The blog cycle


I am becoming increasingly convinced that we need to share our working practices with each other,  so we can develop more effective “end to end” life-cycles.  Too often we think in terms of particular products but it’s rare that a single product supports a whole process.  I have some posts already on my blog on this topic,  but here is another attempt to describe my blog cycle:

  • Throughout the day new posts arrive in Newsgator along with enclosures for a few of my favourite Podcasts
  • At the end of the day,  I scan through an Outlook Search Folder which aggregates all of the unread posts from every folder into a single list which I scan through
  • Some of the small posts I read in place,  but the non trivial ones I click on and open up as tabs in Maxthon.  Because I have multiple screens these tabs open up without disrupting my scanning.  As they open I glance at the tab to check that I have opened the article I want and not just a post that links to it.  I also open up any additional links that look interesting
  • I also have a search folder that aggregates all posts with attachments, which are either podcasts or videos. I save Podcast to my Treo and videos to my Tablet
  • When I finished scanning I save all the tabs in a Maxthon group “To Read” this gets replicated over to my Tablet.  In the morning I open the group on my Tablet and by the time I have my shoes on all of the tabs have downloaded (usually about 30) along with all the latest comments (I really like comments)
  • Pretty much every morning I go for a walk on the beach for and hour or so and listen to the podcasts from the day before
  • Mid walk I crash at a cafe and get out my Tablet,  I read each tab and at the end I either:


As you probably noticed,  this post was also an excuse for playing around with Powerpoint 2007!


Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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