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Journaling

16.04.2014 02:00

Patrick Rhone just wrote a great post for this site. Or, I first read it as a part of his paid newsletter.

He writes about one of my all time favourite topics – journaling.

This is not a post about how you should journal. But this is about what I put into my (DayOne) journal, and how I manage to do these things every single day.

I use an app called HabitList. The basic principle is that you add everything you want to become an habit. And then you tell it how often, etc. HabitList is the thing that reminds me to do everything related to journaling – every single day.

Now. So what do I put into my journal. The first thing I do is to take a picture of myself. And the second thing is to write something.

What and how much I write varies. It’s usually what I have done today, what I’m going to do, and how I feel. Journaling can be easy, and it can be hard. It all depends if you make it hard for yourself.

My choice is to make it easy. I just write something every day. But I try to write something that portraits that moment. How am I feeling, what’s on my mind, what have I done, and what I’m going to do.

The best thing about journaling is to read through and to get a picture of how different the different days was for you.

Make it easy for yourself. Go and get both DayOne and HabitList and get started.

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Reeder vs ReadKit

16.04.2014 02:00

The new version of Reeder for OS X just reached public beta. And it’s great. It lacks a few features that I really need. Like Instapaper. But that’s not big deal – for now.

But for me, the big question is – will I buy it? I have been using ReadKit for about a year now. And I love it.

I’ll guess the big question for both me and a lot of other RSS power users are: what will Reeder for OS X give us? I hope for a really hard competition between the two in the coming months. And I hope for some amazing features in both apps.

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The big CMS thing

16.04.2014 02:00

Chose the CMS that is right for you. Pick Squarespace if you want something that “just works”.

There are a few important things I think everyone should consider before picking a cms. Are there any similar CMS they could “just move over to”? And do they have good export options?

This is the reason I don’t like Tumblr. There are nothing like it, and you are kind of fucked if you for some reason need to move over to something else.

I use WordPress. I don’t love it, but it’s the best thing available for me – right now. I can post from Byword both on OS X and iOS. And wordpress plus a few plugins gives me everything I need.

And close to any web host can host a WordPress site.

The only thing I know for certain is that I will go over to a static cms at some point. It might be this summer, it might be later. I just need to find the one that’s right for me. And then solve a few issues I know about. Like blogging from my phone.

I chose WordPress because of the great clients available for it. And that’s kind of the main issue about static blogging engines right now.

Time will show.

Happy Blogging

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A shout out for 1Password

14.04.2014 02:00

This is the situation, Heartbleed is the latest in security issues. It’s a bug in OpenSSL, the library most security related technologies use these days. Everything from sites running over SSL, to VPN and regular file encryption.

I’m not too scared, I’m not.

Here is the reason.

I use 1Password.

I store most of the sites I have visited since 2011, in 1Password. And I can just create a smart folder, and start changing every single password in there when I need to.

It’s not that I’m not scared that people will steal my passwords and break in. The thing is that I know that my passwords are unique, and that it’s not a huge hassle to change them.

So, if you haven’t purchased 1Password yet – do it – today.

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Understanding yourself

14.04.2014 02:00

I don’t know about you, but one of the reasons for me writing is to understand myself.

You have an idea. And then you try to explain it.

What you have is something that is kind of clear in your own head, but won’t make any sense for anyone else.

This is what writing is all about.

Writing is about explaining that idea – telling the story – in a way that someone else would understand.

But, writing is also something different. It is also about understanding yourself, and what you are thinking.

Sometimes I write to tell the world what I am thinking. And other times the process of telling the world, is also my preffered method to figure out what I think and what I mean.

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Happy

10.04.2014 02:00

The idea for this post came from a major annoyance of mine. We all have heard it: “you should just quit your job, and make your hobby your job, and you’ll be happy”.

I don’t agree.

The more I think about what makes me happy, the more I think it is something a bit more complex than just doing what you love.

I have done a lot of changes with my life since August last year, and this text is a reflection on how they have made me happier.

Balance. You need to have a balance between your private and work life that you are happy about. I’m talking about “work life” as in paid work. Some people like to work a stupid amount, while others like to work less. You need to figure out what you like, and live within those boundaries.

Arrangement. Some people like to have one job, while others like to have more than one, or even many. I prefer to have more than one job, you need to figure out what’s the right thing for you.

What. One of the most important things in life is to figure out what you want to work with. I used to think software development was the thing I should work with. I have done it, and still do it. It’s not like I hate it, but I don’t think it is something I will do forever. You need to check if the thing you are doing right now, is the best thing for you.

Develop yourself. I’m self critical of nature. And I’m also a strong believer in the essence in the “Outliers” message. You can learn anything.

I learnt how to do both general software development and web development, during my teens. It was hard work. But I learnt it by talking to other people that was learning, and by doing.

I never card much about or for writing during High School. But I got more interested in it when a few years ago. What I did was to follow the old advice by doing it a lot. I wrote at least 500 words every single day, until I got good at it.

This year, I have done something different. It’s not the exact same process, but similar. I have never been that good at taking the initiative, and talking to people I don’t know. But I took up a job as a street fundraiser this year.

You learn by doing, and by your mistakes. Embrace and learn from them.

Hobbies. I think they are the single most important thing any person are doing. I have a few of them. I love taking pictures, writing on this (and other) sites. I love talking to intelligent people. And I love hiking.

I usually think about my paid gigs as a way for me to do, and develop my hobbies.

What makes someone happy? What makes me happy is to be able to do a lot of different things. I work one day a week for free in a student pub. I use the rest of my time doing fundraising, studying, software development. Or politics, photography and writing.

Find your balance, and don’t be afraid to change the parts of your life that are making your miserable.

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Rundown on why I use Textmate

09.04.2014 02:00

Okay, there are three major developer minded text editors for the Mac these days. Well there are more, but there are three major ones. They are Textmate, BBEdit and Sublime Text.

I started using Textmate when I got my first Mac. Textmate itself was one of the reasons I wanted to buy “one of those weird Apple computers”.

BBEdit is a great editor, but it’s not for me. I have tried it countless times. I kind of wish it was something that I could use. It’s one of the best supported Mac Apps in the world, and that is something that I like. But there are a few things like auto-pairing that I can’t live with out, and also auto-save.

I know you can get both of those with some third party hacks. But they are so important to me, that I need to have them built in.

Sublime Text is another great option. I used it for a long time. And I think it is the best text editor for OS X. I used it for a whole year, and I own a license to both version one and two. The package management system, the speed of the development and all the crazy thing you can do with it is amazing.

But there is two things about it, that makes it impossible for me to use it. First of all, TextMate feels much more at home as a hard core Mac user. And the multiple cursor thing is amazing, but I prefer using “old-school search and replace” .

I use Textmate version two, not because it’s the best tool out there. But because it’s the one that feels like home. Everything I need is there, in the way I expect them to be. But I’m also scared that the Open Source development of it will stop, and that the community leave it unsupported and dead. It would be hard for me to replace it with anything else.

But, I’m going to continue to test both Sublime Text and BBEdit, to see if they can be what I need in the future.

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It’s fake

08.04.2014 02:00

This will be a short piece about a subject that have been driving me nuts, while I was writing another essay. It might come out within a few weeks.

You might know someone like this, “if you do the same thing as I did, you’ll end up with the exact same result”. This is the most annoying and stupid logic out there.

What I’m pointing at here is the idea of “IKEA-systems”. Systems where you need to do the exact same thing. The exact same way as the designers and developers meant you should use them. And then they sell it as something that would change their life.

First of all, it will not be that way for most people. And then you have the idiots. The idiot1 you shared a office with one time. That installed Evernote. And don’t understand why everyone don’t use Evernote for everything in their life. Before he moved on to using OmniFocus, and some other “stuff-management-solution”.

The solution to most problems out there isn’t the IKEA, follow these instructions exactly as I tell you kind of solutions. It’s the LEGO solutions.

They are sometimes apps, and sometimes books. This is what GTD is. You need to understand the ideas and concepts, and then you need to develop and review your own implementation of that system.

There are no magic solution that solves anything out there. The only thing you will find out there are tools that makes easier to solve your problems, but you still have to do the job, yourself.

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  • I have been this idiot. But it didn’t take me long to understand that my process on using apps, services and tools move too fast for anyone to follow. So I just stopped talking about it. ↩ ↩

    Gifts

    03.04.2014 02:00

    Birthday and christmas presents is one of the things I always struggle with. I don’t give presents to many people, only the few I care about. I give my family albums, of the pictures I have taken during the last year.

    Albums are great. People remember them, they are not that expensive, and they mean a lot. Both for the receiver and the creator.

    I have also started doing something new.

    My book collection is huge. And I have read most of my books, at least once. I started doing something new. There are a small group of people I care enough about to give them real presents. There are of course a lot of other people are care about. But these are people that are kind of like me. They like books.

    What I have started doing is to write a few words to them in one of my favourite books, that I think they would and just give it to them.

    I love books, I love reading them, and I have started to love giving them away, to people I care about.

    You can always find a new copy, if you want to read it again.

    There is two exceptions to this rule. Books I have received from other people as a present. And books I have inherited. I can’t give them away.

    Find someone you love, find a book that you think that person would love as you love, and give it to them.

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    Length

    01.04.2014 02:00

    Myke Hurley had Merlin Mann as a guest on the latest episode of CMD+Space. And they touched on something that I care a lot about.

    That is the question: how long should it be? It works on both podcasts1 and any form of the written word.

    There is nothing I hate more than idea of having to write a certain number of words. It doesn’t matter if it is an article or essay – I hate it.

    I have written a lot since 2011; both school, work and for various web-sites. And my writing process when I can do whatever I want is simple:

    1. Assignment or idea

    2. Figuring out what I want to say

    3. Writing a draft

    4. Re-writing it until the text is something I’m proud of, that also end up saying something, that is both clear and interesting

    I get a lot of “Write 1500 words about X” assignments at the University. This alters my writing process. Out of need, not choice.

    1. Read the assignment

    2. Read about the subject

    3. Write the worlds worst first draft

    4. Look at the word count

    5. Write a longer, and less terrible draft from scratch

    6. Repeat until I’m at 1500 words

    7. Fix quotes.

    8. Re-write the worst parts.

    9. Fix qutoes and other formalities.

    My main problem with the idea of writing something that has to be X words is that I never know when it should end – until I’m there.

    You are telling a story, when you write or podcast. And you never know what the length is. Mine are usually around 3-600 words. But that is something that changes.

    The important is to write something that is good. The length doesn’t matter, as long as it’s the correct one for you, your audience and what you are writing right now. And you audience would probably prefer 10 000 good words over 500 terrbile; or 500 good ones over 10 000 terrbile ones.

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  • I have never recorded a podcast, but I have been listening to an insane amount of podcasts the last few years. ↩ ↩