That’s why I decided to create a column to spread a few precious links worth your time, and also share some personal updates with you. (As for that, the silence last week is owed to the special “You pay the bills, we disconnect you” weeks sponsored by Telefonica, followed by power outages and burning transformers sponsored by Electricaribe. I am now officially back in the 21st century, at least as long as it doesn’t rain. Living on the cheap in the Caribbean is great fun, but you have to bring some patience. In the end, the beach is even nicer when it rains.)
No worries, though: I won’t start to bomb you with noise. While there are many good posts out there, I only want to post stuff that really struck with me and that might be valuable to all you friendly anarchists out there. Thus, I won’t have a schedule for these posts, but only do one once in a while, whenever I found enough links worth sharing. If you have any proposals, feel free to get in touch!
“Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” (Metafiltered Crowd Wisdom curated by Colin Marshall.)
“You want to be a visionary? Stop reading Seth Godin and take some psychedelics. Then you will be a visionary.” (@ericschiller)
“Here’s what I think about lifestyle design being a bubble ready to burst:
1. Lifestyle design is a rebranding of ‘improving your life’ by Timothy Ferriss.
This means that anyone working under the moniker has to deal with associating themselves with him, which makes it difficult to find their own voice.
2. There will never be enough writers encouraging people to live their lives.
Too many of the souls on this planet are wasted. People spend their entire lives waiting for a retirement that will never come, because they’ve been taught by the system to keep their heads low and wait for their big payday. It isn’t coming.
3. There is more than enough room on the Internet for all of us.
If you read The Long Tail by Chris Anderson, you start to realize just how freaking big the Internet is. Even the 172,000+ subscribers that Leo Babauta has isn’t touching the tip of the iceberg for people that are interested in this living a life that is better than the one they have. That’s because most people have sucky lives that they hate, and they can do a lot to do them better, they just need permission to do them better.
4. There’s room for you too.
Write what you believe, write about the life you dream you’d have. If you lead enough, the people will follow. You only need 1000 true fans to support yourself, and then you can do anything you want — I know, because I crossed that threshold earlier this year.
“So the thing is… people have become obsessed with avoiding danger these days. Problem is, danger is hard to avoid.” (@johntunger in a great multi-tweet rant on Twitter. I saved the whole thing for humanity on my Tumblog.)
“Almost anything can be made playful, and therefore enjoyable. I’m not saying that you should try to transform the things you hate doing and do them anyway with mind-blowing excitement and euphoria. You can happily stop doing those things any time (you have my permission).” (Really useful self-employment lessons by Jonathan Mead of Illuminated Mind.)
“So, after much trial and error, for the last five months I’ve stuck to a schedule of 1000 words a day, Monday to Friday (with the occasional holiday and break thrown in). Some people may balk at this puny 1000 words, after all if a typical book averages 100,000 words it is a mere drop in the ocean. That’s how I felt at first. But five months later I’ve done 85,000 words and counting!” (Yay! James Mallison of Part Time Wage Slave writes a book, tempo giusto style. Consistency is king!)
“The thing that bothers me more than anything is that Wage Slave Rebel has slowly morphed from something that at least aspired to be revolutionary into something that looked exactly like every other “revolutionary” blog out there. It stopped being an authentic call to arms and instead transformed into bullshit marketing. I’m reminded of this any time I visit a self-described lifestyle design site. They seem to think that it’s revolutionary to become the oppressor instead of the oppressed.” (JD Bentley is changing the way he blogs on Wage Slave Rebel.)
“Slow Blogging is a willingness to remain silent amid the daily outrages and ecstasies that fill nothing more than single moments in time, switching between banality, crushing heartbreak and end-of-the-world psychotic glee in the mere space between headlines.” (A slow blogging manifesto by Todd Sieling.)
“Never forget the things from which you’re escaping.
I walked past an office building in downtown Montreal this evening. I was on my way to meet my girlfriend for a family meal, which we would follow by attending a magazine launch party. Inside the office, meanwhile, the desk jockeys were working overtime beneath florescent lighting.
No more of that for me, thanks. I felt immediately grateful for the fact I was on the outside of the stone wall and not on the inside any more.” (Robert Wringham of New Escapologist remembers what we’re escaping from.)