The story of a day in the life of an unsuccessful office worker

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. 





  1. January 1st, 2008 | 11:34 pm

    Hi Andrew - Happy New Year! Thanks for including me on your list. I’m looking forward to checking out these other blogs, and reading more from you in 2008.

  2. January 3rd, 2008 | 6:22 am

    No problem Brad,

    Happy New Year to you, too.

    I also hope to read many articles from your blog in the comming year.



  3. January 3rd, 2008 | 9:19 pm

    I appreciate your interest in that story! Unfortunately, I’m having second thoughts about continuing it. Hopefully, I can follow it up, but at the moment I’m suffering from ‘read it the second time and found it crap’ syndrome.

  4. January 4th, 2008 | 3:10 am

    hey, thanks for the mention. glad you find this series interesting. i really feel quite strongly about people needing to work in environments that are healthy and welcoming.

    now off to start looking at these other blogs. they all look VERY interesting.

  5. January 5th, 2008 | 2:52 pm

    Iron Pugilist,

    Ha ha! “Read it a second time and found it crap syndrome.” I love your very frank asssessment.

    I certainly did not find your story ‘crap.’ I thought you did a good job of putting yourself in the position of your character. I certainly hope that you decide to continue - I would love to know whether a relationship forms with your coffee shop friend.



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