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Entries in reader request (22)

Monday
May022011

On Foot

Ryan asks:

You have talked a bit about your shoes. Speak to me of your shoes. (Perhaps that seems too mundane a topic, but I still ask.)

Very well.

The shoes in question are Merrell Jungle Mocs. I got turned on to them by folks at the office; I think about half of us wear them now. I like them because they’re comfortable and eminently practical. In some ways, they’re like my car: a little unusual and highly versatile. I can wear them with just about anything and in a wide variety of situations. When I was away from home for four weeks last summer, they were only pair of shoes I brought with me, from GenCon to Agile 2010, from working in our office in Lausanne to hiking in the Swiss Alps. And for passing through airport security, the moccasins are tough to beat.




Update

Fitness: 30 minutes workout
Writing: 330 words, 269 average
Sunday
May012011

Operators are Standing By

Another month of blogging is behind me, and now I’m one-third of the way to my goal of posting every day in 2011. In May, I want to mix it up a bit.

Last October, I was invited to speak at the GM’s Conference at RinCon. I was given a thirty-minute slot. Instead of talking for the whole time, I prepared seven minutes of remarks and answered questions for twenty. And as good as the presentation was, the Q&A was better.

I’ve noticed a similar thing with this blog recently. I’ve gotten a bit monotonous with my posts, as my inspiration tends to be whatever I’m doing at the moment, and I do the same things a lot. My favorite posts to write — and many people’s favorite posts to read — are often those on topics that I don’t come up with myself but that respond to something someone has asked me about.

So May is reader request month. As much as possible, I want my writing to be in response to questions you ask me. Obviously, depending on the volume and quality of the questions, I might not be doing it every day. We’ll just have to see.

You can ask me questions either in the comments to this post or by using the contact form. Ask away!




Update

Fitness: Biked 17 miles
Writing: 538 words, 267 average
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