Done is better than perfect

My 30 days blogging in English challenge is now completed. Since 18th July, I have published 30 posts on this blog…

Even if I have been in a hurry some evenings, I am quite proud and I think I am going to celebrate tonight 🙂

Veuve Clicquot Rosé

Perfection is the enemy of action

Writing in English is still quite a challenge for me and I hope my typos, misspellings and weird sentences have not hurt too much your eyes. I dare to do that because I believe it is the best way to make progress.

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Should I blog on Saturday?

I am not Jewish but there are a few people around me who practice what they call Shabbat.

According to the Bible and the tradition, the world has been created in 6 days and on the 7th, the creator decided to rest. By consequence, it probably became one of the 1st social law: weekly day off. I believe before that most people were working 7 days a week.

The traditional Shabbat mixes prayers and family moments. I am not a believer in any religion but I feel this is very wise to stay away from work once a week. Continue reading “Should I blog on Saturday?”

I’m half way

I’m half way of my 30 days of blogging challenge. I am not happy with everything I have published, but I am happy for having pressed the “publish” button 15 days in a row.

How habits are created

There is a series of chemical processes. It might seem a bit technical but this video can give you some clues (thank you, JXO):

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What i think about self-publishing

I think it’s great, really!

Of course, for like every publisher on the planet, I feel it as a threat to our existence: self-publish means publishing without a publisher.

Are we going to continue to live if the world doesn’t need us?

Why I think it is great

In the past, when you wanted to put something into writing, you had to go to a printer or a publisher and ask him if he would agree to invest time and money to print it and make it available to the public.

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Des petits pas

J’ai updatĂ© le thĂšme de ce blog. L’ancienne interface 2015 Ă©tait bien trop austĂšre… qu’en penses-tu cher lecteur ?

 

L’image d’un jeune garçon en train de lire sous un arbre est une photo d’agence mais elle illustre un peu ce que je suis. Je l’utilise aussi sur mon profil facebook et mes profils twitter @stephaneleduc et @leducs.

Facebook as a blogging tool

I just posted something on Facebook, something I drafted on draft and something that I should have posted here first. 

It is all about journaling and subsequently blogging. Here is the post:

I do not know you but I have been a fan of journaling since 2008 when I bought my first #moleskine. Before, I was mainly using blank sheets of paper and of course my PC…
Since, I have used many notebooks and I have also tried so many apps that I can’t remember how many. 
Today, I am using two types of tools:

– my notebook which is not from Moleskine but from a German brand named #Leuchtturm1917. I really like the quality even if I sometimes wonder how and why someone started a notebooks company in Germany during WWI. 

– Apps, I am an Apple user. As my friend Rafael says, I am an happy slave of this technology. I love it because it works. The ubiquity between devices works perfectly well now and I am still fascinated to see how something that I typed on my iPad appears almost instantly on my Mac and my iPhone. 

My favourite tools are:

– Evernote in which I have now too much notes (10,000+). It begins to be messy and I am now calling it “ever forget”. 

– Dayone is a wonderful journaling app. I love the look and feel of it plus the fact that I can keep track of photos, etc.

– Draft is very nice on iOS. I used it to write this. 

– Curio is now one of my favourite tools on Mac. I love it because it is a visual system that goes beyond mindmapping which it does perfectly well

– XMind for advanced maps

I really love the power of the tools but I love the feel of paper, I love pens and stationery and I strongly believe that we are not digital being, we are analogic. I want to quote someone who said, “in a digital world, don’t forget your digits.”

Un challenge pour les 30 prochains jours

Connaissez-vous Matt Cutts ? En plus d’ĂȘtre une des Ă©minences grises de Google, il est l’auteur de ce cĂ©lĂšbre TED : essayez quelque chose de nouveau pendant 30 jours. L’idĂ©e est extrĂȘmement simple, pour prendre une bonne habitude (ou pour en perdre une mauvaise), il utilise une astuce : il la met en pratique pendant un mois… Ensuite, le pli est pris.

Dans cette vidĂ©o, il donne des exemples comme arrĂȘter le sucre, aller au travail en vĂ©lo, Ă©crire un roman, etc. Moi je me suis fixĂ© le challenge suivant : ne plus aller me coucher sans rĂ©diger et mettre en ligne un billet de blog. Je ferai le point dans un mois et on verra si l’habitude est prise 😉

Le blog est-il incontournable ?

Le mois prochain, j'aurai l'occasion de participer au Stanford Professional Publishing Course (depuis que j'en rĂȘve !) Parmi les intervenants, Guy Kawasaki expliquera comment et pourquoi le fait de tenir un blog peut permettre Ă  un Ă©crivain de vendre plus de livres. Son analyse et son expĂ©rience devraient encourager tous les auteurs de ce cĂŽtĂ©-ci Ă  faire de mĂȘme 😉

Find more videos like this on Stanford Professional Publishing Course '09

Dans un de ses livres, Guy Kawasaki donne le conseil suivant :  "Eat like a bird, poop like an elephant". Traduction : "Mange comme un oiseau, chie comme un Ă©lĂ©phant". Il faut bien avoir en tĂȘte que contrairement Ă  l'expression "manger comme un moineau", les oiseaux on besoin de manger beaucoup pour avoir l'Ă©nergie de voler… Selon moi, cette mĂ©taphore illustre trĂšs bien l'idĂ©e selon laquelle il faut se nourir en permanence d'information (l'oiseau qui mange l'Ă©quivalent de son propre poids chaque jour). Quant Ă  l'Ă©lĂ©phant, on ne peut pas dire qu'il garde tout pour lui 🙂

Et vous, qu'en pensez-vous ?