December 9th, 2007
Sometimes (OK, often) I feel like trolling the web is a lot like trying to make your way through a neon, spinning, ringing, blinging Vegas casino on four hits of acid. Impossible to focus, easy to achieve sensory overload in ten seconds flat.
It’s probably because I didn’t grow up with a silver cursor button in hand, or because I’m not particularly adept at keeping my faux ADD at bay. Regardless, when I’m knee-deep in a bigass writing project, making my way through the links on a page like HRWorld‘s Toolbox Toolbox: 100-Plus In-Depth Resource Collections for Web Workers has the same effect as turning up one of my boyfriend’s Coheed and Cambria albums to 11. All I want to do is smash my speakers (er, monitor), hide under the covers, and swear off everything with a password or plug.
However, if I were to step outside my Luddite self and channel my inner plastic fantastic widget-loving geekosaur I’d probably dig the following selections from HRWorld’s monster toolbox page:
- The Happy Entrepreneur: 57 Tips and Resources to Make Solo Work Fun: Working on the Web often means working alone. Stay productive and happy with this resource list.
- Freelancer’s Hyper-Drive: 131 Productivity Boosters for Email, Instant Messaging, Word, Excel and More: Make your tools ultraproductive using these productivity boosters.
- Calculate This! 100 Financial Calculators Every Entrepreneur Needs: With these calculators, you can make the most of your online venture’s finances.
- 101 Essential Freelancing Resources: Check out Freelance Switch’s list for more than 100 resources to keep you organized and productive.
- The 100 Tools Freelancers Can’t Live Without: For Web-worker essentials, take a look at this list.
- The Freelancer’s Toolset: 100 Web Apps for Everything You Will Possibly Need: Make use of these Web apps to do your work online.
- Top 10 Distraction Stoppers: Use these tools to trick yourself into getting things done.
Actually I think I’ll just take a peek at that last one now…
LATER: Curiously, I lost my initial stab at this post on Thursday due to this technical glitch. (If you, too, were blocked from commenting on this site, try again; it should work now.) Then I read this article on how many small businesses say they don’t have time to deal with social networks and the other trimmings of Web 2.0. Then I read this article about the Facebookization of journalism. So now I feel compelled to tell you that I actually got sucked into Facebook by a couple of unrelenting friends last month, though I have yet to complete my profile.