GTD Cafe: Confessions of a Lazy Blogger

Each Wednesday, Mike St. Pierre posts about topics related to Getting Things Done.

When I first started blogging a few years ago, I went through a series of stages that most authors can appreciate.

  • Wow, I’m online!
  • Ok, now what do I say regularly?
  • This is really easy!
  • People are actually reading me?
  • Better check my stats…
  • Better recheck my stats…

And so it goes.  In those early days (here’s TDS in retro format) (and in version 2.0) life was simple and something like blog stats meant a lot to me.  I joined a few networks and saw the others as competition.  When top 50 productivity lists came out, I felt honored to be among the ranks of 43 Folders and Zen Habits.  After all, those are the big dogs, I thought. I Stumbled.  I Dugg.  I plugged away at Delicious.  I posted for LifeHack and others.

LAZY from a GTD PERSPECTIVE

But, as with many things in life, I just got lazy and didn’t really care about so many of those things.  Checking my stats became an afterthought.  RSS subscribers- if folks showed up, cool.  If not, my quality of life was really not affected all that much.

I even tried an experiment when I went on vacation.  I watched my traffic while not posting for a week.  Guess what? They were nearly identical to when I was posting like a maniac.  I realized that my small fish of a  blog was in a very big pond.  A humble truth was once again realized.  As with many things-GTD, I began to relax and focus on my message.  I then felt more free to massage the content and focus in on what I really wanted to say.

TODAY

So what’s my outlook today?  I blog because I can.  I have something very unique to discuss with readers- the spirituality of work.  Very few other folks are talking about it so I know that I’m filling a void.  RSS subscribers are a handy item for job interviews but beyond that, my children’s quality of life is not affected one  bit by how many folks are reading TDS in Google Reader.  And that’s ok.

In the big pond of blogs, some small boutique shops can survive.  WIth the right attitude, a unique product and a willingness to be at service to the wider community- The Daily Saint and this humble correspondent will be around for a long time.  That’s GTD in perspective.

7 Things about me

Phil Gerbyshak at Slacker Manager has tagged me with this meme, and since I am sick and unable to concentrate too much, I’ll play along. First, the Rules:

  • Link to the original tagger(s), and list these rules on my blog.
  • Share 7 facts about myself in the post – some random, some weird.
  • Tag 7 people at the end of my post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.

7 Facts About Me

  1. I’m 39 years old, as of December 1st, 2008. I have just under one year to complete my goal of making a million $$$ before I am 40. (I set that goal when I graduated from High School and everything looked peachy)
  2. I went to college for Mechanical Engineering, loved college and my friends – hated engineering. If I could go back and do it again I would major in History.
  3. I got married for the very first time in March of 2005. Since then the lovely bride and I have lived in three states (CT, NC, ME) and visited 11 more in the last 5 weeks.
  4. I have had a wide variety of jobs and a “career” in Hospitality Management, but I have never loved any job as much as I love working for myself, helping other people learn the skills that have helped me.
  5. I do not really like dessert.
  6. I have ADD and I manage it thru diet, suuplements and lifestyle management.
  7. My hobby is collecting and painting miniature soldiers.

NOw, I get to tag 7 other folks to share information about themselves, and then let them know they have to play.

I have a good feeling about these 7 fellow tweeters and bloggers!

Please do feel free to stop by. These blogs are not all about productivity, but they may have some helpful tidbits for you in other parts of your life.

Productivity Practices and Relationships

Sorry for lack of posting, I have been been very busy with offline work. I had a little time this morning and wanted to share with you an interesting post by Jared at Technotheory.com – Should “productivity” play a role in your friendships and relationships?

When it comes to friendships and relationships, is it fair to apply principles of productivity…or is it not only a waste of time but perhaps even harsh and potentially damaging?

I say if you’ve got a system that works for you, then by all means apply it to the people in your life, too. It’ll not only help your sanity but your relationships.

Read it and leave a comment.

Make Your Site Easy for Higher Productivity

Steve Rubel points out part of the reason that the newspaper industry is getting hit so hard by the new media:

Newspapers have made it hard for readers to get what they want without jumping through hoops. For example, they syndicate story summaries in their RSS feeds (even to paid subscribers). This forces readers to visit the website for the full content, and when they do, they have to trip over interruptive ads and interstitials.

Make it easy for loyalists to get what they want, when they want it, and they will remain just that — loyal.

I trust that my feed and RSS e-mails are as complete and as informative as possible for you. If I can improve it, please let me know!