taking action.

It may not be good writing, it may not be worthy of even being read but, if you do not start for fear of writing something bad then you will never get anywhere.

We cannot always write manuscripts worthy of the bard or make philosophical points to challenge the world's greatest minds but we can always write something - just keep the process going, keep the wheels in motion and allow the mind to work.

Each day strengthens the mental muscles, each paragraph serves to enhance the style. Each single word performs the most vital task it could ever be entrusted with: to keep the writer moving, to keep them going forward - to keep them writing.

And that is the most important thing of all.

#write365___

2014-09-20 21:18:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Friends

"Friends Is a word we use everyday,
Most the time we use it in the wrong way" - Friends by Whodini

Social media, and Facebook in particular, has bastardised the meaning of the word friend. Any connection instantly becoming elevated to this social standing, automatically designated friend status.

It's wrong. It dilutes our understanding of the word, it cheapens what it truly means to be called friend.

That isn't to say that those we meet online do not become friends, sometimes very good ones - even without ever meeting in real life. That isn't to take anything away from the online connections we make and how much we value them.

But today has been about offline life and the unadulterated joy of surrounding yourself with people you care about, people who make you smile and laugh, people who understand you in ways... more »

Friends

"Friends Is a word we use everyday,
Most the time we use it in the wrong way" - Friends by Whodini

Social media, and Facebook in particular, has bastardised the meaning of the word friend. Any connection instantly becoming elevated to this social standing, automatically designated friend status.

It's wrong. It dilutes our understanding of the word, it cheapens what it truly means to be called friend.

That isn't to say that those we meet online do not become friends, sometimes very good ones - even without ever meeting in real life. That isn't to take anything away from the online connections we make and how much we value them.

But today has been about offline life and the unadulterated joy of surrounding yourself with people you care about, people who make you smile and laugh, people who understand you in ways that would take online friends years to grasp.

For all the amazing potential social media provides, the ability to connect with others from around the globe, there are times when we just need that presence and proximity, the connection we can only get from being in the same room sharing sights, sounds, tastes and smells.

The private jokes, the body language and furtive glances that cannot translate across a webcam no matter how good the resolution.

Today has been a good day.

#write365___

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2014-09-20 19:32:14 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s) 

Having a real life guild meet-up and one of our members walks in with this cake.

How awesome is that?!!

Having a real life guild meet-up and one of our members walks in with this cake.

How awesome is that?!!___

2014-09-19 15:38:53 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Now or never

I don't know about you but I'm terrible at time management and planning. If I need to do something I have to do it now or it won't get done.

I gave up on services such as Pocket as, despite the best of intentions, if I save something for later I will almost never go back to it.

I used to live in the past, obsessing over the way things used to be. The things I did, the people I hung around with, wishing that they could be the same but we cannot stop change.

Now I very much live in the present, moment to moment, but this also has its disadvantages including the aforementioned problems with planning.

It may sound conceited but my mind is a torrent of thoughts and ideas, one rushing after the next. A never ending stream of conceptual fragments tumbling down mental tributaries. If I don't dive in and catch them they are... more »

Now or never

I don't know about you but I'm terrible at time management and planning. If I need to do something I have to do it now or it won't get done.

I gave up on services such as Pocket as, despite the best of intentions, if I save something for later I will almost never go back to it.

I used to live in the past, obsessing over the way things used to be. The things I did, the people I hung around with, wishing that they could be the same but we cannot stop change.

Now I very much live in the present, moment to moment, but this also has its disadvantages including the aforementioned problems with planning.

It may sound conceited but my mind is a torrent of thoughts and ideas, one rushing after the next. A never ending stream of conceptual fragments tumbling down mental tributaries. If I don't dive in and catch them they are gone, lost to the vast ocean of contemplation.

Many escape.

It has long been a problem. In fact, one of my poems from over twenty years ago began with the lines:

"Thought tumbles endlessly after thought,
In the staggered rush of creation,
As the universe expands."

I have an exceptionally low boredom threshold and will find myself endlessly crossing this stream, jumping between stepping stones to fish out new ideas without adequately examining the last.

But I do not just get bored of ideas; if I do not see something through now then I never will.

Thoughts, ideas, creation, for me they are intensely linked to mental state. A thought or idea, and the exploration of it, is as much a product of emotion as cognisance - if that emotion is lost then it becomes almost impossible to continue the train of thought before something else grabs the attention and I chase headlong after it like a butterfly collector with a net.

That's why so many of these posts are one shot deals.

If I write a sentence, a clever line or two, and expect to return later I can't. Not just the moment but the state of mind is lost, the specific instance of me that existed which brought that thought into being at that time.

Sometimes I get lucky; sometimes a mental state will persist such that I can take something and expand on it, mould it into something fully formed where it was previously just an unrefined spark.

Mostly, however, I have to be content with settings things go knowing I will never do them justice or see them realised.

Who knows, with time and luck they may cycle back round, evaporate from the contemplative ocean to fall and find their way back to my stream.

#write365___

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2014-09-18 18:48:41 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Another first time card for me...

Another first time card for me...___

2014-09-18 18:45:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

WWSD

There are times in life when we need wisdom and guidance and we have to ask ourselves:

What Would Scooby Do?

WWSD

There are times in life when we need wisdom and guidance and we have to ask ourselves:

What Would Scooby Do?___

2014-09-18 15:46:22 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Calm

Modern life is stressful, there are no two ways about it.

We each have our coping mechanisms, some are more effective than others while some are just a cry for help.

Sometimes these mechanisms are merely smokescreens, and addictions - whatever someone does to relax, to take the edge off and distract themselves from such harsh reality.

Some meditate, some extol the virtues of mindfulness, some shut down and try to ignore their problems hoping they will go away on their own.

We don't all need to adopt the lotus position and the current trend for mindfulness is bordering on a psychological crutch but we do need to cultivate moments of calm, little oases of relaxation in the windswept desert of life.

Calm is an individual, internal state, it is a way of thinking and looking at the world.

Meditation isn't calm in... more »

Calm

Modern life is stressful, there are no two ways about it.

We each have our coping mechanisms, some are more effective than others while some are just a cry for help.

Sometimes these mechanisms are merely smokescreens, and addictions - whatever someone does to relax, to take the edge off and distract themselves from such harsh reality.

Some meditate, some extol the virtues of mindfulness, some shut down and try to ignore their problems hoping they will go away on their own.

We don't all need to adopt the lotus position and the current trend for mindfulness is bordering on a psychological crutch but we do need to cultivate moments of calm, little oases of relaxation in the windswept desert of life.

Calm is an individual, internal state, it is a way of thinking and looking at the world.

Meditation isn't calm in itself - it is a facilitator to find it, but that is a type of focused calm, a calm you have to work for. Instead, it is spontaneous calm that we need to work on - finding those moments, those triggers that allow us to become lost.

It isn't necessarily about peacefulness or seclusion, it isn't about keeping your head when all about you are losing theirs. It is, however, finding that inner stillness even amongst chaos, finding the beauty amongst the trash or the melody hidden within the noise.

Calm is that transcendence beyond our current existence, that fleeting moment when time stands still - our view of the world slows to a stop and we are perfectly content with who and where we are if only for a short while.

This calm cannot be instructed or gleaned from a book. This calm is unique for us all and can only be lived, can only be experienced.

It is up to us to find it.

#write365___

2014-09-17 15:32:30 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Globalisation

One thing I mention quite often is how we as individuals are much further down the road to globalisation than our governments or corporations. This is undoubtedly due to the internet and social networks in particular.

It's like being pen-pals on steroids with conversations in real time rather than days.

As individuals we are able to operate beyond cultural, religious, economic and geographic boundaries. We are able to adapt without the baggage of cumbersome systems and rules.

Changing complex systems is like turning a super tanker.

What really brings this home is the realisation that, because of the connections we make and the friendships we build online, we are now in the privileged position of being able to travel almost anywhere on the planet and not be far from someone we know.

The opportunities to meet existing... more »

Globalisation

One thing I mention quite often is how we as individuals are much further down the road to globalisation than our governments or corporations. This is undoubtedly due to the internet and social networks in particular.

It's like being pen-pals on steroids with conversations in real time rather than days.

As individuals we are able to operate beyond cultural, religious, economic and geographic boundaries. We are able to adapt without the baggage of cumbersome systems and rules.

Changing complex systems is like turning a super tanker.

What really brings this home is the realisation that, because of the connections we make and the friendships we build online, we are now in the privileged position of being able to travel almost anywhere on the planet and not be far from someone we know.

The opportunities to meet existing contacts mean we are no longer strangers in a strange land, no longer outsiders in an alien environment.

We now travel with the benefit of knowledge, of people and places, of cultures and expectations. We are able to greet people we have never met as though long lost friends and continue our friendships face to face.

We build our virtual communities and cement those bonds in real life.

While it may be on only a relatively small scale, the visit this week of two friend from 300 miles across the country serves as a perfect illustration. We only know them through gaming, they joined our guild in World of Warcraft, but regular connection through play including Teamspeak (online voice chat) has created firm friendships.

No awkwardness, no introductions necessary, no uncomfortable silences. Just a group of people acting like they have know each other for years.

Thanks to the ease with which we can communicate we now have the opportunity to reach across oceans rather than just towns or countries, our scope is truly global with the potential to play both the eager traveller and the welcoming host, the tourist and the guide.

We should avail ourselves of the opportunities this presents as often as possible, even if only locally.

#write365___

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2014-09-17 11:42:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Where is the wisdom in forking out for a high end Apple watch? Answer: there isn't any!

The $349 starting price may lead to false expectations and disappoint a lot of people.

With the rapid pace of development the only reason to buy anything other than a basic model might be to flash your wealth (or stupidity)

A good look from normally Apple apologetics.

Where is the wisdom in forking out for a high end Apple watch? Answer: there isn't any!

The $349 starting price may lead to false expectations and disappoint a lot of people.

With the rapid pace of development the only reason to buy anything other than a basic model might be to flash your wealth (or stupidity)

A good look from normally Apple apologetics.___

2014-09-16 15:27:21 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Buskers

+Phil Aston posted yesterday (http://goo.gl/rnTkj4) likening the experience on Twitter to busking:

"You send out your 140 characters and it all depends who is passing at the time as to whether anyone interacts or even sees it."

My initial reaction was that on any social network we are all buskers vying for attention but, on reflection, perhaps we are (or should be) more like wandering minstrels.

We tread our paths and roam from network to network, conversation to community. Our paths continually crossing with other minstrels around us.

Often our songs clash forcing us to move on. Sometimes, however, we might happen to be singing the same song or playing the same chords and, maybe, we'll stop and jam for a while - a thing of beauty and serendipity.

We wander this landscape telling our tales, seeking an audience, a... more »

Buskers

+Phil Aston posted yesterday (http://goo.gl/rnTkj4) likening the experience on Twitter to busking:

"You send out your 140 characters and it all depends who is passing at the time as to whether anyone interacts or even sees it."

My initial reaction was that on any social network we are all buskers vying for attention but, on reflection, perhaps we are (or should be) more like wandering minstrels.

We tread our paths and roam from network to network, conversation to community. Our paths continually crossing with other minstrels around us.

Often our songs clash forcing us to move on. Sometimes, however, we might happen to be singing the same song or playing the same chords and, maybe, we'll stop and jam for a while - a thing of beauty and serendipity.

We wander this landscape telling our tales, seeking an audience, a charter or commission. An excuse to tarry a while before heading back out on the road.

Buskers, however, choose their spots carefully - they know the best spots to maximise their audience; the concern then is occupancy, getting in before the competition.

Buskers are canny and know the popular songs, the perennial favourites, the ones most likely to get the passers by to part with their loose change.

It's as though there is a busking manual, a step-by-step guide, a limited playlist designed for maximum impact. What does it matter if they repeat the same songs, the passers by will be gone in a few minutes after emptying their pockets.

Busking by numbers, easy money. Sign up here and you could learn how!

Everyone wants a piece of the action until, eventually, we cannot walk for a carpet of guitar cases fighting over the same coins.

Let's escape.

Let's wander the paths and explore. Let's write our own songs and tell our own stories. The road might be hard but let's be minstrels not buskers.

Let's be unique.

#write365
___

2014-09-15 16:16:47 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Proving our worth

Social back slapping is popular on networks such as Plus. We highlight lists of interesting people, respond to the requests of others for people to follow, and reshare such posts when we have had the fortune to be included - its almost like a badge of honour.

It feels good to share, to connect, to be liked.

But do we consider exactly what we define as interesting and why others should share that view? Is inclusion on such lists a double edged sword?

What pressure to prove your worth? What pressure to live up to such expectations?

Is it a pressure that we welcome - the social equivalent of the price of fame - or do we resent having that pressure put upon us by others?

Do we ever consider this when making recommendations? Do we ever think of the potential impact of a seemingly positive gesture?

On the other... more »

Proving our worth

Social back slapping is popular on networks such as Plus. We highlight lists of interesting people, respond to the requests of others for people to follow, and reshare such posts when we have had the fortune to be included - its almost like a badge of honour.

It feels good to share, to connect, to be liked.

But do we consider exactly what we define as interesting and why others should share that view? Is inclusion on such lists a double edged sword?

What pressure to prove your worth? What pressure to live up to such expectations?

Is it a pressure that we welcome - the social equivalent of the price of fame - or do we resent having that pressure put upon us by others?

Do we ever consider this when making recommendations? Do we ever think of the potential impact of a seemingly positive gesture?

On the other hand, by putting ourselves out there are we allowing, even inviting, this pressure to be put upon us? If not why do we engage in such a manner, why do we contribute to such forums if not due to a degree of narcissism?

Do we ever stop to consider the potential pressures that can be placed upon us when we expose ourselves like this?

Are we ready for it?

We again return to the observer effect: do we change our behaviour knowing that our voice is considered worth listening to? Do we figuratively adjust our speech, modify our intonation for new ears or correct our enunciation to create a better impression?

Do we give in to the temptation to extrapolate from ourselves, building an effigy that is larger than life? Do we succumb to the pressure and risk becoming something other than that which triggered those recommendations?

Are we considerate enough to question the need? Are we bold enough to raise our hands and accept the ramifications?

Are we strong enough to just be ourselves?

#write365___

2014-09-15 04:18:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Good morning all

First day back at work after a week off sick and first day back on shifts in over three months. It felt a little strange leaving home in the dark again but that was countered by the tranquillity (albeit short lived) of being the only person around to hear the beginnings of bird song - until I reached the main road at least.

Have a great day, whatever you're up to.

Good morning all

First day back at work after a week off sick and first day back on shifts in over three months. It felt a little strange leaving home in the dark again but that was countered by the tranquillity (albeit short lived) of being the only person around to hear the beginnings of bird song - until I reached the main road at least.

Have a great day, whatever you're up to.___

2014-09-14 21:41:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Art

Back in my naive 20s I wrote the following line in the introduction to an anthology (see below) of my poems:

"Art, if not shared, is wasted."

Art. What is it?

At its core art is a way to describe how we see and interpret things. It is a form of communication, a mode of self expression designed to get what's inside on the outside.

Why do we need to express the self? Why do we even need to determine a sense of self?

1 - to create an identity
2 - to distinguish ourselves from others

A sense of self and the identity this enables us to project allows others to identify with who we are. Not only that, but a strong sense of self empowers us, gives us confidence and helps us keep the balance of relationships in our favour by ensuring we have adequate will.

Perhaps my younger self wouldn't have... more »

Art

Back in my naive 20s I wrote the following line in the introduction to an anthology (see below) of my poems:

"Art, if not shared, is wasted."

Art. What is it?

At its core art is a way to describe how we see and interpret things. It is a form of communication, a mode of self expression designed to get what's inside on the outside.

Why do we need to express the self? Why do we even need to determine a sense of self?

1 - to create an identity
2 - to distinguish ourselves from others

A sense of self and the identity this enables us to project allows others to identify with who we are. Not only that, but a strong sense of self empowers us, gives us confidence and helps us keep the balance of relationships in our favour by ensuring we have adequate will.

Perhaps my younger self wouldn't have made that statement in that exact same way.

There is merit in creating art for ourselves just for the simple satisfaction of doing so. It is therapeutic, is often accompanied by a sense of achievement and can be enormously informative.

But, more than this, art illustrates something fundamental about ourselves and our state of mind. So, while art left unshared with others might not be wasted it is, perhaps, a missed opportunity for them to gain an insight into our thoughts, or mental processes and our very being.

We are social animals after all.

#write365

I call it an anthology but it was really just a number of printed pages folded over and stapled into a booklet. Some of those poems have been previously shared using the hashtag _#poetryonplus__ but the posts are mostly too old to find using Plus search.____

2014-09-12 22:42:44 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Patterns

Rediscovery, returning to events/words/actions in an attempt to absorb their message is one thing but to be divining deeper meaning is an interesting thought but, at the same time, can be a dangerous game to play.

With hindsight we might indeed see that certain events - whilst seemingly isolated and irrelevant at the time - may have, in the long run, influenced later decisions and actions. We might also, however, look to find, and ascribe, extraneous meaning when none, in fact, existed. We might try to build a rationale for our actions and their outcomes to fit our goals, beliefs or agendas.

Everything happens for a reason...

But that reason isn't always connected or, even, that which we might expect.

What do we make of self contradictions over the course of time? Are they derived from learning? Do we derive different opinions... more »

Patterns

Rediscovery, returning to events/words/actions in an attempt to absorb their message is one thing but to be divining deeper meaning is an interesting thought but, at the same time, can be a dangerous game to play.

With hindsight we might indeed see that certain events - whilst seemingly isolated and irrelevant at the time - may have, in the long run, influenced later decisions and actions. We might also, however, look to find, and ascribe, extraneous meaning when none, in fact, existed. We might try to build a rationale for our actions and their outcomes to fit our goals, beliefs or agendas.

Everything happens for a reason...

But that reason isn't always connected or, even, that which we might expect.

What do we make of self contradictions over the course of time? Are they derived from learning? Do we derive different opinions solely based on current fact? Different interpretations as we grow and evolve?

Take the post "Run Silent, Run Deep" (which started all of this) and the more recent "And so it happened" - both address the issue of a blank mind, absence of thought.

The first views it as a desirable state, an escape from mental over-activity; the second as a scary position in response to illness.

Two views on the same situation where one is desired but the other imposed. This, in turn, brings up the element of control and our fear of losing it.

We seek to maintain that control by any means necessary. We seek patterns to shape events to our preferred narrative - to reaffirm to ourselves why we do what we do, that it is all for a purpose.

We can be blinded by this desire, convince ourselves of patterns that might not exist or twist events - perhaps ignoring what we misguidedly see as irrelevant information - in order to make them fit.

Such is our desperation.

Patterns may exist but we might not be able to discern them, caught up in our struggle to create order from chaos.

#write365___

2014-09-11 21:17:25 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Rediscovery

Going back over the local copies of 250 posts I find things that I had completely forgotten, things that must have been written during moments of flow with little conscious regard of their creation.

It's quite a strange sensation reading them and thinking "was that really me?" Rediscovering those diamonds in the rough.

One such post (Run Silent, Run Deep) when searched for on Google+ lead me, somewhat serendipitously, to a thread from March in the Conversation Community which included the notion of rediscovery of knowledge.

Connections, threads, self-referential loops - we walk in mazes of our own making, unsure if we have taken these turns before until we suddenly recognise a statue in its midst or a particular patch of hedge and think "I remember this!"

When we first navigate the maze we are eager to solve... more »

Rediscovery

Going back over the local copies of 250 posts I find things that I had completely forgotten, things that must have been written during moments of flow with little conscious regard of their creation.

It's quite a strange sensation reading them and thinking "was that really me?" Rediscovering those diamonds in the rough.

One such post (Run Silent, Run Deep) when searched for on Google+ lead me, somewhat serendipitously, to a thread from March in the Conversation Community which included the notion of rediscovery of knowledge.

Connections, threads, self-referential loops - we walk in mazes of our own making, unsure if we have taken these turns before until we suddenly recognise a statue in its midst or a particular patch of hedge and think "I remember this!"

When we first navigate the maze we are eager to solve it, keen to rush by and ignore the details, blindly turning left and right until we finally reach the end. We cannot recall the path we have taken, would never be able to retread our steps.

For that moment we exist in a world of vagary.

It is only when we return that we stop to consider. Rather than rushing headlong in to the maze we stop and think. "Did I go left or right? Did I have to double back?" It is only when we reexamine the maze itself that we pick out the fine details, the peculiarities of each section.

We revel in rediscovery, in the recollection of sights, experiences and knowledge that were previously ignored, glossed over in our all-consuming desire to reach our goal.

Knowing that the end has already been found we are free to spend time on the fine detail, to examine each step along the path and calculate its contribution towards the route.

For even missteps provide valuable information, warnings for future journeys.

#write365___

2014-09-09 21:28:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Wandering

+Heidi Bouman suggested yesterday that rather than my mind shutting down it had possibly gone wandering... but without me.

When we think of the mind wandering we normally associate it with daydreams, random thoughts completely unrelated to the activity we are currently engaged in.

So, where does the mind go when it appears that we are having no thoughts? What does it do when we feel that we have shut down?

I have previously written about daydreaming and wondered if it is directly related to dreaming and sleep: if we sleep less do we daydream more so that our minds catch up?

I also mentioned that I almost never remember my dreams so could the mind appearing to shut down be the waking equivalent of not remembering my dream?

When drained and exhausted does the subconscious take over but we are not able to engage or recall it in... more »

Wandering

+Heidi Bouman suggested yesterday that rather than my mind shutting down it had possibly gone wandering... but without me.

When we think of the mind wandering we normally associate it with daydreams, random thoughts completely unrelated to the activity we are currently engaged in.

So, where does the mind go when it appears that we are having no thoughts? What does it do when we feel that we have shut down?

I have previously written about daydreaming and wondered if it is directly related to dreaming and sleep: if we sleep less do we daydream more so that our minds catch up?

I also mentioned that I almost never remember my dreams so could the mind appearing to shut down be the waking equivalent of not remembering my dream?

When drained and exhausted does the subconscious take over but we are not able to engage or recall it in any way?

Maybe it's the difference between consciousness and awareness.

Consciousness can be considered the awareness of the self, of the individual as a distinct being with its own thoughts and feelings. Awareness, however, is the knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.

Either our conscious or subconscious self can be active - will, in fact, always be active - but that doesn't guarantee that we will always be aware of it.

Our consciousness can, therefore, operate independently of our knowledge.

Perhaps we'll never know what it gets up to behind our backs.

#write365___

2014-09-08 16:14:24 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

And so it happened

There are days when you're not ill but you just don't feel right. Your head is fuzzy and you just can't get going.

Sunday was one of those days.

You've normally got two choices: buckle under and let it drag you down, a self perpetuating spiral, or fight through and force yourself to be active.

I had planned on the latter but then the mother of all migraines kicked in.

"Game over man, game over!"

All I could do was sleep, there was no way that I would be fighting through this and so, for the first time, it happened: I missed a day.

Today I am only able to function with the curtains drawn and brightness set to absolute minimum on anything electronic. Photosensitivity is a b*tch on a bright, sunny day.

It's quite ironic that the first day I miss writing a post is the... more »

And so it happened

There are days when you're not ill but you just don't feel right. Your head is fuzzy and you just can't get going.

Sunday was one of those days.

You've normally got two choices: buckle under and let it drag you down, a self perpetuating spiral, or fight through and force yourself to be active.

I had planned on the latter but then the mother of all migraines kicked in.

"Game over man, game over!"

All I could do was sleep, there was no way that I would be fighting through this and so, for the first time, it happened: I missed a day.

Today I am only able to function with the curtains drawn and brightness set to absolute minimum on anything electronic. Photosensitivity is a b*tch on a bright, sunny day.

It's quite ironic that the first day I miss writing a post is the day after I write about guilt. There is an element of self-imposed guilt for breaking the chain - it's stupid I know but I held myself to a post a day and can't help but feel disappointment even though it was unavoidable.

It is a strange experience having the mind just shut down when you are used to such active infinite possibilities. For all the desire to "clear the mind" the lack of thought is actually quite scary. To go from a frantic mind to quite literally nothing, because you are not capable of thought, is a surreal experience. Even now I am struggling to find the words amongst the void.

My body let me down and launched me into a strange fugue state - unable to function, unable to process, unable to think. Beset by such oppressive pain I switched off and now am slowly rebooting, trying to refocus.

#write365___

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2014-09-08 14:40:14 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s) 

OK, so I was convinced to join by +Peter Hatherley+Heidi Bouman +carey g. butler and +Chris Sutton

Here's some fire in the sky from last week.

#cloudwars

OK, so I was convinced to join by +Peter Hatherley+Heidi Bouman +carey g. butler and +Chris Sutton

Here's some fire in the sky from last week.

#cloudwars___

2014-09-06 22:52:03 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Guilt

Guilt: the emotional response to the violation of a personal, societal, moral or ethical standard.

Guilt is intensely personal, intrinsically linked to the moral code of the individual. Guilt is also subject to perception as well as fact.

Need there be an actual transgression for the individual to feel guilty or just the belief that there has? Perhaps, in that context, the transgression is against the self - quite possibly the kind we punish ourselves for most.

We hold ourselves accountable to many standards, not let the expectations planned upon us by others - family, friends, colleagues, wider society. We feel guilty when we imagine that we have not meet those expectations and the depth of that guilt is usually proportionate to the closeness of the relationship and the importance we place upon it.

We can, however, over emphasise guilt in... more »

Guilt

Guilt: the emotional response to the violation of a personal, societal, moral or ethical standard.

Guilt is intensely personal, intrinsically linked to the moral code of the individual. Guilt is also subject to perception as well as fact.

Need there be an actual transgression for the individual to feel guilty or just the belief that there has? Perhaps, in that context, the transgression is against the self - quite possibly the kind we punish ourselves for most.

We hold ourselves accountable to many standards, not let the expectations planned upon us by others - family, friends, colleagues, wider society. We feel guilty when we imagine that we have not meet those expectations and the depth of that guilt is usually proportionate to the closeness of the relationship and the importance we place upon it.

We can, however, over emphasise guilt in situations when there is only a loose connection, barely a relationship at all. We feel we have more of an obligation than would normally be the case for a given circumstance. It is here that we transgress against ourselves.

Guilt and remorse are seen as behavioural modifiers - the guiltier we are the less likely we are to act in the manner which caused it but this is not always the case. Just as we over emphasise our guilt in some situations so we can fail to feel it in others, even when we would normally be expected to.

Or moral compasses are not always aligned and some seen to point to completely different poles. Is it anyone's fault? Are our personal standards simply a reflection of the life we have lead, the education we have been given? Not always.

Sometimes we are slaves to physiology, to the inability of our brains to make certain connections and to our inability to instill standards within ourselves. Guilt can be pathological rather than emotional.

Regardless of its cause our reaction to guilt is what sets us apart, how we respond as individuals. We should own our guilt and be able to rationalise it, assess its relative importance and dismiss it when it is solely self inflicted.

We shouldn't be so hard on ourselves.

#write365___

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2014-09-06 11:45:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

First time I've seen this Google Now card.

First time I've seen this Google Now card.___

2014-09-06 11:42:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Just walked past a group of young lads working out their nicknames. They can't have been any older than 9, 10 tops. Overheard this:

"Mine's Blue, you're Football, but Dildo's taken"

0_o

Just walked past a group of young lads working out their nicknames. They can't have been any older than 9, 10 tops. Overheard this:

"Mine's Blue, you're Football, but Dildo's taken"

0_o___

2014-09-06 09:23:20 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Good morning all

We hear of negative SEO all the time - deliberate attempts to force listings down the search pecking order. We also have negative social SEO which is a deliberate move to prevent people from appearing in your feed without actually unfollowing them.

I'm currently running an experiment with the latter.

There are a number of people who I have been connected with for a long time but our paths have diverged. I don't necessarily want to remove them yet so have placed them in a separate circle and set that to not appear in the stream. I can check it out whenever I want but I won't be bombarded with irrelevant (at present) posts.

The nature of social is that anything incredibly important will find its way to you regardless because of reshared etc.

Have a great day, whatever you're up to.

Good morning all

We hear of negative SEO all the time - deliberate attempts to force listings down the search pecking order. We also have negative social SEO which is a deliberate move to prevent people from appearing in your feed without actually unfollowing them.

I'm currently running an experiment with the latter.

There are a number of people who I have been connected with for a long time but our paths have diverged. I don't necessarily want to remove them yet so have placed them in a separate circle and set that to not appear in the stream. I can check it out whenever I want but I won't be bombarded with irrelevant (at present) posts.

The nature of social is that anything incredibly important will find its way to you regardless because of reshared etc.

Have a great day, whatever you're up to.___

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2014-09-05 12:41:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

I've been a big lover of Mailbox since back on iOS so was pleased when it also came to Android. The ability to simply manage mails by swiping is great.

I was lucky enough to get a free activation code for Boxer from +Android Police so am now giving the app a fair crack with a view to it possibly becoming my go to mail app.

So far so good.

I've been a big lover of Mailbox since back on iOS so was pleased when it also came to Android. The ability to simply manage mails by swiping is great.

I was lucky enough to get a free activation code for Boxer from +Android Police so am now giving the app a fair crack with a view to it possibly becoming my go to mail app.

So far so good.___

2014-09-04 17:24:21 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Return to centre

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world." - The Second Coming, W.B. Yeats

Walking home yesterday I was compelled to pull out my phone and start dictating - talking is writing out loud (again with the think, talk, write theme!) The scrambled thoughts I dictated immediately drew me to the above two lines from Yeats' poem...

Sometimes I wonder where all of this is heading, what it's all leading up to. I just wish that I could take all of these threads, these web-like strands and weave them into a whole - some kind of cohesive pattern.

I get all of these individual thoughts, these ideas and they spin off on their own but how do they all relate? How do I turn these strands around, make them return to centre and actually combine them into something useful?

I suppose if... more »

Return to centre

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world." - The Second Coming, W.B. Yeats

Walking home yesterday I was compelled to pull out my phone and start dictating - talking is writing out loud (again with the think, talk, write theme!) The scrambled thoughts I dictated immediately drew me to the above two lines from Yeats' poem...

Sometimes I wonder where all of this is heading, what it's all leading up to. I just wish that I could take all of these threads, these web-like strands and weave them into a whole - some kind of cohesive pattern.

I get all of these individual thoughts, these ideas and they spin off on their own but how do they all relate? How do I turn these strands around, make them return to centre and actually combine them into something useful?

I suppose if it was easy then everyone would be doing it and nothing would be special or unique.

It is frustrating that these ideas form but once they have been loosed upon the world they become lost, fractured and forgotten. I lose track of them and don't know how to get them back, don't know how to reconcile them beyond being isolated concepts.

I can't help but feel that there should be more to this, that I should be building up to something, sensing a bigger picture to the individual pieces of this jigsaw that I slowly create day by day.

But I only ever seem to be shuffling the pieces around, searching for the edges and corners, places to start.

Is that sea or sky? Is that a face? How do they fit together? I wish I had the box so I had the finished picture to guide me.

Maybe this is where I need to be heading after post 365, maybe then I need to turn my focus on completing that jigsaw.

#write365___

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2014-09-04 06:03:55 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s) 

Good morning all.

Just had to snap this on the way to the station today. Combined with the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme running through my head it's becoming quite a surreal morning.

Have a great day, whatever you're up to.

Good morning all.

Just had to snap this on the way to the station today. Combined with the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme running through my head it's becoming quite a surreal morning.

Have a great day, whatever you're up to.___

2014-09-03 17:30:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Stating the obvious

Yesterday, +Gideon Rosenblatt  shared (http://goo.gl/U06xeo) an excellent piece by +Koert van Mensvoort regarding his proposal: the "Pyramid of Technology" which he uses to explain how technology moves from its conception through acceptance to the point where it becomes invisible and, well, just natural - or naturalised.

My immediate thought, which I commented at the time, was that this is one of those concepts that we essentially already know but just accept. The change in attitude to technology over time is itself a naturalised process but it's not until someone turns it into a theory and points it out that we say "oh yeah, so it is!"

It's like observational comedy.

We know certain things are funny but that's where it stops. We pay them no mind beyond that because they just are -p... more »

Stating the obvious

Yesterday, +Gideon Rosenblatt  shared (http://goo.gl/U06xeo) an excellent piece by +Koert van Mensvoort regarding his proposal: the "Pyramid of Technology" which he uses to explain how technology moves from its conception through acceptance to the point where it becomes invisible and, well, just natural - or naturalised.

My immediate thought, which I commented at the time, was that this is one of those concepts that we essentially already know but just accept. The change in attitude to technology over time is itself a naturalised process but it's not until someone turns it into a theory and points it out that we say "oh yeah, so it is!"

It's like observational comedy.

We know certain things are funny but that's where it stops. We pay them no mind beyond that because they just are - period.

It's not until a comedian shoves it in our face and says "look!" that we really take proper notice and analyse it.

"It's funny because it's true."

We might claim that someone is stating the obvious but that is because on some inherent level we know and recognise whatever it is but no one has ever actually quantified it before, laid it out for all to see and consciously acknowledge.

It's not that these things reside in the collective unconscious - they are not instinctual things that we are born knowing, we still have to learn them through life experience - but that they are societal norms, things we all take absolutely for granted and need pay no mind because they are indefatigable facts of life.

So, if we all know them why do we need someone to quantify them? Why do we need someone to raise them from the unconscious to the conscious level?

Understanding.

Understanding of us, of who we are as individuals and as a species. Of how we connect and relate to each other and our environment.

Some do not respond to social, environmental and emotional triggers as effectively as others so might not acquire this innate understanding - raising these "truths" from the depths of the unconscious might be the only way they learn.

Perhaps stating the obvious serves to level the playing field.

#write365___

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2014-09-03 11:38:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

I'm liking the look of the Asus Zen Watch. The Moto 360 is nice but seems like it's going to be a bit expensive. This could be a good alternative.

I'm liking the look of the Asus Zen Watch. The Moto 360 is nice but seems like it's going to be a bit expensive. This could be a good alternative.___

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2014-09-03 06:05:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s) 

Good morning all

Got up this morning and I was just like the image. I think I've finally decided it's on the outside.

I hope.

Have a great day, whatever you're up to.

Good morning all

Got up this morning and I was just like the image. I think I've finally decided it's on the outside.

I hope.

Have a great day, whatever you're up to.___

2014-09-02 16:31:46 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Carpe momento

A day is too long, too abstract, filled with a myriad moments of infinite variety. Rather than seizing the day we should instead seize the moment.

I debated with myself whether this post should be called "Gone in sixty seconds" as, in a sense, it is a follow up to yesterday's talk of those fleeting moments in life.

When writing I am a firm believer in striking while the iron is hot. If I have a thought or idea I have to get it down as soon as I possibly can. That's why everything I create is on my phone - it's always with me, always available even if I have to dictate rather than type.

(Talking and writing are extensions of each other, remember?)

If I don't get it down the moment is lost; if I don't finish a thought the momentum is lost and that spark of imagination cannot be exactly rekindled - too... more »

Carpe momento

A day is too long, too abstract, filled with a myriad moments of infinite variety. Rather than seizing the day we should instead seize the moment.

I debated with myself whether this post should be called "Gone in sixty seconds" as, in a sense, it is a follow up to yesterday's talk of those fleeting moments in life.

When writing I am a firm believer in striking while the iron is hot. If I have a thought or idea I have to get it down as soon as I possibly can. That's why everything I create is on my phone - it's always with me, always available even if I have to dictate rather than type.

(Talking and writing are extensions of each other, remember?)

If I don't get it down the moment is lost; if I don't finish a thought the momentum is lost and that spark of imagination cannot be exactly rekindled - too late, it's gone, the thread is broken.

But the mind is like an ever raging bonfire, as it burns sparks are continually thrown off, carried by the currents of hot air only to land and, where they fall, try to start fires of their own.

How to keep up?

Sometimes similar sparks will land in the same place, try to reignite an old fire, raise it from the ashes but it's never quite the same, never burns with the same intensity - it is never as pure.

The job of the writer is to tend to the sparks as they fall, to fan the flames of imagination before they are extinguished.

Sometimes we are lucky and a spark is strong, its fire burning higher and brighter than all the others, its inferno enveloping those other sparks around it. We feed it, adding more fuel, more to consume until it glows like a beacon.

That eureka moment.

So we should seize every moment as we never know which sparks will take.

#write365___

2014-09-02 08:46:17 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Good morning all

It appears that we are having a transition week so I'm still doing most of the tasks I have been doing for the past three months. Good news for now.

The journey in this morning was productive, I've almost completed today's daily post already :)

I keep wanting to return to the triumvirate of philosophy, psychology and social anthropology as a topic - I feel drawn to these as three sides to same coin (is that even possible?). My brain just doesn't shut off sometimes ;)

Anyway, have a great day, whatever you're up to.

Good morning all

It appears that we are having a transition week so I'm still doing most of the tasks I have been doing for the past three months. Good news for now.

The journey in this morning was productive, I've almost completed today's daily post already :)

I keep wanting to return to the triumvirate of philosophy, psychology and social anthropology as a topic - I feel drawn to these as three sides to same coin (is that even possible?). My brain just doesn't shut off sometimes ;)

Anyway, have a great day, whatever you're up to.___

2014-09-01 16:35:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Tears in rain

"All those moments... will be lost in time, like tears... in... rain." - Roy Batty, Bladerunner.

I have been thinking about various things in our lives which we do and that just become part of us. All too often, however, we cannot remember the where, how and why of them starting.

They are pivotal moments, forks on our path - events or decisions that absolutely affect who we are but they are lost in time, unable to be recalled.

They might seem completely inconsequential, throwaway choices, even mere dalliances, but can lead to something significant.

Cinematic history records that the "tears in rain" monolgue was ad libbed by Rutger Hauer, that he just had an idea about cutting up the existing script and wanted to give it a try. In many ways the speech became the film's defining moment.

This is... more »

Tears in rain

"All those moments... will be lost in time, like tears... in... rain." - Roy Batty, Bladerunner.

I have been thinking about various things in our lives which we do and that just become part of us. All too often, however, we cannot remember the where, how and why of them starting.

They are pivotal moments, forks on our path - events or decisions that absolutely affect who we are but they are lost in time, unable to be recalled.

They might seem completely inconsequential, throwaway choices, even mere dalliances, but can lead to something significant.

Cinematic history records that the "tears in rain" monolgue was ad libbed by Rutger Hauer, that he just had an idea about cutting up the existing script and wanted to give it a try. In many ways the speech became the film's defining moment.

This is largely how we live our lives - ad libbed, on the fly, and those snap decisions ultimately become what defines us as individuals.

Perhaps this is why some people like to write diaries or journals: to keep hold of those fleeting moments, to record them for posterity.

But there is another aspect.

A diary or journal isn't just an historic record, it is also for thoughts, feelings, emotions, for reflection and introspection. For all of this, however, one interesting aspect is that they are as much a product of their time as the events they are designed to record. I have written much (and often) about how we are but evolving instances of ourselves and a diary perfectly reflects this.

Many say that they write because a dairy is like a stranger they can tell anything without fear, without judgement but, when reading back, the analogy is curiously prophetic as the real stranger is their past self.

Lost in time, just like the moments they lived.

#write365___

2014-09-01 07:51:29 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Good morning all

Back at the coal face after 10 consecutive days away. It's good to be off but it's also good to be back.

Have a great Monday and a wonderful week, whatever you're up to.

Good morning all

Back at the coal face after 10 consecutive days away. It's good to be off but it's also good to be back.

Have a great Monday and a wonderful week, whatever you're up to.___

2014-08-31 22:38:54 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Focus on the positives

Tomorrow my stint as team leader comes to an end as the normal team leader returns from his secondment - much to his disappointment.

It is a shame as I have been enjoying the different tasks I have been undertaking but I will not be dwelling on that. Instead I will be focusing on the positives.

The past three months have been an eye opener: I have been exposed to a much wider environment that my usual team. I have made some good connections right around the country and gained a valuable insight into how the whole department works rather than just one isolated little section.

I have learnt a lot about process and the expectations of management, seen a lot of what goes on "in the background" that normally front line staff do not get to see or even know that it exists.

I feel that I can go back to my normal job with... more »

Focus on the positives

Tomorrow my stint as team leader comes to an end as the normal team leader returns from his secondment - much to his disappointment.

It is a shame as I have been enjoying the different tasks I have been undertaking but I will not be dwelling on that. Instead I will be focusing on the positives.

The past three months have been an eye opener: I have been exposed to a much wider environment that my usual team. I have made some good connections right around the country and gained a valuable insight into how the whole department works rather than just one isolated little section.

I have learnt a lot about process and the expectations of management, seen a lot of what goes on "in the background" that normally front line staff do not get to see or even know that it exists.

I feel that I can go back to my normal job with a greater appreciation of the bigger picture which will, hopefully, enable me to be more effective in my own role.

I have gained some excellent experience in areas normally far beyond my normal remit and been able to demonstrate that I am someone who can take on tasks, run with them and produce results.

I have had fun and will now find myself in an excellent position for the future should any other opportunities arise - I have made myself visible and will be at the forefront of people's minds should they want someone to do X, Y or Z.

Yes, it's a bit disappointing for things to be returning to the way they were (it was always going to happen barring an exceptionally lucky break) but I am no longer the same person I was before this all started.

#write365___

2014-08-30 22:40:31 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

The observer effect

A number of people have been sharing an image with Kurt Vonnegut's seven tips for writing, one of those tips is "write to please one person".

I have never given any other impression than "that person is me".

I always say I write for myself and if others happen to climb aboard the bus and enjoy the ride then great.

But is that entirely the case?

Do I write for personal growth or exploration? Most likely, yes but is that the entire story? Does the observer effect take hold and, if so, how much? I honestly couldn't say.

Are some of my topics influenced by the thoughts, posts and comments of others? Undoubtedly, but am I actually writing for those influencers?

Consider this.

When we plus mention someone it might be out of courtesy, it might be to include themi... more »

The observer effect

A number of people have been sharing an image with Kurt Vonnegut's seven tips for writing, one of those tips is "write to please one person".

I have never given any other impression than "that person is me".

I always say I write for myself and if others happen to climb aboard the bus and enjoy the ride then great.

But is that entirely the case?

Do I write for personal growth or exploration? Most likely, yes but is that the entire story? Does the observer effect take hold and, if so, how much? I honestly couldn't say.

Are some of my topics influenced by the thoughts, posts and comments of others? Undoubtedly, but am I actually writing for those influencers?

Consider this.

When we plus mention someone it might be out of courtesy, it might be to include them in a conversation we feel they can contribute but what we really are saying is "I want you to be notified of this. I want you to see this!"

That's all.

In that context are we writing for others? When we invoke them in this way do we have them in mind during the creation process and are we tailoring what we say to please their ears?

We cannot help but be influenced by others, they leave their marks on us, yet by how much is very much open to discussion.

We can only create within a given context; if we remove that context then the resulting creation will be different, it has to be, but in what context do we allow ourselves to create?

How much are we willing to allow it to influence our thinking, our writing, our creation?

The irony is that by even considering this, by acknowledging the existence of the observer, the effect has already occurred.

#write365___

2014-08-29 16:45:13 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s) 

On writing

+David Amerland wrote earlier that it is "a little ironic how little talk is happening around the written word." It is almost as though the process stands alone, it exists separately and all we see are the results.

As I have said before, I have always written in one form or another, be it poetry or the odd short story to blogging and now this series.

I always wanted to write a book - they say that we all have a book in us - but my only attempt failed when I was much younger.

I always wanted to write science fiction, in fact that one failed attempt was in that genre - but now I am not so sure. Maybe that failure has subconsciously scarred me.

The one thing that keeps me from writing a book of any kind is that one big idea - finding a topic that I feel needs the depths of investigation only a book could provide.
... more »

On writing

+David Amerland wrote earlier that it is "a little ironic how little talk is happening around the written word." It is almost as though the process stands alone, it exists separately and all we see are the results.

As I have said before, I have always written in one form or another, be it poetry or the odd short story to blogging and now this series.

I always wanted to write a book - they say that we all have a book in us - but my only attempt failed when I was much younger.

I always wanted to write science fiction, in fact that one failed attempt was in that genre - but now I am not so sure. Maybe that failure has subconsciously scarred me.

The one thing that keeps me from writing a book of any kind is that one big idea - finding a topic that I feel needs the depths of investigation only a book could provide.

Sure, I have lots of little ideas and some of those dovetail into broader concepts but finding that one big idea is what probably holds most people back.

To return to David's initial point, by diving into the #write365 project I have learnt one vital lesson: for me, writing and talking are largely analogous. I try to do one in the same manner as the other.

Talk, write, think - they are all parts of the same process for me, extensions of one another, overlapping and reinforcing - what starts with one continues to the rest and I cannot separate them. I write as I think (or should that be think as I write) and try not to write in a way that I wouldn't speak.

I like to write about writing as much as anything else, examining my patterns and processes - developing a habit and examining how it works.

After all, that's why this project exists.

#write365___

2014-08-28 22:07:28 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Co-creation

Our stories do not happen in isolation.

I am part of yours just as you are part of mine.

Our realities are woven together into "life's rich tapestry" and, like it or not, our fates are ultimately entwined.

The term co-creation has received a lot of attention and been adopted by the social sphere in a way that goes beyond its original meaning.

We have moved on from economic co-creation, where business and customers interact in such a way that the customer is able to personalise their experience. Instead we are co-creating our social reality, the world around us and its structures.

Engaging with others via social media automatically connects us, not in a friend or follower type relationship, but in a more existential way.

Action and reaction: what happens because you read a particular post, commented... more »

Co-creation

Our stories do not happen in isolation.

I am part of yours just as you are part of mine.

Our realities are woven together into "life's rich tapestry" and, like it or not, our fates are ultimately entwined.

The term co-creation has received a lot of attention and been adopted by the social sphere in a way that goes beyond its original meaning.

We have moved on from economic co-creation, where business and customers interact in such a way that the customer is able to personalise their experience. Instead we are co-creating our social reality, the world around us and its structures.

Engaging with others via social media automatically connects us, not in a friend or follower type relationship, but in a more existential way.

Action and reaction: what happens because you read a particular post, commented on a thread or internalised a message?

The observer effect: how is action or behaviour altered due to the knowledge that we are being watched?

Little ripples of influence, tiny adjustments in attitude or opinion, moderation of behaviour or, maybe, deliberate outlandishness - showing off in public.

Consciously or unwittingly we are part of the evolution of those around us, of those we might ever come in to contact with, those who might ever see our content or be indirectly exposed through second hand sources.

Influence, impact, impression - call it what you will but is a multidirectional force that binds us in ways that we cannot immediately fathom.

It has always been this way but the internet vastly expands our potential spheres of influence, vastly extends our reach.

We all cast our stones in to the pond and our ripples create such complex interference patterns. We cannot necessarily trace the impact of a single ripple but, once it has merged with many others, eventually feel its effect.

We co-create each other's identities through simply living our own.

#write365___

2014-08-27 15:52:20 (33 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Language

Language is amazing!

That humanity has developed such a tool for communication and expression is beyond marvellous, it is miraculous.

But language can be equally frustrating.

With billions of individuals on the planet having their own views, opinions and interpretations language holds such ambiguity even between those who speak the same language or even the same local dialect.

Our understanding of language is coloured by or interpretation of its words, it is full of half meanings and inconsistencies. It is a never ending game of Chinese Whispers.

When speaking or writing I know what it is that I am trying to say; I choose words I consider appropriate and that reflect the meaning I am trying to impart. When they are heard or read, however, the audience may ascribe different meanings to them based on their own interpretations -... more »

Language

Language is amazing!

That humanity has developed such a tool for communication and expression is beyond marvellous, it is miraculous.

But language can be equally frustrating.

With billions of individuals on the planet having their own views, opinions and interpretations language holds such ambiguity even between those who speak the same language or even the same local dialect.

Our understanding of language is coloured by or interpretation of its words, it is full of half meanings and inconsistencies. It is a never ending game of Chinese Whispers.

When speaking or writing I know what it is that I am trying to say; I choose words I consider appropriate and that reflect the meaning I am trying to impart. When they are heard or read, however, the audience may ascribe different meanings to them based on their own interpretations - the intent and meaning of the entire piece can be skewed by just one word taken in the wrong context.

Where lies the responsibility for communication? Is it with the author? Do they have a responsibility to ensure that their words are not ambiguous? Is it with the audience? Do they have a responsibility to loom for the intended meanings and not automatically ascribe their own?

Perhaps it is both but I do not believe that meaning must always be laid out in obvious fashion. Sometimes the audience has to work for their reward, they must be forced to walk down the twisting corridors of their own minds to reach their own realisations until we all get to that eureka moment.

The author, however, has a responsibility to not ascribe meanings far beyond the norm without making the audience aware.

The most important rule is to never assume.

The author must never assume the audience is treading the same path just as the audience must never assume that their first impression is correct.

#write365___

2014-08-26 15:07:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Commitment

It's days like this that remind me just how much of a commitment something like the #write365 project really is.

You'd think that writing approximately 300 words wouldn't be much of an issue and, taken in isolation, it's not but doing it day in, day out trying to fit it in with everything else can sometimes be a problem.

While the project has never been about guaranteeing any level of quality something inside me questions if just writing every day is enough of an achievement or whether I should always aim to do more.

I only found out yesterday that my grandfather (on my mother's side) was a prolific diary writer, especially in the last few years in the run up to his death when he documented his health after having a heart attack. Even my grandmother was in the dark about what and how much he wrote until after he passed away... more »

Commitment

It's days like this that remind me just how much of a commitment something like the #write365 project really is.

You'd think that writing approximately 300 words wouldn't be much of an issue and, taken in isolation, it's not but doing it day in, day out trying to fit it in with everything else can sometimes be a problem.

While the project has never been about guaranteeing any level of quality something inside me questions if just writing every day is enough of an achievement or whether I should always aim to do more.

I only found out yesterday that my grandfather (on my mother's side) was a prolific diary writer, especially in the last few years in the run up to his death when he documented his health after having a heart attack. Even my grandmother was in the dark about what and how much he wrote until after he passed away and she went through his things.

His writing probably began when he was in the Royal Engineers during World War II - so many servicemen put pen or pencil to paper to document or draw their experiences and just to stay sane even if never posted overseas.

I've always said that I will make the time to write, that I feel it is important. It's like being the parent of a new born baby that needs feeding every two hours - you grab some sleep whenever you can.

And so it is with my writing.

From beyond the grave my deceased grandfather has given me fresh inspiration to write, to maintain my commitment to a project that I started largely on a whim.

I will write whenever I can, whatever I'm doing or wherever I'm going.

I have made a commitment. I will make the time to write.

#write365___

2014-08-26 06:15:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Good morning all

Off to Norfolk to see the in-laws today, writing may be a problem! 0_o

Good morning all

Off to Norfolk to see the in-laws today, writing may be a problem! 0_o___

2014-08-25 20:01:36 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

The player of games

I have always enjoyed playing games from card games with my grandparents as a young child or manhunt (a variant of "tag" or "it") with my friends growing up where we would jump and scramble between walls of an old WWII battery complex near home in an early, less acrobatic version of Parkour.

With the emergence of more advanced video games I used to spend all day (literally) playing Gauntlet with a few friends at the arcade, food and drink stacked up on the machine in front of us and others waiting to jump in should we need to take a break.

(A full day's play on 20p - ah, those were the days.)

Last year we gave our Nintendo Wii to a friend when we bought an Xbox only for me to say (and post) later that I missed it.

Now, the game I spend most time with is World of Warcraft.

Games stimulate us... more »

The player of games

I have always enjoyed playing games from card games with my grandparents as a young child or manhunt (a variant of "tag" or "it") with my friends growing up where we would jump and scramble between walls of an old WWII battery complex near home in an early, less acrobatic version of Parkour.

With the emergence of more advanced video games I used to spend all day (literally) playing Gauntlet with a few friends at the arcade, food and drink stacked up on the machine in front of us and others waiting to jump in should we need to take a break.

(A full day's play on 20p - ah, those were the days.)

Last year we gave our Nintendo Wii to a friend when we bought an Xbox only for me to say (and post) later that I missed it.

Now, the game I spend most time with is World of Warcraft.

Games stimulate us in a partucular way but all those I have most enjoyed have had one thing in common: playing them with other people. It is the social element of play that makes it better.

We can play single player games and get all the achievements we want but without other players they are not as fulfilling.

The Xbox is a far superior console to the Wii but the multiplayer gameplay is limited. The Wii used to be more fun with the whole family playing at once.

The Xbox improves if you go online and play with others across the web, just like a massively multiplayer game such as WoW is more fun when you are in a guild and regularly playing with the same group of people.

Even when embedding ourselves in other worlds we relish human contact, we long for the added element that interaction with others provides. It allows us to forge bonds with people we may never meet in real life - just like social media - and even get to call them friends.

#write365___

2014-08-24 21:29:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Stepping back

Many won't take a step back, even faced with a solid wall they would rather try to bludgeon their way forward regardless. It's as though stepping back is admitting failure and they aren't prepared to do that.

So what if it is?

Sometimes we need to admit that things haven't worked or aren't working as well as we hoped. If we deny that we are heading in the wrong direction we will never get to where we are going.

Saying "I was wrong" is hard, possibly one of the hardest but, sometimes, it's not a case of being right or wrong, simply that circumstances have changed and we end up adrift.

Even then it can still be hard to admit that we need to rethink our strategies and start again.

Admitting that things need to change is not a failure it is a strength, to have the courage to rip it up and... more »

Stepping back

Many won't take a step back, even faced with a solid wall they would rather try to bludgeon their way forward regardless. It's as though stepping back is admitting failure and they aren't prepared to do that.

So what if it is?

Sometimes we need to admit that things haven't worked or aren't working as well as we hoped. If we deny that we are heading in the wrong direction we will never get to where we are going.

Saying "I was wrong" is hard, possibly one of the hardest but, sometimes, it's not a case of being right or wrong, simply that circumstances have changed and we end up adrift.

Even then it can still be hard to admit that we need to rethink our strategies and start again.

Admitting that things need to change is not a failure it is a strength, to have the courage to rip it up and start again it something we need to have more often.

We can be too close to things to fully appreciate them or understand them, it's a cliché but we can't see the bigger picture. Stepping back allows us to see things for what they really are, allows us to determine the changes we need to make to get things back on track.

Stepping back allows us to see the routes available to us, maybe even see the road signs.

If we are still lost, it is also hard, but we can always ask for directions.

#write365___

2014-08-23 20:44:24 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s) 

The same

All our lives we are faced with people telling us what to do, advising us that this way or that is preferable. We are cajoled, coerced and persuaded into action.

We are told what is best, what is valuable, what we should covet - we are expected to blindly follow fashion and trends.

Who are these people?

They are marketers and salesmen but, though we know them for what they are, we still fall under their spells. Societal pressure demands we confirm, that we are the same.

We like the same, we know how to deal with it. If something is common then we can make assumptions, we can prejudge without fear of getting it wrong. We can act according to a pattern and know that we will come out the other side with mission accomplished.

I don't use marketers and salesmen in the way you'd expect, I'm not just talking about those... more »

The same

All our lives we are faced with people telling us what to do, advising us that this way or that is preferable. We are cajoled, coerced and persuaded into action.

We are told what is best, what is valuable, what we should covet - we are expected to blindly follow fashion and trends.

Who are these people?

They are marketers and salesmen but, though we know them for what they are, we still fall under their spells. Societal pressure demands we confirm, that we are the same.

We like the same, we know how to deal with it. If something is common then we can make assumptions, we can prejudge without fear of getting it wrong. We can act according to a pattern and know that we will come out the other side with mission accomplished.

I don't use marketers and salesmen in the way you'd expect, I'm not just talking about those trying to sell you goods or services. They can, in fact, be anyone as long as they are trying to sell you their views or opinions, trying to get you to "see it their way" to agree with them - to be the same.

If we are the same then the guesswork is removed. If we are the same we are predictable and can be controlled.

We wrap them up in friendly, positive terms to make them palatable and call them influencers. We follow them and strive to be like them but, all too often, they are too vocal, too easy to impose their ideas upon us. Too ready to make us the same.

But influencers should not cajole or coerce, they should merely act and let others decide for themselves. They should be the very antithesis of what we know them to be.

A leader is best when people barely know he exists. Of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, “We did this ourselves." - Lao Tzu

#write365___

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2014-08-23 12:31:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Worth a read...

The Present is not  explained by the Past

   Of course the Past contributed to conditions from which the Present arose… but this is not an 'explanation': it links an ineffable reality to another ineffable reality. The explanation arises when we try to 'explain'… but the past doesn't explain, we do!

   The way the Present creates the Past is born in our present  anguish and desire to find handles to make reality conform to our wishes… and how this present  anguish leads us to presently  create a narrative justifying our importance in the world and why other phenomena should comply.

   Feeling secure? You're not too concerned with 'history'…
   Feeling insecure, e.g. because someone claims the land you consider your own? You suddenly come up with History, an 'explanation' about how your ancestors have always been here, and how that gives you precedence, etc. As you well know that precedence hardly is enough (does a first crime left unpunished 'justify' all other similar crimes?), you also come up with the 'history' that civilisation co-dependently arose with the notion of 'propriety' and 'ownership'… and that, of course, this is 'progress', hence not to be challenged… You well know that as a situation evolves, adaptation to prior circumstances doesn't mean adaptation to current circumstances, but you'll still try to convince the other! That's a present narrative, aimed at attaining a present goal.


   A way to see this is to see how the 'history' changes when a prior version didn't convince.

   Someone wants you to move your car so they can park. They come angry at your door, wrapped in their righteousness and legitimacy, and instead of simply asking you to move your car, they'll go on and on about how long they travelled, their fatigue, their rights… to try to coerce you into giving them satisfaction.
   The Present isn't explained by the Past, their present desire leads to an 'explanation' of the Past in an attempt to control the world and avoid its unsatisfactoriness! So they assume that e.g. speaking of their 2-hours drive gives them legitimacy and is therefore relevant… But what happens if you then say "Well, I just drove 4 hours" ? Suddenly, the history switches to something else, e.g. their partner is sick… But if your own sickness is 'worse' than their partner's, then it might switch to some 'right' they have, etc.

   What's "relevant" has nothing to do with the Past, it has to do with what allows to convince the other person that you have priority in getting your desire fulfilled! The present desire creates the Past! [When it's not about convincing, it's about understanding, i.e. about gaining levers that could be used in the future to force reality to comply with one's wishes… maybe by such overwhelming causality that discussion  and convincing wouldn't even be needed ;-) ]

   Not only the present intention creates the Past, but also the present preferences for discourse modes: if there's a present tendency to value science, the 'history' might be framed in 'scientific' terms… but if the present preference is spiritual, the 'history' might be frame in terms of e.g. 'destiny' or "God-given right"!


   What's "relevant" has nothing to do with the Past, it has to do with what allows to convince the other person that you have priority in getting your desire fulfilled! The present desire creates the Past, the present cherry-picking creates the Past,  distinguishing what's relevant and what's not in ad hoc  manner: change the present conditions and what's "relevant" will change ;-)

   And thus explanations are not found in the Past. « This is therefore to say [It Starts Now - Alan Watts] … [the (past) Universe] is trailing off like the wake of a ship from now and as the wake of the ship fades out, so does the past. You can look back there to explain things but the explanation disappears. »


   Our present explanations might be framed in terms of land, in terms of culture and of traditions, in terms of biology, in religious terms… But if you see the emptiness of the narrative, you can have a laugh at it! Great story, hugely entertaining; no need to cling to it as if it were the truth!
   Whether you believe in some religious story of the Creation, or you believe in e.g. Darwinism, it's all a present creation of the Past, biased by present preferences regarding what forms of language gives more legitimacy…

   How does it give you any  'legitimacy' that your ancestors were early, incestuous, ignorant murderers… or some sort of monkeys? It doesn't!

   Do you buy into "I know who I am, because I know my ancestors were monkeys"? Really? Do you buy into "This is my land, because my ancestors were here first"  ? Really? This is just you trying to get a handle on reality now, when someone is here with you, when reality is asking you an answer but you'd prefer them not to be here, you'd prefer life to be 'different'!

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   The above is critical about one buddhist teaching: karma.
   Karma refers to intentional  tendencies, and to causality based on intentional  tendencies. Can intentions, in particular repetitive intentions (that might lead to embodiment), lead to consequences? Of course. Does this mean that everything  requires "past intentional tendencies" to be part of the explanation? Of course not!
   The present  anguish while facing the ineffability of the world, while facing our lack of satisfactory knowledge of the world, our not-knowing, our inability to predict, our inability to control with certainty… lead some to create certainties by way of a deterministic version of karma.
   But the Past doesn't explain the Present. And the buddha explained that karma is not deterministic, and also is intractable (which isn't surprising since there's no inherent unchanging 'self' —even as a trackable 'process'— to which it could be attached!). One of the reasons karma isn't deterministic is that "cause–effect" relationships arise in context-dependent manner (note: this is why we can free ourselves from past karma… by cultivating wholesome contexts and circumstances, in which past karma will ripen but without automatically causing perpetuation or even suffering), i.e. conditions and seeds are empty of 'condition' / 'seed' essence (see chapter 1 of Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā  if interested).
   Using karma to justify disability isn't understanding karma. It's to confuse engagement and outcome. When such conceited speech is given, if anything, the tendency that is visible isn't the one of the disabled person… but the one of the 'explainer' (who clings to certainties and wants the world to be 'explained', with clear labels, no matter what, even if it's via blaming victims!).
   Maybe the disability is a karmic result… but you don't know that! So don't pretend it's known, don't pretend it's sure, based on some quote from the Buddha (when you cannot even be sure he actually  said such a thing!), some argumentum ab auctoritate,  or simply some argumentum ad ignorantiam.
   What is the compassionate, loving, equanimous response you'll give to the present situation? That's the question! Even if the disability were a karmic result, the question would still be about your response to the situation at hand, not about whether you can 'explain' the disability!

–––

   Will you move your car, with a welcoming smile to the person who requested so, or will you start a debate about who's more 'entitled' to the parking spot?


#Buddhism  
photo: boat sailing the Lyse fjord in Norway, by Edmond (on wikipedia)___Worth a read...

2014-08-22 17:57:09 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Whose story are we telling?

+Gina Fiedel said in her recent video that she hoped people didn't think that she was just mining experiences for her series that normally focuses on social and marketing.

There are lines we don't want to cross, we don't want to be seen as insensitive or taking advantage of a situation but, ultimately, isn't that what we do as humans?

We take our experiences, learn from them and adapt. We recount our tales for any number of reasons but one primary goal is to ensure we have understood it.

By explaining something to ourselves or others we can confirm if we have it right in our own minds.

Thinking about this lead me on to the question of whose story we are telling.

Are we telling our own? Someone else's? Or just our interpretation of, or reaction to, it?

What is the connection... more »

Whose story are we telling?

+Gina Fiedel said in her recent video that she hoped people didn't think that she was just mining experiences for her series that normally focuses on social and marketing.

There are lines we don't want to cross, we don't want to be seen as insensitive or taking advantage of a situation but, ultimately, isn't that what we do as humans?

We take our experiences, learn from them and adapt. We recount our tales for any number of reasons but one primary goal is to ensure we have understood it.

By explaining something to ourselves or others we can confirm if we have it right in our own minds.

Thinking about this lead me on to the question of whose story we are telling.

Are we telling our own? Someone else's? Or just our interpretation of, or reaction to, it?

What is the connection between storyteller and story (or its subject) and, for that matter, the audience?

When telling a tale we can be relaying facts but they will almost always be slightly altered by our recollection, our interpretation, our feelings and our opinions. We are telling a version of events.

It is hard to completely detach ourselves from our humanity and recite plain facts. Our preconceptions will skew the data despite our best intentions.

We can impose our emotions on our perception of events and introduce things that simply aren't there. We try to empathise without having all the information.

So, whose story are we really telling?

#write365___

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2014-08-21 19:14:35 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Catching up +Anton Satorin? ;)

Catching up +Anton Satorin? ;)___

2014-08-21 16:09:14 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Words and pictures

+Brian Koberlein
+Susanne Ramharter
+Dirk Puehl

Science, art, history.

What do these three people have in common? They all write daily posts about their chosen subject.

They all communicate and educate.

I remember as a kid in the mid to late 70s watching the TV programme "Words and Pictures" which used narrated stories accompanied by animations to promote reading "as an interesting and enjoyable activity".

We learn quicker and more deeply when we are enjoying ourselves.

+Ben Lloyd knows the importance of words as a copywriter and has embarked on his Paris Sketches project claiming I have influenced him.

+Matt Ballard knows the importance of capturing the right image but I have apparently inspired him to also string words together.

I am deeply... more »

Words and pictures

+Brian Koberlein
+Susanne Ramharter
+Dirk Puehl

Science, art, history.

What do these three people have in common? They all write daily posts about their chosen subject.

They all communicate and educate.

I remember as a kid in the mid to late 70s watching the TV programme "Words and Pictures" which used narrated stories accompanied by animations to promote reading "as an interesting and enjoyable activity".

We learn quicker and more deeply when we are enjoying ourselves.

+Ben Lloyd knows the importance of words as a copywriter and has embarked on his Paris Sketches project claiming I have influenced him.

+Matt Ballard knows the importance of capturing the right image but I have apparently inspired him to also string words together.

I am deeply humbled by that.

Pictures can be the most effective way to quickly get something across, they can present detail in a way that we could never hope to describe but we are limited to what is in front of the camera, we are limited to a snapshot.

Words can give context, can tell us what came before and after the moment the shutter briefly opened and closed, they can tell us as much about the author as about the piece they have written.

Professional photographers will take hours, days to plan and set up the perfect shot - all that time for a fraction of a second but their skills in lighting, framing and composition allow them to tell a story - it is a rare gift. For most it is just a simple matter of point and shoot: little thought required. Our streams become flooded with imagery and it loses its impact.

For all the power of images, however, they are nothing without the words we use to describe them.

Words are how we communicate, how we interpret, how we make sense of things.

It is said that swearing demonstrates a lack of vocabulary - a vulgar cop out when you can't think of something intelligent to say.

Reading, engaging, communicating, these are all ways we expand our vocabulary. Stories are how we impart meaning.

Without words we are unable to effectively articulate our thoughts and feelings, without words we are unable to describe what we see and communicate that to others.

Without words most are unable to tell their stories.

#write365___

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2014-08-21 05:00:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

You'll normally find +Matt Ballard behind a camera but, somehow, the #write365 project has inspired him to swap media from image to word.

After reading this I'm glad he has, I just love the atmosphere he creates.

Hunting For the Perfect Shot

My hands had begun to miss the delicious warmth from the coffee cup they had been holding a few hours earlier.

Have you spotted one yet?

No I breathed, trying to hide how cold I really am. Apparently previous exposures have resulted in frostnip.

We probably have some time before more come in. They'll spot the decoys and come right in and try to talk to each one. "Hey buddy! What's going on? Why aren't you talking to me?! Fine, I'll try the next one." They aren't very smart....

As the cold wet winter morning wore on and the fog of morning, figurative and actual, lifted we sat and chatted keeping an eye to the sky waiting for our guests to arrive.

We were hoping for mergansers but expecting buffelheads. They aren't very tasty, but are edible and of course there are some of us on Long Island that use the feathers. This area tended to be a hangout for the diminutive species of sea duck and sure enough...

...and people miss the point of hunting, of this. I can spend hours out here and I don't mind if I don't bring anything home. Even if you don't bag your limit, or miss your shot it's great just to be out and, oop, hold on we have incoming!

A lone buffelhead lands at the far end of the decoys, attempting to start a conversation and predictably failing and moving on. Rich motions to get ready for him to flip the front shield down. The motion scares the bird, after which you only have a few seconds to ready yourself, aim and take the shot otherwise the bird is gone, and you resign yourself to another long (and potentially cold wet wait).

My muscles tense. Hardly feel the cold, at least for the moment. I can barely hear Rich shout or the door of the blind flap downwards.

All I hear is the telltale click and clack of the safety disengage. Wingbeats stirring nearly still water into a tempest.

Staring down the sights as I follow the bird as it lifts out of the water, a bead trail fanning, fading out as it gains altitude and crosses straight in front of me.

Straight into the zone.

The trigger is pulled and bang, it hits me.
(I hate that phrase, but really, what else am I going to go with)

I've done this before. This isn't my first time hunting.

The preparation work. The planning, the sitting in cold temperatures, freezing my ass off and using panning and anticipation of subject position? Enduring it all for the possibility of getting the shot and going home with what I intended to capture, but being perfectly fine with just being able to get out and observe my surroundings and appreciate it in the kind of way that induces that tunnel vision, that solitary focus that ignores physical pain, and strips away everything but what I aim to capture?

That's photography. 

#write365

So, this is my first real attempt at writing in years. Going to give it a try to help kickstart the photo mojo I feel I have lost, among other reasons.

Blame +Colin Walker for this mess of words. While you're at it, follow him.___You'll normally find +Matt Ballard behind a camera but, somehow, the #write365 project has inspired him to swap media from image to word.

After reading this I'm glad he has, I just love the atmosphere he creates.

2014-08-20 20:08:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

Composite identity

A big part of realising who you are is realising who you are not. Or perhaps recognising that who you once were is no longer relevant.

What brought you to a particular place in life may not be what keeps you there or moves you forward.

Interests change, priorities change, focus changes.

I've written a lot about change, about how we manage being different people at different times and with different audiences.

I recently wrote about the relative importance of personal nature and human nature in deciding how we act but what about how our different identities impact on, and contribute to, who we are and our ultimate personality?

I have been having an on-and-off conversation (if you can call it that) with +Mani Saint-Victor for a while about multiple identities and switching between them but he shared with me ... more »

Composite identity

A big part of realising who you are is realising who you are not. Or perhaps recognising that who you once were is no longer relevant.

What brought you to a particular place in life may not be what keeps you there or moves you forward.

Interests change, priorities change, focus changes.

I've written a lot about change, about how we manage being different people at different times and with different audiences.

I recently wrote about the relative importance of personal nature and human nature in deciding how we act but what about how our different identities impact on, and contribute to, who we are and our ultimate personality?

I have been having an on-and-off conversation (if you can call it that) with +Mani Saint-Victor for a while about multiple identities and switching between them but he shared with me a research paper that brought a number of threads together in a rare moment of clarity.

The paper related to "identity importance" and "identity salience" so what does that mean?

What is the importance of the connections you make? How important are the people with whom you make them? Who are you purporting to be and how do you behave when interacting with them?

The relative importance of any given identity or version of ourselves will be related to the importance with which we view the connections which trigger that identity. It seems obvious but it's not until it gets spelt out that it really hits home.

Identity salience is the likelihood of us adopting that specific version of ourselves across different scenarios.

Our composite identity is, therefore, influenced by who we most want to be, who we (consciously or subconsciously) feel most appropriate for our connections.

The paper argued that this relies on self awareness - that we must be aware of our multiple identities under the different circumstances - and make choices based on these but, personally, I feel it is far more fundamental on a subconscious level.

Yes, we may wish to consciously adopt specific modes of behaviour as we see them as more appropriate or we may have a good experience and wish to translate what works to other environments but, often, these decisions are made on a far more emotional than rational level.

While we may act in a specific way, and social convention indicates that the related connections should be important, it may be that, as an individual, we place less importance on them as so are less likely to be influenced by that aspect of ourselves.

Much of this self-influence will come from our degree of happiness and contentment. If we are not happy in a given situation (perhaps a job we don't like) then we are unlikely to view the related connections with any real importance. That aspect of ourselves will be largely dormant outside of that environment.

Identity importance, in my mind, can be influenced by societal norms and can be consciously controlled but, for the most part, I feel it is far more subjective and instinctual.

#write365___

2014-08-20 16:07:27 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Whose stream is it anyway?

There is a lot of moaning about Twitter's move to include other "relevant" tweets in our streams that may not be from people we follow.

I fail to see why everyone is so surprised.

Twitter needs to do something to improve engagement and there have been a number of tweaks to do just this - think embedded images and videos in the feed, twitter cards, the impending introduction of tweet-commerce.

This all started with the Discover tab - an attempt to get people to interact with content they might not have otherwise seen. Discover already presents us tweets (or stories) that others may not have retweeted based on popularity and whether they may be relevant to us because the accounts are followed by those that we follow.

Back in Feb 2012 I wrote a blog post called "Is it time for Twitter to change?" in... more »

Whose stream is it anyway?

There is a lot of moaning about Twitter's move to include other "relevant" tweets in our streams that may not be from people we follow.

I fail to see why everyone is so surprised.

Twitter needs to do something to improve engagement and there have been a number of tweaks to do just this - think embedded images and videos in the feed, twitter cards, the impending introduction of tweet-commerce.

This all started with the Discover tab - an attempt to get people to interact with content they might not have otherwise seen. Discover already presents us tweets (or stories) that others may not have retweeted based on popularity and whether they may be relevant to us because the accounts are followed by those that we follow.

Back in Feb 2012 I wrote a blog post called "Is it time for Twitter to change?" in which I suggested that functionality from Discover could start to creep into our main feed. I even went as far as to suggest that Discover could become the initial view.

Maybe the latter was a bit drastic but it certainly seems that Twitter is trying to move new functionality into the main feed.

In that same post I first posited the idea that Twitter could actually become a place where we “consume” news first and talk about it after. That was almost a year before I suggested Twitter should acquire Branch.

Even +MG Siegler has recently posted about an idea for a DM solution to have conversations around tweets - consume then discuss.

Ads, embedded content, and every other change to the service have all been seen as sacrilege by the Twitter elite, the early adopters who don't like change. They fear it will destroy the service they have come to know and love.

Remember the posts proclaiming that people preferred Twitter as all tweets were of equal size which meant the stream could be read easier and you could fit more tweets on your screen? Those same people are now tweeting images and including Twitter Card markup on their blogs.

Sorry, but it hasn't been that service for years and it has to grow or die.___

2014-08-19 16:07:38 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

The journey

Cars don't really interest me. I don't care about the latest supercar or this season's roadster. As long as my car is reliable and big enough for the family and luggage that's all I'm interested in.

But I love to drive!

Maybe it's the independence, being able to go where you want when you want free from the restrictions of public transport routes and timetables.

We will often go out driving with no destination in mind, just to explore.
My wife and I joke about going down roads we've never driven on before and say "new road" to each other when this happens.

If an actual new road is constructed it's like a magnet, I have to drive along it as soon as I can - just because. It's like walking on fresh snow when there are no other tracks.

A destination isn't always... more »

The journey

Cars don't really interest me. I don't care about the latest supercar or this season's roadster. As long as my car is reliable and big enough for the family and luggage that's all I'm interested in.

But I love to drive!

Maybe it's the independence, being able to go where you want when you want free from the restrictions of public transport routes and timetables.

We will often go out driving with no destination in mind, just to explore.
My wife and I joke about going down roads we've never driven on before and say "new road" to each other when this happens.

If an actual new road is constructed it's like a magnet, I have to drive along it as soon as I can - just because. It's like walking on fresh snow when there are no other tracks.

A destination isn't always important
the journey can be just as vital - how you get from A to B and what you do along the way, what you see, find and experience.

And so it is with these daily posts.

Sometimes I have a destination in mind and know the route I will take to get there, the literary equivalent of GPS has been programmed and all I have to do is follow the turns.

There are the times when I know where I'm going, I have a point I wish to make but no definitive plan. I know the direction I should be travelling but will wing it once I'm on the road.

Finally, there are the times when there is nothing, no point to be made,no preconceived ideas. I just get in the car, so to speak, and drive - see where the words take me and what I happen across along the way. I arrive at places I would never have previously considered.

The journey is just as rewarding.

#write365___

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