Well, I’ve been more than a little lax about posting any original stuff here lately. That blog depression thing that’s been going around rings kinda true for me these days. As the first anniversary of Slacker Manager is coming up in October, I’ve toyed with the idea of shutting down the blog, or selling it, just to get rid of the constant internal nagging feeling that I’m not holding up my end of an implied promise to readers that this is a worthwhile place to stop by now and then.
No fear, though, I’m sure I won’t actually shut down the blog. It’s just a minor pity party. I’ve actually still got a decent amount of stuff to write about. The new job plays a pretty big part in that. Teamwork and team-building loom large in my mind these days though, as you can imagine, I don’t really go in for the standard approaches. In fact, I’ve hooked up with Matt Homann and I’m pretty sure he’ll be doing a LexThink-ish retreat for my department before too long. We’ve got a really interesting entrepreneurial culture in the department, which I love. But having a department full of entrepreneurs is not without drawbacks. I sense that’ll be a recurring theme in many future posts.
I’m also still picking away at the sample chapter of the Slacker@Work book. Matt-the-agent says that he wants something to show publishers in September, so I’ve been putting the hammer down and finishing it up. It’s (the sample chapter) 80%+ done, but I need to do some cleanup, write some sidebar thingys and include some quotes that I’ve accumulated. No matter what I write, book wise, I’m never quite satisfied with it. I guess there must be a point where you just say, "that’s enough" and move on. Also, I’ve gotten too used to writing in the short and pithy blog-style. It takes conscious effort to hold a train of thought for longer than a couple of paragraphs…
There are, of course, more book reviews coming up. Toward the end of next month I’ll be participating in the blog book tour for Darren Rovell’s First In Thirst, a very entertaining history of Gatorade. I’m not much of a sports guy (I didn’t even know the origins of Gatorade’s name until reading the book), but this is a really fun read. I’ll also be reading Scott Berkun’s The Art of Project Management which, if it’s as good as the sample chapter pdf and his other essays, ought to be a great addition to my management library. I have a copy of The Virtual Handshake as well which, from my cursory glances at it, looks like a very comprehensive review of the online social networking space.