Is this thing on?

Like I alluded to in my previous post, I’ve got a couple blog ideas kicking around. The problem is that I haven’t actually written them down, so they float in and out of my brain at random times and when I actually have time to write doesn’t necessarily coincide with the times a post idea is in my head.

Or there’s other times, like now, when I’m trying to write and I can’t say what I want to say, for a couple of reasons. One, I just can’t make it sound good, or two, I’m not sure I want to say what I have to say. Some of the things I want to say, or the background I would have to provide as context for a post, are more suited to one-on-one conversations with friends than they are for blog posts.

Strangely enough, I’m still tempted to write about those things — aren’t we all? But I know how it would go — it would turn into a mess of cryptic, rambling paragraphs, and that’s just not good.

So instead, I’m cleaning out my Twitter favourites. I’m trying to use the function as it was meant to be used — saving good tweets that make me smile — but really, the majority of tweets I have favourited right now is actually code for “links I want to read later.” I’ll still save some of the links that I want to talk about later and more in-depth, but here’s everything else I’m reading right now.

And as I’m clearing out my favourites, I’m also moving some things to bookmarks on my Firefox, so I might post a list later of favourite blogs, mostly relating to journalism and editing.

  • It’s really easy to hit the wrong date, but this interactive advent calendar is very cool.
  • I started doing some artsy projects by hand a couple of weeks ago, and I started playing with hand-drawn typography. Layout in newspaper design is supposed to be pretty strict — you have a font library, with certain constraints that you work within, for a reason — but I forgot how much fun it is to be able to do hand-drawn typography. Here’s some more on everything typography. P.S. — I love TED Talks, and the one at the bottom of the page is no exception.
  • My Firefox browser is a mess. Like my Twitter favourites, there are links to blogs I (sometimes) read, things I want to explore more later, websites I’m sure I’ll need in the future. I want to try Google Reader, but there’s also other blog aggregation tools out there.
  • Speaking of blogs, read this one. The guy has a lot of interesting ideas, mostly because, in my opinion, he challenges the conventional way of doing things, and for someone just out of school, the way I’ve always done things. He presents it in a way however that you almost have to say, “Oh, I get it now.”
  • Mount Royal’s journalism program is going through an interesting change right now, since the school has become a university. It’s a little complicated to explain, but from my perspective, there are good and not-so-good things that have changed with the program when it comes to what journalism education should include. Here’s another proposal on everything that journalism education should include.
  • One of my friends loves to tease me that I don’t get enough protein because I’m a vegetarian. Not only does this article have some good recipes links, overall it’s well-written too.
  • Now that I actually have time to read, I’ve allowed myself to start a list of books I want to read. A friend got me onto GoodReads, which I think is good, because now I can track what I’m reading, read and what other friends are reading. So some of these need to go onto that list as well.
  • During the week leading up to Sept. 11, I can’t even count how many profile pieces and anniversary pieces I read. I wrote a column that encompassed a lot of them, but some, like this one, came to my attention after the column was published.
  • I am constantly battling with making good meals while living alone. One or two “science experiments” always end up in my fridge.
  • I can relate to this guy’s search for the perfect coffee/doughnut combination. I’m rather picky about my coffee mugs myself.
  • From the moment Tim Rasmussen starts talking, it sounds like it’s going to be a good photography presentation. 
  • There are some really good journalism reminders in here.
  • A short read about the copy editing world. It sounds like there’s a book with a collection of these essays, I’d like to find it!
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