Got few a fair bit this week! I really ought to record the books I’m reading too, I only do that occasionally.
- Gretchen Molannen’s legacy: suffering, suicide and a journalist’s responsibility. A journalist examines if her story contributed to a suicide. about the process of creating a story, about how much responsibility a journalist has.
- Why Bitcoin Matters, by Marc Andreeson. A keylook at why Bitcoin will change things and the areas ripe for disruption – most importantly, banking.
- This is not Syria, this is not a grave and the boys parents are not dead. How an image, stripped from context, takes a life of its own on the web. Given my recent TV appearances talking about this topic, yet another example of why you should always take a sceptical view towards content that don’t have full context.
- The Painful collapse of social media. I’ve always said social was important…but it’s not the only thing. And more and more, it is a cost of business.
- Trust..by Edelman. The latest report on trust by Edelman, they’ve expanded their reach to include Adrica.
- Pinterest is changing the way we blog. Well, not the general ‘we’ but rather food bloggers who extensively use images.
- Easter Eggs on the web (BBC). There’s still some fun stuff out there!
- The decay and fall of guest blogging by Matt Cutts. Google is calling time on those annoying guest blogs that SEO companies continually request, which never have any real reason to be on a blog.
- Why increase in the Oscar Best Picture pool is reducing the overall nominee pool!, Great analysis of why the number of films that receive nominations across the board is decreasing even if Best Picture nominations have doubled!
- Why patriarchy fears the scissors by Laurie Pennie. Is short hair a political statement? Or just a practical choice.
- The six things that make stories go viral. Some proper research into what I’ve been saying.
I’m guessing there’s a correlation between reading and doing, because my activities last week were limited to interviews and exercises, with a couple of catch-ups with ex-colleagues! I’m going to have to change that this week! I did manage to eat some haggis for Burns’ Night though.
After last week’s light week, it was back to the heavy work. So 2 recovery runs and the following work sessions:
- 8 miles with 4 at 10k pace. HARD session I never settled into and did not manage the 5th mile at pace. too cold and breathing never settled.
- 11 miles steady
- 18 miles steady. This was my longest run to date, with me making sure I had the right gels to keep me going. Legs definitely sore at the end of it, but not too bad the day after.
- TV Viewers aren’t thrilled with 2nd screen synchronised content on Variety.com. Well,you don’t say! Only 13% said it made the programme more enjoyable. Let me take a guess. The 2nd screen is usually mobile/tablet, a device that is by it#s nature far more personal than the TV. They’re second screening to connect with their friends/network, it’s for their content, not the brand/Tv studio. So instead of imposing synchronised content, think about how you can make it easier for them to connect around your programme? That is, don’t get in the way
- Wearables, the 3rd wave of computing. By Ben Hammersley in Wired. Technology is getting even more personal, even closer to you with wearables. The impact on behaviour and social progress is going to be interesting. A subject that I’m following closely, given how the Fitbit has impacted me.
- 12 Years a Slave – the book behind the film. In The Guardian. A look at the man, Solomon Northup, and the book he wrote in 1853.
- We didn’t eat the marshmallow, the marshmallow ate us. In the NYT. A look at the famous experiment about willpower and how it has captured public interest.
- Famous Movie Quotes as Charts. Because it’s fun. Even if I don’t get them all!
- Had my first ever full-length sports massage. Ouch! Seriously, I had bruises. But I did notice a difference in the next run, with muscles that often give a twinge working fine. Ideally, you’d get one weekly, but every 3-4 weeks at a minimum. It all depends on finances as they’re not the cheapest!
- I was on Russia Today, on its programme CrossTalk, directly as a result of my appearance on Al Jazeera. The topic was pretty much the same, social media and journalism. This was not in a dedicated dark studio, but on the corner of the office, so had people working around me. Weirdly, I had a screen backdrop which showed a live view of London – the camera providing the view on the screen was pointing out the window behind the screen!
- A had a good chat with the people behind Digital Mums. I’m probably going to be doing some mentorship on their pilot project, to train at=home Mums to do community management. I think this is a really good idea!
- I had brunch with someone I used to work with in JWT New York. He’s just started a new role and is over here for 3 months connecting with new and existing clients. Had a good meal in Chinatown and took him on a whistlestop tour of Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and the Southbank. We were going to go into Westminster Hall, but apparently at a weekend, you can only get in if you are on a paid tour!
- Had dinner with a bunch of bloggers. David Weinberger was visiting London and there was a small dinner with some old-school bloggers.
It was a lighter week in the plan, a recovery week before it all gets hard again. Two light recovery runs and the following main runs.
- 8 miles with 8 * 100m sprints, speeding up to get the legs moving quicker.
- 8 miles easy running, done along the river, just about getting the tide time right so I could use the tow path
- 12 miles easy running, in Richmond Park on a sunny morning. So many runners out in the park, wonder how many of them are doing the London Marathin too?
- Things learnt from 5 years on The Story by Matt Locke. A great set of things that he has learnt running his The Story Conference, from the need of side-projects, that you have to do things many times to get things right and that things are valued more when paid for with own money (rather than expensed on employer).
- Is the sea floor littered with dead sea animals by Deep Sea News. A factual take on the scare stories of Fukishima radiation. It’s not hitting the US!
- The Most In-demand job skills in 2013 was Social media on Red/Write. yay, that’s good to know. Here’s to it continuing in 2014. Although, reality check, it should social media AND business knowledge, how to actually use it strategically, not just how to use Twitter.
A pretty quiet week in the main.
- My project to have a photo for every day in 2014 is progressing well. Here’s the Flickr Set
- Visited Shoreham-by-Sea to meet up with Adam, chat, and have coffee. A slightly shorter visit than planned as I had to come back up to London at short notice, but it was great to be by the sea!
- Went along to a friend’s birthday party for a few drinks, a good chat and a fun catchup. Was good to myself my ensuring plenty of water was had along with the wine, so I felt pretty good the following day…unlike some! And I avoided the shots.
A hard week, with a total mileage of 40 miles. Two small recovery runs, plus some hard sessions:
- 9 miles with 5 at 10k pace
- 10 miles steady
- 16 miles with 10 at marathon place. This one I was dreading but it went better than expected.
It’s a New Year! 2014 is here and has done its best to make its mark with the weather.
- How to run the perfect marathon by Beer Belly Running. I’m going to be reading a lot more like this as I have no idea what to expect (pain, I know there’ll be pain, but what else? ) It’s 14 weeks today. I have a lot of miles to get through.
- Facebook reveals mobile growth by country. (TechCrunch) One thing about being a public company is Facebook has to give information to investors that it would not have normally made public. This is interesting reading about how it is spreading, especially with the rise of the messenger plus the deals it is putting in place to make Facebook use ‘free data’ with certain carriers.
- How the content industry almost killed the Blockbuster and Netflix. (TechCrunch). A look back on the entertainment industry and its continued inability to understand the disruption that keeps hitting it.
- LOL My Thesis. A tumblr with one line definitions of academics study. A lot of fun reading.
- Paul Dacre – the man who hates liberal Britain. A New Statesman study of the editor of the Daily Mail
- Visited the Bank Of England Museum. A fascinating little place in the City, showing the history of the bank and of money and banking in the UK. Shows how banknotes came to replace money, the rise of the cheque and how, in England, this bank became the only one that could issue money. Well worth a visit – especially to handle the HUGE gold bar they have.
- Appeared on Al Jazeera TV on Inside Talk, talking about social media, viral videos, fakes and journalism. How should journalists verify video that appears on the web. Making these programme is weird as the main studio is in Doha, so you’re in a dark studio, facing lights, you can’t see the camera so hope you hope you’re looking at the right place and you can’t see the videos they are talking about. This was the first long discussion I have done, it’s normally been small slots in news programmes but this was a 30min show. Enjoyed it (and apparently did OK). Also, more telly makeup so took picture that is becoming my new avatar.
- Did a London Treasure hunt through In the Hidden City. A brilliant idea that uses text messages to send you clues for places around London. Do it fast, you can get prizes, but the real prize is taking the opportunity to see places about London you may never have been before. This one took us from the National Gallery, through St James, Soho and up to Marylebone.
- Updated my CV and applied for jobs. Cost cuts are work meant re-structuring and me no longer having a job So after getting through the holidays, I’ve now taken stock and am busy getting my details out there! Anyone need a digital thinker/social media strategist/project manager? You can see what I have done on my About Page/LinkedIn.
The training picks up hard now, with 42 miles in the plan
- 8mile steady with 10 100m strides. These are fast sprints where you push yourself hard
- 10miles to and from a New Year’s day parkrun, with the 5k fast in the middle. Well, not that fast. I usually do my parkruns on a flat course, this was in Richmond park and there are hills!
- 10miles steady. It was a lovely run until 6miles in when the heaven opened, hailstones poured down and there was thunder and lightening. I got very wet and it was horrible for 2 miles. Then there were blue skies!
- 15 miles steady, again round Richmond Park. No deer seen today