As well as I am able

Great CloudsMy new strap line for this blog is “as well as I am able”. This line actually has a bit of history to it.

It’s actually the Chastney family official motto and included in our coat of arms; but that is something that was only discovered by my father’s generation. Before that it was always a motto for the way that the Chastney family lived their life and was even a common saying in the family. It obviously stuck and was passed down through the generations.

We have never been people to angst about perfection, but have been comfortable in doing the best that we can. It doesn’t mean we are sloppy or anything, it just means that we try to do the best we can. If our best is good enough then that’s great, if it isn’t then fine, that’s not our problem.

The Chastney problem is often that our best is often much better than other peoples good enough.

It's blog clear out day

IMG_1595I’ve decided that it’s blog clear out day. I have been inspired by a number of posts by people talking about procrastination and information overload.

So I have decided to go through the list of blogs I subscribe to and weed them out. There are a load that I have in my list because they once wrote something I was interested in, but have now fallen into ones that I scan over. The primary reason for this is that they are new regurgitator, they don’t add anything to it. If I want ‘news’ I’ll go to the feeds from The Register or the BBC and look (because I like them), what I want is intelligent comment. But there are other reasons, some peoples comments aren’t worth looking at. There are also a number which haven’t been updated for a while.

Some examples for you:

  • Computerworld Feeds – there are a load of well broken down feeds but for the last few weeks all they have given is the SAME information and that’s been from partners trying to sell me stuff.
  • IT-Director.com Feeds – most of the feeds don’t tell me anything new.
  • Windows IT Pro magazine – again more news, but also loads of information that I’m not that interested in anymore because it’s at the detail level.
  • ZDNet UK – of and more news. You’d hope that the ones that are marked ‘comment’ would be commentary but I’m afraid from my perspective they aren’t.
  • Spiderwebwoman – again, I’m sorry but it isn’t commentary or added value, it’s more news.

The one I am leaving in there for now, but it’s under review is Scobles link blog. I still have a bit of the ‘what if I miss something’ in me.

There are also a number of blogs which have ended, can I please have a ‘clean up dead blogs’ option in NewsGator.