I’ve recently written a couple of posts about my blog, and while they may be a little self-indulgent, I make no apology for that – blogging is about the things you’re interested in, your life, your passions. However, over the last few months there have been a few news items about bloggers who have felt called to a riskier form of writing, and who have therefore paid the ultimate price, in Mexico yesterday, in Libya and Brazil earlier in the year. I think it’s worth remembering their stories, and that this hobby that so many of us treasure and enjoy can become a calling that places brave people in danger. I don’t have anything more intelligent or helpful to add, let’s just remember that there are more important things in the blogosphere than page hits and Search Engine Optimisation, and remember how writing can make a difference, to a society or to an individual.
Most of my blog posts nowadays are written on my iPhone; I read Twitter on it, and the news, and a whole bunch of blogs, and my email, both personal and business. I never thought I’d say this just a few years ago, but my mobile phone has changed the way I interact with technology, and so it seems appropriate to remember Steve Jobs, who passed away earlier today.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, don’t settle and keep looking.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
Nice article over at Wired telling the story of the Carrington Event, a solar storm that, in 1859, caused disruption and general craziness throughout the fledgling telegraph service. The story is interesting in itself, but you can’t help but think it should be the basis for a great episode of Doctor Who…