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Johnathan Yesson32,565TO GAIN MORE G+ CIRCLES DO THE FOLLOWING:1.) +12.) RE-SHARE3.) ADD PEOPLESIMPLE!#circle #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #SuperCircle #sharepubliccircle #sharedcircles #shared #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #googlecircleshare #ShareThis #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addtoyourcircles #engagerscircle #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #megacircle #plus1 #plus1this #plus1it #plusonethispost #getmorefollowers #followme #addme #circlesdiscovery #epiccircle2014-09-09 09:24:3050114628
Mike Elgan3,464,700Follow the Blogs of August!1. Click "Add people" then circle this shared circle (even if you did it before)2. Share with your circlesThe Blogs of August are bloggers who are either trying or have already decided to blog on Google+ exclusively for the month of August (or permanently). 2014-08-06 12:34:462215525
Johnathan Yesson30,544TO GAIN MORE G+ CIRCLES DO THE FOLLOWING:1.) +12.) RE-SHARE3.) ADD PEOPLESIMPLE!#circle #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #SuperCircle #sharepubliccircle #sharedcircles #shared #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #googlecircleshare #ShareThis #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addtoyourcircles #engagerscircle #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #megacircle #plus1 #plus1this #plus1it #plusonethispost #getmorefollowers #followme #addme #circlesdiscovery #epiccircle 2014-07-29 13:59:14501302137
Mark Tillison15,294The UK CrowdIt's been a while since I shared the circle of UK Plussers I've been gradually curating over the last 12 months or so.If you're in the UK, you could do worse than follow this great crowd of folks who share good content, engage and lend a hand when folks need it.If you're not sure how to create circles and share them, read:http://tillison.co.uk/2014/06/19/circles-circling-sharing-circles/If you're new(ish) to Google+, I made a Community for beginners' tricks and tips and for you to ask questions - none of which are silly (we've all been there).https://plus.google.com/communities/101236419942719160905Thank you all, friends. #CircleShare   #Britpack  2014-07-06 21:24:2137111210
Shivakant Tripathi1,773IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle   2014-06-05 23:05:224351048
Simon Green1,267UK , British circle of great interesting endangers! A must have if you want to meet a some great people from Britain!2014-06-04 09:20:3444003
Shashi S6,379SOME COOL ASPIRING AUTHORS AT GOOGLE PLUS____________________________________________________This is some of the most interesting Aspiring Authors I have found at Google Plus, over the years. Following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and share Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...With this team, you will be able to find fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Writing something new and share within the world of google plusThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #sharedcircles   #Friday #sharingcircles     #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday     #share     #shared     #followers     #addcircles #publicsharedcircles     #share     #addpeople     #addcircle #addfriends     #circle     #empireavenue     #socialmedia     #influencers     #influencer     #influence     2014-04-23 08:12:05371001
Shivakant Tripathi1,650IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not. (。◕‿◕。)#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles 2014-04-16 21:12:284362111
Shashi S5,879Circle of Authors & Poets_____________________________________This is one of the most interesting group of Authors and Poets, selected from my years on Google Plus, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and after reviewing your profile, I WILL INCLUDE YOU IN NEXT SHARE.... ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR A POET :-) Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...This circle also includes many of upcoming writers who are Top Google + Users, who share unique and original content. They are kind of the early trend setters..With this team, you will be able to grow in your own community, with fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plus5 - YOU HAVE TO BE, AT LEAST, AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR POETThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     2014-04-16 06:47:374134213
Garry Pickles2,271here is a nice circle full of UK Google plus users #circleshare   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircles  2014-03-21 16:19:43340419
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:45475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:00475125
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:45:28475014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:44:37475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:43:264755010
Simon Green1,108My top engagers UK / British CircleAre you new ? or just want to make contact with people in the UK? This is the circle for you! People and pages with humour, insight and fun/interesting content!2014-03-10 10:19:5542001
Simon Green1,108My first Circle - I have created this small circle of mostly UK  fellow G plusser, These guys and gals are great engagers and i have enjoyed their posts/comments, whether its news/humour or putting the world to rights.  You should check them out!Regards simon :o)2014-03-10 09:22:3042403
Shashi S4,923Circle Of Aspiring Authors_________________________TO STAY IN THIS CIRCLE (and future editions)1. keep up your activity2. support each otherTO GET IN THIS CIRCLE1. you must be a Writer (amateur or professional)2. post your own work and share thoughts of other Aspiring Authors3. Share contents or links only WITH INTRODUCTION to inspire other writers4. be active and show support for this circle in your profilePlease support each other and recommend this circle to your friends and followers.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya2014-03-09 06:59:09166003
Tourej Ansari10,655Looked for more interesting circles and this is a great start#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy#TBT#JuicyJ#Cklostopcutting#TeamUSA#LoveYourPetDay#Hangouts#Disneyland#NFLCombine#TMobile#publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #uk   #ireland   #england   #wales   #scotland  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare   #ukcircles   #british  #circle   #circles   #sharedcircle   #thursday   #thorsday   #googleplus   #gpluscircles   #googlecircles   #publiccircle   #awesome   #amazing   #people   #friends   #followers   2014-02-21 05:59:29311216
Johnny Stork7,288Spirituality & Self Development CircleWe all strive towards various personal, professional and for many, spiritual goals in life. In our increasingly crowded and interconnected planet, we are often reminded of how each of out lives intersect and how each of us share many of the same values and needs. Many of these shared values and shared needs included the welfare of others, the welfare of the entire planet and the welfare of all living creatures.One way to think of what it means to be "spiritual" or concerned with "self" development is simply to be concerned with something, or someone, beyond yourself, beyond the personal. Holding a transpersonal world-view.The people in this circle share these values, these interests in developing personally, professionally and spiritually for the sake of all people as well as themselves. I am honoured to share this circle of humanitarian, compassionate, learned and transpersonally inclined friends. #transpersonalpsychology   #spirituality   #selfdevelopment   #positivepsychology  2014-02-05 00:55:3849011616
David Leonhardt2,546Resharing the Engagers VI: Christmas edition by +Markos Giannopoulos1. Plus the circle.2. Leave a comment3. Save the circle as one of your own circles (Click on "Add people" to do this).4. Share the circle as I am doing now (but don't forget to "Include yourself" when sharing).5. Get offline for a while, too.  :-).#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshared    #sharedcircleoftheday #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomepeople   #circlecount  #newfollowers   #googleplus  2013-12-16 19:39:07340109
Markos Giannopoulos13,655Engagers VI: Christmas edition // It's a festive season so my monthly "round-up & thank you" circle is on the right mood!First some stats on people who engaged me (gathered via +Circloscope) and on my posts (tracked by +CircleCount):September: 620 plussers, 93 commentators and 86 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 745 +1s, 74 re-shares and 117 comments October: 395 plussers, 33 commentators and 39 sharers on 43 posts for a total of 1057 +1s, 80 re-shares and 165 comments November: 616 plussers, 114 commentators and 176 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 1109 +1s, 234 re-shares and 227 commentsA great month fuelled by two posts: 6+1 WordPress initial-setup plugins  (http://bit.ly/1bKXVgX 359 +1s, 59 comments, 183 re-shares) and Ode à Eiffel (http://bit.ly/1heptNZ 46 +1s, 4 comments, 5 re-shares). If I wanted to get "analytical" about it, it was two posts with some decent value (helpful list of plugins in one case on a every-day issue for a WordPress developer and an album of 18 original photos of night Paris on the other) :) So on to the circle: the formula for this month is - Plussers who are on over 3 engagers circles (so basically who have engaged with me in previous months as well this one)  - Sharers and commentators - A few kind highly-engaging people who have shared original circles including me. - People with over 300 in G+'s "relevance score" (as reported by +Circloscope), e.g. the people Google considers that I interact more and post similar content to mine (or of my interest)All in all, this came to a healthy group of 340 content creators and real engagers interested in technology and photography. Feel free to add them! As usual, stats and circle creation for this post were only made possible thanks to +CircleCount and +Circloscope. #engagers   #circleshare #circlesharing   #circleversary #milestone #googleplus #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles 2013-12-16 17:49:57340441178
Tancredi Matranga8,830WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th  #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday   #tuesdaycircle   #tuesdaycircleshare   #tuesdaycircleshare  2013-12-03 07:43:1749910046117
Donna Beckett9,384#BritPack circle share 1The UK certainly lags behind the US and Asia when it comes to Google Plus usage but the UK is producing more and more Plussers! This is my circle of UK Plussers which contains  all kinds of UK Plussers ranging from real Google Plus experts (such as +martin shervington - highly recommended to add ) to top engagers, to complete newbies.Check out the members ( add the circle or share the circle only if you want to  - do what you like) and hopefully you'll find some great people to connect with!#BritPack   #CircleShare    #UKPlussers  2013-10-24 12:16:17497522340
martin shervington230,927People who love Google+ hints and tips!Here is a recent circle of people who are dedicated to learning more about Google+, including G+ psychology. Add them in if you also want to see people who produce great content on the subject too. #sharedcircles   #ns   #sharedpubliccircles  2013-10-23 09:47:558524440
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:47:14431303
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:58431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:44431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:06431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:45:54431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:45:40431001
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:44:59431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:44:19431004
Mark Tillison6,179UK Plussers' CircleThank you. This has had an amazing response this week, helping me build this UK Circle of the most excellent UK Plussers.Those that are in this circle are all in the UK and have shared good content or been nominated for inclusion by their connections here on The Plus.The original discussion thread is here:https://plus.google.com/u/0/108087495968597596174/posts/fdeYSsim4HwI'll publish this again next Sunday.How this circle is populated:1. UK Plussers only2. Sharing great content and/or engaging3. Nominated by a friend and qualified in points 1 & 2.Please, friends, nominate anyone you think may be missing in the comments thread below.Have a great week all. Feel free to reshare, but it isn't mandatory. #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles  2013-09-29 15:11:31293601836
Markos Giannopoulos6,137It's the start of a new month and as I did for June, this is my thank you to people I engaged with in July. But first some stats! In June I've had 526 plussers, 65 commentators and 95 sharers. In July the numbers are 710 plussers, 93 commentators and 158 sharers! An amazing month for which I'm most thankful :) I have added back everyone one who engaged with me (tracking is done via +Circloscope, if you want to learn how you can do it, read this http://bit.ly/14oNoYR) but since I can't fit everyone in the 500 people limit of circles, this July Engagers circle includes all sharers and commentators and the grand majority of plussers sorted according to the relevancy score that Google+ calculates for each two users (along with some other criteria where there was no relevancy score). I've also include the 20+ people who through the last months honoured me by including me in original circles as tracked by +CircleCount. My posts this month had a variety of topics around technology, web/mobile apps and web development, social media, Google+, photography and some ranting about overuse of animated GIFs :) So if you're looking for some geeky engagers, add this circle! #circleshare   #circleoftheday  2013-08-02 22:06:375005940131
Technology Roundup0BMN Tech Journalist And Blogger List #2 The ones with last names that start from N-Z.These are people who are thought leaders, reporters, journalists, bloggers in the tech industry.As with all our circles. We try to remove people who aren't active (if you see any here, please let us know).And, if you know of folks who should be on these circles, please let me know, I'll add them.2013-06-21 03:47:32198124
Lucas Appelmann12,923For quite some time I haven't shared circles. I now will, exclusively on g+, by presenting the world my "Favorite International Users" circle. It only consists of about 100 people - and most of you will already have a good amount of them in your own circles. So why am I posting this, then?The reason is that these people are highly relevant for my g+ experience and viewing the stream for this circle it contained all the posts that I found important in my main stream. So this is why. #circleshare  +Social Circles +CircleHub +CIRCLES on Google+ +The Best Circles on Google+ +How Do You Get More Followers On Google+ 2013-06-19 10:13:4110717311
Gideon Rosenblatt28,713Gideon Rosenblatt's Top 100These are the folks Google tells me are my most relevant people (slightly modified to remove people who are relevant, but not active here on Google+).Looking through this list, I can tell you that these are great people full of interesting ideas and engagement. I'm not in the circle here, so I can objectively say that this group is a worthy addition to your circles. Enjoy this group of people - I know I do. They enrich my experience here. Without them, I probably wouldn't still be here today. P.S. - If you got a notification, that means you're in the circle. 2013-06-11 20:53:39100662467
Markos Giannopoulos3,766197 interesting People // If you're into technology, the Web, photography and science, here's a circle to consider. Methodology: out of 3200 people that I follow, using +Circloscope I ordered them according to relevance score (calculated by Google depending on whose posts I engage the most) and filtered for a value over 30, then filtered for whether they are active (when was their last post) and finally filtered by whether they were in my "must read" circles. Voila! I hope you find it interesting :) #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circlesharing  2013-05-26 09:51:2119713412
Lee Smallwood23,038This is my #dunbar  circle  - people's content I can't do without... #CircleShare   #FollowFriday  2013-05-17 17:19:4616121419
Lee Smallwood22,777Outstanding Contribution to G+ CircleActions [sometimes] speak louder than words - spoken or otherwise...Which is why I want to share this circle in particular. It contains people that go beyond the norm and their contributions to G+ are second to none.There maybe some familiar faces contained within it and some not so well known... However, together they create an entertaining and thought provoking content stream that I can't do without on a daily basis.Seriously consider adding them to your circles :) #circleshare  2013-05-10 10:51:3613625219
Zbynek Kysela6,148AWESOME PLUSSERS - APRIL 2013============================This is a public circle of awesome plussers on G+! If would like to be included here in next update please follow these steps:HOW TO BE PART OF IT===================1. Add this circle to your circles (Click Add circle)2. Re-Share This Post Publicly (Click Share Button Next To +1 Button)3. Click +1 and Comment to support the circle!Done ツMy entire social presence:http://xeeme.com/bouchacFeel free to connect.=====================#Circle   #Circles   #Public   #PublicCircle   #CircleShare   #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle   #QSC   #querosercirculado   #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #awesome     #awesomesauce #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #awesomesauce  #круг   #círculo     #サークル     #cercle     #دائرة   #xeeme2013-04-24 09:25:05494421734
Timothy Coxon1,262Tim's Top EngagersSeeing that +martin shervington has put out his top engagers earlier figured I might follow his lead! #circle   #sharedcircles   #timothycoxon  2013-04-11 19:17:0531527
martin shervington81,949Commoogling Engagers Circle 1 (April 2013)These circles are some of the longest and deepest connections I have made during my time on Google+. Thanks to everyone who make Google+ such a positive learning environment.Still learning... #commoogling  2013-04-11 17:23:23456401440
Max Huijgen41,136Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! A new circle of Europeans as I promised long ago to connect the people who responded and share them. See for the first shared circle this post https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1The original post was shared 225 times. You can find it here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/CdhmHGbYjgiPart 2 is still open and can be found here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/NDAhG4fP2a7If you didn´t do so already, post there and as long as I have spots free, I will circle you as I want to see my streams come alive during European hours.There was a shared feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, having some central point to share European circles and last but not least the desire to have hangouts without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+  It already has multiple managers out of the community and that initiative recently span off +European Photo  but feel to offer a bit of your time for this community project. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. We need more peeps from all over Europe to participate and enjoy G+I hope these posts can do the rounds through Europe and gets us firmly on the G+ map. So even if you´re not European yourself, but sympathize with the initiatives to form a community here, help spread the word and share it.And don´t forget: we all love the other continents and most of us have circles which encompass the whole world. So it´s not against others, but pro us :)2013-03-15 15:05:14291532076
Diane Barnett1,964I shared my circle of bloggers earlier today and have been asked to add +Ludovic Moreeuw, which I am happy to do. I couldn't figure out how to put him in the circle on a post that already exists, so I've added him to my blogger circle and am reposting. So, here again is a fine circle of all sorts of blogs. :>}2013-02-26 01:27:58145214
Diane Barnett1,956One more circle to share today. I met +Prodigal Me on here this morning. She is new to Google Plus and she's writing a blog. This is a circle of bloggers that I'm sharing to help everyone meet. If I have included you in this circle by mistake, please let me know.2013-02-25 17:51:41140702
Gideon Rosenblatt23,936My Top 150 Here are the 150 people that Google tells me are most relevant to me here on Google+. This is a really good group of people, full of interesting insights and a willingness to help others.I give you a hardy recommendation to add these folks to your circles here. Your stream will thank you for it later.:-)2013-02-22 00:43:3815037734
Aidan Cole1,819This circle rewards those who take part in interaction as seen below..Everyone OLD and NEW Must ADD this circle to your own the latest versionsBELOW INSTRUCTIONS is what make this all possible so thanksFor newcomers and members this system is the best, we do 3 to 4 things every share.1. ADD THE CIRCLE if you can't try again this ensures you stay in the circle long term and you won't be removed2. Share the post3. PLUS the circle4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #publicsharedcircles #circleshared #publiccirclesproject #growthinfollowers #followers #addmetoyourcircles  2013-02-12 23:37:40265271227
Jens Eckleben3,990Its my special Circle for "Highpotential GPlussers" they are very active, share interesting news and hav more than 2.000 followers.  2013-02-02 18:33:4737432836

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2014-09-30 17:28:45 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Divide and conquer

What do you normally think of when you hear that phrase? Separate people so as to gain an advantage over them. Remove them from the influence of others so as to break down their resistance.

It's the counter to strength in numbers.

But on the social web we find that we divide ourselves and end up in a position of strength because of it.

For all the talk of openness and authenticity we deliberately split ourselves into multiple identities, separate parts of our lives on different networks to avoid crossover.

We partition our existence as it is the only way to keep control.

This is the way of life: we wear many hats and play many roles. We may want to be open but cannot be all things to all people all of the time.

It's usually inappropriate and virtually impossible.

So we divide ourselves... more »

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2014-10-03 19:19:26 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I need a caption for the funny stapler face picture.

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2014-09-20 19:32:14 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

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

How awesome is that?!!

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2014-10-19 22:07:55 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

An urban symphony

All drugged up and nowhere to go.

Except sleep, but that eludes me.

My mind is dulled and my body aches, flu like symptoms invade - how ironic, I have my flu jab booked for Friday. I guess it couldn't wait another few days or, perhaps, it heard and wanted to get in while it still could.

And that was Sunday, spent fighting against feeling crappy. Neck, shoulders, legs all protesting at the slightest movement; the mind just wanting to shut off, collapse in a corner and not resurface until it has all passed.

Still, you just have to get on with things - life doesn't stop just because you do.

But now that I am in bed, trying to leave the day behind, a police helicopter circles noisily above for the second weekend running, obviously searching with its light angling straight through the window as it flies by.... more »

An urban symphony

All drugged up and nowhere to go.

Except sleep, but that eludes me.

My mind is dulled and my body aches, flu like symptoms invade - how ironic, I have my flu jab booked for Friday. I guess it couldn't wait another few days or, perhaps, it heard and wanted to get in while it still could.

And that was Sunday, spent fighting against feeling crappy. Neck, shoulders, legs all protesting at the slightest movement; the mind just wanting to shut off, collapse in a corner and not resurface until it has all passed.

Still, you just have to get on with things - life doesn't stop just because you do.

But now that I am in bed, trying to leave the day behind, a police helicopter circles noisily above for the second weekend running, obviously searching with its light angling straight through the window as it flies by.

With a noise like that I couldn't sleep even if I wanted to so my brain automatically focuses on all other noises and distractions, seeking out everything else it can find to prevent my slumber.

Planes, nearby traffic, a train clattering along its tracks then another, faster, impatient going the other way and I subconsciously follow until it is out of ear shot.

The breeze rustles trees and bushes, causes the curtains to slowly dance with with open window as a dog barks at passing strangers.

A coughing fit. What next?

I can't switch off, can't fall into the waiting darkness, cannot settle as aching limbs make every position uncomfortable.

And I tell myself that I am rambling, babbling nonsense, that I should really try to clear my mind but the helicopter circles back round to orchestrate another urban symphony.

It's going to be a long night.

#write365___

2014-10-18 16:37:34 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Daylight

It is amazing the difference that waking up to a dry, bright day can have, especially when the windows are open and you hear the chatter of birds going about their business.

For me, birdsong is a connection to nature - it instantly transports me away from the bustle of urban life; it is calming, relaxing.

This is a strange time of year, those few weeks before summertime officially ends and the clocks go back. It takes us a couple of weeks to adjust to the change but it is worth it as these few weeks are imbalanced.

Shifts over the past few weeks have invariably meant leaving home in the dark in the morning and getting home in the dark after work. Being stuck in the office for the rest of the day, gaze firmly rooted to my monitors creates a disconnect with daylight.

Any sun that might come in through the windows is shut out with blinds... more »

Daylight

It is amazing the difference that waking up to a dry, bright day can have, especially when the windows are open and you hear the chatter of birds going about their business.

For me, birdsong is a connection to nature - it instantly transports me away from the bustle of urban life; it is calming, relaxing.

This is a strange time of year, those few weeks before summertime officially ends and the clocks go back. It takes us a couple of weeks to adjust to the change but it is worth it as these few weeks are imbalanced.

Shifts over the past few weeks have invariably meant leaving home in the dark in the morning and getting home in the dark after work. Being stuck in the office for the rest of the day, gaze firmly rooted to my monitors creates a disconnect with daylight.

Any sun that might come in through the windows is shut out with blinds due to glare on our screens - it is almost like we are vampires and it burns.

It's easy to see how seasonal affective disorder takes hold.

Every year I promise myself that I will go outside more during my lunch break but every year I break that promise. Demands often mean that lunch is snatched in brief sections, a couple of minutes here, a few more there - the downside of eating at your desk. If you are at your desk you are deemed "available" and there is almost a feeling of guilt attached to actually taking a proper lunch hour.

We have to break the cycle. I have to break the cycle.

During the week I have to rekindle my acquaintanceship with daylight, to escape the confines of my diurnal coffin - be a vampire no more.

And so I remake the annual promise to myself - let's hope that this time I can keep it.

#write365___

2014-10-17 20:16:27 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

No

This isn't the post I was going to write.

For all the talk of honesty and not self censoring there are times when you just have to say no!

No to yourself, no to the situation, no to the direction you find yourself travelling.

Sometimes you run the risk of going too far, of dragging yourself along a road you don't wish to go down - self induced, self inflicted, a self fulfilling prophecy.

So this is me refusing to succumb, refusing to be dragged down, dragged under, refusing to drown.

#write365

No

This isn't the post I was going to write.

For all the talk of honesty and not self censoring there are times when you just have to say no!

No to yourself, no to the situation, no to the direction you find yourself travelling.

Sometimes you run the risk of going too far, of dragging yourself along a road you don't wish to go down - self induced, self inflicted, a self fulfilling prophecy.

So this is me refusing to succumb, refusing to be dragged down, dragged under, refusing to drown.

#write365___

2014-10-16 22:03:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A journey

I have had a long and often unsatisfactory relationship with the written word. From short stories written at school (which were often poorly disguised derivative pieces) to abstract creations that warranted nothing but got marked 'A' for audacity.

I always knew I wanted to write.

The sad thing was that I never really turned to it until later in life except for the dalliance with poetry in my twenties. I never wrote with any regularity as a youth despite the longing. Attempts at keeping a diary or journal always stalled after the first couple of entries.

Perhaps what is more criminal is that I also didn't read regularly - for recreation - until after leaving school. We just didn't have the money for nonessential books so I had to wait until I left home and was earning.

Reading is the best tool we have for becoming a... more »

A journey

I have had a long and often unsatisfactory relationship with the written word. From short stories written at school (which were often poorly disguised derivative pieces) to abstract creations that warranted nothing but got marked 'A' for audacity.

I always knew I wanted to write.

The sad thing was that I never really turned to it until later in life except for the dalliance with poetry in my twenties. I never wrote with any regularity as a youth despite the longing. Attempts at keeping a diary or journal always stalled after the first couple of entries.

Perhaps what is more criminal is that I also didn't read regularly - for recreation - until after leaving school. We just didn't have the money for nonessential books so I had to wait until I left home and was earning.

Reading is the best tool we have for becoming a better writer but one I never used.

Something I have only recently discovered is the joy of writing just for the sake of writing - too often it was used as a tool, a weapon, something with which to manipulate or impress.

Writing was always a means to appear more knowledgeable, more intelligent than perhaps was the reality. It was used as a way to flaunt a certain geekiness - what I now recognise as decidedly undignified posturing.

Maybe the #write365 project might be seem by some as exhibitionism or attention seeking (isn't everyone who posts on social networks seeking some kind of attention?) but I prefer to call it a journey; a journey to rediscover the pure joy of writing.

The difference with the project is that there is genuinely no agenda - it is just posting. Regardless of plusses or responses I would still be putting up the one a day. The feedback is appreciated but not necessary as the only metric or target is one significant post a day.

The written word has taken me back and given me a second chance. The relationship is getting back on track after we agreed to be honest with each other.

And that honesty makes it a joy.

#write365___

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2014-10-16 09:26:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

How do you make now relevant?

Wonderful thoughts on the concept and perception of time, change and age from +Denis Wallez.

Don't-know 'your' age

   If you don't 'know' your age, here&now, what are you going to do?

When you say you're 39, which 39 is it?

   Someone born on January 1st, 2000 reaches January 1st, 2039 and states "I'm 39 years old".
   Someone born on January 1st, 2001 reaches January 1st, 2040 and states "I'm 39 years old".
   On their respective dates, each of them is "39 years old"…
   but one is 14,245 days old while the other only is 14,244 days old!

   Between 10 and 13 days were 'lost' by people overnight, depending on locations and when they switched from Julian to Gregorian calendar (some time between 1582 and 1927)! Twins living each side of a border could thus celebrate their birthdays nearly two weeks apart for a while… In the UK, a baby born on Wednesday September 2nd, 1752, was on Thursday only one day old, although that was September 14th!

   In some East Asian cultures, you traditionally were "one year old" the day you came out of the womb… Moreover, your 'age' would tick up at the beginning of the calendar year, regardless of when your exact birth day is in the year. People might thus be one or two  years older in Asian reckoning than in the Western system.

Change is not 'time'

   A few days ago, someone told me « since I'm 39yrs old with all these experiences which I've appropriated as mine, I infer that time has flown by. »

   Such a narrative this is! Let's pass the imprecision of saying this any other day than your birthday…
   Do you 'feel' your "39"? Do you 'know' "39"? If I banged your head and you became amnesiac, would you 'know' you're 39, without the stories asserting it as a fact (incl. the stories put down on paper, like in your passport)?

   Let's imagine a huge body of knowledge. And let's imagine you know 39% of it. And when circumstances change, you then know 40% of it.
   Is your gradual appropriation of the knowledge equal to the knowledge itself expanding? No.
   The total body of knowledge might have shrunk, you learnt nothing but what constituted 39% of the earlier total now represents 40% of the reduced corpus. Or you might have learnt something while the body of knowledge practically remained stable. Or the body of knowledge to master might have expanded but you just learnt faster than it expanded…
   Would you necessarily call this change of circumstances, this change in 'proportion' of knowledge, "time"? No.
   So… the fact that the narrative appropriated as a 'self' expands really tells you nothing about time.

   It isn't even clear the narrative appropriated as a 'self' is "expanding", the expansion is itself a narrative: you might accumulate memories in one sense, but you're also forgetting a lot (few people are able to pass, at 39, exams they were capable of passing at 18): maybe you're just replacing a narrative from "I'm 38"  to "I'm 39", and that took a millisecond, not a year!
   The change in the narrative appropriated as a 'self' tells you about a change in circumstances. It does  tell you about some form of change, of impermanence. But it tells very little about 'time'; the 'inference' that time has passed is just a narrative.

You're infinitely old

   Another reason why "I'm 39"  says absolutely nothing is that you're not 39!
   First, there's no ultimate  'you' (that is unchanged through change)… but, okay, let's consider the 'conventional' you (the caricature where you ignore change in order to project some 'identity').
   The conventional 'you' might be seen as infinitely old: if you search your causal origin, you'll fall into an infinite regress! You have no legitimate reason to stop the causal regress on a particular event, that you'll call 'birth' or 'conception' or "meeting of my to-be parents" or "births of my to-be parents"…
    And one year added to infinity is still infinity: one year later, you're not older, you're still the same "infinite" age! So you're not 39, at all! ;-)

Time is related to space

   Time is empty of essence: if nothing at all moved (not even an electron, a photon of light, the handles of a watch…), how would you know that time has passed or not? how would you measure time without something 'moving' (i.e. crossing 'space')?

   The passage of time is itself dependent on your speed (space / time) through space (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_dilation)… or dependent on the speed of everything else if you imagine you're a fixed point in space.
   You cannot separate time from space, time is empty of independent 'essence', it only exists in dependence to space.
   Thus, when you count your age, do you just count how much you travelled (possibly back and forth, or spinning a wheel like a hamster)?

Cyclical karma vs. exit of the cycle

   And when you tell yourself that a day has passed and you can point to changes to 'prove' that, are you telling the truth? Are the changes you're pointing at even relevant?  Is your life really changed, or is it the same job, the same routine, the same unsatisfactoriness, the same cyclical  samsara?

   One of the reasons for which 'time' in Buddhism is a tough question is simply because it's "metaphysics" and the Buddha repeatedly rejected wasting time on metaphysics that are irrelevant to the cessation of suffering  (e.g. "the origin of the world").
   When you say that time has passed but that nothing has truly changed in your wisdom, was the time relevant to the Dharma?


Don't-know you age!

   Time is a label, an illusion that we 'know' what has changed!
   All we "know" is change, all we "know" is impermanence. But the impermanence might be in space, in time, in anything else; we don't know which one. One of the reason we don't know is that we cannot separate time from space, or existence from conditioned manifestation.

   Impermanence is easily interpreted as 'time'. It doesn't have to be.
   You might look at old photos to tell the narrative of your self, but what if I use one of these 'ageing' programs used to guess how missing kids might look a few years after their disappearance? Do you say "years have passed"? I only changed pixels on the photo, not time!

   We assume 'time', when all we really see is change.
   We label change 'time' when we don't know what else to name it… so we can reassure ourselves that we 'know', just because we named it, just because we conceptualised it.
   We shouldn't be reassured though: when we label change as 'time', we still have no understanding of its cause. Which means we have no understanding of whether 'time' could suddenly speed up, stop, turn dramatic or prove beneficial… How can we be reassured just by naming something? We imagine that giving a name gives us control?


   If you don't 'know' your age, if you drop the stories about who you are… here&now, what are you going to do?

   This is not a "mere rhetorical question": most people proliferate thoughts about their age, and about where they 'should' be in life at 'that' age (e.g. married at 28, "manager" at 30, home-owner at 31, 2.1 kids at 37, life insurance at 40, retired at 65… in wealthy countries).
   Such thoughts (re)started in the first months of (this) life when one's parents are tracking one's physical growth and cognitive abilities (and are giving unconscious feedback via the joy or worry they manifest), and it goes on forever by comparing oneself to others instead of assessing the appropriateness to the situation at hand.
   We could look at such thoughts with a sense of humour, but unfortunately most people take them seriously so these thoughts generate anxiety, anguish and they bias people's reactions… These thoughts give rise to unsatisfactoriness.

   If you don't 'know' your age (even if you don't drop notions of past and future), if you drop the stories about who you are,  where you're at, and who or where you 'should' be… here&now, what are you going to do?
   How do you make now  'relevant'?


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Wonderful thoughts on the concept and perception of time, change and age from +Denis Wallez.

2014-10-15 20:59:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Assumptions

It is amazing what we take for granted when we know things, when we know our way around. Based on this we make assumptions about others and it doesn't compute when they don't know what we consider to be something very basic.

For example, we can't imagine that anyone would still get caught out by stupid email scams and wonder why they still get sent out - the obvious answer is because people do still fall for them.

We just can't get our heads round how?

But there are those who don't know what we know, haven't been exposed to what we have. The less fortunate, the inexperienced, the lonely and elderly - they are prime targets and normally those who can least afford to be victims.

They are vulnerable and not in the sense we throw the term about on social networks to illustrate our openness and authenticity.... more »

Assumptions

It is amazing what we take for granted when we know things, when we know our way around. Based on this we make assumptions about others and it doesn't compute when they don't know what we consider to be something very basic.

For example, we can't imagine that anyone would still get caught out by stupid email scams and wonder why they still get sent out - the obvious answer is because people do still fall for them.

We just can't get our heads round how?

But there are those who don't know what we know, haven't been exposed to what we have. The less fortunate, the inexperienced, the lonely and elderly - they are prime targets and normally those who can least afford to be victims.

They are vulnerable and not in the sense we throw the term about on social networks to illustrate our openness and authenticity.

While doing a stint volunteering at a mission near work it transpired that one of the patrons had indeed fallen for an email scam most of us would treat with the contempt it deserved.

The scam in question was supposedly from a pretty Eastern European lady who needed money to come to the UK and was never heard from again after parting him from his cash - around a thousand pounds in this instance.

We just can't believe that this still works, our assumptions won't let us.

It is events like this, however, that make us step back and reassess those assumptions we make about people.

Or at least they should.

Whatever we take for granted we cannot presume others do also. We cannot presume that our knowledge, meanings and interpretations are shared. But, most importantly, we cannot look down upon them if our obvious is their oblivious.

Be careful with your assumptions, they can be dangerous.

#write365___

2014-10-14 22:10:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hope

The eponymous they say "it's the hope that kills you" but that's not exactly true.

It's the realisation.

Hope gives you something to live for, gives you a reason to keep going.

One of my old poems contained the line: "There is no hope, but there is only hope."

Depressives don't necessarily fear depression as it can be welcoming, like slipping into the arms of an old flame - comforting, forgiving.

Depression is an easy way out, a ready made excuse, a reason for failure that doesn't demand you try.

Depressives, however, welcome hope, hope that they will rise up, hope that they won't slip back down again. What they fear is that moment of realisation when you suddenly notice that you are on the slide.

Everything seems to be going fine, small changes go unnoticed until... more »

Hope

The eponymous they say "it's the hope that kills you" but that's not exactly true.

It's the realisation.

Hope gives you something to live for, gives you a reason to keep going.

One of my old poems contained the line: "There is no hope, but there is only hope."

Depressives don't necessarily fear depression as it can be welcoming, like slipping into the arms of an old flame - comforting, forgiving.

Depression is an easy way out, a ready made excuse, a reason for failure that doesn't demand you try.

Depressives, however, welcome hope, hope that they will rise up, hope that they won't slip back down again. What they fear is that moment of realisation when you suddenly notice that you are on the slide.

Everything seems to be going fine, small changes go unnoticed until it hits you and you are aware that you are in a lift and every button is a basement button.

But the realisation can also be a catalyst, it just depends on how it is handled. On the one hand it can trigger a downward spiral - that "here we go again" feeling - but on the other it can be the much need shot across the bows.

The realisation is feared because it is never certain which way it is going to send you - up or down - until you ride that lift and the doors slide open leaving you to step out to your fate.

But, even when the days are at their darkest and it seems like there is no point, when it feels like there is nothing except the pit you wallow in, there is always hope.

Without hope we might as well be dead.

#write365___

2014-10-13 22:41:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The brook falls silent

It's later than the time I have any right still being awake considering the time I have to get up tomorrow but, while the body is tired, the mind marauds on seeking new ideas to plunder.

Instead, what it finds is boredom.

Now, that's not to say that everyone else is talking unworthy rubbish - everything means something to someone and we cannot claim otherwise - but the twin spectres of relevance and disinterest cast their shadows from overhead.

There are times when the usual parade of posts fails to motivate, fails to entice, and the stream flows past with barely more than a ripple.

The babbling brook might as well have fallen silent for, to this mind, it makes no meaningful sound.

But do not change channel or adjust your set, we do not need a change of programming. You can go about your normal daily... more »

The brook falls silent

It's later than the time I have any right still being awake considering the time I have to get up tomorrow but, while the body is tired, the mind marauds on seeking new ideas to plunder.

Instead, what it finds is boredom.

Now, that's not to say that everyone else is talking unworthy rubbish - everything means something to someone and we cannot claim otherwise - but the twin spectres of relevance and disinterest cast their shadows from overhead.

There are times when the usual parade of posts fails to motivate, fails to entice, and the stream flows past with barely more than a ripple.

The babbling brook might as well have fallen silent for, to this mind, it makes no meaningful sound.

But do not change channel or adjust your set, we do not need a change of programming. You can go about your normal daily business as it's mostly not you, it's me.

The wonders of social media are also its problems: the ease of access, the ability to say anything without filters or fact checking, and the fact that everybody has an opinion.

By the people, for the people doesn't always work as the people will agree on what it is they actually want. While many will claim to speak for them thinking they know what's best the fact is that they couldn't be more wrong and the masses reject the will of the so called expert.

And that is largely the issue: too many try to be that expert, too many claim a title that doesn't actually exist.

Still, I too shall soon fall silent leaving my own opinion to float by, ignored by others just as I have ignored them.

It meant something to me at the time but the moment is past and that meaning need not translate.

#write365___

2014-10-12 21:14:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Lies

After talking yesterday about the poem that never happened a few more lines made themselves manifest just before I went to sleep - it's almost as if I'm writing in installments. I wasn't so certain these lines were all connected but, on examination, I see a progression:

"The worst lies are the ones you tell yourself,
The truths you hide from your heart."

were followed by the incredibly profound:

"Pain you have inflicted lies heavier than that which you have endured."

Don't ask me where they came from, I couldn't tell you. It is almost as if that grey space between sleep and wakefulness is a gateway to the truths of universe, just waiting for the right moment to crack briefly open and allow a few choice thoughts to seep through.

It is a sorry admission to make but we find it easy to... more »

Lies

After talking yesterday about the poem that never happened a few more lines made themselves manifest just before I went to sleep - it's almost as if I'm writing in installments. I wasn't so certain these lines were all connected but, on examination, I see a progression:

"The worst lies are the ones you tell yourself,
The truths you hide from your heart."

were followed by the incredibly profound:

"Pain you have inflicted lies heavier than that which you have endured."

Don't ask me where they came from, I couldn't tell you. It is almost as if that grey space between sleep and wakefulness is a gateway to the truths of universe, just waiting for the right moment to crack briefly open and allow a few choice thoughts to seep through.

It is a sorry admission to make but we find it easy to lie - to friends, even to colleagues, to loved ones. Usually the lies are small and meant to avoid arguments or problems, the little white lies with which we are all familiar.

The maxim states that the truth hurts, it's true, but what usually hurts most is when the truth is revealed by the discovery of a lie, it is magnified. The reality of the position sets in coupled with the realisation that someone has not been honest and that can be so much harder to take.

But we can deceive ourselves, we can try to convince our own minds that we are not in the wrong, have not lied, but this only serves to deepen the eventual anguish.

We have to admit to our failings or they will try to eat us up from the inside.

Still, no matter how badly we get hurt it is the pain we cause others that does the most damage and the guilt we have to live with for doing so.

#write365___

2014-10-11 22:04:01 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Honesty

"The white noise static of the rain cleans my mind,
While the almost scalding water in the bath cleans my body.
But what options exist to clean my soul."

That's as far as I got composing a poem whilst daydreaming before something, I'm not sure what, dragged me back to a state of full alertness.

The train of thought was instantly lost, sped off down the tracks never to be reboarded.

Don't you just hate it when that happens?

For a while I got in to the habit of posting at a certain time but felt I lost out with such rigidity. Sometimes posts were forced rather than flowing naturally.

More recently I can get to the end of the day with little thought as to what I am going to post and at times like these I just let the mind wander, do its own thing and post the result.

But what value in... more »

Honesty

"The white noise static of the rain cleans my mind,
While the almost scalding water in the bath cleans my body.
But what options exist to clean my soul."

That's as far as I got composing a poem whilst daydreaming before something, I'm not sure what, dragged me back to a state of full alertness.

The train of thought was instantly lost, sped off down the tracks never to be reboarded.

Don't you just hate it when that happens?

For a while I got in to the habit of posting at a certain time but felt I lost out with such rigidity. Sometimes posts were forced rather than flowing naturally.

More recently I can get to the end of the day with little thought as to what I am going to post and at times like these I just let the mind wander, do its own thing and post the result.

But what value in late night mental meanderings?

Are the posts nonsensical ramblings or is there actually an honesty to be seen that is all too often hidden by the inhibitions of alertness?

When fully cognisant are we all to aware of how or minds might get us in trouble were we to say what we really think? We hold back or hide behind clever wordplay in an attempt not to offend.

But when the floodgates are open and the self imposed filters are disabled what comes out is truly us, truly what we feel.

Perhaps it's a bit hit and miss, perhaps we sometimes need the enforced structure of conscious thought but, for a pure raw experience, we need to allow ourselves the freedom to just be, to empty our minds on to the page regardless of the result.

Maybe it is only when we create without thinking that are we really able to say "this is me".

#write365___

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2014-10-10 17:32:19 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

December 2nd 2014

We thought it was a gimmick.

We thought it was just a clever marketing ploy gone viral, designed to reignite public interest in a stagnant space programme.

We entered our names, received our virtual "boarding passes" and maybe shared our achievement on social networks.

Then we thought nothing more of it.

Until the soldiers came.

4am. The crash of doors being kicked in and the echo of screams as we were forcibly removed from our homes, from our loved ones.

I keep replaying that moment, over and over - not knowing what was happening, not knowing if I'd ever see my family again.

And now I know I won't.

Fobos.
Nozomi.
Beagle 2.

The list goes on. Why do you think so many missions to Mars fail?

Dust storms? Out of fuel? Burnt up on entry?... more »

December 2nd 2014

We thought it was a gimmick.

We thought it was just a clever marketing ploy gone viral, designed to reignite public interest in a stagnant space programme.

We entered our names, received our virtual "boarding passes" and maybe shared our achievement on social networks.

Then we thought nothing more of it.

Until the soldiers came.

4am. The crash of doors being kicked in and the echo of screams as we were forcibly removed from our homes, from our loved ones.

I keep replaying that moment, over and over - not knowing what was happening, not knowing if I'd ever see my family again.

And now I know I won't.

Fobos.
Nozomi.
Beagle 2.

The list goes on. Why do you think so many missions to Mars fail?

Dust storms? Out of fuel? Burnt up on entry? More like sabotaged or shot down. That's right. Shot. Down.

NASA has been on Mars for years and any probe, orbiter or lander that threatened to reveal that presence is destroyed.

It sounds like something out of a poor science fiction movie but they say that truth is stranger than fiction.

The Earth is dying. Not the long term irreversible climate change death that the eco-lobbyists warn us of but a cataclysmic failure.

They tried to explain it to us: something about a sudden reversal of the magnetic poles and unavoidable stresses to the Earth's crust caused by extreme turmoil in the mantle.

Gaia, our home, was literally going to tear herself apart and there was nothing we could do about it.

They'd been planning for this, built huge space faring "arks" hidden behind the moon. Orion was a front.

They'd known since the 50's when the results of nuclear tests revealed that such an event would occur within 75 years. Something happened and the timetable just got brought forward a decade.

So now hundreds of thousands of us, selected in no more scientific way than applying for a virtual boarding pass on a website, would be the saviours of humanity.

It would be more than our names going to Mars.

#write365___

2014-10-10 10:10:53 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

That moment when...

...you clear the data for Google Search on your phone because it won't actually search forgetting that it's all part of the launcher and it wipes your home screens.

Then realising you can't remember where you had all the icons.

#firstworldproblem

That moment when...

...you clear the data for Google Search on your phone because it won't actually search forgetting that it's all part of the launcher and it wipes your home screens.

Then realising you can't remember where you had all the icons.

#firstworldproblem___

2014-10-09 21:53:07 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Models

We like models, templates, something recognisable that we can map our thoughts, feelings and processes to.

Rather than constantly reinvent the wheel we seek to use these models as a shared cognitive base on which to build our knowledge. We seek to construct a simplistic representation of part of our environment to help visualise or quantify it.

If both you and I know what a red box looks like, feels like and its most common properties and purposes then we need not explain from first principles, we can just say "a red box" and only need to expand upon the details which deviate from the core experience which is that shared model.

Handy.

But we don't stop there. We don't just try to build models of things, we also try to model people, minds.

We assess behaviour and personality, we try to derive patterns from a... more »

Models

We like models, templates, something recognisable that we can map our thoughts, feelings and processes to.

Rather than constantly reinvent the wheel we seek to use these models as a shared cognitive base on which to build our knowledge. We seek to construct a simplistic representation of part of our environment to help visualise or quantify it.

If both you and I know what a red box looks like, feels like and its most common properties and purposes then we need not explain from first principles, we can just say "a red box" and only need to expand upon the details which deviate from the core experience which is that shared model.

Handy.

But we don't stop there. We don't just try to build models of things, we also try to model people, minds.

We assess behaviour and personality, we try to derive patterns from a slew of characteristics in order to make assumptions. We try to fit them to preexisting notions or psychological theories; we use the philosophies of others to match people to scientific models.

Why do we do this? To shortcut our understanding; to save time and mental energy. If we can fit people into boxes we can gain instant insight into how they will act or interact.

Now, this has two angles: the personal and the public.

If we are applying models and generalisations to facilitate our own interactions with others (through a core set of triggers and mnemonics) that's one thing but when those generalisations are made public, the models are shared, we suddenly have a responsibility to ensure that those models, and our expansions upon them, are accurate.

We deviate greatly from the core image. We are not red boxes.

#write365___

2014-10-08 22:12:06 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Definitions

Definitions are a strange thing.

On the face of it they are literal, set in stone, immutable. But, in reality, definitions bend and conform to our individual understanding.

Language often makes little sense - it is an ever morphing thing, and its component parts become abused. Rules are broken and every rule has an exception.

Logic we apply in one case is discarded in another and all because of the disconnect between those definitions and our understanding.

Think of the prefix 'a' as in asexual and asynchronous. The prefix turns the words into their opposites - it essentially means not.

It's a rule that seems to be universally applied and understood until we start looking at definitions.

The prefix 'anti' means opposed to, against - it's more than just not, it is a challenge, an... more »

Definitions

Definitions are a strange thing.

On the face of it they are literal, set in stone, immutable. But, in reality, definitions bend and conform to our individual understanding.

Language often makes little sense - it is an ever morphing thing, and its component parts become abused. Rules are broken and every rule has an exception.

Logic we apply in one case is discarded in another and all because of the disconnect between those definitions and our understanding.

Think of the prefix 'a' as in asexual and asynchronous. The prefix turns the words into their opposites - it essentially means not.

It's a rule that seems to be universally applied and understood until we start looking at definitions.

The prefix 'anti' means opposed to, against - it's more than just not, it is a challenge, an opposition. It is confrontational.

Where is all this leading?

Based on such examples and our understanding of the grammatical rules at work we are able to add prefixes and suffixes, define the meanings of the resultant words. But then the rules break and we are left floundering.

Now, think of social and all it entails. We use it as shorthand for networks like this, as a composite of a myriad sites and services that enable us to connect with each other.

We can prefix it to change its meaning.

Asocial. Antisocial.

According to the linguistic rules we think we know these two words should take on entirely different meanings.

Asocial should simply mean "not social" and antisocial goes so much further.

But no. Look at the definitions we are given, the interpretations the experts provide us.

"Inconsiderate of or hostile to others"

"Hostile to or disruptive of the established social order"

Two very similar definitions, both adversarial in their nature, both hostile. So they must both be definitions of antisocial, right?

Wrong.

As a loner I have often consisted myself to be asocial - not social, it goes with the territory - but never antisocial. To me the two just sent in the same ball park. So, to see so called "authoritative" definitions describing me as hostile is an affront both personally and to logic.

Perhaps learning a language is similar to learning to drive. We first grasp the rules of the road and learn how to pass our test but, once we are out on the open highway we really learn how to drive.

We pick up bad habits and take risks, we feel invincible in our metal boxes and treat the rules more as guidelines.

And so it is with language as we learn to ignore the rules, bend them to suit our own purposes and rely more on our own interpretations. But herein lies a problem and we must both chose and communicate our meanings carefully.

#write365___

2014-10-08 07:26:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

What makes a person?

I have had a browser tab open for a couple of days with a 2008 piece exploring the cognitive rift between humans and animals. It is said that some animals, especially chimpanzees, think in ways that were previously considered exclusive to humans but a rift still exists.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080217102137.

I must finish reading it at some point.

This morning the Yahoo News app presented me with the story of Tommy the Chimp and the legal battle to determine if he should be afforded human rights. Some good exploration of the piece can be found here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/11142258/If-Tommy-the-chimp-is-a-person-why-is-he-in-a-cage.html

So what is it that makes someone a person? Is it cognitive ability, language, self awareness, intelligence? Or, legally, does it require... more »

What makes a person?

I have had a browser tab open for a couple of days with a 2008 piece exploring the cognitive rift between humans and animals. It is said that some animals, especially chimpanzees, think in ways that were previously considered exclusive to humans but a rift still exists.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080217102137.

I must finish reading it at some point.

This morning the Yahoo News app presented me with the story of Tommy the Chimp and the legal battle to determine if he should be afforded human rights. Some good exploration of the piece can be found here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/11142258/If-Tommy-the-chimp-is-a-person-why-is-he-in-a-cage.html

So what is it that makes someone a person? Is it cognitive ability, language, self awareness, intelligence? Or, legally, does it require humanity?

I remember the Star Trek episodes involving the court case to decide if Data could be considered a person - and that in a supposedly enlightened 24th century.

Definitely one to watch.___

2014-10-07 21:13:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Looking back

At the beginning, when I first decided to undertake this project - even before I'd chosen the #write365 name and hashtag - I imagined that much of what I wrote wouldn't be worth the virtual keys it was typed on:

"Most of the time I will fail and fail disastrously"

Success is relative. The only time I have failed to write something is when I was bed ridden and physically incapable but does that, in itself, mean that the project is a success?

As I also wrote a while back, just writing something gets to a point where it is no longer enough. I realised that such an undertaking should really come to mean something beyond just a test of literary longevity.

Introspection started early, it was probably always going to. Writers are advised to write about what they know and what do they know better than themselves.
... more »

Looking back

At the beginning, when I first decided to undertake this project - even before I'd chosen the #write365 name and hashtag - I imagined that much of what I wrote wouldn't be worth the virtual keys it was typed on:

"Most of the time I will fail and fail disastrously"

Success is relative. The only time I have failed to write something is when I was bed ridden and physically incapable but does that, in itself, mean that the project is a success?

As I also wrote a while back, just writing something gets to a point where it is no longer enough. I realised that such an undertaking should really come to mean something beyond just a test of literary longevity.

Introspection started early, it was probably always going to. Writers are advised to write about what they know and what do they know better than themselves.

Writing has always been an interest of mine but first became a means of self therapy during my late teens and early twenties when poetry seemed to be the only way I felt I could express myself and my feelings.

So far this year, however, I have been far more introspective that at any other time in my life with the added pressure of staring long and hard in the mirror while an audience looks on.

What should feel incredibly scary has, perhaps, been very liberating thanks, in part, to the very presence of that audience. It's quite ironic that a shy introvert should be exposing themselves in this most public of ways.

What has been most surprising over the course of the project (at least thus far) has been the relative ease with which I have been able to find things to write about. Yes, there have been days where I have had to begin with nonsense and filler, just to see where it led, but the post quality overall has remained surprisingly high.

Perhaps this will be the true mark of the project's success.

#write365___

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2014-10-07 12:47:17 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Nice Q&A with +Dave Besbris showing the continued dedication to Google+ - it's not going anywhere.

Nice Q&A with +Dave Besbris showing the continued dedication to Google+ - it's not going anywhere.___

2014-10-06 19:09:28 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Because always

There is an amazing hypocrisy in the actions of some people. They complain when things don't change, when suggestions are made but passed over, when they feel they are being ignored.

These people complain that things are stuck in a rut, that things are done because that's the way is always has been.

When reorganisations are made and new management is introduced an overwhelming cynicism prevents them from accepting that change can occur. So, when that new management says that processes will be re-examined and re-evaluated, that things won't be done just because that's the way it always has been, they get defensive.

Better the devil you know?

No one likes change for the sake of it but when genuine change is introduced in order to improve process a fear kicks in - a fear of that change.

Those same people... more »

Because always

There is an amazing hypocrisy in the actions of some people. They complain when things don't change, when suggestions are made but passed over, when they feel they are being ignored.

These people complain that things are stuck in a rut, that things are done because that's the way is always has been.

When reorganisations are made and new management is introduced an overwhelming cynicism prevents them from accepting that change can occur. So, when that new management says that processes will be re-examined and re-evaluated, that things won't be done just because that's the way it always has been, they get defensive.

Better the devil you know?

No one likes change for the sake of it but when genuine change is introduced in order to improve process a fear kicks in - a fear of that change.

Those same people defend existing process, argue against the new ideas, claim that introducing them will be a mistake.

Their argument for doing so? Because this is the way we've always done it!

Some people get stuck in that same rut but mistake it for a fond familiarity; they bury themselves so deeply within their comfort zone that they have forgotten how it feels to be outside, to be tested, to have to think for themselves.

No amount of justification can persuade them that change is good, change is an improvement, change is vital.

They just don't listen.

They feel threatened, under attack as if their integrity and work ethic are being questioned. They feel that they are not trusted to do their jobs - how could they be if someone wants to change things?

So, the question becomes: how do you break down that wall? How do you shine a new light into the darkness?

Because it's always been that way is neither a justification nor a defence.

#write365___

2014-10-05 18:05:43 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Size

Today is one of those days when I have nothing to say - or, at least, nothing I feel worthy of being a #write365 post.

But then I catch myself again, berate myself trying to live up to an ideal that I had deliberately moved away from.

It doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to be.

With that in mind, I have been thinking about the way mobile devices have become increasingly bigger and our attitudes to them.

When I had an iPhone 4S I knew I needed a device with a larger screen but that the half inch increase in the 5/5S just wasn't enough. This fuelled my decision to return to Android and get a bigger device.

At the time, the Nexus 5 seemed perfect and I couldn't see myself going larger than a 5 inch screen but now I'm not so sure.

It's strange how we adapt and get used to things. I've had the... more »

Size

Today is one of those days when I have nothing to say - or, at least, nothing I feel worthy of being a #write365 post.

But then I catch myself again, berate myself trying to live up to an ideal that I had deliberately moved away from.

It doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to be.

With that in mind, I have been thinking about the way mobile devices have become increasingly bigger and our attitudes to them.

When I had an iPhone 4S I knew I needed a device with a larger screen but that the half inch increase in the 5/5S just wasn't enough. This fuelled my decision to return to Android and get a bigger device.

At the time, the Nexus 5 seemed perfect and I couldn't see myself going larger than a 5 inch screen but now I'm not so sure.

It's strange how we adapt and get used to things. I've had the Nexus for 10 months and it no longer seems like a bigger phone. In fact, it's starting to feel a bit small.

Don't ask!

The uptake for the new iPhones shows how the general public is willing to entertain the notion of a bigger device. The Plus is bigger than many might initially feel comfortable with, preferring to settle for the smaller 6, but for how long?

The rumoured Nexus 6 is supposed to have a 5.92 inch screen and the immediate reaction is "how big?" but mockups indicate the device will be no bigger than an iPhone 6 Plus, thanks to smaller bezels.

I find myself being drawn towards it. I find myself thinking "it's not that big."

And, while I think about larger devices, I can't help but feel this helps create the niche for smart watches.

I've written before about being present - being in the moment (not in a psychobabble mindfulness sense) really with people and not distracted.

Even if you don't respond to notifications the very act of interrupting what you are doing to pull your phone own stops you from being present. It will only get worse with a bigger device - almost like erecting a barrier. But a quick glance at a watch stops that, reduces the impact.

If we are able to outsource our actions to a gadget on our wrist then it doesn't matter so much how big our phone is.

And if that gadget stops us getting distracted then it can only be a good thing.

#write365___

2014-10-04 22:52:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Displacement

Displacement can be the act of moving something, or someone, out of their current location. It can mean the way a body occupies the space previously taken by water when it is submerged.

But, in this instance, it is the transference of emotion from one thing, or person, to another.

If there is one thing of which I can accuse myself it is hiding in plain sight: employing generalisation rather than the specific.

We and our instead of me and my.

Inconsistent acknowledgement of faults and failings by projecting them on to a wider audience. Denying the personal by making it public.

Why should this be?

A reluctance to make it all about me? In a social setting no one likes the person who just talks about themselves all the time.

Or, perhaps, it is down to the fear of admitting it.

Maybe it's... more »

Displacement

Displacement can be the act of moving something, or someone, out of their current location. It can mean the way a body occupies the space previously taken by water when it is submerged.

But, in this instance, it is the transference of emotion from one thing, or person, to another.

If there is one thing of which I can accuse myself it is hiding in plain sight: employing generalisation rather than the specific.

We and our instead of me and my.

Inconsistent acknowledgement of faults and failings by projecting them on to a wider audience. Denying the personal by making it public.

Why should this be?

A reluctance to make it all about me? In a social setting no one likes the person who just talks about themselves all the time.

Or, perhaps, it is down to the fear of admitting it.

Maybe it's like when you want to discuss something embarrassing but start the conversation with "I've got this friend..."

It's ironic that, as with the embarrassing conversation, it is obvious that posts are about me. Yes, they often resonate with others at some level as we share similar thought, opinions or experiences, but the need to hide behind this displacement is perhaps why it is so hard to incite real, lasting change.

If we all know what they're about why is it sometimes hard to just say? Why the need to divert the attention with metaphor and allegory. Why the need to disguise with clever philosophies and observations?

A bitter pill.

Maybe the truth is sometimes too uncomfortable to face head on and must be sweetened, flavoured, to be made palatable.

#write365___

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2014-10-03 19:19:26 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I need a caption for the funny stapler face picture.

I need a caption for the funny stapler face picture.___

2014-10-03 16:14:28 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Learning from our mistakes

We get annoyed by those who don't learn from their mistakes, don't assimilate knowledge when freely supplied and ask the same old questions time and again.

All too often, however, we exhibit an hypocrisy we seem unable to admit to ourselves.

There seems the inability to learn from our own mistakes, to live in a repeating cycle - behavioural issues that are highlighted but seem to present a block, an inability to correct even when acknowledged.

Yes, behavioural characteristics stemming from our personality are significantly different from an apparent laziness or unwillingness to learn but should we not be able to correct them? Should we be able to learn how to act differently?

Or, is some behaviour so deep rooted in our psyche that we are not able to change it? On a fundamental level how able are we to redefine... more »

Learning from our mistakes

We get annoyed by those who don't learn from their mistakes, don't assimilate knowledge when freely supplied and ask the same old questions time and again.

All too often, however, we exhibit an hypocrisy we seem unable to admit to ourselves.

There seems the inability to learn from our own mistakes, to live in a repeating cycle - behavioural issues that are highlighted but seem to present a block, an inability to correct even when acknowledged.

Yes, behavioural characteristics stemming from our personality are significantly different from an apparent laziness or unwillingness to learn but should we not be able to correct them? Should we be able to learn how to act differently?

Or, is some behaviour so deep rooted in our psyche that we are not able to change it? On a fundamental level how able are we to redefine what it is to be us?

We resent the notion that we are controlled by archetypes, that we are of a certain ilk and cannot alter this, destined to go through life according to a pattern. Yet, we continue to commit the same mistakes even though armed by the knowledge of their cause.

Is it, perhaps, a laziness or unwillingness to dig deep into our own existence, to make the changes that would prevent these never ending cycles?

Are we really unable, at our core, to become something different or are we afraid?

#write365___

2014-10-02 21:19:57 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Brave new worlds

New social networks excite us in a way that few other things can and we are willing to put up with poor design, limited functionality and bugs just so that we can be early adopters.

We like the thrill of the adventure, to feel that we are exploring something new and constantly moving forward. Perhaps we are just kidding ourselves and each service just becomes a facsimile, its true nature dictated by how we use it rather than what it can offer. Still, we are willing to accept the delusion in the absence of real progress.

How much does a social platform impact our behaviour?

There will obviously be a difference in how we post on Twitter compared to Google+ but, when faced with similar capabilities, do we behave in the same manner in different forums?

Would the same group of people communicate in the same way? If Google+ didn't... more »

Brave new worlds

New social networks excite us in a way that few other things can and we are willing to put up with poor design, limited functionality and bugs just so that we can be early adopters.

We like the thrill of the adventure, to feel that we are exploring something new and constantly moving forward. Perhaps we are just kidding ourselves and each service just becomes a facsimile, its true nature dictated by how we use it rather than what it can offer. Still, we are willing to accept the delusion in the absence of real progress.

How much does a social platform impact our behaviour?

There will obviously be a difference in how we post on Twitter compared to Google+ but, when faced with similar capabilities, do we behave in the same manner in different forums?

Would the same group of people communicate in the same way? If Google+ didn't exist would like minded individuals join together and operate a Facebook Group in the same manner as a Community?

Is it the people that make the platform or the platform that imposes itself on the people?

We are promised brave new worlds but can't help terraforming them to be more like the old, the familiar. In doing so we waste months, if not years, just getting back to where we were.

What sets humanity apart is that, with technology, we adapt our environment to suit us rather than adapting to it. The same can be said of the social web. We demand tools, functions, options to fit our expectations of what a network should be. If they don't exist, or are not provided, we build integrated solutions using APIs to fill the gaps - we mould the social environment around us.

But this means that environments become homogenised, innovation is stifled and we are more meta than matter. Or substance.

We must truly explore these brave new worlds as they are, their weather and geography, realise their unique potential.

Otherwise, what's the point of the expedition?

#write365___

2014-10-02 08:37:29 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Well, that was a short day! Having to head home as we've sprung a leak in the kitchen.

Wish me luck.

Well, that was a short day! Having to head home as we've sprung a leak in the kitchen.

Wish me luck.___

2014-10-01 16:05:00 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Painful truths

For many years people have seen me as a loner.

Perhaps feeling unloved in childhood and being incredibly socially awkward drove me to prefer the company of just one person: myself.

This is the curse of the introspective introvert - living in here (taps head) and not being able to see what others see, how they perceive you. Not being able to live out there.

Some call it being self-absorbed or in your own little world.

The hard part about it is that it is not intentional, there is never a desire to hurt or offend and the painful truth is that you don't know you're doing it, don't realise exactly how it affects others, how you leave them feeling shut out when you just consider it normal.

It's hard to break out of the confines of your own head.

They say that admitting you have a problem is the... more »

Painful truths

For many years people have seen me as a loner.

Perhaps feeling unloved in childhood and being incredibly socially awkward drove me to prefer the company of just one person: myself.

This is the curse of the introspective introvert - living in here (taps head) and not being able to see what others see, how they perceive you. Not being able to live out there.

Some call it being self-absorbed or in your own little world.

The hard part about it is that it is not intentional, there is never a desire to hurt or offend and the painful truth is that you don't know you're doing it, don't realise exactly how it affects others, how you leave them feeling shut out when you just consider it normal.

It's hard to break out of the confines of your own head.

They say that admitting you have a problem is the first step in dealing with it. They say it's hard to get over that psychological hurdle but once the rubicon has been crossed you're well on your way to fixing it.

But there is the alternative view that recognising the problem, admitting it to yourself, is actually the easy part - dealing with it, with years of ingrained behaviour, is the tricky bit.

I look at the #write365 project, see how it has developed, what has been covered, and can't help but wonder if this is just another symptom. Perhaps even a cry for help - an attempt to reach out from inside my own head under the pretence of forming a writing habit.

On the other hand, I wonder if it is merely another example of preferring my own company, talking to myself and largely shutting others out.

But then I remember that this is all being played out in public, on a social network that encourages, even demands, engagement.

So, I'll lay back on the virtual therapists couch and, at the end of the session, depart with the words "same time tomorrow?"

#write365___

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2014-10-01 09:50:44 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A friend's wife is currently going through CVs for a role they are looking to fill.

One particular CV is a 16 page behemoth.

Lifetime achievements include things like: birth certificate! (I kid you not)

Congratulations on being born.

The applicant apparently enjoys "comminuting to school" (reducing it to small particles?)

The attached image is the "Home Responsibilities" section.

Remember, this is a genuine CV.

Would you give them a job?

A friend's wife is currently going through CVs for a role they are looking to fill.

One particular CV is a 16 page behemoth.

Lifetime achievements include things like: birth certificate! (I kid you not)

Congratulations on being born.

The applicant apparently enjoys "comminuting to school" (reducing it to small particles?)

The attached image is the "Home Responsibilities" section.

Remember, this is a genuine CV.

Would you give them a job?___

2014-09-30 17:28:45 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Divide and conquer

What do you normally think of when you hear that phrase? Separate people so as to gain an advantage over them. Remove them from the influence of others so as to break down their resistance.

It's the counter to strength in numbers.

But on the social web we find that we divide ourselves and end up in a position of strength because of it.

For all the talk of openness and authenticity we deliberately split ourselves into multiple identities, separate parts of our lives on different networks to avoid crossover.

We partition our existence as it is the only way to keep control.

This is the way of life: we wear many hats and play many roles. We may want to be open but cannot be all things to all people all of the time.

It's usually inappropriate and virtually impossible.

So we divide ourselves... more »

Divide and conquer

What do you normally think of when you hear that phrase? Separate people so as to gain an advantage over them. Remove them from the influence of others so as to break down their resistance.

It's the counter to strength in numbers.

But on the social web we find that we divide ourselves and end up in a position of strength because of it.

For all the talk of openness and authenticity we deliberately split ourselves into multiple identities, separate parts of our lives on different networks to avoid crossover.

We partition our existence as it is the only way to keep control.

This is the way of life: we wear many hats and play many roles. We may want to be open but cannot be all things to all people all of the time.

It's usually inappropriate and virtually impossible.

So we divide ourselves into our component parts in order to conquer the chaos that is our connections and our responsibilities. We utilise the strengths of specific networks to best manage the different aspects.

There are times when we also want to reduce the pressure upon us, where we just want to connect without any preconceptions and seek an alternative venue to do it, to almost not be ourselves if only for a short time.

This doesn't mean that we are not being authentic, that we are lying about who we are. It just allows us to engage with an element of freedom we might not normally enjoy.

Trying to present a single unified identity in all situations will only lead to problems.

Divide to conquer.

#write365___

2014-09-29 16:01:47 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Shiny and new

We like shiny new things, we like having exciting new toys with flashing lights and sounds that entice us. Often we have more toys than we know what to do with and most end up gathering dust at the bottom of the toy box - long forgotten and abandoned.

We are guilty of this on the social web leaving our toys scattered across the internet, old and unloved.

The only solution? To resist the temptation to collect more toys than we have the time to play with.

But, every now and then, a toy arrives which piques our interest, that we can't resist. We have to rip open the packaging and get our grubby hands on it.

Like the one toy at Christmas that every child just has to have we fall victim to virality and hype, set unreasonable expectations which almost never match reality.

We expect a fully posable action figure but... more »

Shiny and new

We like shiny new things, we like having exciting new toys with flashing lights and sounds that entice us. Often we have more toys than we know what to do with and most end up gathering dust at the bottom of the toy box - long forgotten and abandoned.

We are guilty of this on the social web leaving our toys scattered across the internet, old and unloved.

The only solution? To resist the temptation to collect more toys than we have the time to play with.

But, every now and then, a toy arrives which piques our interest, that we can't resist. We have to rip open the packaging and get our grubby hands on it.

Like the one toy at Christmas that every child just has to have we fall victim to virality and hype, set unreasonable expectations which almost never match reality.

We expect a fully posable action figure but get minimal movement and don't even mention the tacky accessories! Disappointment abounds even for those who got what they asked for.

We have to manage those expectations, we have to temper them and enter the toy shop having taken heed of the "notice to shoppers".

We have to recognise that some toys have limited functionality and others have their functionality extended with the addition of more accessories - we just have to be patient and (potentially) willing to pay extra.

We have to accept that some toys will never be the next big thing and we shouldn't even think if them as replacing our existing favourites. They are just different.

We can't get disappointed if we don't go in with our eyes open, get the wrong toy and think it is going to solve all our playing needs.

Even doing our research we have no way of knowing if we will still be playing with our shiny new toy for years to come.

Caveat emptor

#write365___

2014-09-29 08:59:46 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Of those who have joined Ello, who has done so with their real name?

Even though networks may not insist on real names our usage and reasons for being their may necessitate the use of real name anyway.

Some might be exploring the potential for the network to be another marketing channel (even though this would appear to be against the ethos of the network itself) but others just treating it as an escape from their normal social hangouts (no pun intended).

If we use real names when we don't have to it gives a sense of familiarity and we have a ready made pool of connections but this can also backfire if we are looking for a new start.

Although I have said elsewhere that I couldn't see myself signing up I an growing increasingly curious so find myself in two minds.

Twitter no longer holds much interest for me and FB is strictly family/friends only... more »

Of those who have joined Ello, who has done so with their real name?

Even though networks may not insist on real names our usage and reasons for being their may necessitate the use of real name anyway.

Some might be exploring the potential for the network to be another marketing channel (even though this would appear to be against the ethos of the network itself) but others just treating it as an escape from their normal social hangouts (no pun intended).

If we use real names when we don't have to it gives a sense of familiarity and we have a ready made pool of connections but this can also backfire if we are looking for a new start.

Although I have said elsewhere that I couldn't see myself signing up I an growing increasingly curious so find myself in two minds.

Twitter no longer holds much interest for me and FB is strictly family/friends only so maybe it might be an idea to dip the old toes in the water.

What do you think?

#ello___

2014-09-28 15:50:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Second guessing

Yesterday, I caught myself wondering if I should post what came out, whether it would appear bitter, but then realised that this goes against what I have previously written about self censorship.

Much of the purpose of #write365 is to just get it out there no matter what. I make no apologies for it, might contradict myself from time to time and may seem conceited or sometimes trite but that's all part of the process.

We should express ourselves freely - it is our opinion after all so we should stick to it. Otherwise, what's the point?

It is normally best to go with gut instinct, second guessing ourselves can only lead to confusion, losing our train of thought and reasoning.

If there is something that needs to be said just say it!

Yes, there will be times when you have to hold back, when speaking in anger might... more »

Second guessing

Yesterday, I caught myself wondering if I should post what came out, whether it would appear bitter, but then realised that this goes against what I have previously written about self censorship.

Much of the purpose of #write365 is to just get it out there no matter what. I make no apologies for it, might contradict myself from time to time and may seem conceited or sometimes trite but that's all part of the process.

We should express ourselves freely - it is our opinion after all so we should stick to it. Otherwise, what's the point?

It is normally best to go with gut instinct, second guessing ourselves can only lead to confusion, losing our train of thought and reasoning.

If there is something that needs to be said just say it!

Yes, there will be times when you have to hold back, when speaking in anger might lead to saying something you could regret but that often in the way it is said rather than the what.

The heat of the moment.

Maybe there are times when we need to revise the words we use, to scale back on how aggressively we wish to state our case but our case will still need to be stated. It is what we want, even need, to say and not doing so is not being true to ourselves.

Sometimes what we say won't sit well with others - that is unavoidable but doesn't mean we shouldn't say it. On the contrary, these things often need to be said for all to get a clearer view.

But, ultimately, it is just opinion - take it or leave it, accept or reject it. Ignore it or let it influence your own.

As least we can rest in the knowledge it has been shared.

#write365___

2014-09-27 17:53:24 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Reputation

Sometimes we can become so enthralled by reputation that the one whose reputation we are in thrall to can seem to do no wrong.

We will buy books or albums simply because of who they are by rather than whether they are actually any good.

An example of this very thing has occurred over the past week with the launch of the first Aphex Twin album "Syro" in years (if you ignore the lost, previously unreleased, Caustic Window outing).

Few can deny that Richard D James has been one of the most influential electronic artists of the past 25 years but, as with Michael Jackson, I can't help but feel that he became a parody of himself a long time ago.

Reviews of Syro have been both glowing and equally apologetic in equal measure with descriptions such as "between music and sound art". Reviewers relish in the realisation... more »

Reputation

Sometimes we can become so enthralled by reputation that the one whose reputation we are in thrall to can seem to do no wrong.

We will buy books or albums simply because of who they are by rather than whether they are actually any good.

An example of this very thing has occurred over the past week with the launch of the first Aphex Twin album "Syro" in years (if you ignore the lost, previously unreleased, Caustic Window outing).

Few can deny that Richard D James has been one of the most influential electronic artists of the past 25 years but, as with Michael Jackson, I can't help but feel that he became a parody of himself a long time ago.

Reviews of Syro have been both glowing and equally apologetic in equal measure with descriptions such as "between music and sound art". Reviewers relish in the realisation that, just perhaps, we're not supposed to "get it", that an Aphex Twin record is more a collection of processed sound than actual music.

It is typical of the music press that there should be a sense of elitism, a sense of understanding that leaves the rest of us in its wake - and that's why we are not music journalists: we don't get it.

But herein lies the problem: if you alienate your audience and your work has to be described in abstract terms in order to make it sound appealing then what's the point?

I'm no stranger to abstract music, I've written enough weird stuff in my time. Back at the turn of the century some of the beats I programmed were considered too complex but, by the standards of Skrillex, Squarepusher and Aphex Twin, they were incredibly pedestrian.

We can become just as obsessed with our own reputation as with those of others. We can dive too deep into self indulgence that we lose sight of why people came to appreciate us in the first place.

Maybe I'm just getting old, maybe I don't get it. Or maybe we can mistake our noise for signal.

#write365___

2014-09-26 16:30:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A new perspective

As the year rolls on and the days, with their posts, go by then I find myself with a new perspective.

I have not been counting before, not really paid attention to how many posts there have been until today and hitting 265 - 100 to go.

A threshold is being crossed.

Now, it is no longer a case of counting up; from here on in we'll be out of three figures, we're counting down but not to launch - to a potential end.

I continue to wonder about my ultimate reaction; is this a labour of love or a mill stone that I will be only too glad to shed?

They say artists become depressed, withdrawn after the completion of a major work, emotionally spent. Pleased to have finally finished but simultaneously scared that they will never again achieve such success.

We crave endings, even though they scare us, we... more »

A new perspective

As the year rolls on and the days, with their posts, go by then I find myself with a new perspective.

I have not been counting before, not really paid attention to how many posts there have been until today and hitting 265 - 100 to go.

A threshold is being crossed.

Now, it is no longer a case of counting up; from here on in we'll be out of three figures, we're counting down but not to launch - to a potential end.

I continue to wonder about my ultimate reaction; is this a labour of love or a mill stone that I will be only too glad to shed?

They say artists become depressed, withdrawn after the completion of a major work, emotionally spent. Pleased to have finally finished but simultaneously scared that they will never again achieve such success.

We crave endings, even though they scare us, we need to know how it all turns out. But we are just as afraid of the infinite, of the effort required to keep going indefinitely.

Why should endings scare us so? Because they indicate change, a transition from one thing to the next and we all know how much we hate change.

Just like the Death card in a tarot deck, people fear it for its literal meaning - they take it at face value without understanding its real meaning.

Cycles.

It is the way of things: as one thing ends so another begins; as one door closes another opens. Even as something dies so new life springs from the remnants.

An ending grants a new awareness, allows us to reflect, adjust and prepare anew. It affords the opportunity to take stock, learn from what came before and apply those lessons to whatever comes next.

An ending is, therefore, a transition - rebirth rather than death and should not be feared but welcomed.

#write365___

2014-09-26 09:51:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Good morning all

It's Friday so let's make the most of it and clear the decks ready for the weekend. It's been a productive morning already and I've not even started work yet!

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

Good morning all

It's Friday so let's make the most of it and clear the decks ready for the weekend. It's been a productive morning already and I've not even started work yet!

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

2014-09-25 19:49:53 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Our fractured selves

We are suckers for a gimmick and will sign up for the next shiny new thing as it promises to solve all of the problems we never knew we had.

We jump in to reserve our name, stake our claim on a piece of prime internet real estate but then leave fragments, or instances, of ourselves strewn across the social sphere like a snake shedding its skin.

We grow, we change, we accept this as necessary but forget about these past facsimiles littered across the web and leave them to fester - this rotting trail of identity bread crumbs.

We begin with the best of intentions, determined that this time we will make the effort, this time we will use the service but, invariably, never do.

What was shiny soon dulls, loses its lustre and is discarded.

We are reminded of our former selves by emails and notifications. Often we will... more »

Our fractured selves

We are suckers for a gimmick and will sign up for the next shiny new thing as it promises to solve all of the problems we never knew we had.

We jump in to reserve our name, stake our claim on a piece of prime internet real estate but then leave fragments, or instances, of ourselves strewn across the social sphere like a snake shedding its skin.

We grow, we change, we accept this as necessary but forget about these past facsimiles littered across the web and leave them to fester - this rotting trail of identity bread crumbs.

We begin with the best of intentions, determined that this time we will make the effort, this time we will use the service but, invariably, never do.

What was shiny soon dulls, loses its lustre and is discarded.

We are reminded of our former selves by emails and notifications. Often we will just delete them, sometimes we will unsubscribe so as not to be bothered again, but what we should really be doing is getting rid.

But we never do.

Are we simply lazy? Is it too much effort to retrace our steps and remove the traces of our transit across the web? Is it vanity that stops us giving up that real estate and letting someone else move in?

Or are we reluctant to go back and delete those accounts, terminate those old instances as though, in doing so, we are destroying a piece of our current identities?

We bemoan our fractured selves yet seem unwilling to gather the pieces, to glue them together fashioning a coherent whole and throw away those we no longer need.

Life demands we wear many masks, let's only retain those that are essential.

#write365___

2014-09-25 18:00:55 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

What gives Google?

A couple of days ago 2 pages on our shop WordPress site were blacklisted as hosting malware. One was a post another a page.

Now, with the way WordPress works you'd expect there to be a site wide problem as it's all template based and all pages/posts are build from the same base - only the content is different.

Still, we get the host to check the site, run scans with sites such as sucuri, resubmit and get an email back from Google saying all sorted.

Now, today, you try to visit the site and the whole thing is blocked by Chrome with the message that of 101 pages visited 2 are suspicious - the site was last visited on the 23rd - 2 days ago which is when all the problems before were sorted and the site resubmitted and found to be okay.

To me it looks as though the previous warnings are now being used to block the whole site... more »

What gives Google?

A couple of days ago 2 pages on our shop WordPress site were blacklisted as hosting malware. One was a post another a page.

Now, with the way WordPress works you'd expect there to be a site wide problem as it's all template based and all pages/posts are build from the same base - only the content is different.

Still, we get the host to check the site, run scans with sites such as sucuri, resubmit and get an email back from Google saying all sorted.

Now, today, you try to visit the site and the whole thing is blocked by Chrome with the message that of 101 pages visited 2 are suspicious - the site was last visited on the 23rd - 2 days ago which is when all the problems before were sorted and the site resubmitted and found to be okay.

To me it looks as though the previous warnings are now being used to block the whole site despite being previously cleared.

This is getting stupid, especially as so many web scanning tools say there is nothing wrong.

Beyond resubmitting the site again does anyone have any idea how we can actually get this reviewed by people rather than algorithms?

Any contacts?

Why are warnings from two days ago that have been sorted now causing the entire site to be inaccessible?___

2014-09-24 19:37:35 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Lives in metaphor

When we connect across cities, across countries or even across the planet via social media we are connecting with an idea of someone, an impression we glean from their posts, their words and they way they conduct themselves.

We cannot possibly hope to know that our impression is accurate, that the person we think we know is not just a contrived facsimile, but we hold them to their word and take a leap of faith until we have reason to suspect otherwise.

When we regale our followers with tales of our exploits they cannot hope to truly understand what we have done, where we have been and what we have seen.

We share images and videos to reinforce our words via visual representations but this is still only part of the story. We might share music to emphasise an emotional context but this, too, can only go so far.

We cannot experience... more »

Lives in metaphor

When we connect across cities, across countries or even across the planet via social media we are connecting with an idea of someone, an impression we glean from their posts, their words and they way they conduct themselves.

We cannot possibly hope to know that our impression is accurate, that the person we think we know is not just a contrived facsimile, but we hold them to their word and take a leap of faith until we have reason to suspect otherwise.

When we regale our followers with tales of our exploits they cannot hope to truly understand what we have done, where we have been and what we have seen.

We share images and videos to reinforce our words via visual representations but this is still only part of the story. We might share music to emphasise an emotional context but this, too, can only go so far.

We cannot experience the reality of others from half way across the globe but we can share in their delights, their pains, by the use of the collective social memory bank - reference points and mental triggers such that we might better understand each other.

Our associations with our environment and our emotions connect us, our ability to empathise and imagine based on our own realities. This is how we learn and grow, even as children, using our past experiences as a framework on which to build and extrapolate.

We live our lives in metaphor, in comparisons; we tap into common frames of reference so that others can fabricate an approximation of our adventures. We utilise social media as an extension of our own reality, an addendum or aide memoire.

We rely on the experiences of others to remind ourselves of what it means to be us.

We absorb their tales and, while we will never know exactly how they should play, are able to gain an understanding because of our shared humanity, our histories and feelings.

We can't hope to know exactly but we appreciate what it is to be happy or sad, the feeling of the sun on our faces or the wind in our hair. We are able to recognise joy and grief - even if we are not capable of articulating them - so we can relate.

We are all story tellers and all love to be told a good story.

#write365___

2014-09-23 22:50:10 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Connection & Conversation

Whether you want to call it social blogging or public journalling or whatever, the obvious side effect of writing daily posts and sharing them with the world is that they will generate conversation.

Of course, this is social media and being social is what it's all about, right?

Yes, but what it really highlights is our capacity to really connect with others and want to engage with them in a regular and meaningful manner.

We all have our opinions and biases, our specific points of view and ideas and we can become entrenched within them, unable to see over the parapet.

Sometimes we are convinced of our correctness, others we are just throwing ideas out there to see what sticks or resonates. And that's where the power of connection and conversation comes in to play.

Establishing these relationships... more »

Connection & Conversation

Whether you want to call it social blogging or public journalling or whatever, the obvious side effect of writing daily posts and sharing them with the world is that they will generate conversation.

Of course, this is social media and being social is what it's all about, right?

Yes, but what it really highlights is our capacity to really connect with others and want to engage with them in a regular and meaningful manner.

We all have our opinions and biases, our specific points of view and ideas and we can become entrenched within them, unable to see over the parapet.

Sometimes we are convinced of our correctness, others we are just throwing ideas out there to see what sticks or resonates. And that's where the power of connection and conversation comes in to play.

Establishing these relationships over a period of time all allows us to have confidence that our connections are being genuine, that we are not just being trolled. It allows us to get a feel for people, to see beyond sarcasm, to understand their own views, their beliefs and motives.

It allows us to let down our guard and not take offence so easily should someone disagree.

On many occasions our ideas may resonate with others and we are thus able to fortify our belief in them. Sometimes we may be on the right track but need others to guide us, enable us to see what we are blinded to, perhaps give us a nudge and send us in a slightly new direction.

And then there are the times when we get it wrong, perhaps through naivety or an incorrect interpretation, and need a major course correction.

Having conversations, building those connections, enables us to be receptive to these challenges.

So thank you to everyone who engages, everyone who connects and converses in such an open, honest manner.

We are all entitled to an opinion but we must also be able to accept when it may be wrong.

#write365___

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2014-09-23 22:21:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Do With #Twitter Search

Now, I don't really use Twitter much these days but this is really handy to know and actually pretty powerful stuff!

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Do With #Twitter Search

Now, I don't really use Twitter much these days but this is really handy to know and actually pretty powerful stuff!___

2014-09-22 19:51:15 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Addiction

Throughout my life there have been times when I have suffered from having an addictive personality.

Whether it was alcohol and gambling on fruit machines in my youth or spending time maintaining a home network under the guise of "learning" there have been a number of times when a reliance on something has caused problems.

Some will argue that there is no such thing as an addictive personality but most will agree that there are certain personality traits that make people more prone to suffering from addiction.

Addictions are often coping mechanisms, escapes, ways for us to avoid facing up to a reality that we do not feel comfortable in or that we do not feel a part of. I know that this has been the case for me.

Addictions are dependencies on substances on behaviour that cannot be resisted, our personal demons that get in the... more »

Addiction

Throughout my life there have been times when I have suffered from having an addictive personality.

Whether it was alcohol and gambling on fruit machines in my youth or spending time maintaining a home network under the guise of "learning" there have been a number of times when a reliance on something has caused problems.

Some will argue that there is no such thing as an addictive personality but most will agree that there are certain personality traits that make people more prone to suffering from addiction.

Addictions are often coping mechanisms, escapes, ways for us to avoid facing up to a reality that we do not feel comfortable in or that we do not feel a part of. I know that this has been the case for me.

Addictions are dependencies on substances on behaviour that cannot be resisted, our personal demons that get in the way of normal function and consume the individual. They indicate a problem.

While an addict might be able to counter one particular addiction the concern is that they will transfer their need onto something else.

In the past, when saying enough to one particular behaviour, I have felt the need to "fill my time" with something else as if there was a void, an emptiness within me that required filling. With anything. Just so that I could feel whole.

I have felt that there was something missing, that I was somehow incomplete and, therefore, not good enough. It was as though I needed something to boost my self confidence, as though I was searching for a reason to exist.

I joked yesterday that writing was almost like a drug now; the truth of this jest is actually quite close to the knuckle.

But, while addictions are negative behaviours, I now see writing as a positive endeavour, a means of therapy, a way to truly dive into who I am and face my personal demons on a daily basis.

It is scary to truly expose yourself, to open up and see what really lies on the inside but, if done honestly with a willingness to face whatever is found, it can be extremely rewarding.

Hello, my name is Colin and I'm a writer.

#write365___

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

So what happens now?

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

But write I must.

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

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

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

So what happens now?

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

But write I must.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And that is the most important thing of all.

#write365___

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

Friends

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

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

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

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

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

Friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today has been a good day.

#write365___

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2014-09-20 19:32:14 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

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

How awesome is that?!!

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

How awesome is that?!!___

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

Now or never

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

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

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

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

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

Now or never

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

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

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

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

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

Many escape.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#write365___

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

Another first time card for me...

Another first time card for me...___

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

WWSD

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

What Would Scooby Do?

WWSD

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

What Would Scooby Do?___

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

Calm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meditation isn't calm in... more »

Calm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is up to us to find it.

#write365___

2014-09-18 04:32:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

At this moment

Breath hung suspended in the still morning air,
Now merging with the early fog lying draped around the shoulders of buildings.
The first birdsong, shrill and expectant,
Breaks the silence - a portent of the chorus to come.
I walk with a spring in my step,
Eager to face the oncoming day.
Relishing the calm before the inevitable storm of business and industry.
Here, at this moment,
Life feels good.

Good morning all.
Just a few lines that came to mind as I walked to the station.

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

#poetryonplus

At this moment

Breath hung suspended in the still morning air,
Now merging with the early fog lying draped around the shoulders of buildings.
The first birdsong, shrill and expectant,
Breaks the silence - a portent of the chorus to come.
I walk with a spring in my step,
Eager to face the oncoming day.
Relishing the calm before the inevitable storm of business and industry.
Here, at this moment,
Life feels good.

Good morning all.
Just a few lines that came to mind as I walked to the station.

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

#poetryonplus___

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

Globalisation

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

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

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

Changing complex systems is like turning a super tanker.

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

The opportunities to meet existing... more »

Globalisation

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

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

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

Changing complex systems is like turning a super tanker.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#write365___

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

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

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

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

A good look from normally Apple apologetics.

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

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

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

A good look from normally Apple apologetics.___

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

Buskers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buskers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let's escape.

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

Let's be unique.

#write365
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