Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting | Episode 2- The Structure of Each Episode

We are living in some strange times right now. COVID-19 has covered the entire globe. Here in Ontario, a state of emergency has been declared. Toronto is eerily quiet. There’s almost a 1984-type feeling to all of this with so much of the information I’m getting coming from the television.

I hope that you’re all staying safe, washing your hands, and enjoying the company of your loved ones.

Anecdote

Slow-motion multitasking. Tim Harford, in one of his TED Talks, shares with us how common a trait it is among the most highly creative among us (we should include ourselves in this group). Somewhat contradictorily, this type of multitasking is beneficial to the creative process. Multiple foci can work alongside each other to help you be your most creative.

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Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting | Episode 1: Introduction

There’s a great quotation by Ira Glass:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is a gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only be going through a volume of work that you will close the gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

Ira Glass

This quotation really sets up the project that I’m about to introduce you to quite nicely.

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But, I Can Wear a Mankini

The recent news of a woman who was asked to remove clothing, vaguely resembling a burkini, while sunbathing on a beach in Nice, France, has me in a bit of an uproar. That she was asked by four – FOUR – police officers, two of whom were wearing as much clothing as she was, and was threatened with pepper spray makes the incident – harassment – that much worse. Continue reading “But, I Can Wear a Mankini”

Just Thinking About Thinking About Things

It wasn’t too long ago, maybe a couple of months, that the only way I could get an update on what’s been going on in my sister’s life was by sending her a text or giving her a call. Now, I get updates from her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her blog. It only dawned on me that she’s only now on social media when I read a post she wrote about autoethnography. Continue reading “Just Thinking About Thinking About Things”

The Hazlitt Podcast on Truth Telling Blogging

I like The Hazlitt. I think it’s good, Canadian content that readers and listeners should be tuning into. I also subscribe to their podcast, and I just finished listening to the latest episode: The Arcade: Episode 30, More Truth | Hazlitt.

Give it a listen, and a thought. You may also want to subscribe to the podcast, like I do. Then, be sure to cruise on over to their website and peruse some of the online content. And, please, remember most of what the interviewee says when you’re reading my blog. I’m also pretty open.

Now, it’s terribly unlikely that my blog will bring me fame, but I don’t think that this should stop The Hazlitt from contacting me for an interview. Hell, you should contact me for an interview, too. Or, at the very least, you can subscribe to my blog, giving me the perception of fame.