Typical – I don’t post for a week and then I go and put two up in one day! This one is going to match the title of my blog and just be two random thoughts. If you can see any connection between the following ideas please let me know.
The first idea to share with you came from an article in a writing magazine that I subscribe to that talked about boosting your profile on Twitter. Now Twitter is something that I keep promising myself I will use more so I was keen to see what I could learn. However, as so often happens, you find yourself taken down a path that you were not expecting. What stuck with me most on reading the article was how one person was using it to write stories, his name was Simon Sylvester (@simonasylvester) and this is one of his stories:
They walked up the hill together, father and son. He emptied the little urn from the top of Wasdale; he walked down on his own.
I thought that this was such a great idea and couldn’t wait to have a go. It goes without saying that it is not easy. The constriction of just 140 characters in which to tell a story is extremely demanding. It has got me using Twitter. I am also enjoying just getting my journal out, scribbling a few lines and then beginning the task of fitting the idea into a story of 140 characters. Here are two of my attempts, which I know have got to get better! I was inspired to write the first one at the conference I went to last week:
The first power point slide appeared on the screen. Followed by too many more. As the voice droned on delegates lost the will to live.
He stood on the bridge staring at the water below. A trip he’d made every day for 20 years. Nobody understood why he chose today to jump.
Moving on. One of the speakers I listened to at last week’s conference was a chap called David McCandless who talked about information being beautiful. Now his slides were anything but boring. He has developed an amazing way at taking dry data and presenting it in unique and often beautiful ways. He particularly like to work with big numbers. The sort that we hear on the news every day but can’t readily visualise.
Don’t the numbers just make so much more sense. Have you ever wondered just how big Africa is?
In one picture I now have a much clearer picture of the true size of Africa. What a wonderful idea.