Category Archives: Personal Growth

Ouch! I’ve been tagged with the dreaded ‘8 Random Things About Me’ meme!

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Damn you, Alan Levine! (shakes fist angrily in the air)

I struggle to find the time to do serious blog posts as it is without feeling the pressure to engage in one of these stupid memes. And I do think they are stupid, but the peer pressure is strong, and hard to resist.

Anyway, I don’t blog much about my personal life, so maybe this is a good way for me to open up a bit.

The rules are:

1) Post these rules before you give your facts
2) List 8 random facts about yourself
3) At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them
4) Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged

So here are 8 random facts about random ol’ me:

  1. My first car was a luminescent lime green Holden Monaro, a bit like this one (do check out the video – it’s hilarious!). Well, it wasn’t really my car – it was my Dad’s, but I had exclusive use of it through those all-important teen years, so it was as good as. Anyway, it rocked! It really stood out – I never had any trouble finding it in a car park!
  2. I have a gammy eye. When I look up one eye goes off to the side, and I get a sort of double vision. Don’t ask me which one, because when I look in the mirror to work it out, well… you get the picture!
  3. For a very brief period in the late Eighties I was part of the electronic music scene in Melbourne. I played in a band called ‘Dono Detti’ (don-a ask me what it means). And we were playing with Roland SH-101s, TB-303s, and TR-606s before you were even born, young techno whipper-snapper!
  4. In a time of financial woe I actually started my training as a taxi driver. I paid my $500 and attending a few of the training sessions before realising I wasn’t much of a people person, and that I wasn’t going to be able to cope well with drunks vomiting in the back seat.
  5. My second after-school-hours job was at McDonalds. Ah, McDonalds… I have fond memories of those years. But wait… that’s politically incorrect! I hate McDonalds! No, I love them… no… hate… no… love! My first job was on a ridiculously-early-in-the-morning milk run (that’s two facts… I cheated!)
  6. I later worked as a short order cook in a pancake restaurant in my home town of Newcastle called ‘The All American Tragedy’. Yes, you heard right. And it was.
  7. I attended Burning Man in 2004, and it changed my life. I also understand why after attending Burning Man that Phillip Rosedale was inspired to create Second Life.
  8. For many years I did volunteer work at Ernie’s Charity Recycling. Ernie started recycling fridges, but by the time I met him he had moved on to computers. Ernie was a mad ol’ coot, half blind and half deaf, but he did great work. People would drop old computers off at his Housing Commission premises (which was actually derelict and condemned) and we would pull them apart, rebuild them and give them away to the needy. He’d then reward us with a biscuit and a cup of tea. Ah! Those were the days.

There ya go!… that wasn’t so bad after all!

Now as for passing this on… I’m with Angela – I really don’t want to inflict this on anybody else. There aren’t many bloggers I know well enough to know if they aren’t going to get annoyed, or I don’t care if they do. 🙂

Here are a few:

Any volunteers?

Watch out! I might even add more to this list as time goes on.

(Original image by Jo Kay, tweaked in museumr)

Rethinking the purpose of this blog


Readers (both of you 🙂 ) may have noticed that my blogging has stalled… again.

My linkblog is still chugging along (although I’m a bit behind), but my actual blog-writing has come to a bit of a standstill.

My ongoing battle with blogging

I struggle with blogging. There are many reasons for this.

For one I struggle with writing… it’s just not my medium. Despite being a confident and articulate speaker it takes me forever to write things down to my satisfaction. It always has.

Writing a decent-length blog post takes me so long I get overwhelmed at the thought of it and often give up before I even begin.

Secondly, I’ve painted myself into a corner as a result of some earlier decisions I made about the purpose and focus of this blog.

Thirdly, I’m in the process of having a rethink about what I want to do with my life and myself professionally, and this obviously has an impact on what I want to blog about.

Let me elaborate on the latter two points…

Professional or personal blog?

In a previous post I wondered whether this blog should be a one-stop-shop, combining both personal and professional interests, or whether I should focus on professional interests only.

I decided to go with making this my professional blog, and focus on producing content that would support my role as a consultant in emerging technologies (with a current focus on virtual worlds).

The reasoning was that by being focussed those interested in the area of virtual worlds would be more willing to subscribe to my RSS feed.

In turn I had hoped this would raise my profile as someone with knowledge and expertise in this area, hopefully leading to more work and ultimately providing me with more income.

There are a few problems with this:

  1. Because I struggle with blogging I don’t have the energy to sustain two blogs.
  2. I have a range of other interests I’d like to blog about.
  3. My professional interests are evolving anyway. While virtual worlds still remains an area of strong interest for me, I feel like I have mastered that area to my satisfaction and now seek to explore new horizons.

What are my interests? What do I really want to do?

Realising I want to blog about more than just emerging technologies has led me to realise that I don’t want to restrict myself to just being a consultant in this field.

My interests range far wider than emerging technology – they include personal growth, spirituality, cyberculture, cultural studies, media and communications, education, music and the arts.

And I realise I’ve been hiding behind a “professional front” for some time now, reluctant to express my more personal thoughts and opinions on a whole range of topics that interest me. This has to change.

The solution – reflected in the nature this blog

As I redefine what I want to do those changes will be reflected in this blog, so from now on this will just be “my blog”… making no distinction between the personal and the professional.

(And my recent blogHUD post entitled “Jokay and I knocking back a few tequilas” would have put pay to any pretensions that this is a serious, professional blog anyway! 🙂 )

From now on you will see me post on a wider range of topics – not just virtual worlds and Second Life – and I will share more of my personal opinion, particularly on topics they may be a bit controversial and that I may have been reluctant to talk about in the past.

And I will bookmark websites covering other areas of interest and this will be reflected in my daily links/linkblog.

Oh… and I’ll be changing the description of who I am and what I do… that little bio under my sidebar pic – as soon as I sort of work it out and find a better way of expressing what that is!

The journey continues…

I don’t know where all this will lead me, but I’m discovering that blogging is a real process… one that’s both scary and exciting.

And this blog is turning out to be a bit of a personal journal, isn’t it? It’s becoming a tool to assist in my journey to discover who I really am and what I want to do.

But then again… this blog is called “Sean’s Emerging…” after all! 😉

(Image by edouard escougnou)