Monday, April 18, 2011

Great moments in blog creation.........Or, from tiny seeds grow giant oaks...

Start ups. New beginnings.  God love 'em.  The quintessential human experience. Where would we be without them?  Here is a very small collection of the opening posts from favorite, or noteworthy, blogs.  Please feel free to expand the list.  Enjoy!


Hello. My name is Liz and I know nothing about music.

You steal my Ipod right now and you've got enough music to last you...well...let's say you could get about halfway through a flight across the country.

67 songs.

What's on there? Well let's see. I have five songs I downloaded from the American Idol performances. I do love me some Adam Lambert but we're hardly talking the classics yet. We've got a series of Backstreet Boys and NSync.

Shut up. BSB is awesome.

And despite the fact I just wowed you with my awesome taste in music, I'm here to discuss my mission. There's a book out there that I've had on my shelf for years but never really touched. It's the "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". They start with Frank Sinatra's "In The Wee Small Hours" from 1955 and go all the way up to 2007. (List is over here!)

So here's the plan. 1001 Albums. 1001 Days. I'll listen to the whole album, start to finish, no skipping. I'll write about how I feel about the album, my thoughts about the music, my life, etc. We'll see how this goes..
-Liz's 1001 Albums   8/9/09

Welcome Aboard

“Anybody who works is a fool. I don’t work, I merely inflict myself on the public.” – Robert Morley

This is a blog about work and the workplace and as such, it is about a great deal of life. Since I’m a management consultant, much of the commentary will be on management and leadership issues although other topics will occasionally creep in.

Over the years, I’ve found that any discussion about the workplace that goes beyond the most general terms can be stress-producing to some and just plain undesirable for others. This may be because so many people work in jobs that are not satisfying or for supervisors who are trolls. With that in mind, I’ll strive to make this painless and productive so regardless of your job, you’ll be able to visit and carry away something of value.

Take care.  More is coming     12/28/05

How to boost your productivity

You will never have enough time. There, we needed to state that up-front. In this busy, busy world with a generous supply of devices to enhance our productivity such as Blackberries, and well thought out methodologies such as Getting Things Done, it is essential we recognise that basic premise. To not do so will generally cause such systems to fail.
-Nicholas Bate     9/19/06

I'm Up!

After watching Glen Reynolds on C-Span's Q & A a couple of weeks ago, basically he said that blogging was fun! I'm about that too. So I've launched today and we'll see what happens. Maybe no one will read it, but will it be there for posterity and my son will see what his pop was up to way back when? I'm sure it will evolve but I wanted to start somewhere. Welcome!!!!
-Eclecticity          5/1/06

2005 Best Places to Live

Greetings and salutations, my compadres.

You know me pretty well by now. You know I can't leave this "Best Places to Live 2005" thing from CNN/Money alone. I've got to crawl underneath it, check the hoses, look for hidden rust and concealed damaged, and maybe loosen the oil drain plug a little before I come back from under there, just for mischief's sake.
-Sippican Cottage       7/13/05

Government drone by day, renegade foodie by night. Too old for theatre, too young for children, and too bitter for anything else, Julie Powell was looking for a challenge. And in the Julie/Julia project she found it. Risking her marriage, her job, and her cats’ well-being, she has signed on for a deranged assignment.

365 days. 536 recipes. One girl and a crappy outer borough kitchen.

How far will it go? We can only wait. And wait. And wait…..

The Julie/Julia Project. Coming soon to a computer terminal near you.
-The Julie/Julie Project  8/25/02

Good Friend and a little Hiatt

Brought my friend Doug to Tally for some consulting work and found a Hiatt CD stashed away in my truck on the way to dinner. Seemed fitting as the Dman turned me on to John Hiatt way back in the day, back in the Big Easy. Great songwriter, great feel, all that and Sonny Landreth on slide guitar no less. From his song Circle Back - "I gotta circle back/touch something near/find out which way to go/to get on out of here/I lost my thread/And I've lost some time/but it takes a lot of ground/for me to change my mind."

Just doesn't get much better than this. Not a bad way to pass some time with an old friend before he heads back home.
-Jet Boy & My Dog Skip   3/18/10

The Truth Hurts.

-Cultural Offering    8/7/07

My First Blog

My first blog was in 1995. No kidding.

Back then, when I worked for the State of Ohio, the state Department of Development's marketing guru John Damschroder post a daily column on ConnectOhio. That was an early blog, really.

Every once in a while, he let me put up a few guest posts and continued to do so until the site evolved away in the late 1990's.

So, my first online column was 15 years ago.

With this new site, I'll be more frequently posting my thoughts from a family, work, and community perspective.

My purpose, as it was in 1995 and will be now in 2010, is to promote a greater public interest in economic development for Licking County and Ohio.
-Rick Platt           1/26/10

what's the big idea?

As I skied around our big backyard with three dogs on this snowy afternoon, the seed of an idea came to me. What if I make a pledge to be outdoors during the first light of day, every day for a full year, and write about it in my first blog?

This could serve several purposes:
-a year of getting up to meet the day    12/29/09

Avoiding Difficult Customers

This blog will often touch on the insanity that is the current American tort system. I don’t think there is any greater threat to capitalism, due process, or democracy than the growing power of the litigation bar.
-The Coyote Blog   9/24/04
Getting nothing done at E3

There were no available hotel rooms in Los Angles last weekend. That’s because E3 – the Electronic Entertainment Expo – is the biggest trade show that ever comes to LA, unless you count the Democratic National Convention.

There were no available hotel rooms in Los Angeles, but I persisted. For some insane reason I forgot how incredibly stupid E3 is, and I told my company I would go. I told my company I’ve been to E3 a million times (true) and I’d be able to cut some deals (false).

I forgot, though, that I have hated E3 every time I’ve gone, and every time I’ve gone I say I’ll never go again. I also forgot, that I am not really a deal maker. I am great at strategy and I’m great at process, but I am not a person who can sell oil to Arabs, or whatever that expression is.

So I stay in a hotel an hour from the convention center and work out in their crappy gym in the morning to prepare myself for my powerfulness on the negotiating floor. I check my email but I cannot check my email because I cannot dial up. I call the front desk and they send up a “technology person" who says he’s not allowed to touch peoples’ computers.

I am in my DKNY negotiating clothes and I look like an adult who came to pick up her kid at a birthday party. I spend about ten minutes roaming through the multi-leveled Microsoft booth, the beer-filled Apple booth, and the Nintendo booth that is so large and packed that I have to push a kid off his video console in order to escape.

I realize the sad truth is that the people cutting deals are not on the trade show floor – they are in rooms at the edge of the building where it is invitation only and I don’t have one. I realize the sad truth is that my company spent $1300 for the plane ticket and $500 for the hotel and I will do nothing at E3.
-Penelope Trunk   5/25/01

Welcome to TigerHawk. I am an executive in a public medical technology company, and interested in lots of different things. I work hard, have a family that includes a spouse, children, dogs, horses and various other hangers-on, so I do not know how frequently I will write to this blog. However, I am keenly interested in many of the great and small controversies of the age, and my friends would probably rather that I spare them my views, at least most of the time. How wonderful to have a space to write and imagine that people are reading it (even if they aren't).

All the best,
-TigerHawk     12/18/03

Why blog?

I think I was meant to be a blogger. I never kept a diary because it seemed like too much work, and I didn't really want my thoughts of any given moment in time to be around to be seen later. But once Matthew was born, instead of keeping a baby book or diary, I started jotting notes on a calendar. Every day. And I am still doing it. It has become a calming routine to summarize a few thoughts from each day in the space of 1.5 x 1.5". That is how I will approach this blog.
-Jade Page Press   12/23/06  (Ed. Note:  This was day 2)


The first note heard. The first stroke of the brush. The first word written. The first letter of the first word carved into the blank sheet. The pressure to begin at the beginning. And that’s it where it all gets stuck. Rather let’s do this….

In one of my favorite films, King Arthur (with Clive Owen), there’s a scene where the Knights are celebrating their upcoming freedom from Roman rule. With laughter and ale, Gawain and Galahad have a little competition throwing their knives at a target. Gawain goes first and hits the center of the target. He removes his knife and then Galahad launches his, also hitting the bullseye.

But before Galahad can remove his knife, Tristan takes aim and throws his. And hits Galahad’s knife right in the center of the butt of the knife. Scoring a bullseye on the knife that had already scored a bullseye.

Gawain is startled, turns to Tristan and asks, “How do you do that?

And Tristan says calmly, “I aim for the middle.”

And that’s where we’ll go….
-View From the Ledge     6/22/08

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