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December Blog Review

Dear Readers, 

Happy new year! 

I would like to wish you all a happy and successful year in 2008. 

Today, I would like to take a brief look at some of the interesting blogs which I have been reading in December. I will look first at some of the new blogs which I discovered in December and then two other blogs which I read on a regular basis. 


Blogs which I discovered in December 

Dumb Little Man  

I love this blog. 

A wonderful resource of interesting tips on how to save money, increase your productivity or simply keep you sane. It features interesting and sensible discussion on a whole range of issues relating to work, success, money, health or life in general.  

In December, Dumb Little Man discusses how to improve your skills at office politics (Dec 17), kick your motivation into gear (Dec 27) and get a better sleep (also Dec 27). 

Back in October, Dumb Little Man discussed how to do the impossible – give up coffee – a post which I read very happily with a small carton of delicious ice latte by my side! 


The Road to Madness  (moderate course language) 

In this blog, “Iron Pugilist,” a Filipino who lives in

Australia and works as a bar tender, shares many of his daily experiences and deep thoughts about life.  

This site also contains some poems and a fictional story which he has recently commenced. 

I am particularly intrigued by his fictional story, the first entry of which was posted on December 23. The story is about a young man who struck up an interesting friendship with a young lady as a result of spilling coffee on her in the coffee shop (I bet it was a deliberate act). Will this blossom into romance?  


Abstract Art Information Inspiration  

Turning to a completely different theme, this site was recently created by a good friend of mine. It’s not really a conventional blog, more of a resource on the subject of abstract art.  

On this site, Joanna, a teacher of English through creative art, has compiled an impressive range of pictures by well known abstract artists. In addition, Joanna provides an informative description on movements within the field as well as early pioneers, famous pioneers and different techniques. 

This site is somewhat like visiting a small museum in abstract art and fully reflects Joanna’s passion for and depth of knowledge of the topic. 


Blogs which I visit regularly 

Word Sell Inc.  

A blog dedicated to expert advice about sales and marketing, customer relationships and building businesses, punctuated with a degree of humor. 

In December, marketing consultant Brad Shorr completed an eight part series on building business relationships. I particularly like Brad’s posts on keeping it simple and about being pound wise as well as penny wise. 

Also, on December 06, Brad discusses the lessons he learnt from being a bad wrestler. (Brad focuses on life lessons, I would personally add a few lessons about personal health as well!) 

I was very pleased to be included in Brad’s “Nice Matters” awards on December 13. Thanks Brad! 


Change Therapy  

Happy birthday, Change Therapy! 

This blog, dedicated to ‘making lives better and making better lives,’ celebrated it’s second birthday on December 20.   

On December 22, professional councilor Isabella Mori posted the latest in her series on recovering from bad work experiences. Having had my own fair share of these, I am finding this discussion particularly interesting.  


The office worker story will resume on Friday, January 04, when our office worker friend describes how he knows his place within the company. During January, Stewie gets down to an afternoon of solid work, but finds that there are many frustrating and irritating aspects of life at the office when you are trying to meet tight deadlines. 




November Blog review

Dear Readers, 

Today, I would like to take a break from my office worker story and talk about some of the blogs which I read during November. 

From now on, early in each month, I intend to provide a brief review of a few of the blogs which I have found interesting or enjoyable during the preceding month. 

Broadly speaking, the types of blogs I enjoy include humorous office jokes as well as more serious blogs about dealing with life in the today’s corporate world. 


Word Sell Inc  

This blog, written by sales and marketing specialist Brad Shorr, has both a serious side and a humorous side. 

On the more serious side of the blog, Brad draws on his background in marketing to provide some common sense discussion about effective promotional strategies and ways to build customer relationships. 

On the less serious side, Brad provides some humorous cartoons which give us an opportunity to sit back and have a good-natured laugh about life at the office. 

Another feature of this blog is “Words for Nerds.” In this section, Brad enlightens normal regular people about the meanings of words you have probably never heard of and never intend to use. Don’t know what “Soporific” means? Brad’s November 23 entry deciphers this mystery for you.  



Office Humor Blog 

Bored at work? The office humor blog is here to help! 

This blog makes a great read for those times when you want a quick joke with your colleagues. The site features office jokes, pranks, poems and much more. 

During November, I particularly like the post giving ten reasons to ask for a raise (November 29) and the best Out of Office automated email replies (November 26). 



Resources For Attourneys – Office Jokes, Humor and Satire 

Another good one for a quick laugh.  

In November, this blog discusses what happens to people of different occupations when they get old (November 16) as well as some good reasons to go to work – well – naked. (November 03 – no explicit photos, just good humor) 


The Decision Strategist  

An economist by training and an entrepreneur by heart, Nick (nickname Zot) is here to provide some practical advice into the decision making process, whether it be in the realm of business, investment or personal decisions. 

In my favorite November posts, Zot discusses making the really hard decisions in life (November 19) and ponders the issues that he considers to be important in leading a meaningful life. (November 18) 


All in a day’s work  

In this blog, Kishore, a techie from

Bangalore, reflects on work, his life and his opinions. 

On November 18, Kishore reflected upon an experience which many of us can no doubt relate to – that of his first day in the big corporate world and his transition from university life to corporate life. 


Hustle Humor  

On a site aimed primarily aimed at helping entrepreneurs to leverage money making opportunities, this humor blog provides some good laughs for those who are hustling to succeed in achieving their dreams life. 

On November 04, Da Hustle describes ten things you need to be a good CEO.  


Write Well Me  

Driven by a passion for language and writing, Dawn has created her own company to help those who share her passion to further develop their skills to maximize the effectiveness of their writing. 

In this blog, Dawn describes her experiences and challenges as she enters her new venture. Last week was the first week of a new schedule which she has set for herself – can she stick to it? 


Change Therapy  

A professional counselor, Isabella Mori writes in depth about dealing with the important and challenging emotional issues in life. 

Entries which particularly caught my attention were posted on November 09 and November 17. On November 09,  Isabella discusses thinking differently about success, failure and learning. On November 17, Isabella commences a two part discussion (part 2 is posted on November 22) relating to how to deal with negative experiences at work.  


I hope you enjoy some of the blogs above.  

The regular office worker story will resume tomorrow. In the next few posts, our office worker friend ventures down to the credit department, takes a long lunch break and then decides to hunker down for some real hard work in the afternoon.