High Variance

My Three Favorite Low Traffic Blogs

Last week a whole bunch of people wrote really nice things about an amazing person who is no longer around to read them. Continuing in my series of thanking people who can still appreciate it, these are my three favorite low traffic blogs:

Think In Projects

I found out about Rafal’s blog when he commented on a post here, but it’s quickly become my favorite source for thoughtful advice about improving personal productivity. He reads widely and links to the best articles he finds on the topic. But the reason I keep coming back is his own writing. For whatever reason, he and I run into very similar issues and he has practical ideas for making progress on those issues. Recently he’s written good stuff about the value in looking back at our accomplishments, long range planning, and avoiding what’s important. He also happens to write extensively about Remember the Milk and Evernote–two tools I respect but don’t currently use.

Update: Think in Projects is now Creating Personal Flow. I love the new layout and you can find the content referenced above on the new site here:

It’s not a problem if you can’t solve it

This site is written by a former student of mine from Spain who has spent big chunks of this life in Africa and is now living in Japan. He has a unique perspective on the world and through words and photos he communicates a great sense for both the ordinary and extraordinary in Japan. Reading his blog I often feel like I’m watching a Japanese version of the Office. Alf also partakes in a tremendous number of extracurricular activities so I get to learn all about soccer leagues, concerts, themed restaurants, and video game arcades too. And seriously, how many people do you know that have taken a field trip to Hiroshima to play Dungeons and Dragons?

Byte Baker

Shrutarshi Basu is a computer science grad student at Cornell, but I started reading his blog back when he was “just” a nerdy college kid. He writes about what he’s doing (hacking, figuring out life) and what he thinks is important (e.g., programming languages, reading, productivity). While it’s true that we do share some interests, my favorite quality of the site is Shrutarshi’s earnestness. He consciously tries to achieve excellence in whatever he does and he’s open about what’s working and what’s not.