Writing

Killing “Urgent”

via Daily Prompt: Urgent

I have the perfect formula to get everything marked as URGENT.

It is really quite simple: Forget everything you are supposed to do, at least temporarily. Procrastinate and wait for all the reminders that your time is really limited. Just to be sure, start really late with your tasks.

I have the perfect formula to deal with everything marked as URGENT.

It is really quite simple. Don’t forget everything you are supposed to, not even temporarily. Do not procrastinate and wait for all the reminders that your time is really limited. To be sure, start early. Come in when everybody else isn’t around yet.

Yes, that way, if something urgent lands on your desk, arrives as email, or via carrier pigeon, or via express squawking, nagging boss, you would actually have time to deal with it.

 

 

 

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Rethinking Why I Blog

From the time I started this blog, I never thought of doing anything else with it.  This blog is still a personal blog for me with occasional sprinklings of politics, food and bad stabs at poetry and humor.  I already have my share of regular visitors who aren’t too confused with some of the things I put here.  I also found out that some of my friends, relatives and co-workers from the real world found this personal space of mine (if I wasn’t shoving it hard at their faces).  I guess what I’m trying to say is “Thanks for reading.”  I am more than grateful that I get to share my thoughts and, er…feelings with you.  I dream of making you all dig deep into your innermost thoughts like how magic mushrooms will make you see otherworldly stuff.

More than a couple of years back I wrote a piece on why I put my thoughts here in WordPress.  In a brief rundown, I made several points for myself.  These were  No other point but to just make this space a parking lot for all those good things and rotten things that seem to distract me.  In a way, it is more of a notebook of lost ideas.

Rethinking that point, is it time to make this space or time for me to have a purpose-driven blog?  I’ve been a frequent visitor of blogs.  In a recent visit to JoeAm’s blog, I read how he classified the different types of bloggers out there.  Personally, I’ll put myself as a blogger who has nothing else better to do — if it isn’t that obvious already.  I can’t be an expert or a purveyor of ground-breaking thought.  I am just one in the sea of millions, swimming in anonymity, basking in invisibility and talking to hands and fingers stroking keyboards.

Am I content to just fade away as the Invisible Man with bow tie?  I used to be the smiling monkey.  Somehow that smile became a little more conservative.  Blame it on a loss of aggressiveness, I think.  Blame it on something else, maybe.  Blame me? Positively.

I still solidly believe that I write on this space a lot when something is bugging me.  I noticed I didn’t write anything for the entire month of February ’til almost the end of March.  I guess I wasn’t really thinking or maybe I was caught in an unbelievable state of “f**k the rest of the world, I’m busy being happy.”  Looking back, I really don’t know what went on back in that period.  Hey, I didn’t write down what went on those days for the whole world to read about.  Things shouldn’t always be made public, even in the state of anonymity.

I guess I’ll end this piece with a note and a question to myself:  Why do you do it?

What to Do When You’re Not Blogging

After a year of writing things down here in WordPress, I noticed on my Dashboard that I’ve actually written about 120 posts.  120 posts!  That’s about 1/3 of a year and probably more words than any of my papers back in college.  After the odd and awfully long rant piece I wrote the other day, maybe it’s just time to write and go back to more simple forms of blogging — the LIST.
For this post, I’ll list down…THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT WRITING ON YOUR BLOG
  1. Go back to your day job. If your company isn’t paying you to be browsing, reading and blogging on the internet, go on and do what they pay you to do.  Stop pretending that you’re working or they might just start to pretend that they’re paying you.

However, assuming you have a lot of time on your hands, then do the following: 

Maybe I can practice using a typewriter

  1. Read the news.  Most often than not, one can find inspiration for writing with what’s in the news.  That’s what I do.
  2. Read other blogs.  It’s a good exercise for amateurs like me to  read other blogs with a good following.  Not only is it an entertaining exercise, it’s also a good way to pick up different blogging styles.  There’s always listverse.com — informative and entertaining.
  3. Share a thought, post comments on other blogs. Who knows?  An exchange of ideas with other writer/bloggers out there might clear your thoughts for better writing/ blogging.
  4. Read blogs on blogging!  LOL. Seriously, for the intense blogger there are a lot of helpful blogging tips out there.  There’s stuff on Pro-Blogger, Copyblogger.  I also checked out Blog Godown before.  There’s also a link on my blogroll for one who offered tips — Kevin Tan.
  5. Watch a movie.  Relax that brain.  Not only will it be good for your blogging, the fresh brain will be better at its real job.
  6. Go on Facebook.  Catch up with what your friends have been posting on their walls — STALK THEM (kidding).  Play a game.  Currently, I’ve been playing CSI on Facebook.  It’s entertaining –just a bit slow on the energy recharge.  I don’t play FarmVille or CityVille because of all the wall posts it generates.
  7. Read a book.  Reading books is a good way to observe how real writers/ authors organize their thoughts in order to come up with a more cohesive presentation.  Personally, I’ve been hooked on the Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics books lately.
  8. Read other fun stuff on the web.  There’s always Cracked.com.
If you’re in doubt whether you should be blogging or not, blog about it. 😛

Au Contraire Brain Flush

While there had been posts on WordPress pertaining to blogging everyday and posting a photo everyday, I have to admit that I had been stumped on what to post since the start of this year.  And thus, I came upon a thought: “Just how long can I go on without posting anything on WordPress?” and I meant ANYTHING.  No new blog posts, no pictures and no comments — NOTHING.

While on the verge of breaking into another record day of zilch and nada, I realized that not posting beyond 24 days seemed too baffling for someone relatively talkative as I; the thought stretches as far as the stretch in Hartnett’s role in the movie “40 Days and 40 Nights.”  The empty can must sound off!

Last post before this was January 1st.  Today’s the 24th.

Today I piss away the last ounce of faux creativity hiding behind my silly sentences.  I end my fictional blogging silence.  After all, words will always find a way to get out — bad grammer and all.

Denouement

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Look up dénouement inWiktionary, the free dictionary.

In literature, a dénouement (pronounced /deɪˈnuːmɑ̃/) consists of a series of events that follow the climax of a drama or narrative, and thus serves as the conclusion of the story. Conflicts are resolved, creating normality for the characters and a sense of catharsis, or release of tension and anxiety, for the reader.

A day after my last post, I received a text message from my HR manager friend from my last company instructing me to get my check.  It was uneventful as I was able to go to the office after office hours.  I did not want to be seen by anyone, anyway.  I ran into a few people who intimated that things are going bad to worse again.  I am glad that my relationship with that company is officially and finally over.

The day after my last post, my fish finally died.  We buried Joe today in the garden.  No 21-gun salute for my companion during my days of depression…that would have been weird.

Denouement.

Lesson learned:  There’s more to marketing than just coming up with a fancy catchphrase.  It takes a wholehearted and passionate effort to live up to what you mouth off.

Lesson learned:  Try not to get too attached to pets.  They can’t say good-bye when it’s time to go.

Anyway, life goes on in my house.