The title says it all. Really. Why does everything take so long these days?
I sat down to write a quick post for day #2 of this blog. That was 2 hours ago. The post is still in it’s infancy. I got distracted by perusing my newsreader (feedly), hoping to find some interesting article that I could curate and editorialize about. And there are quite a few interesting articles coming in, but it is just soooo tedious to read them and tag them and sort them and spin them into something worth writing about that I nearly forgot about actually writing a post for my blog. There is simply too much to take in, and seeing anything with clarity through the fog of excess is certainly one of my new challenges.
No longer do people have time to listen to you wax eloquently about your favorite pets idiosyncrasies or the people you met on your vacation. No, instead it’s “just the highlights, please.”
Distraction is so commonplace for us all now that it is expected. If you pay attention, you’ll likely notice that conversations today almost always have an element of redundancy. That’s because someone almost always didn’t hear what was said. Really. Take a moment next time you are in a small group conversation to remain silent and observe for this phenomenon. Verbal brevity is also becoming the norm. No longer to people have time to listen to you wax eloquently about your favorite pets idiosyncrasies or the people you met on your vacation. No, instead it’s “just the highlights, please.” But perhaps the most amusing aspect of conversation today is the variety of physical and verbal queues people employ to attempt to end it. From subtly glancing at their phone, to mentioning how busy we are, to simply turning and walking away, we’ve all become quite proficient at the art of non-conversation without even really knowing it.
To tackle this problem as it pertains to curating content for this website, I decided to reorganize my news reader to separate out those sources that I know produce interesting quality content from other interesting but untested or inconsistent sources. Most importantly, I decided to be highly critical in my selection of these sources to keep me focused and give myself the best chance to succeed at this website. So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite websites, blogs and sources for curated material that may appear from time to time on this blog.
Great Adventure Blogs
The Art of Non-Conformity
Health and Fitness
Great Free Images (CC0)