As I was taking a shower this morning I did a self-analysis of my morning process which seems to be standardizing for the moment.

I become aware around 2am and start getting the feeling that something important might be going on that I'm missing. I crawl out of bed between 3am-4am, turn on my computer, go make coffee, and sit down, still a bit groggy. I startup email and NewNewsWire. I scan my inbox quickly for any urgent business email and take care of that while NetNewsWire is getting my RSS feeds. Then I go to the folder containing email from MT and read my trackbacks and comments on my blog. I respond to anything urgent there. Then flip over to NetNewsWire and scan the Technorati feed of new inbounds to my blog and read most of them. I comment on people's blogs where I can. Then I startup iChat and MSN Messenger to see if anyone needs me urgently. Then I chat and go through as many of the 150 RSS feeds as I can. I have the feeds ordered in different folders based on the order I want to read them. I open anything I might want to blog about into browser windows as I go through the feeds. Then I open IRC and see if anything important is going on in that community. Then I multi-task email, blogging, chat and RSS feeds until it's time to take a shower and go to work. Inevitably I think of something to blog while I'm taking a shower and end up here... a bit late for work, but trying to get the blog entry out. (And this inevitably ends up in a poorly written entry.)

I used to use the post to blog feature on NetNewsWire, but I've switched entirely to Kung-Log and copy paste from browsers because this seems to give me more control and context.

It feels like a big sync every morning. Then throughout the day, emails to my cell phone, quick hits of IRC, iChat, email and RSS keep me syched. If the morning sync fails, I find myself unable to keep up during the day...

I'd be interested to hear the way other people manage their blogging. I've watched over Cory's shoulder once and THAT was amazing...

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just wondering, if you wake up at 2am, then when you go to sleep?

"I'd be interested to hear the way other people manage their blogging."
By this I assume you mean "how other people manage their connection to the extended mind"? Because while blogging is a part of it, even a cause, there is so much more involved...

Also, some people may consider you (us?) to have ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, when in fact it's the opposite: we have waaay more to give our attention to. (Notice I didn't say "too much"...)

So yeah, it's a question of building new routines/processes by which we can deal with all this.

I'm still working on my process. For now I still find myself getting zombied sometimes. But now, you know, I'll have the time/space to do it... and perhaps help others to "get on board"...

I blogged my morning process recently, albeit not so detailed: http://www.kung-foo.tv/blog/archives/000614.php.

Bo: "To much to give attention to": So true!

J = Oh, lord, do you REALLY wanna know? BTW, I can't BELIEVE how damned much data you're dealing with ... and still have time for stealth disco ... you're incredible?! H

J = Oh, lord, do you REALLY wanna know? BTW, I can't BELIEVE how damned much data you're dealing with ... and still have time for stealth disco ... you're incredible?! H

Arianna Huffington recently blogged about something like this:
http://arianna.blogs.com/journal/2003/08/rules_of_the_ro.html
It's not so much about managing information as much as managing time.

Good read.

I read 533 newsfeeds. Every day. Usually between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Actually, that's not true. I trickle through them during the day and then just blog at night.

Somehow, I have to ask the same question as "protpriv" : when do you go to sleep ? Most people need at least 6, if not 8 hours of sleep to be able to wake up restrengthened. I can't believe you're going to bed at 8pm (reading about your parties and dinners and... er... Disco Stealthing =) ).
Could it be you're an insomniac, in a way ?

Also, in what way is Cory's routine amazing ? Just curious... =)

Somehow, I have to ask the same question as "protpriv" : when do you go to sleep ? Most people need at least 6, if not 8 hours of sleep to be able to wake up restrengthened. I can't believe you're going to bed at 8pm (reading about your parties and dinners and... er... Disco Stealthing =) ).
Could it be you're an insomniac, in a way ?

Also, in what way is Cory's routine amazing ? Just curious... =)

May I ask a very simple question? Why on earth do you need to be so connected? Obsessively flitting from RSS feed to blog to email to ...
Looking at the hours you put in, you are essentially replacing human interaction with a hyperspeed, low signal to noise, simulacrum. This can't be healthy dude.

Good luck,
Douglass Turner

Douglass, I'm guessing you haven't met Joi. He's definitely still a people person--and one of the best there is. Social grace personified.

From what I can tell, he sleeps mostly on planes, and in bars. :)

Wakey, wakey Joi you couch potatoe, it's 2 am!

this is clearly the morning ritual of someone without young children!

I can only read in envy and wait for the varmints to leave for university ;-)

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