Thursday, January 21, 2010

First Rule of Writing

I used to blog for my old company, but they took the blog down. I am
not actually allowed to own the writings I put up on that blog, but as
I reference them on occasion in my writing I am putting those articles
up in my archives here for reference sake. I'll put the tag GS on those
articles noting that they were originally published on the

First Rule of Writing - Write

December 4, 2008 – 9:16 am by Brendan

It has been a while since my last post. Some days it is just difficult to find the time to write and lately it has been like that most days. I haven’t stopped learning though. The great thing about being in education is that people expect you to spend part of time learning.Over the last few weeks I have done most of my learning through listening. I listen to the podcasts on a fairly regular basis. I listened and almost watched just about every presentation at And every time someone posts a link to an ongoing presentation I usually click on it.

I listen to all of these streams for a couple of reasons:

1. I like to hear what other people are doing.

2. I can usually learn at least one thing.

3. I’m one of those people who requires a bit of noise in the background and this is so much better than the radio.

I have also been doing my best to keep up with my RSS feed. At one point I literally had thousands of unread blog posts in my feed. I took most of a weekend to plow through all those posts. (No I didn’t read them all).

RSS Feed

This did two things:

1. It made me feel like I got some stuff done.

2. It gave me some great thoughts for new blog posts.

Now I just need to find some extra time to get down to writing these posts.

It took me almost a week to get this down on paper (computer screen). On the other hand I my sit down and jot out a few outlines first. Hmm, that is almost like real writing. I need to do something to get back into the swing of things.


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