506th Friday Blog Roundup
I was reading Susan Sontag’s best productivity tips on Lifehacker, and they were… as you would suspect from Sontag… simple and brilliant:
I will have lunch only with Roger. (‘No, I don’t go out for lunch.’ Can break this rule once every two weeks.)
I will write in the Notebook every day. (Model: Lichtenberg’s Waste Books.)
I will tell people not to call in the morning, or not answer the phone.
I will try to confine my reading to the evening. (I read too much — as an escape from writing.)
Lifehacker’s point was that she made rules for breaking her rules, but I was sort of more amazed that she set up clear, unapologetic boundaries for herself. I do not have said boundaries. I mean, yes, I have them in theory, tucked somewhere in my brain, but I rarely follow them. I also do not want to “do lunch” in the sense that I lose an hour or more of work time when I do (from an already truncated work day). And yet I say yes to lunch. Because I like the person and want to spend time with them.
Because I work from home, people think nothing of calling to chat during my work day. When I’m not on deadline, it isn’t technically a problem, except every minute I spend on the phone talking is a minute I’m not moving forward with a project. The answer is that I should pull a Sontag and not answer the phone. But then I feel rude. I guess the point is that Sontag didn’t care if she was rude, and she reaped the consequences of having people think of her as rude. But she got stuff done.
And I guess I was struck by her admittance that she used reading as an escape from writing. I have two ways I use reading — to enjoy a story and as an on-ramp to my own writing projects. I don’t really need the on-ramp for blog post writing, but I often need to read a chapter before I can work on a fiction manuscript. Reading that she confined her reading to the evening made me wonder what she used as an on-ramp. Or did she not need an on-ramp? Could she sit down and just… write.
This is a really cool video on how passwords work on a lot of sites:
Yes, this is your weekly reminder to back up your blog, social media accounts, and email.
Seriously. Stop what you’re doing for a moment. It will take you fifteen minutes, tops. But you will have peace of mind for days and days. It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.
And if you don’t know how to back up your blog, read this post on BlogHer that talks about manual backups and plugins.
As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “Should Adoptive Parents be in the Delivery Room?” (Creating a Family)
- “Love is All You Need” (No Way to Say It)
- “We are Finally Having a Baby” (Dreaming of Dimples)
- “The Incredible Privilege” (Losing Lucy and Finding Hope)
Okay, now my choices this week.
No Kidding in NZ has a post about the wall of baby photographs seen in the doctor’s office or clinic. She wonders if the hope that some take from the wall balances with the pain seeing those pictures brings for others. If they get under the skin of some people, whereas others don’t consider them at all. It’s an interesting post and an interesting discussion in the comment section.
Climbing the Pomegranate Tree has a post about a divorced friend who lamented three years ago that she would never meet someone to build her family with who recently announced her pregnancy. It’s a brief post that packs a punch. And the title made me think of the difference between the sail boats and motor boats zipping around the harbour.
Lastly, An Engineer Becomes a Mom has a post that I want to hand people every time they say the words “just adopt.” There is no “just” in adoption, for any member of the triad, and this post sums up the complicated nature of adoption, considering a situation from a multitude of angles. Your heart will go out to everyone in the post.
The roundup to the Roundup: Susan Sontag’s productivity notes. How passwords are stored (or not stored). Your weekly backup nudge. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between August 1st and August 8th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.