A Day Without A Blog…

...seems like no day at all.   Baby steps away from the internet and into my "real life"  for a night. One observation that is probably stating the obvious to anyone who clicks on a blog titled such as this:  I believe we have expanded the boundaries of what counts as of "real life" to the … Continue reading A Day Without A Blog…

Narcissistic Reflections on a Blog Experiment: Day 365

Today is the last day of a 365-day commitment I made to myself (without consulting my wife, which in hindsight might not have been a good idea) to post a blog every single day. I did it for a number of reasons: to be more disciplined about practicing the urgent work of noticing, to become … Continue reading Narcissistic Reflections on a Blog Experiment: Day 365

Variations on a Theme: What A Narcissistic Consumer Anthropologist Can Do With A Blog

Today is day 364 of my 365 blog-a-day commitment. Instead of focusing today's post on a sappy recollection of my experience (don't worry, that will happen tomorrow) , I thought I would take some time to have a look through all the things I've written about in the past year and see what kind of … Continue reading Variations on a Theme: What A Narcissistic Consumer Anthropologist Can Do With A Blog

Having A Blurry Period Of Your Blogging Adventure?

This one is for the bloggers. I’m a fan of Andy – wise beyond his years – and can relate to the rutt…especially being 351 days into a 365-days-of-daily-posting commitment (i made to myself). There are definitely times where it is hard to get motivated and you wonder why you are dong it.
For me, blogging is about practicing my writing skills, documenting ethnographic observations and sharing human and cultural insights that I think are valuable. Knowing people are actually reading and getting value out of it is all I care about for now – but I am definitely excited about seeing what the patterns are in my “data” collection and seeing if there is a worthwhile “Blook” (Blog Book…I just made that up). in there. 😉 Cheers and happy blogging!

Mind of Andy

This is for all you fellow bloggers out there who are currently experiencing a dark or blurred period of your blogging life.

I too am somewhere in the middle (is it like a weather forecast?) of that experience, and it’s an awful thing… at least so it seems. It’s like this huge block of shadow is covering your connection to the thinking part of the brain, isn’t it? Sometimes you get a glimpse of an idea behind this shadow, but then it’s gone almost just as quickly – hiding behind it. That’s what I visualize nevertheless.

Now I just may have a “solution” for both you and me:

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An Homage To Alternative Points of View: An Exercise in Objectivity

This one is for all the bloggers. I don't know why we all choose the blog as an outlet. For some people, it's a away to feel like you are being heard - if even only by your friends and family and anonymous strangers - in a world where it seems like you just can't … Continue reading An Homage To Alternative Points of View: An Exercise in Objectivity

Entitled Millennials?

Get down from that tree, Generation Y!
Get down from that tree, Generation Y! (Photo credit: larrybobsf)

I continue to be pleasantly affirmed by blogs like this one that influence my point of view on Millennials and keep my “Millennial Expertise” informed and in check. Well done.

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As you may have inferred from the title of this blog, Entitled Millennial, I do not know struggle. Please indulge me as I try to clarify that statement within this piece. And why, perhaps more importantly, despite not knowing struggle this does not bar me and other Millennials from expressing our thoughts.

I do not know what struggle means, I have seen it but never tasted. I have heard it, but never lived it. I have passed it by, but never really stopped. And the thing is that, many of my fellow Millennials don’t know the first thing about real struggle either.

What do I mean by real struggle? I suppose it’s probably best if I try to define what I mean before people get defensive. Real struggle is not knowing where you’re going to sleep at night, real struggle is not knowing how you will feed yourself or your…

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Surrounding Ourselves With Sound and Other Modern Household Survival Requirements

Flash back to before we established a "civilized" industrial-to-knowledge-to-conceptual economy such as we have been used to in modern times.  Survival was a matter of basics and most humans resided firmly in the very bottom layers of Maslow's hierarchy of needs pyramid: In absence of safeguards, systems and conveniences like government-supervised municipal programs, a regulated … Continue reading Surrounding Ourselves With Sound and Other Modern Household Survival Requirements

Inglorious Blogging: Intention Versus Reality

People blog for a lot of reasons, I suppose.  Some people just need free therapy - a place to dump out all the random thoughts in their head.  Some people blog to hone their writing skills.  Some are narcissists who think the world needs to hear what they have to say (I don't know anybody … Continue reading Inglorious Blogging: Intention Versus Reality

Get Your Christmas Style On! Sociology Of Style 5 Outfits Of Christmas

It's not necessarily a day of rest:  it' Christmas!  On Christmas day most of us don't lay around in one place all day.  There are family visits, Church and all kinds of stops in between.  Good thing the folks over at Sociology of Style have thought of everything to get us through! http://sociologyofstyle.com/2012/12/24/the-5-outfits-of-christmas-and-some-holiday-tech-tips/ The 5 … Continue reading Get Your Christmas Style On! Sociology Of Style 5 Outfits Of Christmas

This Is My Lunch Break: The Perceived Non-Value Of Blogging

This just in: blogs do not contribute to value creation. So I've just recently heard on an otherwise very constructive conference call. Apparently - from a corporate culture perspective - by attempting to create cultural commentary on topical issues relevant to everyday humans, one essentially cheapens the value of their intellectual capital. Therefore, spending 30 … Continue reading This Is My Lunch Break: The Perceived Non-Value Of Blogging