Every blogger out there has encountered the idea that content is king (or at least was at some point). Taking this idea to its extreme, we find that it becomes discouraging when the writer comes up with idea after idea, and none of them seem to be remotely epic in nature.
I certainly fall into this category. I get started working on a long list of posts to create, and eventually get to the point where I feel like no matter what I write about, it is not good enough.
Not having some way to organize and prioritize these ideas surely contributes to these discouraging thoughts that keep me from keeping up with the writing habit.
Where did the time go?
Sometimes I need little extra push to get myself pointed in the right direction. There are countless methods out there that proclaim to cure a writer of their creative blocks, or motivate even the most lethargic pencil pusher.
Nostrums! Snake Oil!
Autism-causing vaccinations! OK, maybe not that last one.
As a slacker fueled by distractions, I have attempted just about every method out there to escape the event horizon of the anti-productivity black hole. Yet, even my ever-increasing mass does not seem to attract enough accountability to keep me from ignoring the goal all together and justifying my inaction.
Something a little more drastic must be done.
Later is the New 'Now'
It has been a long time since my last post, and I thought I would offer some
excuses reasons I have not updated Worthless Genius in a while.
So, hit the jump if you would like to read my pathetic attempt to justify my absence.
I’ve done quite a few Software Spotlight articles covering various applications that I use on a constant basis. And while each of these applications deserve the spotlight in their own respect, I have come to rely on a service more than others: Remember The Milk.
Remember The Milk is a simple cloud-based task management system that provides all the functionality needed to run a reliable GTD system without much extra overhead. What RTM lacks in fancy features, it makes up for with integration with many other services out there, like Google Calendar and Twitter.
So, why has RTM become such an integral part of my lifestyle?
I’ve been kicking back and forth whether or not to write this article, but this concept has been weighing on my conscience for far too long. Being a student in Computer Science, I am beginning to notice the students around me more, and their level of competency when it comes to the narrow topics that are being discussed in class. For the most part, everyone tries their best and gets things done, and as adults tend to actually attempt to understand all of the material.
But there are a select few students that either are just not getting it, or are relying on the “No Child Left Behind” mentality to simply skate through the college experience and earn their degrees. One problem with this set of students is that they are going to be completely shocked and overwhelmed when they reach a real work environment, and not all requirements and steps are set in stone and handed to them on a silver plate.
This is where my problem with the state of higher education stems.
There has been a lot in the news lately about the trial going on regarding popular BitTorrent tracking site, The Pirate Bay. Currently, the Swedish court system is determining whether it is illegal to provide a service that merely allows users to point other users to [possibly] copyrighted material without the rights-holder’s consent.
Much is to be said about this broad topic, and whether or not The Pirate Bay is simply providing a service, and not discriminating against nefarious use by its users; or whether they are running a business that continues to profit from the undermining of the MPAA and RIAA profits.
If one thing is clear from this trial, it’s that the industries are wasting their money. Not only has the prosecution had their collective heads up their asses during this whole debacle, they have proven time and again that they not only do not have evidence one way or the other, but also that they refuse to hire legitimate, well-rounded “expert” witnesses who have done their homework. Way to further dwindle your profit margin there, big industry!
This whole trial is diverting the public from the key point in the “illegal” file sharing mindset: If it is easier to pirate your product than to legitimately purchase, you are doing something wrong.
This past weekend I caught a terrible bug that has been passed around my family, which has caused me to slack off even more than usual.
The past two days have been without motivation for my New Year’s Challenge, and so I haven’t fulfilled the requirements of that challenge.
Yesterday’s post, How Not To Write A Novel – Or 4 Ways To Drop The Ball quickly became the most read post on this blog. I wanted to follow up with another good writing topic that has been on my mind for the past few days.
When Do You Know When You’re Done?
Some writers start out with a clear vision, and a solid outline which allows them to write exactly what they need, regardless of whether there is extra content that seems to be needed for the story to properly be conveyed.
As I’ve mentioned multiple times here in the past, I am working on writing a novel. Truthfully, there is enough material in the universe of this novel for three or four full length novels.
I started with the ideas in late 2002, and have progressively and consistently dropped the ball day after day since then. I have found that there are no less than four things that have played into my failure in finishing the novel(s) that I have been working on over the past few years.