12 Facebook pages I follow

There are so many sites , it’s hard to keep up with them all. But I like to know what’s going on – so which are the sites I try to keep up with for tech news, business tips and a bit of general interest?

(I use Facebook as my main news reader, which works better if you try my Facebook News Feed guide.)

  1. Ars Technica
  2. Re/code
  3. WIRED
  4. Inc. Magazine
  5. Kissmetrics
  6. The Register
  7. The Next Web
  8. VentureBeat
  9. Mashable – Tech
  10. Lifehacker
  11. NiemanLab
  12. Search Engine Land

Are long days turning us into substance-fuelled zombies?

I like working in London, and I like living in Sussex. For as long as that’s the case (which I’m sure it will be for a while yet), I have to get from A to B somehow. That means commuting.

For many of us, commuting is a drag. It’s expensive, crowded, and tiring. On a typical day, I leave the house at 6:15am and get home just over 12 hours later. That’s a pretty long day, especially five days a week.

I’m often tired, so I always have a coffee in the mornings. I also like a cup of tea in the evenings. Occasionally I’ll have a couple of drinks if I’m meeting up with a friend in the evening. I know people who have a lot more to drink in the evenings than I do. (I used to drink a lot more than I do now.)

If you’re being knocked out by alcohol, and kicked back into life by caffeine, how much quality sleep are you getting?

Recently, I’ve been feeling more tired than usual. I’ve had problems sleeping, problems staying awake on the train, and sometimes even problems staying awake in the afternoons. As an experiment, I’ve decided to switch to decaf tea and coffee.

The only coffee I’m having is made at home before I go to work, and carried in a flask. Now it’s decaf. And I’m trying decaf tea, too.

It’s early days – I started this on Friday 6th November. But already, I feel more alert, and less of a zombie.

Blogging procrastination: where no blog post is good enough

I’ve been wrestling with the potential ocean of topics I could cover here. Note “potential”. Where I’m probably overwhelmed by choices… and therefore unable to choose just one topic. Even though I could cover something totally different in the next post.

Blogging about blogging is something I’ve done before, and I don’t want to focus on it again – at least not as my main topic. I don’t want to be known as the guy who blogs about blogging. But here we are again.

Jumping from one topic to the next, I worry I won’t cover anything in enough depth to make an impact. But I get bored if I cover the same topic too often. So I can’t win.

The whole point of the miniblog was to throw out the rules, and throw anything on the page. Well, not quite anything. But at least something – and not feel crippled by indecision whenever I feel like writing.

Maybe that’s just it. I haven’t felt like writing. Then again, I also haven’t been all that busy. So I don’t really have any excuse.

I blame Super Mario Maker. Stupid addictive game.