Open Loops 8/10/2010: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on August 10, 2010 by
Categories: Open Loops
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Tuesdays are open loop at SimpleProductivity blog.

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After a recent encounter with an educated adult saying “go-ed” (as in “I go-ed to the store”), I’ve been on a grammar kick. MakeUseOf has a great listing of free online grammar resources at “The Best Free Online Grammar Resources”

I’m sure I’m not the only person in the world who has tried unsuccessfully to stick stuff together. How About Orange pointed to a wonderful site about sticking stuff together called “This to That (Glue Advice)” at “How to glue stuff to other stuff”

As a blogger, I consider myself a writer. The problem is when I target the blog, things get in the way. Big things that can stop me from writing. This article from Stepcase Lifehack, “9 Expert Tips For Better Writing”, gives me some alternate outlets that can spark the rest of my writing life. Particularly “Write something every day that you do not intend to share”.

A different approach to decluttering: the “clean slate method” from Zen Habits (“The Clean-Slate Guide to Simplicity”). Warning: this is not for the faint at heart.

Too many people have embraced the simplicity movement for simplicity’s sake only. But it isn’t about that. As TortoiseKnowsBest points out, “It is not about the stuff we have, it is about the relationship with have with that stuff…“. A great read over at “Slow and Minimalism”

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Comments (2)


  1. Francesca says:

    I actually just started writing blogs, and can I just say that it is really not that easy, especially when there are so many distractions. “Write something everyday that you do not intend to share” is a fresh idea. I am kinda digging that, but my question is, if you don’t want to share it, then why write it for everyone to read? I kind of get why writing something you don’t want to share is better (it will actually make you focus), because (correct me if I am wrong) it is what’s in your head most of the time, you are somewhat engrossed with the idea of not sharing, right?

    • LJ says:

      You are definitely right about it being difficult. Coming up with fresh content for 5 articles a week (on this blog alone) can be extremely challenging. The point of the article was to write something that is not on the blog…to hone your skills in a place that is private. It is extremely useful in clearing the decks so that you can write about other things.