Saturday, January 19, 2013

Social Experiment: Live Blogging My Online Activity

@PhilCorbettLive - That is my live auto-blog twitter account, feel free to follow it if you like but be warned. As an experiment, anytime an app or website asks for permission to post to Twitter for me I say "yes" and point it to this account. I've also used ifttt.com to push as much as I can to this account.

The experiment is not scientific in any regards but more of an observation at the amount of data that I am constantly making by using various services. There is also a curiosity about what an account would look like if you were to grant access to post on your behalf for anything and everything that asks.

For reference, my live auto-blog was created September 1st, 2012 and in 140 days since creation this account has tweeted 939 times. Compare this to @PureMunky (my real/normal Twitter account) which was created April 6th, 2007 which has in 2115 days tweeted 613 times. Now, I don't tweet all that often but the stark difference in my activity online and the amount of times I've consciously tweeted is quite different.

This is an ongoing experiment and I'll probably have another post about this in the future after I've come to some better conclusions. Maybe I'll even start following the scientific method for this experiment.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I'm Restless

I've been thinking about doing a lot of different things lately. I've been wanting to learn the violin, go rock climbing, start a side business, and drive to the west coast, just to name a few. I'm not exactly sure where these urges started or why they're just now coming up but it seems that something in me is stirring.

Part of this may be caused by my age; I'm not old by any means but in October of 2012 I turned 30. I've been living in the same house working at the same job for roughly 8 years now and I wonder if I'm starting to feel like I'm letting life pass me by. I'm sure this is a very normal feeling around my age and probably every milestone birthday from here on. I want to make sure that when I hit 40 I don't think to myself, "What did I do for the last 10 years?" I want to be able to look back and say "Wow, look at all the fun I had, the people I met, and the work I accomplished."

I'm going to start right now, right here. I've attempted to start several blogs before and on each of them the very first post is something like, "I've tried this before and it didn't work, here we go again!" So, I'm going to make this blog known to as many people as I can so that if I take too long of a hiatus from posting someone might ask me what's going on. Everything posted here is going to be personal thoughts, projects, inclinations, or whatever else I feel like. I've always been an open book when asked and I'm changing that. I want to become an open book even when not asked but without being intrusive, on this blog.