Friday Ketchup: Where’s the Relish?
Remember a week or so ago when I told you about my new bloggy crush, Havi Brooks? You all helped me take her teleclass webinar thingy on non-strategic marketing strategy, and it was really cool. Thanks!
Today, I’ve decided to shamelessly steal-borrow-adapt one of Havi’s other ideas – a weekly post that she calls her Friday Chicken/Checkin. It’s essentially a place and time where she rambles waxes eloquently about her week – the good, the bad, the painful, the beautiful. But because I’m me, and I have to be different even from the different, I’ve opted for a condiment cliche instead of a poultry pun. There’s a reason for my changing it up, too… it’s a reminder to me to catch-up on all of the things I should have told you about this week, and didn’t.
So here goes, your very first edition of Friday Ketchup!
First up? Some linkage for you:
1.The Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness
Alvaro Fernandez and Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg of SharpBrains have released a book wittily titled ” The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness”. (Who’d have thunk it? )
And while I haven’t read it yet, based on my trust in SharpBrains, I feel totally comfortable recommending it sight unseen. That’s a first for me, and says a lot about my high opinion of SharpBrains as a whole. So check it out.
- The Myth of Positive Thinking, Part 1
- Myth of Positive Thinking, Part 2 – Should You Fire Your Mind?
3. BrainTraining 1o1: Brain Games
And have I ever directly pointed you towards the games hosted by my friend Erin Matlock, of BrainTraining1o1?
Check out her mind boggling collection of mind boggling brain teasers, twisters, puzzles and games here: Brain Training 101: Online Brain Games
And In The Category Of Things I Really Should Have Told You About Ages Ago?
4.The 7 Keys to Brain Fitness Blog
(alternately titled Vibrant & Healthy Living)
As if writing for Brain Camp and this blog weren’t enough, I had to go and start another writing project! It’s a site much more tightly focused on brain fitness, with a side helping of successful aging.
The whole thing is sponsored by Dakim, a company that produces a sort of Rolls Royce of brain training products that runs on its own hardware with a touch screen and about a gazillion games, I’m told! I haven’t had time to even think about reviewing Dakim’s product, but Erin should be giving it the once over soon, and I’m waiting eagerly to see her take on it. The sample games on their website are really fun, though sadly the pricing puts it way out of my reach. I can definitely see it having a solid place in a brain gym setup.
The blog is sort of a team effort between me and their PR team, and I’m admittedly having a lot of trouble finding my balance over there. Still, I have come up with a few posts I’m particularly proud of, like this one: Living With Alzheimer’s: A Spark of Self & Humanity I’m hoping to do a MindTweaks interview with Annie from that post… so make sure and check it out, and let me know what you think.
And My Head-Hanging Shame:
Ok, here’s the biggie. I may have written the worst post ever in the history of MindTweaks. Seriously. It’s dreadful, and no, you wont change my mind.
I’m referring, of course, to that rambling mess the other day about spirit animals and illusion.
Usually, when I think I’ve written a horrible post, I come back a day or so later, and realize it’s not so bad. This time? It really is pretty dreadful. Too many ideas, too much info, too much rambling, and overall, it’s horribly forced. Blah. It’s so bad that I might take it down entirely, re-write it from scratch, or head for confessional and hope for some sort of penance And no, I’m not going to link to the post… It’s that bad.
Why did I produce such a monstrosity?
Simple – I’m over extended with my writing. I love writing, I really do. But I’m used to doing it on my own time, on my own schedule, and according to my whims. Brain Camp is really rewarding, but the content is challenging to produce. Add the Dakim site into the mix, and I’m just burnt out. Too much writing on too many similar subjects, and my poor brain is starting to blow fuses, I’m afraid.
Something has to give, and right now, it seems to be my writing ability. Bummer.
Which is why I’m asking myself…
“Where’s the relish?”
Where’s that extra bit of refreshing enjoyment gotten off to? I’ve already checked behind the baked beans and potato chips, and it’s seemingly no where to be found…
MindTweak: “I was never unusually squeamish; I could sometimes eat a fried rat with a good relish, if it was necessary” - Henry David Thoreau