Today felt like cramming revisions before an exam as the hours kept dwindling for a chance to get more Votes for my Six Years Blogging Love Lust 7 Year Itch Panel Idea at South by Southwest Interactive 2011.
As I kept shooting one message after another, the news came in.
Voting via the South by Southwest Panel Picker will now Close at 11:59 PM (US Central Time) on Sunday, August 29, 2010 instead of today Friday.
Now I have time for more cramming.
You have time to VOTE HERE if you did not give me the Thumbs Up yet.
I don't want to beat my dear readers on the head about it yet I do have a Panel Idea offered for South by Southwest Interactive 2011.
It is Titled Six Years Blogging, Lust, Love, Seven Year Itch
As part of the selection process, anyone can Vote for their Favorites through the Panel Picker.
Voting ends on Friday August 27, 2010 at Midnight (US Central Time).
What's my entry about in a nutshell:
I started writing 'Serge the Concierge'in March 2005, now in my 6th year with 3000 plus posts under my belt, I pause and wonder. I enjoy writing. Possibly because I stick to things I am passionate about. It does take discipline. Call it a second job that does not pay at least not with financial rewards. It does open doors to museums, events, food and wine tastings. I get gourmet food, wine and cookbooks in the mail. Interview interesting people. Make readers happy when then win a contest. Does it need to be more before I get the 7 year itch? "I will share the stage with a sparring partner (probably a lady) who has been at it for as long as I have but covering other topics and our 2 voices will provide for a richer canvas.
I would appreciate your Vote if you like the topic.
Don't think for a minute that I turned into a dictator expecting each and everyone of you to head straight to the voting booth and crown me 'King of the South by Southwest Interactive' panels for 2011.
As part of the democratic way topics and speakers are chosen for each edition of South by Southwest, everyone can speak up and help decide through the Panel Picker what the 2011 program will look like.
Vote started on Wednesday, August 11 and is opened until Friday, August 27, 2010.
Since I ask you for your vote, I should first tell you what you're voting for.
Here is almost everything you wanted to know about Six Years Blogging, Lust, Love, Seven Year Itch and were afraid to ask.
I started writing 'Serge the Concierge'in March 2005.
Now in my 6th year with 3000 plus posts under my belt, I pause and wonder.
I enjoy writing. Possibly because I stick to things I am passionate about. It does take discipline.
Call it a second job that does not pay at least not with financial rewards. It does open doors to museums, events, food and wine tastings. I get gourmet food, wine and cookbooks in the mail. Interview interesting people. Make readers happy when then win a contest.
Does it need to be more before I get the 7 year itch? I will share the stage with a sparring partner who has been at it for as long as I have and our 2 voices will provide for a richer canvas.
Since it is Labor Day and we are all supposed to rest but I am living my contradictions as I am in the final push for Votes for (isn't it ironic) 'No Vacation Nation, Is Vagabonding the Right Medicine' at South by Southwest, I will keep this piece short by quoting wise man and vacation advocate Joe Robinson, author of Work to Live.
Here are his 8 Ways to Avoid Burnout and Why:
"Yes, there’s a lot to get done, but there’s no compelling reason to do
it in a way that’s unsustainable. Find out how you can change default
habits that drive overload and adjust tasks that push coping system to
Overcome job burnout
Escape the automatic stress cycle
Work fewer hours, get more done
Control runaway E-tools
Learn how to say no
Set boundaries between work and home
Increase your vacation time
Create your Personal Life List (what do you want to do on this planet?) "
Some in a sedentary fashion, others in a vagabond style.
According to British Waterways which cares for "2,200 miles of the country's canals and rivers", the inland waterways in the UK, some 3000 'continuous cruisers' got a license from them.
What distinguishes these 'continuous cruisers' that they have to move to a new spot every two weeks.
According to Wikipedia, "British Waterways
(BW) defines a continuous cruiser as a boat which is always on the move
(subject to a maximum stay of 14 days in any one location) and making
"reasonable progress" (limited backtracking and reasonable journey
lengths) between successive moorings. Anyone genuinely touring the
network has little difficulty meeting these criteria, except when
travelling conditions are poor or when canals are "stopped" (and
exceptions are allowed for these circumstances). Controversially, BW
"recommend" that a boater who keeps a log of their trip is less likely
to have problems justifying their CC credentials ."
In a detailed and humorous way, RBOA member Peter Earley gives his take on Life as a Continuous Cruiser, from toilets to arcane rules to weather warning.
RBOA by the way stands for Residential Boat Owners Association.
Self described loner, Narrowboat Bones offers us a view of Somerton Deep Lock (picture below, from his site) on August 14.
One of these Continuous Cruisers might be a good addition to our No Vacation Nation, Is Vagabonding the Right Medicine panel at South by Southwest.