A Blogging “Award” and a Couple Memetags

Meryl Evans, the latest blogger I’ve been in contact with since “the blog is the new resume”, has “memetagged” me.

Yeah, I had to look it up, too.

Meryl tagged me on a couple levels. First, she presented me with an “Inspirational Blogger Award.” I’m not really sure what to say about that. There are a lot of people out there far more inspirational than myself (I mean, I can’t think of how I am at all). Meryl seemed to like the whole “blog is the new resume” story, so perhaps she was inspired by that.

The meme says that I in turn have to award the blog awards. For “Inspirational Blogger”, it is very hard for me to pick. A ton of bloggers have inspired me. Would it be a cop out to name the crew of Dan, Brian, Jeremiah, and Joshua? For”Courageous Blogger” (the award Meryl was given), I’ll give it to Kathy Sierra. She took a stand after dealing with crap she shouldn’t have had to. She did what was right, though I feel like I’m not as smart a person when she’s not blogging. Kathy could also get “Creative Blogger Award,” but Tara is also quite deserving. I’ll stop there since what I mostly read are tech blogs and those are the ones that fit best.

Not done there, Meryl also tagged me to reply to a meme about revealing tips for dealing with problems (or dealing with adversity, as the original post said). I have five to offer off the top of my head. While most relate to solving technical problems, some can work at a higher level as well.

  1. Figure out the high-level problem. This will actually allow you to solve all issues related to the greater problem. This way you can avoid simply endlessly applying band aid after band aid.
  2. Get a baseline to work from. This one works best in interface design. A lot of things go into an interface. There are tons of decisions to make. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, you just have to make a first version. You will throw all of it away, but you need to have something to look at to say “I don’t like that.” Otherwise, you’ll never know what you want.
  3. Don’t dwell. This one rises above software design. Is this problem really the end of the world? Probably not. I’m totally a “make lemonade” guy. Hell, I love lemonade. Not that crap made from powder, though.
  4. Do the other little things first so you can focus. No, it’s not procrastonating. It is eliminating one of the additional stresses you haveā€”the stuff you have to do AFTER you solve this impossible problem. When all that’s left is the impossible problem, you can focus on just that.
  5. Get another set of eyes. I’m not ashamed to run something by someone else. I love feedback. It’s why I listen to Mogwai.

So, I hope that fit the bill. I think I survived my first memetag. :)


  1. On July 21st, 2007 at 7:29 am Meryl said:

    Nice job! Seriously… you’re inspiring!

  2. On July 25th, 2007 at 5:35 am Stephen Hopson said:

    Yes, you sure did survive your first meme! Very nice job. I especially liked how you are brave enough to run things by others to get another set of eyes. Sometimes we get so embroiled in our dilemma that it’s hard to see from an objective point of view. Very nice job – thanks for being a good participant and following what the original post wrote (I’m the one who started this meme – thanks!)

    Stephen Hopson