More dinging, whistling, blinking tools for web workers than you can shake a mouse at

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:

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.

Entry Filed under: This freelance life,Toolbox

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michael Hampton  |  December 9th, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    Sorry to cause you so much trouble! Hopefully everything’s back to normal.

    As far as Facebook, you’re probably better off without it. It can eat up a lot of time.

  • 2. Michelle Goodman  |  December 10th, 2007 at 12:11 am

    michael, it was hardly any trouble, especially since i made my beau upload the upgrade (i wasn’t kidding when i said i was a luddite) — and well worth all the spam you’ve saved me from having to wade through. thank you so much for that!

    as for facebook, i’ve already determined that i can’t deal with all the invitations to vampire parties, brain teasers, and graffit fests. i’m guessing social networks work best for those with salaried gigs, so they can spend all day doing whatever it is people do on social networks on their boss’ dime.

  • 3. Michael Hampton  |  December 10th, 2007 at 12:30 am

    Heh, you’re quite right.

    I’ve been outside the cube, as it were, for over two years now, and I can’t imagine ever going back. And like those people jumpstarting their business ideas on Facebook, it’s been the technology and Google AdSense that enabled that.

    Even so, when you have to pay for everything out of your own pocket, suddenly a whole lot of those necessary business expenses become entirely unnecessary. Not just the wining and dining, but even the office space.

    And my social network, such as it is, is comprised of real people, most of whom live within 50 miles of here, and many of whom I see in person at least weekly. You know, the old-fashioned way. So I don’t have a whole lot of use for Facebook.

  • 4. Amy T  |  December 12th, 2007 at 3:02 am

    Most of those apps drive me crazy. It’s the connectedness that I like.

    As a freelancer–which can be an isolating endeavor–I find online social networking useful. Of course it’s wonderful to see real people, but with the growth of technology and expanded communications, it’s possible to include more people in your life.

    At the moment I am in the middle of Denmark listening to a Frenchman and Norwegian make lunch in the next room. In a moment I will go join them, face to face. But none of us would be here at all if we didn’t venture online every now and then.

  • 5. The Anti 9-to-5 Guide &ra&hellip  |  March 4th, 2008 at 6:01 am

    [...] If you’ve visited this blog before, you know I have a love-hate relationship with the web. In the interest of attempting to overcome some of my Luddite fears, I recently put these web productivity questions to Anne Zelenka, web technologist, former editor of Web Worker Daily, and author of Connect! A Guide to a New Way of Working. [...]

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