(My First) Video Update

I’ve decided to give doing a video post a whirl as i’ve never used iMovie on my Mac before (it is very easy to use it turns out), and I thought it would be fun to inject some other forms of media in to my blog. Also I am going to apply for this job so the experience is useful!

Before you watch the video I feel I should justify a few things:

  1. This is the first ever video post I have done.
  2. I am really more enthusiastic than I come across in the video! Like writing, video posting is obviously something that evolves over time.
  3. My hair isn’t always that messy.
  4. Video editing and understanding that kind of technology is my main motivation for doing the video. Like most people I don’t like seeing my own picture, let alone video so this is not a narcissistic activity.
  5. I deliberately didn’t retake or over edit as I want to see how it comes across in the blog etc.

Enjoy the video and I look forward to your feedback!

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  • As I mention in the video I am currently contemplating a slight change in direction for the blog. Stay tuned – there is going to be a lot more on this…
  • I’m an inspirational blogger! Thanks Jay
  • Yes I’ve had a mess around with my blog design. I’m a lot happier with it now.
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The Last Friday Fun & Roundup? | 10/09/2008

Image by Ben McLeod on Flickr via Creative Commons
Image by Ben McLeod on Flickr via Creative Commons

In the grand scheme of things, I think maybe my Friday Fun & Roundup posts are perhaps not the best things to put on my blog (maybe they feature better on a site that is purely personal?). I think that my readers (who are great people) deserve richer content rather than me being lazy and just posting up some links? However, I do like my link posts as I spend far too much time on the web and find many things that I think my readers will be interested in.

Therefore, I’m currently thinking of a way to still deliver these, but without diluting the overall content offering of my blog.

Anyway, here are some links I’ve enjoyed this week and I hope you will too (I’m sure they say a lot about what I’m thinking about a lot at the moment!) :

What do you think? Please do let me know in the comments your honest opinion (your comments mean a lot too me).

Lists for Life

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Since I started reading blogs and subsequently blogging myself, I’ve always been a fan of list posts. Why? Well lists are simple to understand, they get you straight to the point and it’s a great way of getting the core messages of the post quickly by scanning the titles. I’ll be honest, I only really scan most blog posts as I don’t have the time (and often the focus) to read each one work for word. List posts allow the reader to scan the content quickly and delve in to the points that they want more information on. However, increasingly I find myself just reading the points, understanding them instantly and moving on.

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(Modifed) Original Image by Nocas on Flickr via Creative Commons

This is why I have launched a new blog “Lists for Life”. This is basically a collection of lists about anything and everything. My aim is to post one list per day. The lists will likely be a varying length and subject matter. I’ll be looking to put up “Guest Lists” from other bloggers, commenters or readers. If you are interested in a submitting a list please contact me.

Please check it out here and let me know what you think!

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Blog Action Day, October 15th 2008 – I’m In

I’m taking part in this Blog Action Day this year on October 15th. This year Blog Action Day is about Poverty.

“…the blogging community effectively changes the conversation on the web and focuses audiences around the globe on that issue.”

So what’s it all about? Well here are all the details from the Blog Action Day website:

Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.

One Issue, Thousands of Voices
Global issues like poverty are extremely complex. There is no simple, clear answer. By asking thousands of different people to give their viewpoints and opinions, Blog Action Day creates an extraordinary lens through which to view these issues. Each blogger brings their own perspective and ideas. Each blogger posts relating to their own blog topic. And each blogger engages their audience differently.

What is the aim of Blog Action Day?
First and last, the purpose of Blog Action Day is to create a discussion. We ask bloggers to take a single day out of their schedule and focus it on an important issue.

By doing so on the same day, the blogging community effectively changes the conversation on the web and focuses audiences around the globe on that issue.

Out of this discussion naturally flow actions, advice, ideas, plans, and empowerment. In 2007 on the theme of the Environment, we saw bloggers running environmental experiments, detailing innovative ideas on creating sustainable practices and focusing audience’s attentions on organizations and companies promoting green agendas. In 2008 we aim to again focus the blogging community’s energies and passions, this time on the mammoth issue of global poverty.

Mass Participation
From the smallest online journals, to huge online magazines, to EU ministers, to professionals and amateurs, Blog Action Day is about mass participation. Anyone is free to join in on Blog Action Day and there is no limit on the number of posts, the type of posts or the direction of thoughts and opinions.

So there you go. I’m looking forward to writing my post for Blog Action Day. If you are a blogger I hope that you’ll sign up and take part.

Anyone got any ideas for the angle I can take with my post please leave a comment below. Don’t forget to make sure you are subscribed to Lifestyle Project via RSS or eMail (it’s free) so that you don’t miss my post!

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My Goals Review

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Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we’re all of us looking for the key. Alan Bennett

In the interests of open disclosure (and practicing what I preach), I thought I’d do a monthly review of my personal goals and where I am up to with them. I usually about once a week do a personal review of my goals and thoughts in a nice leather bound journal that I have. I thought it would be good to post my progress on the blog, as as (slowly but surely) more people visit get some reaction.

I think that doing personal reviews, much like GTDs weekly review, is great for making progress towards your goals. Even though you know what progress you are making generally, when you sit and write it down and make yourself accoutable you really bring to the front of your mind the actual progress you are making. For example, doing this now really reminded me that I am making no progress against goal no. 2!



Goal No.1 – Generate Income without a 9-5

I’ve got lots of ideas bubbling over a the moment. I have put a lot of work in to this blog to learn about social networking, blog writing and internet oppurtunities in general. The idea is not really to monetize this blog, but build on what I learn and track my progress here.

I re-reassured myself that moving from a 9-5 to an income stream that I control myself if the way to go, and I continue to work actively towards that goal.

Projects that I can update on: I am putting together a Lifestyle Project eBook. It’s in the researching phase at the moment but I hope that it will improve my writing ability and add some real value to this site.



Goal No. 2 – Be in a Band

I’m sad to report that I have made no progress towards this goal, other than sending a guitar playing friend a message via Facebook saying that we should meet up for a Jam session. I think that I have been making good progress on the other goals and this has just had to take a back seat. I plan to bring this goal more in to focus in the coming months as I really want to have something together to play at my Dad’s 60th birthday party next year.



Goal No. 3 – Maintain Fitness

I chose the word ‘Maintain’ as this is something that I have struggled with in the past. I am pleased to report tha I have made excellent progress towards this goal. My weight loss has been excellent and my strength and endurance increase every time I train. I am very pleased and I am managing to fit the training sessions around my other commitments. This is staying as a goal as I need to maintain it. I have also signed up to a Triathlon at the end of next month (Sprint), but realise that I need to put in place further targets beyond that to keep the maintenance of my training going.

I plan to do this review on here about once per month and would love some comments below! I do have a post coming up about goal setting, but for the moment here is a link so some information about turning Goals in to Habits from Leo over at ZenHabits.

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