Saturday, January 23, 2010

More Inspirational Websites

If you're interested in fashion, style, photography, magazines etc. then these are some cool websites to check out for ideas and inspiration:

http://showstudio.com/


http://theselby.com/


http://www.thesartorialist.blogspot.com/


http://testmag.co.uk/


And, for advertising, writing, design and general creativity read this excellent blog by Dave Trott:

http://www.cstadvertising.com/blog/

Now I'll let you get on with whatever it was you were doing.

Friday, January 15, 2010

I don't know if you're interested in this kind of thing, but ...

... these are some of the blogs that have inspired me over the last few months:


http://whitehottruth.com/

http://www.communicatrix.com/

http://chrisguillebeau.com/

http://lateralaction.com/

http://the99percent.com/


They are all business / lifestyle / rocking your world kind of things. Very inspirational and very informative.

Check them out ... there's lots of free e-books and articles to download in some of them.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Doing One Thing

When I read a magazine, I have scissors and a craft knife nearby so I can cut out and keep words, articles and images that resonate with me in some way. When I read a non-fiction book I like to have a photocopier handy. When I browse blogs on the web I copy and paste like a mad thing.

I'm a
scanner; it's what I do.

The trouble is, I end up with lots of references that I can't attribute.

My bad.

So I came across the idea of doing one thing a day towards building a business. But I can't remember where from.

Also, around the same time, I came across this from a computer programmer:

"Start with something simple.

Build the absolute smallest thing that can be considered a complete application and ship it.

Who do people take too long on the first version? Pride, mostly. They hate to release something that could be better. They worry what people will say about them. But you have to overcome this.

Doing something simple at first glance does not mean you aren't doing something meaningful, defensible or valuable.

Now, when coding, I try to think 'How can I write this such that if people saw my code, they'd be amazed at how little there is and how little it does.' "

The thing I have to overcome is that I'm not content to do one thing.

I want to do everything.

I read somewhere (there I go, scanning again) about stopping biting your nails. The advice was, stop biting one nail.

How this works out for me:

I want to send 'Thank You' cards to my supporters. This became a full-scale mailing pack to hundreds (OK, dozens) of people. I've whittled the list down to a few. Maybe I should send just one?


I want to make coloured studies of my tree-trunk drawings. This became a hundred studies on specially sourced paper. I'm going to do one on any old copier paper I can find. Any day now.

To be honest, I'm finding it a challenge.

It's easy to fill my days doing many things, but not doing 'the one thing'.

(This post was my 'one thing' today. It took me all day to find where I'd put the reference I quoted above. And then Blogger played up and wouldn't let me paste. So it's now tomorrow. Not so easy, eh?)


Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy (official) New Year to everyone!

Hope it's a good one for us all.

I've appreciated all your comments during the last year ... keep 'em coming!

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