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The information, arguments, opinions, and social enjoyment I have received through diaries and their commentaries have been behaviour-changing - for myself. And these have definitely improved my work capabilitities as well as shifting my position in the Overton window.

Plus, quite a few of these diaries raise issues months, if not years, before the tradmed picks up on them. That especially I have found important. But do we influence anything? If we count all of our personal networks together, the contact reach is probably tens of thousands. OK - that may not seem much, but a lot of our personal contacts are more opinion-forming than Joe Schmoe.

Your question is perhaps better understood as: What is the motivation for diarists? It's work to write a diary, but marshaling one's material is always instructive. And the crucial aspect is the reaction to a diary. In several sectors we have skilled professionals. Their comments are invaluable.

A couple of years ago I wrote diaries more frequently. But being on the artsy-fartsy side, some diaries had little traction. I'm happy to read stuff everyday, and in return I want to give something back.

I guess, like the economy, it's all based on confidence and trust.

Lastly - I'm a professional B2B writer - among other things. It's a somewhat ascetic trade. At ET I take pleasure in writing.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Jan 9th, 2013 at 04:50:34 PM EST
In the right mood, the act of placing a simple full stop . can be invigorating. Or as some will have it: a period. (period)

I wish more of my voiceover clients wanted carnal relations with full stops. I know they are engineers and revel in the hierarchical nature of holons (which they isolate by commas), and the 'take a deep breath' cascade of sub-clauses, but a lifetime of getting the Lee Marvin school of voice talent has left me short of breath. Go Hemingway, I tell them.

But no. Scripts circulate endlessly in organizations. They are written. The corrections are written. At no point does anyone read the script aloud and realize how stupid it sounds. "Hemingway stays in the cabbage", to paraphrase a Finnish expression: cabbage being brain. As I am fond of pointing out: speaking as a lawyer is guaranteed to ensure your message goes in one ear and out the other. You can show how clever you are, or communicate.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Jan 9th, 2013 at 05:04:45 PM EST
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