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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 12:34:462215525CC G+
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 13:59:14501302137CC G+
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 21:24:2137111210CC G+
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 23:05:224351048CC G+
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 09:20:3444003CC G+
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 08:12:05371001CC G+
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 21:12:284362111CC G+
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 06:47:374134213CC G+
Garry Pickles2,271here is a nice circle full of UK Google plus users #circleshare   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircles  2014-03-21 16:19:43340419CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:45475126CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:00475125CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:45:28475014CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:44:37475126CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:43:264755010CC G+
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 10:19:5542001CC G+
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 09:22:3042403CC G+
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 06:59:09166003CC G+
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 05:59:29311216CC G+
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 00:55:3849011616CC G+
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 19:39:07340109CC G+
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 17:49:57340441178CC G+
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 07:43:1749910047117CC G+
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 12:16:17497522340CC G+
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 09:47:558524440CC G+
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 05:47:14431303CC G+
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 05:46:58431000CC G+
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 05:46:44431000CC G+
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 05:46:06431000CC G+
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 05:45:54431000CC G+
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 05:45:40431001CC G+
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 05:44:59431000CC G+
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 05:44:19431004CC G+
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 15:11:31293601836CC G+
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 22:06:375005940131CC G+
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 03:47:32198124CC G+
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 20:53:39100662467CC G+
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 09:51:2119713412CC G+
Lee Smallwood23,038This is my #dunbar  circle  - people's content I can't do without... #CircleShare   #FollowFriday  2013-05-17 17:19:4616121419CC G+
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 10:51:3613625219CC G+
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 09:25:05494421734CC G+
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 19:17:0531527CC G+
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 17:23:23456401440CC G+
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 15:05:14291532076CC G+
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 01:27:58145224CC G+
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 17:51:41140702CC G+
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 00:43:3815037734CC G+
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 23:37:40265271227CC G+
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 18:33:4737432837CC G+
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 18:14:5426519446116CC G+
Gideon Rosenblatt23,489Social Media FolksIt's been a long time since I shared a circle, and particularly since I shared this one. I'm just curious to see what happens these days when you share a circle. This one is made up of people involved in social media. Most of the circling I did for this was in the first half of 2012, so it will tend to be people who've been here for a while. 2013-01-30 15:55:0823211421CC G+

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2014-08-10 15:57:15 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Happiness

In today's Sunday Read (http://goo.gl/YkXow7) +David Amerland discussed happiness including the "discovery" (if you can call it that) of a formula which defines happiness.

We should all be pleased as we now know what it means to be happy, right?

This got me thinking.

Happiness has to remain subjective as it is a relative concept. What makes us happy one day may not be sufficient on another - there are too many variables.

A formula for happiness sounds ideal but is open to abuse, if we know we need x, y & z to be happy then those who are able to provide x, y & z can raise the stakes meaning happiness might only be achieved by the haves rather than the have nots.

Definitions and absolutes can be dangerous bedfellows.

With a formula and an absolute definition of happiness we create a false... 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: 13

2014-07-26 10:47:08 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)

Good morning all - well, it's still just about morning.

I'm off work all next week with nothing major planned, just taking it easy. I may or may not be around much but the daily posts will always be here ;)

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

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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 (12 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___

2014-08-24 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___

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___

2014-08-16 16:01:50 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Roots

"Just like bonsai choose own way grow because root strong" - Mr Miyagi, The Karate Kid.

I've spent the better part of today out in the garden. Let me rephrase that: I've spent the better part of today trying to find the garden.

As much as I love to be out in the wilds I'm not at all green fingered. It's not in my nature, it's not part of what makes me me.

I'm a reluctant gardener at best.

Being out there taught me something though and I'm not talking about the value of hard work or the satisfaction of a job well done.

No, I'm talking about roots.

Take the humble stinging nettle, an invasive weed. Left alone it will take over any space it occupies. It does one thing and does it well, extremely well.

It survives.

The nettle has to have one of... more »

Roots

"Just like bonsai choose own way grow because root strong" - Mr Miyagi, The Karate Kid.

I've spent the better part of today out in the garden. Let me rephrase that: I've spent the better part of today trying to find the garden.

As much as I love to be out in the wilds I'm not at all green fingered. It's not in my nature, it's not part of what makes me me.

I'm a reluctant gardener at best.

Being out there taught me something though and I'm not talking about the value of hard work or the satisfaction of a job well done.

No, I'm talking about roots.

Take the humble stinging nettle, an invasive weed. Left alone it will take over any space it occupies. It does one thing and does it well, extremely well.

It survives.

The nettle has to have one of the most effective root systems I have ever come across. It spreads using horizontal underground "rhizomes" that can grow up to 5 feet in a single season.

Once established, its roots also go deep and we have to dig deeper that we would possibly like, deeper than maybe we can with the tools we have at our disposal.

Although I have spent the best part of an hour and a half digging out a nettle root system I am under no illusions - they will be back.

Nettles survive.

We should be more like nettles: we should find that one thing we do well, do better than anyone else, and do it extremely well.

We need to find our roots.

I'm not talking about talking a pilgrimage to the lands of our forefathers, I'm talking about digging deep within ourselves, possibly deeper than we'd like or than we feel we have the tools to, and finding that thing which keeps us going, that thing which makes us survive. That thing which makes us us.

Like the bonsai, we need to find our own way to grow.

#write365___

2014-08-15 17:25:59 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

In our nature

A scorpion asks a frog for help crossing a river but the frog is scared of being stung. The scorpion says "why would I sting you? We'll both die" so the frog agrees. The scorpion climbs on the frog's back and it starts to swim across the river. Half way over and, sure enough, the scorpion stings the frog who asks "why did you do that? Now you'll drown" to which the scorpion replies "it's my nature."

What is our nature?

Sometimes we just can't help the way we act, we are predictable. We respond to a given set of stimuli as though we are one of Pavlov's dogs.

Are we acting according to some kind of base programming, something at our very core that we cannot change?

Are we back to discussing archetypes and traits?

The subject of human nature has piqued the curiosity of... more »

In our nature

A scorpion asks a frog for help crossing a river but the frog is scared of being stung. The scorpion says "why would I sting you? We'll both die" so the frog agrees. The scorpion climbs on the frog's back and it starts to swim across the river. Half way over and, sure enough, the scorpion stings the frog who asks "why did you do that? Now you'll drown" to which the scorpion replies "it's my nature."

What is our nature?

Sometimes we just can't help the way we act, we are predictable. We respond to a given set of stimuli as though we are one of Pavlov's dogs.

Are we acting according to some kind of base programming, something at our very core that we cannot change?

Are we back to discussing archetypes and traits?

The subject of human nature has piqued the curiosity of philosophers for millennia: is there an underlying pattern of behaviour, feeling and thought that defines what it is to be human? Is this universal and independent of culture?

What exactly comprises the human condition and does it alter over time?

Is human nature compatible with personal nature or does the latter override the former? What influence does either have on we are and how we behave?

Nature versus nurture.

As I have written on many occasions, we are the product of our environment with our actions and beliefs largely dictated by exposure, by teaching, by experience, but how much does base human nature impact who or what we are?

By surrounding ourselves with a new set of stimuli we can influence our behaviour, we can act differently out of choice but can a leopard really change its spots?

No matter how hard we try, how much we believe we are different, can we truly deny our nature, either human or personal, and become someone new?

#write365___

2014-08-14 22:09:12 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Responsibility

Responsibility is a topic that has fascinated me for years, especially personal responsibility - taking ownership of our own lives and actions.

I wrote elsewhere in a comment earlier:

"There seems to be an inherent need to believe in something, perhaps we like the idea of being part of a bigger plan as it absolves us of some measure of personal responsibility"

Taking responsibility is big and scary, assuming the role of architect of our own existence is one of the hardest things we can ever do. To say "this is me and I control my own destiny" is both empowering and terrifying.

Many don't know how to place themselves in that position and even more are unwilling. To do so is to admit that it's all down to you, the good and the bad. We are quick to take credit but far quicker to apportion blame.
... more »

Responsibility

Responsibility is a topic that has fascinated me for years, especially personal responsibility - taking ownership of our own lives and actions.

I wrote elsewhere in a comment earlier:

"There seems to be an inherent need to believe in something, perhaps we like the idea of being part of a bigger plan as it absolves us of some measure of personal responsibility"

Taking responsibility is big and scary, assuming the role of architect of our own existence is one of the hardest things we can ever do. To say "this is me and I control my own destiny" is both empowering and terrifying.

Many don't know how to place themselves in that position and even more are unwilling. To do so is to admit that it's all down to you, the good and the bad. We are quick to take credit but far quicker to apportion blame.

It is often something we cannot face.

"It's beyond my control. "
"It's God's plan."
"There's nothing I can do."
"That's just how things are. "
"Those are the rules."

We hear so many excuses, so many get-out clauses, so many ways to avoid taking responsibility. We've all probably used a few ourselves.

To have full control of our lives is to have free will.

The question as to whether we can exercise free will within the confines of systems or religions is intriguing. If a deity is omniscient or our destiny is set then all things, past, present and future, are already known and predetermined so how can free will exist? Is it merely an illusion?

Do we walk a single path from beginning to end? Do we walk a maze of intertwining paths but, no matter what route we take, always end up where we're supposed to? Or do we have the choice of which paths to take and where they take us?

Are we willing to take the blame?

#write365
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2014-08-12 17:49:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

That fine line

They say there is a fine line between genius and insanity. Perhaps you have to be a little bit crazy to go against the system, to work beyond the norm and achieve things others never have.

Perhaps you have to be a little bit crazy to find a true sense of self and even survive in this world.

But that little bit of craziness often comes with a price.

They say there is a fine line between pleasure and pain. They are two sides of the same coin and sometimes it can even be hard to tell which side is which.

As I have said before, we need the bad to be able to appreciate the good, we need the lows to be able to appreciate the highs but the higher the highs the lower we crash.

We all have our ups and downs, our mood swings, but many will not experience the truly debilitating effect that the extremes can produce, the total... more »

That fine line

They say there is a fine line between genius and insanity. Perhaps you have to be a little bit crazy to go against the system, to work beyond the norm and achieve things others never have.

Perhaps you have to be a little bit crazy to find a true sense of self and even survive in this world.

But that little bit of craziness often comes with a price.

They say there is a fine line between pleasure and pain. They are two sides of the same coin and sometimes it can even be hard to tell which side is which.

As I have said before, we need the bad to be able to appreciate the good, we need the lows to be able to appreciate the highs but the higher the highs the lower we crash.

We all have our ups and downs, our mood swings, but many will not experience the truly debilitating effect that the extremes can produce, the total inability to function when lost in the depths.

Why is it that the brightest, funniest, craziest people must walk that fine line between agony and ecstasy? Why is it they must balance on that knife edge never knowing on which side they are going to fall?

Perhaps it is a question of risk and reward. Perhaps to achieve the greatest rewards we must take the biggest risks, consciously or otherwise.

Sadly, some must pay the ultimate price.

#write365___

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2014-08-12 06:30:25 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

"How are we going to find out what we really mean when we act if we don't start doing more experiments about how we express ourselves?"

"How are we going to find out what we really mean when we act if we don't start doing more experiments about how we express ourselves?"___

2014-08-11 22:34:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Learning

It is something we never stop doing.

We start before even before we are born as we recognise sounds and even the rhythm and cadence of words in the womb. We might not know what they mean but we can learn their patterns and emotional intent.

When my wife was pregnant with our second child we used to play a particular track after discovering that our unborn daughter used to react and kick whenever it was played. She continued to react for months even after being born. It was only ever that one track she responded to after her birth.

We learn in so many ways.

We learn by doing, copying, experimenting, listening, watching, reading, engaging and even just being.

Everything we do is a learning experience, everything we do is an opportunity to discover something about the world around us or about ourselves.

Learning... more »

Learning

It is something we never stop doing.

We start before even before we are born as we recognise sounds and even the rhythm and cadence of words in the womb. We might not know what they mean but we can learn their patterns and emotional intent.

When my wife was pregnant with our second child we used to play a particular track after discovering that our unborn daughter used to react and kick whenever it was played. She continued to react for months even after being born. It was only ever that one track she responded to after her birth.

We learn in so many ways.

We learn by doing, copying, experimenting, listening, watching, reading, engaging and even just being.

Everything we do is a learning experience, everything we do is an opportunity to discover something about the world around us or about ourselves.

Learning is how we expand and grow, how we enable ourselves to interact with our environment and other people. Learning is how we come to realise who we are and what makes us tick.

It is a never-ending process and one that we should never want to end.

Lao-Tzu said "the further one goes, the less one knows" meaning that the more we discover the more questions we raise and the deeper we go.

It is like a child who simply responds "why?" to everything we say. We might find it annoying but it perfectly illustrates that everything is based on a chain of causation, everything has a reason for being and those reasons descend into ever decreasing fractal spirals as we seek to learn their true nature.

It just depends on how far we are willing to go.

#write365
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2014-08-10 22:33:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Just nipped out to see the beautiful full moon and had the added bonus of a meteorite pass straight across my field of vision as I drove.

It's the little things and I'll go to bed happy.

Good night all.

Just nipped out to see the beautiful full moon and had the added bonus of a meteorite pass straight across my field of vision as I drove.

It's the little things and I'll go to bed happy.

Good night all.___

2014-08-10 15:57:15 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Happiness

In today's Sunday Read (http://goo.gl/YkXow7) +David Amerland discussed happiness including the "discovery" (if you can call it that) of a formula which defines happiness.

We should all be pleased as we now know what it means to be happy, right?

This got me thinking.

Happiness has to remain subjective as it is a relative concept. What makes us happy one day may not be sufficient on another - there are too many variables.

A formula for happiness sounds ideal but is open to abuse, if we know we need x, y & z to be happy then those who are able to provide x, y & z can raise the stakes meaning happiness might only be achieved by the haves rather than the have nots.

Definitions and absolutes can be dangerous bedfellows.

With a formula and an absolute definition of happiness we create a false... more »

Happiness

In today's Sunday Read (http://goo.gl/YkXow7) +David Amerland discussed happiness including the "discovery" (if you can call it that) of a formula which defines happiness.

We should all be pleased as we now know what it means to be happy, right?

This got me thinking.

Happiness has to remain subjective as it is a relative concept. What makes us happy one day may not be sufficient on another - there are too many variables.

A formula for happiness sounds ideal but is open to abuse, if we know we need x, y & z to be happy then those who are able to provide x, y & z can raise the stakes meaning happiness might only be achieved by the haves rather than the have nots.

Definitions and absolutes can be dangerous bedfellows.

With a formula and an absolute definition of happiness we create a false sense of unhappiness all the while we have not obtained all the pieces of the puzzle. We are left perpetually wanting, no, needing, more and only become happy at that final moment.

But, as we know, we can find happiness in the most fundamental things: a butterfly on a summer's day, the laughter of our children.

It is temporary and transient but fulfilling nonetheless.

Can we learn to be happy or do we just learn how to appreciate things thus creating the illusion of happiness? By removing negative factors are we approximating happiness rather than actually experiencing it or are we moving towards a state of contentedness?

Happiness is not an end goal, it is not an ultimate state that we wish to achieve. Happiness is an ongoing conversation with that part of ourselves that perceives and interprets the world. Happiness is a continually evolving reaction to our environment.

Yes, happiness has its triggers and there are certain situations where we are more likely to be happy than others. Yes, we would prefer to be happy all the time but continual happiness loses its meaning, it just becomes the norm, contentment.

Still, is that such a bad thing?

#write365___

2014-08-10 10:16:07 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

The storm formerly known as Bertha has definitely arrived here in the south-east.

The storm formerly known as Bertha has definitely arrived here in the south-east.___

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2014-08-09 22:54:02 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

That moment when you find completely unexplained photos on your phone with no idea when or where or why they were taken.

That moment when you find completely unexplained photos on your phone with no idea when or where or why they were taken.___

2014-08-09 19:21:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Compromise

We normally live in shades of grey, in varying degrees, but sometimes there are circumstances where there can be no compromise, no middle ground.

Sometimes there are only polar opposites, yes or no, and a choice has to be made as there in no possible way to meet in the middle.

Compromise is considered a virtue but what we usually call compromise is actually two different concepts:

- agreeing on the details within a shared basic premise, and
- abandoning a basic premise in order to reach agreement.

True compromise is the latter, to be able to give up your position, to do whatever it takes. Regardless of our ideals or beliefs true compromise is the ability to put it all aside to form a consensus and make a deal.

True compromise is a self sacrifice.

A compromise between two polar opposites can only result in... more »

Compromise

We normally live in shades of grey, in varying degrees, but sometimes there are circumstances where there can be no compromise, no middle ground.

Sometimes there are only polar opposites, yes or no, and a choice has to be made as there in no possible way to meet in the middle.

Compromise is considered a virtue but what we usually call compromise is actually two different concepts:

- agreeing on the details within a shared basic premise, and
- abandoning a basic premise in order to reach agreement.

True compromise is the latter, to be able to give up your position, to do whatever it takes. Regardless of our ideals or beliefs true compromise is the ability to put it all aside to form a consensus and make a deal.

True compromise is a self sacrifice.

A compromise between two polar opposites can only result in the destruction of one: yes and no cannot coexist, there is no option for maybe - one must give in to, and be consumed by, the other.

The alternative is for the two to remain separate, for no agreement or compromise to be reached. This is not an ideal state of affairs but unavoidable in some cases.

There is, however, one final option: both parties can abandon their premise so that an alternative proposition can be made.

Both parties must compromise and find something suitable they can agree on. It may not be what either actually wanted but may prove a worthy substitute.

#write365___

2014-08-08 17:46:57 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Wellbeing

We had to see a consultant about our youngest daughter this morning as she has been feeling unwell for a while.

Although we thought a lot of it was probably due to her age, and everything that hormonal shifts can bring about, it was still worth getting her checked out.

We certainly didn't expect what happened and the course of "treatment" that the doctor prescribed: wellbeing.

That's right, he diagnosed that balance was an issue and advised that the treatment was a course of wellbeing.

Here are his five steps to a better life:

- eat, sleep and exercise sensibly
- give to others
- connect
- learn
- mindfulness

There is a fundamental difference between being well and wellbeing, the first is physical and the second more holistic - mind and body.

The... more »

Wellbeing

We had to see a consultant about our youngest daughter this morning as she has been feeling unwell for a while.

Although we thought a lot of it was probably due to her age, and everything that hormonal shifts can bring about, it was still worth getting her checked out.

We certainly didn't expect what happened and the course of "treatment" that the doctor prescribed: wellbeing.

That's right, he diagnosed that balance was an issue and advised that the treatment was a course of wellbeing.

Here are his five steps to a better life:

- eat, sleep and exercise sensibly
- give to others
- connect
- learn
- mindfulness

There is a fundamental difference between being well and wellbeing, the first is physical and the second more holistic - mind and body.

The first point is relatively obvious, we should eat properly, get the right amount of quality sleep and be active.

Giving to others is something that we often overlook. Selflessness can provide its own benefits, we get a sense of satisfaction and achievement when we do something for somebody else - there is a reward mentality at play and we feel better for it.

Connecting, again, is obvious - we benefit enormously from human contact. It invigorates us, stimulates and challenges us, it helps to define our sense of self and identity.

Learning is vital. We should always seen to learn and improve, to discover and do new things. We should always have something in our lives that removes us from the routine, something that stimulates and causes us to think.

A lot has been said about mindfulness but just being aware of who we are, where we are and what we are doing is key to making effective decisions about ourselves and others and how we interact.

I think this is a plan we can all gain from.

#write365___

2014-08-07 22:26:59 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

365 or bust

I have been wondering for a while what will happen when I reach 365 posts and have always meant to write about it but a recent comment by +Randy Resnick really made me think.

The project is called write365 which might imply that I am going to write a post every day for 365 days but that is only part of it.

The intention was to write every day - that's all. The 365 merely came in to it because every day also means all year.

The project, however, was always a means to an end and that end was getting into the habit of writing. Yes, some days I have to give myself a shake and almost force myself to get words down but, just because I reach 365, does that mean I have to stop? Would that be going against everything I have accomplished?

Would stopping after 365 posts instantly break the habit and, therefore, go completely against... more »

365 or bust

I have been wondering for a while what will happen when I reach 365 posts and have always meant to write about it but a recent comment by +Randy Resnick really made me think.

The project is called write365 which might imply that I am going to write a post every day for 365 days but that is only part of it.

The intention was to write every day - that's all. The 365 merely came in to it because every day also means all year.

The project, however, was always a means to an end and that end was getting into the habit of writing. Yes, some days I have to give myself a shake and almost force myself to get words down but, just because I reach 365, does that mean I have to stop? Would that be going against everything I have accomplished?

Would stopping after 365 posts instantly break the habit and, therefore, go completely against the purpose of the project? How about if I maintained the habit but not feel like I have to post every day?

That was the one big distinction with this project: that I would post. No matter what happens, no matter what it turns out like, no matter whether I have anything to say or not.

We are told to write everyday even if it's nonsense - just to keep in the habit. What if I end up writing every day but only post when I consider it worthwhile?

Ah, but this gets me back to seeking perfection and the spectre of self censorship both of which I have deliberately stepped away from. As I have said many times, it is the freedom to post regardless that frees me to do so.

Perhaps I'll be fed up after a whole year or perhaps reaching that milestone will invigorate me.

#write365___

2014-08-06 21:17:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

Do something about it

As you will remember, I was made redundant when my old employer collapsed and went out of business. I went through a whole gamut of emotions during and after the process until eventually getting my old job back with the difference that it was now permanent rather than outsourced.

Although the economy is supposed to be recovering with various measures matching, or even exceeding, levels before the financial crisis of 2007/8 companies are still desperate to save money.

One of the most effective methods is "down sizing" - getting rid of people.

The trick employed to make it all less personal is to say that a role is no longer required - it's not the person but they just happen to be in a redundant role.

It doesn't make it any easier for most.

But there are some who look forward to redundancy... more »

Do something about it

As you will remember, I was made redundant when my old employer collapsed and went out of business. I went through a whole gamut of emotions during and after the process until eventually getting my old job back with the difference that it was now permanent rather than outsourced.

Although the economy is supposed to be recovering with various measures matching, or even exceeding, levels before the financial crisis of 2007/8 companies are still desperate to save money.

One of the most effective methods is "down sizing" - getting rid of people.

The trick employed to make it all less personal is to say that a role is no longer required - it's not the person but they just happen to be in a redundant role.

It doesn't make it any easier for most.

But there are some who look forward to redundancy rounds in the hope that they might be able to take voluntary and get out with a nice payday.

Why would someone want to be made redundant? Because they hate their job!

As I have written before, I was lazy and didn't look to get away from my old employer but I never wished to be made redundant. Surely that's too big a risk to take just to get out of a job you don't like.

There is currently a redundancy round happening at my current employer - one of many between now and 2016 - and I know some people who have willingly put their hands up. They are willing to jump ship because they are unhappy where they are.

My experience last year taught me a valuable lesson:

if you're not happy with your life change it before a change is forced upon you.

It's all well and good holding out for a nice redundancy payout but, as it is not on your terms and timescale, there is huge uncertainty as to what the future brings.

It doesn't have to be our jobs it can be anything in our lives. If we're not happy with where we are or what we are doing we should take the initiative, we do something about it.

#write365___

2014-08-05 22:16:54 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Creative

It's late, I'm tired and I have nothing to say but I still believe that I should always make time for writing. It doesn't matter what I write about as long as I write.

That's the key.

It's the act of putting pen to paper or hands on a keyboard, it is being disciplined enough to let what's on the inside come out regardless of what it is.

We get hung up on the idea of being creative. We convince ourselves that being creative means that we must produce amazing art or poetry or literature. Creative is simply defined as:

relating to or involving the use of the imagination or original ideas to create something

Imagination - check, ideas - of course, create - well duh! But look at that last word: something.

It doesn't say that being creative means we have to produce a masterpiece,... more »

Creative

It's late, I'm tired and I have nothing to say but I still believe that I should always make time for writing. It doesn't matter what I write about as long as I write.

That's the key.

It's the act of putting pen to paper or hands on a keyboard, it is being disciplined enough to let what's on the inside come out regardless of what it is.

We get hung up on the idea of being creative. We convince ourselves that being creative means that we must produce amazing art or poetry or literature. Creative is simply defined as:

relating to or involving the use of the imagination or original ideas to create something

Imagination - check, ideas - of course, create - well duh! But look at that last word: something.

It doesn't say that being creative means we have to produce a masterpiece, it just says we have to create. Something. Anything.

The artist starts with a rough sketch. The poet begins with a thought, feeling or emotion. The author first conceives a character, an event or an outcome.

Even masterpieces have very humble beginnings but they all must start somewhere.

It is the very act of creation that is important, the willingness to start even if there is no end in sight. Nine times out of ten this may be a false start - second bang, the gun goes off again and we are pulled back to the beginning.

Fortunately for us we will not be disqualified and can have as many false starts as we need, as many as it takes to get it right and get over the finish line.

We just have to start. We just have to create.

And it looks like I had more to say than I thought.

#write365
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2014-08-05 17:53:21 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Weak spot?

Gutted! Just discovered cracks in the case of my Nexus 5 on the thin parts either side of the sim card tray. Doing a search seems to indicate that this is a reasonably common problem so it looks like a weak spot.

The phone is covered by insurance so I'll be able to get it replaced but it's still annoying.

Weak spot?

Gutted! Just discovered cracks in the case of my Nexus 5 on the thin parts either side of the sim card tray. Doing a search seems to indicate that this is a reasonably common problem so it looks like a weak spot.

The phone is covered by insurance so I'll be able to get it replaced but it's still annoying.___

2014-08-04 16:56:45 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Social blogging

The question of whether a social network can be used as a blogging platform has been rumbling around for a while. In one form or another I've written about this before.

Some people switched exclusively to Plus as their only platform early on, some stayed but others drifted away again lured by the vanity of their own domain, platform and page views.

Some just wanted total control over their content.

One of those who initially took the jump was +Mike Elgan and, last year, he began "The Blogs of August" in which he persuaded bloggers to join him in only posting on Google+ for the month of August and redirecting their normal readers to their G+ profiles.

Mike is criticised for not practising what he preaches as he continues to post articles on other (news) sites but, technically, these don't actually count.
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Social blogging

The question of whether a social network can be used as a blogging platform has been rumbling around for a while. In one form or another I've written about this before.

Some people switched exclusively to Plus as their only platform early on, some stayed but others drifted away again lured by the vanity of their own domain, platform and page views.

Some just wanted total control over their content.

One of those who initially took the jump was +Mike Elgan and, last year, he began "The Blogs of August" in which he persuaded bloggers to join him in only posting on Google+ for the month of August and redirecting their normal readers to their G+ profiles.

Mike is criticised for not practising what he preaches as he continues to post articles on other (news) sites but, technically, these don't actually count.

Dave Winer originally tried to quantify a weblog by saying it was "the unedited voice of a person". Yes, he listed a number of technical requirements for a blogging platform but this was qualified with the statement:

"almost all the other elements can be missing, and the rules can be violated, imho, as long as the voice of a person comes through"

Using Plus as a blog is normally criticised due to this lack of typical blog-type functionality but social blogging is a different animal - it is blogging evolved to fit its environment.

That environment just happens to be a social platform.

There is an interesting duality of content in social blogging: taken in isolation each post is part of your own timeline, the familiar "newest first" list of content we have come to know and love(?), and your own list approximates a blog.

Being hosted on a social network, however, each post also forms part of the aggregated collective - we can consider our particular view of "the stream" in a similar fashion to our river of news in an RSS application.

And this is where social blogging becomes more interesting: instead of just subscribing to a blog or category we are following a person so will have additional context added around their blog-like posts in the form of re-shares and +1s etc. Rather than just reading their words we also get to appreciate their wider interests and opinions based on how they interact with others and what this contributes to the stream.

This doesn't suit everyone and you won't get away from the arguments that a blog is a blog, a social network is a social network and ne'er the twain shall meet but this isn't traditional blogging and shouldn't be taken as such.

I haven't posted in anger on my own site since November last year and, currently, can't see myself returning.

#write365 #blogsofaugust___

2014-08-02 22:21:34 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Betterment

If there is one thing that I want to achieve with my short time on this planet it is to better myself.

This doesn't mean that I have to undergo social mobility, to mix with those of a higher social status than the one of my birth - it is more fundamental than that.

Betterment can be a multitude of things: to learn, grow, explore, love, cherish, help, teach, support, be. These are all among the ways I wish to be able to say I am a better person than I was.

But it can be hard to know how to achieve any of these. Our own preconception as to what constitutes a success can be vastly different to the expectations of others.

All we can do is do our best.

It's a cliché but it's a cliché for a reason. That is all we can do.

We can only do our best - sometimes our best it isn't good enough.

Butw... more »

Betterment

If there is one thing that I want to achieve with my short time on this planet it is to better myself.

This doesn't mean that I have to undergo social mobility, to mix with those of a higher social status than the one of my birth - it is more fundamental than that.

Betterment can be a multitude of things: to learn, grow, explore, love, cherish, help, teach, support, be. These are all among the ways I wish to be able to say I am a better person than I was.

But it can be hard to know how to achieve any of these. Our own preconception as to what constitutes a success can be vastly different to the expectations of others.

All we can do is do our best.

It's a cliché but it's a cliché for a reason. That is all we can do.

We can only do our best - sometimes our best it isn't good enough.

But we learn. We learn from experience, we learn from success and from failure, and we learn from receiving advice/criticism from others - we just have to be willing to hear it and listen.

We have to be willing to change.

And that is what betterment is really all about! We can only do our best but, based on everything that has come before, we can make our best better.

It may never be perfect and it may never reach the expectations of ourselves or others but as long as there is betterment, as long as there is progress, we can take heart from that and consider it a job well done.

If every tomorrow leaves us a better person than we were today, no matter how small the improvement, then we must be doing something right.

#write365___

2014-08-02 09:19:15 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Well, random caller from Grenada, I can't imagine why you were calling but it would probably be wise not to have done so at 3:30 am UK time. I'm just glad my phone goes on silent at 11 pm or I would not have been very happy and it would not have been a very productive phone call.

Well, random caller from Grenada, I can't imagine why you were calling but it would probably be wise not to have done so at 3:30 am UK time. I'm just glad my phone goes on silent at 11 pm or I would not have been very happy and it would not have been a very productive phone call.___

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2014-08-01 22:26:11 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Just a few shots from the past couple of days.

Just a few shots from the past couple of days.___

2014-08-01 17:18:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Meaning

What do we do when we write?

Are we telling a story? Are we giving instruction? What is its meaning?

Perhaps most importantly, do we write for ourselves or for others?

There is only one truth: our own truth.
There is only one meaning: that which we choose to take.

Regardless of the intent of the author the meaning of any piece will differ according to the reader. They will have their interpretation guided by thoughts, feelings, experiences and, no matter how the author might try to guide them, this will be unique to the individual.

The author will write from their own specific vantage but must accept that once they are done, no matter how clear their intention, the words are free.

The skill of the writer comes not from vocabulary or word play but from utilising shared references, shared experiences or cultural... more »

Meaning

What do we do when we write?

Are we telling a story? Are we giving instruction? What is its meaning?

Perhaps most importantly, do we write for ourselves or for others?

There is only one truth: our own truth.
There is only one meaning: that which we choose to take.

Regardless of the intent of the author the meaning of any piece will differ according to the reader. They will have their interpretation guided by thoughts, feelings, experiences and, no matter how the author might try to guide them, this will be unique to the individual.

The author will write from their own specific vantage but must accept that once they are done, no matter how clear their intention, the words are free.

The skill of the writer comes not from vocabulary or word play but from utilising shared references, shared experiences or cultural frames. It comes from aligning meaning to symbols and circumstances such that others will align their own experiences.

There will never be a 100% correlation of views so the transfer of meaning is maximised when we achieve a "best fit" between author and reader.

As an audience we are free to interpret things as we see fit and will always ascribe personal meaning to them based on our own frames of reference.

Do we have an obligation to the author to find their meaning? Does the author have an obligation to us to expose meaning more readily?

Surely, it is better we agree to occupy the middle ground and so learn from each other.

#write365___

2014-07-31 17:08:32 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Personal

There is almost an unwritten rule on social networks that posts will not be too personal, that there will always been something held back from public view.

Why is this?

We pride ourselves on the relationships that we form, the bonds we forge with our fellow digital travellers but do we really see them as deep personal connections?

I have said a couple of times recently that we favour happy posts - we like feel good stories and stupid memes. Perhaps we see social networks as as means of escape.

TV soap operas are addictive and, no matter how violent or depressing they get, millions tune in to watch their every episode. There are sometimes storylines with interesting cultural or sociopolitical commentary but, for the most part, soaps are largely formulaic with more happening to the average character in a week than happens to the rest of us... more »

Personal

There is almost an unwritten rule on social networks that posts will not be too personal, that there will always been something held back from public view.

Why is this?

We pride ourselves on the relationships that we form, the bonds we forge with our fellow digital travellers but do we really see them as deep personal connections?

I have said a couple of times recently that we favour happy posts - we like feel good stories and stupid memes. Perhaps we see social networks as as means of escape.

TV soap operas are addictive and, no matter how violent or depressing they get, millions tune in to watch their every episode. There are sometimes storylines with interesting cultural or sociopolitical commentary but, for the most part, soaps are largely formulaic with more happening to the average character in a week than happens to the rest of us in an entire lifetime.

Research has shown that soaps provide an element of escapism and a strange form of schadenfreude where we enjoy watching the trials of the characters because they simply aren't us.

Soaps make our lives feel better.

When questioned, soap audiences advise that part of the appeal is their undemanding nature. There is a relatively low character turnover so you can jump in and out, even go for months without watching, and the same people will be doing primarily the same stuff.

Because of this character longevity audiences also like to become emotionally involved with the puppets they see on screen before them.

The similarities are striking: we dip in and out of our streams and the characters we witness playing out their lives on this "second screen" will remain consistent unless we forcibly eject them.

From time to time we add new cast members but also want to shake things up and remove some of those we follow as though we were writing them out of a soap in a hunt for ratings. Fortunately, we can just click a button rather than have to kill them off but the effect is the same: their stories no longer appear in our stream unless reshared by another character in a typical flashback sequence.

So, with these obvious similarities, why do we not wish to become emotionally involved with those who appear in our streams on such a regular basis? Why do we resist, and even show hostility for, such a connection?

Despite these similarities perhaps it is because we know that these are real people with real lives, not just actors reciting lines from a script. Perhaps it is this reality that repels us - it is no longer escapism.

Perhaps it is knowing that we can't just change the channel.

#write365___

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2014-07-30 19:48:45 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

This was spooky.

Whilst typing one of my daily posts recently the keyboard suggested three possibilities for the next word but there were actually the next three words I was going to type...

This was spooky.

Whilst typing one of my daily posts recently the keyboard suggested three possibilities for the next word but there were actually the next three words I was going to type...___

2014-07-30 16:45:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Times

There are times when everything you do, everything you are, become eclipsed and you feel completely useless as a human being.

3:30 am after the one you love has just stopped breathing after a heavy asthma attack, for example.

You've been here before, you know CPR should it be needed (fortunately not this time) and have had to use it on several different occasions but, for the briefest time, it's as though the world is ending, as though everything you know, every fixed reference point suddenly disappears leaving you floating free, lost in a void unable to anchor yourself to reality.

When there is nothing you can do to stop something from happening, especially when it is happening to someone so close to you, there a feeling of failure, a feeling that any sense of self worth is completely false.

This is obviously an incorrect judgement... more »

Times

There are times when everything you do, everything you are, become eclipsed and you feel completely useless as a human being.

3:30 am after the one you love has just stopped breathing after a heavy asthma attack, for example.

You've been here before, you know CPR should it be needed (fortunately not this time) and have had to use it on several different occasions but, for the briefest time, it's as though the world is ending, as though everything you know, every fixed reference point suddenly disappears leaving you floating free, lost in a void unable to anchor yourself to reality.

When there is nothing you can do to stop something from happening, especially when it is happening to someone so close to you, there a feeling of failure, a feeling that any sense of self worth is completely false.

This is obviously an incorrect judgement borne out of frustration, out of a feeling of helplessness but for that period, no matter how short, it is no less real and is completely crushing.

When the feeling strikes there are two choices: to be controlled by it and freeze, unable to act, or to remember that this is not real, this is not the truth and there is more that you can do. You might not be able to stop something happening but you can deal with the repercussions, cope with the aftermath. You can have a positive impact and the feelings of worthlessness are not to be entertained.

Besides, none of this is about you, it is about the person who needs your help, who needs you to be there for them in the way only you can.

It is one of those times.

#write365___

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2014-07-29 19:48:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Chiddingstone Castle

They say an Englishman's home is his castle and Chiddingstone is a perfect example. The house was remodelled to look more like a castle to suit the owner's vanity ;)

Had a lovely afternoon there and the Japanese Collection was extremely interesting.

Chiddingstone Castle

They say an Englishman's home is his castle and Chiddingstone is a perfect example. The house was remodelled to look more like a castle to suit the owner's vanity ;)

Had a lovely afternoon there and the Japanese Collection was extremely interesting.___

2014-07-29 18:53:47 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

Mandatory leave

As you will probably know I'm currently on a weeks leave - it feels good to forget about work and spend some quality time with my family.

What you won't know is that my employer requires all staff to take at least 5 days mandatory block leave - even us lowly IT staff. This week is mine.

What does that mean?

It is recommended policy that all banks enforce Mandatory Block Leave (MBL) to reduce the risk of fraudulent behaviour. If someone has to take over your duties for a week or two it is more likely that any irregularities will be found as you are not there to cover them up.

So, MBL is supposed to be a financial safeguard but, for the likes of me, it actually serves a different, unintended, purpose.

During MBL your account is suspended, you are not permitted to enter one of the offices and even your corporate... more »

Mandatory leave

As you will probably know I'm currently on a weeks leave - it feels good to forget about work and spend some quality time with my family.

What you won't know is that my employer requires all staff to take at least 5 days mandatory block leave - even us lowly IT staff. This week is mine.

What does that mean?

It is recommended policy that all banks enforce Mandatory Block Leave (MBL) to reduce the risk of fraudulent behaviour. If someone has to take over your duties for a week or two it is more likely that any irregularities will be found as you are not there to cover them up.

So, MBL is supposed to be a financial safeguard but, for the likes of me, it actually serves a different, unintended, purpose.

During MBL your account is suspended, you are not permitted to enter one of the offices and even your corporate BlackBerry account doesn't work. The intention is obvious: stop someone from accessing any business data or emails for their leave period thus preventing them from covering up any improprieties should they have occurred.

For me, however, what it actually means is a full nine days where I can completely switch off and it is wonderful.

I don't have to worry about work emails, I don't have to worry about getting phone calls and I don't have to worry about being asked to connect in...

...because I literally can't, even if I wanted to!

The sense of freedom is liberating.

I think all employers should introduce such a policy (and even those people who are self employed).

We take holidays for a reason: to get away from work, to switch off and recharge our batteries but if there is the likelihood you may be contacted, asked to do something or even just check in to see how things are going that switch off never really occurs.

So, here's to a week of proper relaxation.

#write365___

2014-07-28 21:45:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

The fires of imagination

Talk of archetypes made me return to similar conversation last year and a quote from +John Verdon that didn't really sink in until now:

"sometimes we don't know what we know until we are asked a question or we begin a conversation"

There is a resounding truth to this statement that hits home to such a degree that it's surprising it never did so at the time.

We absorb so much information from different sources, much of it subliminally. We subconsciously process this and extrapolate on it to form ideas and opinions.

Much of what we absorb lies dormant, unbeknownst even to us, waiting - waiting for the right time to show itself.

And that's where the power of conversation comes in.

Conversation, as happens on social networks like Google+ start from a known premise, a thought or... more »

The fires of imagination

Talk of archetypes made me return to similar conversation last year and a quote from +John Verdon that didn't really sink in until now:

"sometimes we don't know what we know until we are asked a question or we begin a conversation"

There is a resounding truth to this statement that hits home to such a degree that it's surprising it never did so at the time.

We absorb so much information from different sources, much of it subliminally. We subconsciously process this and extrapolate on it to form ideas and opinions.

Much of what we absorb lies dormant, unbeknownst even to us, waiting - waiting for the right time to show itself.

And that's where the power of conversation comes in.

Conversation, as happens on social networks like Google+ start from a known premise, a thought or notion that is but the birth of an idea. Often these thoughts are not fully explored, perhaps we do not know how.

Perhaps we need the input of others, their contributions, to reawaken what sleeps inside, to reignite the fires of imagination that smoulder within.

We need to reminded of everything we once learnt but didn't realise, everything we need to complete our train of thought.

Between us we can remember it all.

#write365___

2014-07-27 18:15:27 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Imposter

There are times when I feel like a fraud, when I feel like I might be putting on a front.

The #write365 project has always been just an excuse for writing, just a way to ensure that I write something every day, but there is a need, a desire to make the posts worthy contributions.

The posts were only ever supposed to be for me, personal musings with no purpose other than to get words on screen.

But this is social media and, like it or not, there is an audience.

However, this isn't a situation where the audience dutifully sits in silence during the performance, applauds at the final curtain and then leaves the theatre. No, this performance is interactive and the audience is able to interject or heckle, the audience is able to take issue with the script or the scenery and make their feelings known while the players are still on... more »

Imposter

There are times when I feel like a fraud, when I feel like I might be putting on a front.

The #write365 project has always been just an excuse for writing, just a way to ensure that I write something every day, but there is a need, a desire to make the posts worthy contributions.

The posts were only ever supposed to be for me, personal musings with no purpose other than to get words on screen.

But this is social media and, like it or not, there is an audience.

However, this isn't a situation where the audience dutifully sits in silence during the performance, applauds at the final curtain and then leaves the theatre. No, this performance is interactive and the audience is able to interject or heckle, the audience is able to take issue with the script or the scenery and make their feelings known while the players are still on stage.

Most importantly, the audience is able to suggest alternatives: alternative endings, alternative characters and situations.

The audience becomes an integral part of the show far beyond simple audience participation or the way that a magician will pick someone from the audience to assist with a trick.

The audience co-creates each performance, they are improvised and no two are ever the same but, despite this act of co-creation, every performance still needs a director.

And that is where I sometimes feel a fraud, that I am directing a performance with far more adept individuals in the audience, that I am not worthy of the role.

An imposter.

Imposter Syndrome is when a person is unable to appreciate their achievements or ability - they feel they don't deserve the success or praise they receive. Indeed, they feel that to continue receiving it is a deceit.

From the outside it might seem like the person is simply fishing for compliments but, the truth is, they genuinely cannot understand what they are capable of.

#write365___

2014-07-26 10:47:08 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)

Good morning all - well, it's still just about morning.

I'm off work all next week with nothing major planned, just taking it easy. I may or may not be around much but the daily posts will always be here ;)

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

Good morning all - well, it's still just about morning.

I'm off work all next week with nothing major planned, just taking it easy. I may or may not be around much but the daily posts will always be here ;)

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

2014-07-25 22:45:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

...and with that I shall bid you adieu.

Until the morrow, good friends, until the morrow.

...and with that I shall bid you adieu.

Until the morrow, good friends, until the morrow.___

2014-07-25 17:49:45 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

Balance

A recent survey reveals that social media makes people jealous of others, it makes them feel inadequate.

Tell us something we don't already know!

We are always cautioned that social networks create a feel good bubble, we post the good stuff to make our lives seem more interesting, more idyllic, more perfect.

The same survey indicates that approximately half of social media users (at least, of those questioned) are annoyed by others sharing personal information such feelings or emotions.

What a drag!

Just like I said a couple of days ago: we like the positive and hate the negative.

This leaves us with a quandary.

We have always compared ourselves with others even back to prehistoric times, it is human nature. Comparison was used to determine the best mate: who is strongest, who is fastest, who is the... more »

Balance

A recent survey reveals that social media makes people jealous of others, it makes them feel inadequate.

Tell us something we don't already know!

We are always cautioned that social networks create a feel good bubble, we post the good stuff to make our lives seem more interesting, more idyllic, more perfect.

The same survey indicates that approximately half of social media users (at least, of those questioned) are annoyed by others sharing personal information such feelings or emotions.

What a drag!

Just like I said a couple of days ago: we like the positive and hate the negative.

This leaves us with a quandary.

We have always compared ourselves with others even back to prehistoric times, it is human nature. Comparison was used to determine the best mate: who is strongest, who is fastest, who is the best provider able to support children?

Some of these judgements remain instinctual but as we have evolved so have they.

With the exception of remote tribes, much of our survival instinct has been suppressed, technology and living standards in the modern world mean that we are more comfortable, have more food - every day is no longer a fight just to stay alive.

Fastest, strongest, best hunter have become beauty, wealth and charisma or, perhaps, popularity. Vanity has become a gauge of self worth and celebrity replaced the dominant male or most likely female to birth healthy babies.

We all want beautiful kids with excellent opportunities.

So, we judge ourselves by comparison to others or, rather, the image of others that is fabricated and presented by media - either mainstream or social.

If we all project the best versions of ourselves then we should all be aware of how hollow much of this becomes, we should all be aware of the deceit but instead something deep within us - perhaps this instinctual need to survive - only lets us feel jealousy and inferiority.

Facebook might have tried to influence emotion by controlling our feeds but we are probably doing more damage to ourselves by only singing the "happy, happy, joy, joy" song.

We might not like seeing more negative posts but they provide an insight into the full person, they provide much needed balance.

We're more alike than we think.

#write365___

2014-07-24 16:48:51 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

Revolution

Some people like safe; they like comfortable and familiar. They like to keep the status quo so that life is easy - maximum reward for minimum effort.

They like to be in control and, by being so, control others - not directly but subtly due to influence, by setting the rules and boundaries.

They don't like to be challenged.

They like to be right. Or, at least, they like to be seen to be right - as it is so shall it always be.

My way or the highway.

It doesn't matter if their opinions or methods are flawed, if consensus says this is truth then it becomes truth and a great deal of power can be wielded by those assumed to be speaking that truth.

Influence is to have an effect on belief, on actions or behaviour. Influence is to convince others that this is important, this is worth it. Influence is to... more »

Revolution

Some people like safe; they like comfortable and familiar. They like to keep the status quo so that life is easy - maximum reward for minimum effort.

They like to be in control and, by being so, control others - not directly but subtly due to influence, by setting the rules and boundaries.

They don't like to be challenged.

They like to be right. Or, at least, they like to be seen to be right - as it is so shall it always be.

My way or the highway.

It doesn't matter if their opinions or methods are flawed, if consensus says this is truth then it becomes truth and a great deal of power can be wielded by those assumed to be speaking that truth.

Influence is to have an effect on belief, on actions or behaviour. Influence is to convince others that this is important, this is worth it. Influence is to persuade others that this is right, this is the truth.

Influence can be an amazingly positive force but it can also be abused to retain an air of mystique, a sense of authority, to control the board and ensure others are playing by the rules most beneficial to those in control.

Pawns in someone else's game.

Influence can lead to the formation of a social dictatorship if left unchecked so the status quo must always be challenged, authority questioned and the rules rewritten or ripped up entirely.

Madame Guillotine must be free to let her blade fall, to cut and sever, to remove false influence wherever it is found.

We must not settle for cake.

Vive la révolution!

#write365___

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