That’s What He Read is a look back at five of my favorite articles from the past week. It covers all topics, but you’ll usually find the focus on writing, social media, and storytelling. I try to add some color to spice it up, but I usually fall flat on my face. Anyway, enjoy!
How agencies get employees to fill in their timesheets (Digiday) – Time is the bane of the PR industry’s existence. Account people hate to enter it and finance people hate when it’s not entered. But there has to be a way to encourage us to enter our time besides threats sent via e-mail, right? How about beer? Okay, that’s a start.
Writing Your Way to Happiness (New York Times) – This might sound strange, but as someone who loves to have written, I don’t particularly like the act of writing. But I’ve committed (privately, to myself) to write more in 2015 because I notice an emotional difference in me when I write on a regular basis. And it’s not just me. Researchers have determined that writing your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.
How To Write 4,000+ Words A Day (Ksenia Anske’s blog) – Remember that thing I just said about hating the writing part of writing? Well, Ksenia Anske is determine to make writing hell on budding writers by showing them how they can write 4,000 words every day. The way she spells it out doesn’t make it seem so daunting, but putting that many words to paper regularly takes superhuman effort and focus.
The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens (The Atlantic) – I’ll be the first parent to admit that I let my kids play on our iPad for longer than is probably okay sometimes. But I also make sure to limit their time in front of the screen when I can. At school, they’re also using iPads, and I doubt the teachers are making sure their posture is correct. Schools are increasingly going high-tech. Will they attempt to reduce screen time to fall in line with the recommended daily dosage?
Inside WWE: An Exclusive Look At How A Pro Wrestling Story Comes To Life (Bleacher Report) – Let me just tell you up front that I’m a huge wrestling fan and I watch Monday Night Raw every Monday night. I have for as long as I can remember. It’s a nice escape from the rigors of daily life. And, yes, I know everything is scripted. But this article is an interesting look into how stories are shaped on the fly, and how leadership decides which way to take the wrestlers. Crowd interaction is factored in, too.
Did you read anything this week that you just have to share with everyone? If so, put it in the comments! Or, just leave a comment!