Friday Quick Hits: Writers, Bloggers, and Maury Povich. Oh my!

Friday Quick Hits

In an online world where you’re absolutely inundated with content coming from every direction – wouldn’t it be nice to have one place to visit weekly to recap on some of the best, funniest, most interesting, most awesome, and most ridiculous blog posts from around the web? When I say quick, I mean it. I’m disciplining myself to recap some of the highlights from the week and only allowing myself 20 minutes to write these posts. It’ll be great, you’ll love it, enjoy, yadda yadda yadda. Ready, set, go!

Bloggers are not Writers

Rebecca writes an interesting piece which sparked a great discussion and debate. The question: Are bloggers writers? Well, it depends how you define writers. The long and short of it, yes – I think we – as bloggers – are writers, but we may give ourselves a little more credit than is deserved. There is still a difference between writing and WRITING (you know what I mean) – but that’s not to say there isn’t plenty of room for both.

Writing is a Way of Thinking

I cannot tell you how much I agree with Andrew on this guest post he wrote for Skool of Life. As writers/bloggers/whatever you want to call yourself – we can get so caught up in the planning, strategy, and editing, that we forget what the writing process is all about. It should be a release, a way to get thoughts down on paper – and like any thought – it doesn’t need to always have a plan – you don’t have to always know where your post is going to end up when you start writing the first line. Just write…and write and write and write – don’t stifle the beauty of the writing process be becoming overly focused on the planning.

Are you Secretly Paralyzed by your Fears?

If you’re wondering where the Maury Povich reference came from – it was a bit of a stretch, but on this Ms. Career Girl post she talks about our fears controlling our actions. She mentions Oprah forcing people to face their fears – I went the slightly more ridiculous route and brought up an episode of Maury in which some lady was disturbingly TERRIFIED of cotton balls. Yeah…The point is, we all have fears, they can (and do) hold us back – but you don’t HAVE to be paralyzed by your fears. Any (yes any) fear you have can be overcome!

How to Consistently Write a Blog Post in 20 Minutes or Less

When I first read this post over at the Skool of Life – I thought Srinivas was absolutely nuts. I’m the kind of guy who writes, then edits, then spends 45 minutes looking for a cool picture, then goes back to editing, rinse and repeat. Sometimes I just stare at a drafted post for an hour, not really doing much of anything with it, until I finally take a deep breath and hit publish. Inefficient as hell, right? I’m going to work on this – and suggest (if for nothing else than to give yourself a new challenge) that you do the same. Set a stopwatch, give yourself a time limit, and when time is up – hit publish. Just do it. It’s a freeing experience…

Lastly – I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful Sara Davidson in helping launch her brand new (and very first) blog – Walk Talk Chew Gum. Go check it out and subscribe. Great things to come from her, trust me.

Whew…clocked in at 17 minutes. Need to add some links and get out of here. What are your memorable moments from the week that was?

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brandy January 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Without a DOUBT the most memorable moment of the week (and you know, the year and one of the most memorable of my LIFE) has been the amazing support I’ve gotten from bloggers this week. With a surprise video, a surprise launch of website to raise money (and over $2500 raised!), finding out they are making t-shirts to support the cause, a facebook page.. it goes on and on!

http://www.loveharder.org

That was the biggest and most memorable moment of the week. And I’m so grateful.

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Ashley had mentioned to me last week that they were going to be putting together the video and I was/am amazed by how it turned out. I’m big about community – it’s sort of my thing, and to see people come together for such a great cause is an amazing thing to see. I’d say you and everyone involved with the project probably had the “best week ever”. Cheers!

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I think the true power of “social media” lies in community and the ability to more easily rally a community together for one common cause.

Whether it’s the #ChiHelpsHaiti event put on by Kate Zimmer and other Chicago Twitter folks, or the amazing work that Sarah Evans has done with non-profits and charities, or the amount of love and support shown by David Armano and his community in helping a family in need.

That’s what these tools are all about.

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brandy January 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

Without a DOUBT the most memorable moment of the week (and you know, the year and one of the most memorable of my LIFE) has been the amazing support I’ve gotten from bloggers this week. With a surprise video, a surprise launch of website to raise money (and over $2500 raised!), finding out they are making t-shirts to support the cause, a facebook page.. it goes on and on!

http://www.loveharder.org

That was the biggest and most memorable moment of the week. And I’m so grateful.

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 10:25 am

Ashley had mentioned to me last week that they were going to be putting together the video and I was/am amazed by how it turned out. I’m big about community – it’s sort of my thing, and to see people come together for such a great cause is an amazing thing to see. I’d say you and everyone involved with the project probably had the “best week ever”. Cheers!

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 10:55 am

I think the true power of “social media” lies in community and the ability to more easily rally a community together for one common cause.

Whether it’s the #ChiHelpsHaiti event put on by Kate Zimmer and other Chicago Twitter folks, or the amazing work that Sarah Evans has done with non-profits and charities, or the amount of love and support shown by David Armano and his community in helping a family in need.

That’s what these tools are all about.

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I’ve always said, if you can’t write the blog post in 20 minutes, than don’t write it!

I like the quick recaps here.

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

You know what’s annoying? When people don’t know the difference between “than” and “then”… ;) Oy.

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Danny Brown January 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Almost as confusing as Jahn and John… ;-)

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Hey there – not all of us get blessed with a color! heh

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Under 20 minutes is tough man…I’m long winded at heart so it’s a real challenge for me. But like I said above, it’s sort of freeing to just hit “publish” with no regrets, you know? I might not always be able to cut posts down to 20 minutes, but this weekly Friday installment is a step in the right direction.

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Yeah I hear ya, many people write that way. I’m a to the point kind of guy and naturally don’t include fluff when writing, so it’s much easier for me.

I have found that it’s a great way to exercise your mind and force you to be concise with your message. Instilling that limit really makes you get to the heart of what you want to say and get rid of all the needless crap.

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Sara Davidson January 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Great idea! I found that I’m kind of the same way as you (yes, in my limited blogging experience, thus far), but also in other things I write for business. I think you and Tim make a valid point in that it’s great to hone in on your message. I’m an overanalyzer at heart, but I’m going to try and cut the amount of time it takes. However, I’m sure the topic affects it a lot, too. :)

Thanks again for the shoutout, Matt! You ROCK!

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 10:18 am

I’ve always said, if you can’t write the blog post in 20 minutes, than don’t write it!

I like the quick recaps here.

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 10:19 am

You know what’s annoying? When people don’t know the difference between “than” and “then”… ;) Oy.

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Danny Brown January 22, 2010 at 10:26 am

Almost as confusing as Jahn and John… ;-)

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

Hey there – not all of us get blessed with a color! heh

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 10:26 am

Under 20 minutes is tough man…I’m long winded at heart so it’s a real challenge for me. But like I said above, it’s sort of freeing to just hit “publish” with no regrets, you know? I might not always be able to cut posts down to 20 minutes, but this weekly Friday installment is a step in the right direction.

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 10:44 am

Yeah I hear ya, many people write that way. I’m a to the point kind of guy and naturally don’t include fluff when writing, so it’s much easier for me.

I have found that it’s a great way to exercise your mind and force you to be concise with your message. Instilling that limit really makes you get to the heart of what you want to say and get rid of all the needless crap.

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Sara Davidson January 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Great idea! I found that I’m kind of the same way as you (yes, in my limited blogging experience, thus far), but also in other things I write for business. I think you and Tim make a valid point in that it’s great to hone in on your message. I’m an overanalyzer at heart, but I’m going to try and cut the amount of time it takes. However, I’m sure the topic affects it a lot, too. :)

Thanks again for the shoutout, Matt! You ROCK!

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Rich DeMatteo January 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm

My most memorable moment from my week was turning down a job offer that I’ve had since October. On Tuesday I called my future boss and completely shocked his world. For months I’ve been excited about taking this job and then something just felt…off.

I’m back on the job market and it feels pretty great.

I love this series you are starting. Look forward to checking it out big man.

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Nice man – we’ll have to catch up – I know you and I talked a lot about you taking that gig back when we were revamping COTJ (man that seems like forever ago). Good for you buddy – don’t sell yourself short. Have a good weekend my friend!

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Curious, what felt “off” exactly (assuming you can share with us, I understand if not)?

I’m with Matt in that I think you should choose the job you love, and if that means waiting, then so be it. But in this “bad economy”, I’m sure many people would question you not taking the job.

Again, just curious! I support ya :)

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Rich DeMatteo January 22, 2010 at 10:25 am

My most memorable moment from my week was turning down a job offer that I’ve had since October. On Tuesday I called my future boss and completely shocked his world. For months I’ve been excited about taking this job and then something just felt…off.

I’m back on the job market and it feels pretty great.

I love this series you are starting. Look forward to checking it out big man.

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 10:28 am

Nice man – we’ll have to catch up – I know you and I talked a lot about you taking that gig back when we were revamping COTJ (man that seems like forever ago). Good for you buddy – don’t sell yourself short. Have a good weekend my friend!

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

Curious, what felt “off” exactly (assuming you can share with us, I understand if not)?

I’m with Matt in that I think you should choose the job you love, and if that means waiting, then so be it. But in this “bad economy”, I’m sure many people would question you not taking the job.

Again, just curious! I support ya :)

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Danny Brown January 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Nice round-up, Matt, cheers – I’ll be sure to check them out.

One of the memorable moments for me was seeing a lot of folks thinking I’d written a terrific blog post on community building, when in fact it was a guest post from another blogger.

Man, all the time and effort that must have gone into creating such an awesome post, and then to see someone else get the credit. That must have killed the blogger….

Hey… wait a minute! ;-)

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Haha – that was so random. I haven’t had that “problem” before but, like I said, great minds think alike. People must think that you and I share in similar writing style. And you could have written the same words on building community – you do it, and do it well. Couldn’t ask for a better person to take credit for my hard work, lol.

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Danny Brown January 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm

The check is in the mail, sir :)

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm

That was really funny. Makes your wonder exactly how much of blog posts people actually READ and how much they scan, you know?

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Alright, that’s it. There needs to be some sort of punishment for every mistake Tim Jahn makes when commenting on blogs. I, for one, am getting sick of it!

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Danny Brown January 22, 2010 at 10:29 am

Nice round-up, Matt, cheers – I’ll be sure to check them out.

One of the memorable moments for me was seeing a lot of folks thinking I’d written a terrific blog post on community building, when in fact it was a guest post from another blogger.

Man, all the time and effort that must have gone into creating such an awesome post, and then to see someone else get the credit. That must have killed the blogger….

Hey… wait a minute! ;-)

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 10:32 am

Haha – that was so random. I haven’t had that “problem” before but, like I said, great minds think alike. People must think that you and I share in similar writing style. And you could have written the same words on building community – you do it, and do it well. Couldn’t ask for a better person to take credit for my hard work, lol.

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Danny Brown January 22, 2010 at 10:35 am

The check is in the mail, sir :)

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

That was really funny. Makes your wonder exactly how much of blog posts people actually READ and how much they scan, you know?

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Tim Jahn January 22, 2010 at 10:48 am

Alright, that’s it. There needs to be some sort of punishment for every mistake Tim Jahn makes when commenting on blogs. I, for one, am getting sick of it!

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Ash January 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Cotton balls?! Now I’m paranoid thinking that maybe there is some logical reason why one would be afraid of cotton balls, and wondering if I’m defective for NOT being afraid of cotton balls. hahahaha. Maybe if they are soaked in gasoline. Because then that could potentially be a problem. Especially if one were to go sprinkling them around the house. Especially a smoker’s house. But who would actually do that? Smokers are too busy smoking to be soaking cotton balls in gasoline. Maybe they’d be better off soaking them in some peroxide and then biting down hard on them for hours at a time in hopes to relieve some of the brown, nasty stains that have taken residence on their teeth. But in that case, I wouldn’t be afraid of cotton balls; I’d worship them!

Can you tell I’ve drank an entire pot of coffee?

That is the only explanation I am offering as to why I decided to rant on about cotton balls.

But whatever. You know it made you giggle.

Maybe.

Te.

He.

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Continuing the cotton ball discussion…here you go Ash:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G45s4GJslGI

God bless Youtube…Thoughts: 1) Cotton balls, seriously? 2) What noise do cotton balls make? 3) Can I be “cotton ball man” next Halloween?

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Ash January 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I’ve seriously just lost a litttttle bit of faith in the human race after watching that. What on EARTH?

Can someone write a “conquer your fear” post for this woman?!

I’m tempted to go buy a bag just so I can listen closely.

Logically, she should be afraid of marshmallows, too, because they closely resemble cotton balls.

If you dress up as cotton ball man, I will dress up as her.

That is mean.

I am done.

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Haha – Maury is good for causing rapid loss of faith in humanity (amongst other things).

I think, by the end of the episode she had conquered the fear and gave cotton ball man a great big hug. Until her husband found out that she had, in fact, been cheating on him WITH that very cotton ball man.

Maury…he’s just so damn good!

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Ash January 22, 2010 at 10:57 am

Cotton balls?! Now I’m paranoid thinking that maybe there is some logical reason why one would be afraid of cotton balls, and wondering if I’m defective for NOT being afraid of cotton balls. hahahaha. Maybe if they are soaked in gasoline. Because then that could potentially be a problem. Especially if one were to go sprinkling them around the house. Especially a smoker’s house. But who would actually do that? Smokers are too busy smoking to be soaking cotton balls in gasoline. Maybe they’d be better off soaking them in some peroxide and then biting down hard on them for hours at a time in hopes to relieve some of the brown, nasty stains that have taken residence on their teeth. But in that case, I wouldn’t be afraid of cotton balls; I’d worship them!

Can you tell I’ve drank an entire pot of coffee?

That is the only explanation I am offering as to why I decided to rant on about cotton balls.

But whatever. You know it made you giggle.

Maybe.

Te.

He.

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Continuing the cotton ball discussion…here you go Ash:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G45s4GJslGI

God bless Youtube…Thoughts: 1) Cotton balls, seriously? 2) What noise do cotton balls make? 3) Can I be “cotton ball man” next Halloween?

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Ash January 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I’ve seriously just lost a litttttle bit of faith in the human race after watching that. What on EARTH?

Can someone write a “conquer your fear” post for this woman?!

I’m tempted to go buy a bag just so I can listen closely.

Logically, she should be afraid of marshmallows, too, because they closely resemble cotton balls.

If you dress up as cotton ball man, I will dress up as her.

That is mean.

I am done.

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Haha – Maury is good for causing rapid loss of faith in humanity (amongst other things).

I think, by the end of the episode she had conquered the fear and gave cotton ball man a great big hug. Until her husband found out that she had, in fact, been cheating on him WITH that very cotton ball man.

Maury…he’s just so damn good!

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Srinivas Rao January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Hey Matt,

Thanks for the plug. I hope you’ll attempt to put my advice to use and benefit from it. You should also know that you don’t have to just use it for writing. I’m using the same strategy for my blog comments on a daily basis. I’m looking forward to running your interview and I think you’re going like what we have in store for you with an announcement that’s coming next week :) .

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Advice is already in use my friend – clocked this post in at under 20 minutes total – feels good – and plan to make it much more of a habit moving forward. Thanks for the inspiration with your post – and you’ve got me very intrigued with this “announcement” you’re referencing. Can’t wait!

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Srinivas Rao January 22, 2010 at 11:22 am

Hey Matt,

Thanks for the plug. I hope you’ll attempt to put my advice to use and benefit from it. You should also know that you don’t have to just use it for writing. I’m using the same strategy for my blog comments on a daily basis. I’m looking forward to running your interview and I think you’re going like what we have in store for you with an announcement that’s coming next week :) .

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Advice is already in use my friend – clocked this post in at under 20 minutes total – feels good – and plan to make it much more of a habit moving forward. Thanks for the inspiration with your post – and you’ve got me very intrigued with this “announcement” you’re referencing. Can’t wait!

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Lindsey January 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm

My inspiring week, enough said. Another reason to come to Paris!

http://www.lostincheeseland.com/2010/01/inspiring-week-creatives-flock-to-paris.html

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I love this Lindsey:

“Every little choice leads to something, good or bad. Embrace the good, learn from the bad. I no longer regret the choices and sacrifices I’ve made to arrive where I am because every single inspirational person I meet makes it all worth the struggle.”

I couldn’t deliver this message any clearer. Everything happens for a reason, and the choices you make all add up to where you are today. I need to get my butt to Paris pronto!

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Lindsey January 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

My inspiring week, enough said. Another reason to come to Paris!

http://www.lostincheeseland.com/2010/01/inspiring-week-creatives-flock-to-paris.html

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I love this Lindsey:

“Every little choice leads to something, good or bad. Embrace the good, learn from the bad. I no longer regret the choices and sacrifices I’ve made to arrive where I am because every single inspirational person I meet makes it all worth the struggle.”

I couldn’t deliver this message any clearer. Everything happens for a reason, and the choices you make all add up to where you are today. I need to get my butt to Paris pronto!

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Jess @OpenlyBalanced January 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I love Lindsey’s week!

My uninspiring week: http://www.openlybalanced.com/frustrated-friday/

Maybe I need to go to Paris…

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I love it too – I’m thinking Paris is the way to go…

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Jess @OpenlyBalanced January 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I love Lindsey’s week!

My uninspiring week: http://www.openlybalanced.com/frustrated-friday/

Maybe I need to go to Paris…

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Matt Cheuvront January 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I love it too – I’m thinking Paris is the way to go…

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Jonathan Hyland January 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

A wise Jedi Master one said, “Fear is the path to the Dark Side.”

(I happen to share my pledge name with said Jedi Master. word!)

I tend to be pretty analytical and tedious when it comes to writing my blog posts. I have a desire to say things in just the right, correct, perfect way. So I completely understand where you’re coming from, Matt.

I’m going to give this short-post idea a try though!

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Matt Cheuvront January 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Give it a go Jonathan – you and I are the same way, but this was actually fun and it’s nice to see something come together, from start to finish, in less than half an hour. And then to see such great conversation following – makes me think, “maybe I don’t always need to spend two hours on a post”.

Let me know how it goes for you!

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Jonathan Hyland January 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

A wise Jedi Master one said, “Fear is the path to the Dark Side.”

(I happen to share my pledge name with said Jedi Master. word!)

I tend to be pretty analytical and tedious when it comes to writing my blog posts. I have a desire to say things in just the right, correct, perfect way. So I completely understand where you’re coming from, Matt.

I’m going to give this short-post idea a try though!

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Matt Cheuvront January 23, 2010 at 8:05 am

Give it a go Jonathan – you and I are the same way, but this was actually fun and it’s nice to see something come together, from start to finish, in less than half an hour. And then to see such great conversation following – makes me think, “maybe I don’t always need to spend two hours on a post”.

Let me know how it goes for you!

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Jen January 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm

20 minutes huh? I’ll give that a shot. I was trying to find a way to fit blogging in to my newly busy schedule and feared that I wouldn’t be able to do it. But I suppose blog posts can certainly be short and sweet and to the point. I fear I babble on too much anyway.

As far as bloggers being writers, I’m going to have to disagree. Some blogs are good, but I can’t say that I’d put bloggers in the same category as writers. Maybe I could put them on par with someone who writes for People magazine, or perhaps I’m reading all the wrong blogs (besides this one of course!). I get your point, and do see some similarities, but I just can’t say it is the same thing.

Fear is actually what I’m working on this year because I have a huge problem with it and only recently realized that it is what has been holding me back from being able to be the best me I can be. I’m still struggling so give me some good advice about overcoming my fears. (Mine aren’t as ridiculous as cotton balls).

Thanks for another great post Matt!

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Matt Cheuvront January 23, 2010 at 8:12 am

20 minutes! Yep…give it a shot.

As for bloggers/writers. I do think they can be grouped into the same bracket (not always). To be, blogging is just a different form of writing – it’s more conversational and direct by design. We as bloggers probably give ourselves too much credit – but I know that my goal is to be a blogger and a writer (if you want to look at it that way). I want to use this as a platform for other opportunities, and in continuing to develop my “writing” skills. So…in short, I think the two can go hand in hand.

Fear is a…well…scary thing, isn’t it? Find comfort in knowing that you’re not alone – we all have fears that we struggle to overcome. The great thing is that this online world gives you a great platform to discuss those fears and create a virtual “support group” (without the AA meeting atmosphere) :) If you ever want to chat, you know where to find me. Cheers!

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Jen January 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm

20 minutes huh? I’ll give that a shot. I was trying to find a way to fit blogging in to my newly busy schedule and feared that I wouldn’t be able to do it. But I suppose blog posts can certainly be short and sweet and to the point. I fear I babble on too much anyway.

As far as bloggers being writers, I’m going to have to disagree. Some blogs are good, but I can’t say that I’d put bloggers in the same category as writers. Maybe I could put them on par with someone who writes for People magazine, or perhaps I’m reading all the wrong blogs (besides this one of course!). I get your point, and do see some similarities, but I just can’t say it is the same thing.

Fear is actually what I’m working on this year because I have a huge problem with it and only recently realized that it is what has been holding me back from being able to be the best me I can be. I’m still struggling so give me some good advice about overcoming my fears. (Mine aren’t as ridiculous as cotton balls).

Thanks for another great post Matt!

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Matt Cheuvront January 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm

20 minutes! Yep…give it a shot.

As for bloggers/writers. I do think they can be grouped into the same bracket (not always). To be, blogging is just a different form of writing – it’s more conversational and direct by design. We as bloggers probably give ourselves too much credit – but I know that my goal is to be a blogger and a writer (if you want to look at it that way). I want to use this as a platform for other opportunities, and in continuing to develop my “writing” skills. So…in short, I think the two can go hand in hand.

Fear is a…well…scary thing, isn’t it? Find comfort in knowing that you’re not alone – we all have fears that we struggle to overcome. The great thing is that this online world gives you a great platform to discuss those fears and create a virtual “support group” (without the AA meeting atmosphere) :) If you ever want to chat, you know where to find me. Cheers!

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Andrew Swenson January 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

Thanks for the shout out Matt!

This is a very, very useful resource. Expect me to be coming back every Friday (even if I’m not on the list…).

-Andrew

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Matt Cheuvront January 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Of course man – this idea sort of just came on a whim – I wanted to do something a little different than your typical “friday link” post. So…mission accomplished (I think). Cheers buddy!

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Andrew Swenson January 23, 2010 at 2:46 am

Thanks for the shout out Matt!

This is a very, very useful resource. Expect me to be coming back every Friday (even if I’m not on the list…).

-Andrew

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Matt Cheuvront January 23, 2010 at 8:18 am

Of course man – this idea sort of just came on a whim – I wanted to do something a little different than your typical “friday link” post. So…mission accomplished (I think). Cheers buddy!

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JONNY | thelifething.com January 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

20 minutes? 22 surely.

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Matt Cheuvront January 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

20 minutes…swearz…forrealz…

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JONNY | thelifething.com January 23, 2010 at 4:42 am

20 minutes? 22 surely.

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Matt Cheuvront January 23, 2010 at 8:19 am

20 minutes…swearz…forrealz…

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Archan Mehta January 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Matt:

I don’t mean to rain on your parade, buddy, but there are people out there (especially writers) who don’t necessarily feel that comfortable working with an alarm-clock.

Having said that, however, yes, it does work well for some people. It depends.

Some writers find it awfully intrusive to have some kind of stop watch breathing down their necks. However, your point is well-taken and your blog is much appreciated.

Thanks for your hard work. Congratulations: it is a joy to read your blog.

As for Srini, that guy’s got more talent in his little finger than I have in my entire body.

Hey, you keep up the great work you’re doing and don’t ever stop writing. Best wishes.

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Matt Cheuvront January 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Hi Archan – you’re not raining on any parades here – in fact – I’m not a fan of having a “time limit” on a post either – but I will say that going this approach presents a new and interesting challenge. It forces you to write more efficiently – eliminating the fluff and “getting to the point” – I think there is plenty of room for both approaches in the blogging scene. Thanks for the kind words my friend.

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Archan Mehta January 23, 2010 at 10:55 am

Matt:

I don’t mean to rain on your parade, buddy, but there are people out there (especially writers) who don’t necessarily feel that comfortable working with an alarm-clock.

Having said that, however, yes, it does work well for some people. It depends.

Some writers find it awfully intrusive to have some kind of stop watch breathing down their necks. However, your point is well-taken and your blog is much appreciated.

Thanks for your hard work. Congratulations: it is a joy to read your blog.

As for Srini, that guy’s got more talent in his little finger than I have in my entire body.

Hey, you keep up the great work you’re doing and don’t ever stop writing. Best wishes.

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Matt Cheuvront January 24, 2010 at 6:47 am

Hi Archan – you’re not raining on any parades here – in fact – I’m not a fan of having a “time limit” on a post either – but I will say that going this approach presents a new and interesting challenge. It forces you to write more efficiently – eliminating the fluff and “getting to the point” – I think there is plenty of room for both approaches in the blogging scene. Thanks for the kind words my friend.

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Laura Cococcia January 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I love this -I’ve been feeling a little stressed about “producing” all the time, and it takes away from focusing on the wonderful process of writing, which is so enjoyable. Great suggestions – and all of the “stories” you included here were useful – and good introductions to a few folks I haven’t yet come across. Thanks Matt!

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Matt Cheuvront January 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Right on Laura – I loved Andrew’s post about writing as a way of thinking – something we often forget but really is the core of it all, you know? Writing gives us the opportunity to think out loud and receive INSTANT feedback. Check back every Friday – I plan to keep this a weekly thing around these parts.

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Laura Cococcia January 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

I love this -I’ve been feeling a little stressed about “producing” all the time, and it takes away from focusing on the wonderful process of writing, which is so enjoyable. Great suggestions – and all of the “stories” you included here were useful – and good introductions to a few folks I haven’t yet come across. Thanks Matt!

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Matt Cheuvront January 24, 2010 at 6:49 am

Right on Laura – I loved Andrew’s post about writing as a way of thinking – something we often forget but really is the core of it all, you know? Writing gives us the opportunity to think out loud and receive INSTANT feedback. Check back every Friday – I plan to keep this a weekly thing around these parts.

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Ashalah January 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I don’t even want to know what a post of mine would look like in just twenty minutes…I shudder to think.

Great job on your part :) This week was definitely about community and Love Harder (loveharder.org) for me. Being a part of that video and seeing all the hard work that went into it and then seeing Brandy’s–and the community’s–reaction has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. We’ve raised over $3000 last time I checked and I can’t even fathom that this little video that was made to brighten someone’s day ended up doing an amazing amount of good. :)

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Matt Cheuvront January 26, 2010 at 3:35 am

Haha – it’s funny you should mention the “timing” thing with blog posts. You really inspired me during our conversation when you talked about your, at times, “kamikaze” style of blogging – basically letting yourself write and hitting publish without stifling your creativity by over-editing and over-thinking. That’s rare, and *I* shudder to think what my posts would be like if I did that…

As for the Love Harder campaign – it was awesome to see such a great community of people come together – next time – I want the heads up so I can showcase these angelic vocal chords…lol

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Ashalah January 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I don’t even want to know what a post of mine would look like in just twenty minutes…I shudder to think.

Great job on your part :) This week was definitely about community and Love Harder (loveharder.org) for me. Being a part of that video and seeing all the hard work that went into it and then seeing Brandy’s–and the community’s–reaction has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. We’ve raised over $3000 last time I checked and I can’t even fathom that this little video that was made to brighten someone’s day ended up doing an amazing amount of good. :)

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Matt Cheuvront January 25, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Haha – it’s funny you should mention the “timing” thing with blog posts. You really inspired me during our conversation when you talked about your, at times, “kamikaze” style of blogging – basically letting yourself write and hitting publish without stifling your creativity by over-editing and over-thinking. That’s rare, and *I* shudder to think what my posts would be like if I did that…

As for the Love Harder campaign – it was awesome to see such a great community of people come together – next time – I want the heads up so I can showcase these angelic vocal chords…lol

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vivian January 25, 2010 at 3:57 am

I can’t work with an alarm clock ticking away beside me…I, too find time to search for quotes, pictures and other stuff to make it more interesting…I get so annoyed with my husband who prepares his lessons or slides for a speaking engagement on the day itself…usually with me tapping away on the keyboard and him breathing down on my neck and checking if I’m done every 5 minutes…haha. But, that’s how he rolls!

About the cottonballs…that’s a first! I am terrified of mascots and I think I passed that on to my sons :( Whenever the mascot comes out during parties I now have to be the brave one and tell my sons that it’s just a man in a silly costume! So my sons were the ones who made me face my fear of them big things in bright costumes…grrrr….

I don’t mind reading your posts on a daily basis…it gives me time to reflect and this roundup isn’t so bad either in case I forget or become too busy…which I think you will be in a couple of months, right?

Hope all is well :)

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Matt Cheuvront January 26, 2010 at 3:39 am

The “alarm clock” thing is tough – don’t get me wrong – but it’s a good practice in time management and efficiency.

P.S. I’m glad you’re around on a daily basis – keep coming back as often as you’d like! :)

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vivian January 24, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I can’t work with an alarm clock ticking away beside me…I, too find time to search for quotes, pictures and other stuff to make it more interesting…I get so annoyed with my husband who prepares his lessons or slides for a speaking engagement on the day itself…usually with me tapping away on the keyboard and him breathing down on my neck and checking if I’m done every 5 minutes…haha. But, that’s how he rolls!

About the cottonballs…that’s a first! I am terrified of mascots and I think I passed that on to my sons :( Whenever the mascot comes out during parties I now have to be the brave one and tell my sons that it’s just a man in a silly costume! So my sons were the ones who made me face my fear of them big things in bright costumes…grrrr….

I don’t mind reading your posts on a daily basis…it gives me time to reflect and this roundup isn’t so bad either in case I forget or become too busy…which I think you will be in a couple of months, right?

Hope all is well :)

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Matt Cheuvront January 25, 2010 at 8:39 pm

The “alarm clock” thing is tough – don’t get me wrong – but it’s a good practice in time management and efficiency.

P.S. I’m glad you’re around on a daily basis – keep coming back as often as you’d like! :)

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Jen January 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Matt, I gave you an award over on my blog. Go check it out!

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Matt Cheuvront January 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm

An award??? I don’t see it!

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Jen January 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Matt, I gave you an award over on my blog. Go check it out!

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Matt Cheuvront January 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm

An award??? I don’t see it!

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