Try Keeping a Memory of the Day (MOD) Journal

I had an idea today that I am very excited about trying. Just 11 days into this year, every single day has had at least one thing rather memorable for me. I’m not going to be able to remember it all, or at least all at once, in the long run, so I thought I’d do a journal where I decide on a Memory of the Day or MOD for each day.

With it, I’ll also record “candidates” vying for each day’s title, meaning other things memorable, no matter how big or small. A candidate today that won’t win is my coming across coconut bread on sale while impromptu grocery shopping with time to spare between events. I had never eaten coconut bread before so I figured a $2 risk was worth taking to try it. It’s quite good! Small life changer there that if I ever come across it again, I’ll definitely buy it!

News of David Bowie’s passing will probably take the title today, though. The memories don’t always have to be good, though news of his passing led to a lot of happy times recollection about his music, character and influence in my world today. Bad memories might not seem pleasant to document, but for me, if there are enough of them in a row, I’m going to work that much harder to make sure the next MOD ain’t gonna be one of those bad memories. That’s just who I am as a person.

I realize not everyone can document a lot of bad moments in their lives with positive impact, so this idea isn’t for everyone. However, I think there’s enough merit in it for everyone to at least try to know. It certainly has never been easier with apps rather than something like a word processing document that is cumbersome to handle some nice, but rather limited, formatting you might want in a journal.

Now all I need to decide is which app to use for this that is iOS, Android and Web compatible. I have an iPhone with an Android tablet for reasons forced on to me by life, and I like the idea of a Web backup like GoogleDrive. Flava and Penzu seem to be my choices, with links provided being to one set of reviews, but neither seem ideal. Penzu requires paying for some features I want, whereas Flava seems to have taken off their Chrome extension. Their own website’s link to the Chrome store is broken and I can’t find it in there. It’s quite nice otherwise. As a result, I’m also going to try Journey and see if their quirks like only one photo per page and no videos have been eliminated.

I get the feeling my MOD 2016 book is going to be quite a read by the end of the year! Or at least I’m gonna do my darnest to make it so!

Good luck if you try it yourself!

What’s Your Biggest Resolution for 2013?

Happy New Year, everyone!

It’s that time of year again, of course, for resolutions. The secret to making them happen tends to be gradual, habitual changes that you can sustain, or improve upon, over time, rather than drastic and dramatic changes. You should also have a plan to monitor progress. It’s more in the details than concept, essentially. So with that in mind, I want to know what is your biggest resolution for 2013, and how are you realistically planning to achieve this?

If this is news to you, well, just because it’s January 1st, 2nd or whatever, doesn’t mean it’s too late to reformulate. I’ve given my resolution below, and how I intend to achieve it, as an example to illustrate my points above.

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Ten Tips To Better Tweeting

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If your ADHD from Twitter has progressed beyond reading paragraphs, here are the ten tips to better personal tweeting in point form, without elaboration so you’ll have to figure it out:

  • Tweet in the third person
  • Be positive
  • Practice humour
  • Two tweet jokes
  • Don’t advertise
  • Ask questions
  • Gigantic concepts and miniscule details
  • Nothing like feelings
  • Use interesting words
  • WTF

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I’ve been looking into a lot of tweets for a few months now and, to be frank, there wasn’t all that much to keep my interest. People and their lives just aren’t that interesting from what comes across. Even the people you think would be interesting aren’t that interesting. Or is it because they don’t know how to convey it? And if they’re like that, think of what the more “normal” people tweet. Yeah, you know the ones I’m talking about. Many of your friends, my friends, me, and very possibly you.

But if you need to tweet, at least put some effort into all that phoniness associated with Twittering, would you? Use it to improve your writing skills, story telling skills, sense of humour. Use it as motivation to actually do something interesting with your life so you could tweet it without having to try any of those other things. Use it to spread good energy. There’s a lot of potential in tweeting for real life skills improvements and value, if only people would embrace the thought rather than drown in all this shallowness associated with tweeting. You don’t have to “fake” your tweets in doing all this. Just show a little flair people maybe don’t see much of from you, or at least not on the text side.

To help these boring tweeters you know improve their tweets, I have created ten tips for better tweeting. These aren’t meant to be the greatest or best tips or anything, in no particular order. They are just ten I came up with which I know helps. However, let’s start with a tip zero, which is getting over denial. You can’t solve a problem till you admit you have it. That’s why you’re going to send this to somebody, post it to their Facebook wall or something, right? I’m posting it to my own!

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TWEET IN THE THIRD PERSON. There is so much “me” culture in Twitter it’s sickening. Talk about yourself in the third person the way someone would read that tweet. Ban the “I” word. Starting with a verb is also a good thing because it’s action-oriented.

Tweeterbird is singing the sweetest song heard.

I’m singing the sweetest song heard just sounds a lot vainer.

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BE POSITIVE! You’d be surprised how human negativity spread among people by any means, and how it builds up through self-affirmation like a tweet. If you need to self-affirm, do it in a way that doesn’t spread to everyone else! Also, telling the same message without the negativity is not only a challenge, it’s a nice way to look at the same problem through a better lens.

Tricycle got a flat tire today but still had three left (optional: If two out of three ain’t bad, then three out of four can’t be, either).

I don’t know about you, but I get a very different reaction seeing that rather than something like Can’t believe I got f#&$ing flat tire today!

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PRACTICE HUMOUR. Humour can be the easiest way out of being negative, but it can also be the hardest thing to try to find something funny out of a bad incident. Just try writing something funny. It doesn’t have to be what you’re doing, just maybe what’s on your mind, or what came into your mind as you tried to think of something funny. You could develop your written sense of humour this way. You can think up things until you’re ready to tweet it. People might know that, but so what? You’re putting an effort into it… which is more than they can say of their tweets. Whether the attempt elicits a groan, smile or laugh, people will at least have a reaction, which is more than they can say of most tweets.

Punster‘s body is like Iraq after a 23 mile run… full of free radicals causing lots of pain and suffering.

If someone doesn’t get it, it might intrigue them enough to ask you about it rather than reading about your body hurting after such a long marathon training run if you plainly tweeted it that way.

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TWO TWEET JOKES. Good jokes are often set’em up, knock’em down affairs. Not these long drawn out stories. So find some and share them. Ask something in the morning. Let your followers think, or just plant the thought in the back of their heads so when they get the punchline later in the day, they’ll remember and get it, have a good laugh and release. Tension and release is something quite often referred to in music, but this is the same idea. Your followers can try to finish your jokes , and they might (which means you’ve engaged them), but you ultimately hold the answer for all your other followers who will be waiting for it.

NovaScotian How many Newfies does it take to have an orgy?
NovaScotian Just one, though more than two hands would make it a better orgy.

Don’t ask. I just made it up on the spot. If you also find you don’t have enough jokes, well, take it as a sign to get some more for the next party you attend.

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DON’T ADVERTISE. If you’re trying to sell something, chances are your friends already know about it. I don’t care whether that’s Avon or chocolate or otherwise, aside from the occasional special event, I’d tolerate one tweet about it. Any more and I’m buzzing you out for good! You didn’t get into Twitter for commercials, do you think they did?

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ASK QUESTIONS. If you learn something new, share it by asking a question? You can ask with the answer in the question, or create suspense by asking the question and answering later. The latter is good for when the question is too long.

Socialstudies Did you know ears makes noises of its own, albeit at a level only detectable by supersensitive microphones?

Socialstudies Do you know what the NSFM policy for Internet posting is?
Socialstudies Not Safe For Mom. Don’t post anything not safe if Mom ever saw it.

If you’re ever short on ideas, may I introduce you to the Social Studies column in the Canadian national newspaper, the Globe & Mail. It is written by Michael Kesterton and is exactly what it says it is, a daily miscellany of information. It is my favourite week daily reading by far and has been for many years! The username is fictitious. Questions about details in your life could also be fun, although it might sound vain after a while. Still, imagine if you did one of those 25 Things about You Facebook memes one tweet at a time!

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GIGANTIC CONCEPTS & miniscule details. Can you think big? Can you think philosophically? Give your followers something to ponder for a while? Or give them a chance to be smart and tweet back an answer. But maybe you’re one of those types who has an eye, ear or other awarenessfor detail. Can you describe it?

Burncock If a tweet goes unread, does anybody hear?
RockingRobin
is listening to old skool tweeting of nightingales. Tweet! Tweet!

The first is actually a very practical rather than useless philosophical question. The username is not meant to be offensive, but is a play on the spelling of Bruce Cockburn‘s (pronounced KO-burn) last name. He is the writer of the referenced phrase, If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear? from the song If a Tree Falls, in 1989. I’ve been fortunate to have met Bruce in the summer of 2008 and he’s a very nice and candid guy. The second is a nice thought to me rummaging through hundreds of techno-tweets.

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Nothing like feelings. Add some feelings to whatever it is you tweet to humanize the tweets. Like being positive, feelings are contagious so keep it to the good ones. Feelings can also liven what is otherwise a mundane tweet.

Gogetter is peeing with a passionne.

I would have enjoyed that tweet over one that said is peeing. Would you?

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USE INTERESTING WORDS. Why think big concepts and notice little details when you can conceptualize gigantic concepts and be aware of miniscule minutaie to expand yours and your followers’ lexicon?

Wordwatcher believes in kaizen, gestalt and arete rather than religion.

Kaizen (the art of constant self-improvement), gestalt (a total greater than the sum of its parts) and arete (excellence in the fulfillment of purpose of function) are three of my favourite words, as well as my spirituality.

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WTF TWEET. If you’re not familiar with the acronym WTF, it stands for What the f*ck and is used when you’re wanting to express that reaction and question in Internet or chat jargon. Every once in a while, throw one in out of the blue. See if anybody asks.

Machoman is putting on a tutu & prancing about… “I could have danced, all night, I could have danced, all night, and still, have begged, for more!”

I just used this one the other day. The reference was to little 10 year old Hollie Steel, by whom I was amazed and had blogged about recently.

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Got any interesting tweeting twips two share?

Please do in a comment below!

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