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blogging – thinking out loud for introverts

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One casual definition of extroverts is ‘someone who thinks whilst they are speaking”. Introverts, on the other hand, have to work out exactly what they think before they tell everyone else.

Introverts often fear (sometime rightly) that everyone else equates extrovertion with creativity (genius-recluse myths notwithstanding). Whilst this is mostly rubbish, it might help everyone else to realise the introvert’s general brillance if they actually told someone else what their ideas are, maybe once in a while anyway.

Pre-blogging I assumed that blogging was the clearest possible indicator of extraversion/exhibitionism/attention seeking and that the social media phenomenon is for extraverts only. But a surprising side benefit of blogging has been getting this introvert’s vague, unformed ideas out there. It takes quite a lot for me not to see this as a bad thing, given the earlier definitions of introvert.

But I can’t deny the blog has been helpful in getting ideas to completion. It creates expectations from others that you are going to do something you’ve blogged about (aka nagging), flushes out co-enthusiasts, and other people build on the idea and suggest directions. Mostly this hasn’t been with the assistance of internet users around the world but with people that I work with everyday. I recognise that it is slightly ludicrous that I need a blog to share ideas with people a few desks away but there you go.

Written by Karen

June 4th, 2008 at 8:23 am

Posted in digital,gtd

bank holiday, getting things done

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It’s been a postively pastoral bank holiday weekend, in which I…

  • skinned the bunny. Urgh. Not much choice about this as Pileswasp had killed it the day before and then broken his collarbone and two ribs, putting him out of bunny skinning action.
  • made rabbit & leek pie. Our leeks and homepage pastry. Herculean effort but tasty.
  • made bread. With old fashioned yeast rather than the speedy packet stuff. A faff but way more yeast smells in the house. And biscuits.
  • made chicken of the woods pasta. Another picking up the baton for the injured husband. He brought the giant mushroom home from a pre-injury forage and it needed eating.
  • harvested shed loads of herbs for cocktails and yoghurt sauce for burgers (lemon balm, borage, fennel, chives and mint, I think)
  • made pork, leek & noodle hotpot. That’s the last of our leeks.

All gently satisfying in “I grew this/picked this” way. Or in a gruesomely satisfying way for the “I butchered this” bit.
Continued the pastoral theme with garden activities:

  • potted on the morning glories, mina lobata and fuschias
  • sowed late courgettes and pumpkins
  • weeded lots (and then fed it all to the rabbits)
  • moved some succulents around to try and defeat the blasted slugs

But it wasn’t all John Seymour. I did some 21st Century stuff too.

  • wrote my FUMSI editorial for June
  • started my latest OU course – Archaeology (going to be a challenge to get IA themes out of that one!). Admittedly the topic is a bit backward looking but the OU is all digital these days.
  • wrote lots of blog posts
  • started secret mission, inspired by big sis. More on that later…

Why so productive? Well three days feels like space to do stuff. And being around someone who is only really able to watch telly and surf the net made me really appreciate my ability to do practical stuff. And I guess the coffee was good.

Written by Karen

May 26th, 2008 at 10:44 am

Posted in food,gardening,gtd

my morning coffee – firefox add-on

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I love this Firefox add-on:


It is useful and I like having the little cup of coffee next to the normal boring browser icons. It is particularly good for reminding me to do repeating tasks that happen on a certain day each week e.g. timesheets.

I’ve also found it good for dividing up weekday and weekend routines e.g. stopping me wasting time meandering around Swapshop when I should just be going to work.

Written by Karen

April 23rd, 2008 at 8:26 am

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