Thursday, February 15, 2007

Blogs that make me think!

Ilker - over here - has emailed me to appreciate this blog and the articles I’ve posted herein. Ilker has initiated a blog meme called “5 Blogs that make me think” and tagged this blog in her list of 5 Blogs. Well, I sure am glad that some of my random ramblings are found to be good enough for intellectual consumption. :) Meanwhile, a bird tells me that there has been an increase in blog-readers reporting intellectual indigestion - whatever that means. I wonder if it has something to do with my blog. Seriously speaking, here’s hoping that my blog continues to fuel thoughts. That’s one fire I won’t mind contributing to.

Ilker has some rules, should you (the people that I’ve tagged below) choose to participate. In her own words, these are:

"Please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging. I
thought it would be appropriate to include them with the meme.The participation
rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links
to 5 blogs that make you think,

2. Link to this post so that people can easily
find the exact origin of the meme,

3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking
Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote"

Ok. Time to pass on the meme. Blogs that make me think? That makes me think. Tap Tap Tap?

Excuse me for this but I think I ought to clarify a few things before I list the blogs that make me think. ‘Think’ basically means reflect/imagine/consider/feel. So I can’t, unfortunately, tag many nice blogs that I read as they inform me, amuse me, excite me, help me learn new things etc but they probably don’t help me think/reflect/imagine on the lines that I'd like to. Hold on. Something that would make me (I am talking for myself) think would be fundamental questions, challenges, counter-intuitive ideas etc. Also, what I think about is my own choice. I may visit a nice blog that talks about politics, sports, finance or for that matter, even topics like entrepreneurship, marketing etc but it may not get me thinking because I don’t choose to spend too much time on these areas. So, the list below is not, in the least bit, a reflection of the lack of intellectual content in other blogs that I read. It’s just about what precisely triggers me off (by virtue of topics and style of writing) more often than not. OK. That should ensure I don't lose any of my friends in blogosphere ;)

Here's the meme list

- Dave Pollard (I discovered this blog through Bloglines. Makes me think because Dave has a wonderful ability to analyze any issue right down to its ‘carbon’ state)
Dave Snowden(Being a KMer, I got to know of Dave’s Blog through multiple sources. Dave’s counter-intuitive ideas certainly make me think)
Nipun and Gauri Mehta - (I think I got to this blog from another blog that I don’t frequent. I know. I know. It’s not right on my part to have forgotten the source however long it has been. Anyways, Nipun and Gauri’s story is amazing enough for anyone to think about what they are here on earth for or even what on earth they are here for :-))
Innovation blog - (Got here from the Innovation Tools website which Google search had led me to, years ago. Obviously links to a lot of material that forces me to think different)
Jessica - (This is a recent addition to my Blog Roll and I got to Jessica’s Blog from one of Dave Snowden’s posts. Jessica’s posts or rather diagrams amuse me a lot but also make me think )

And here’s a bonus blog (6th one in the list) that makes me think.
Aa..ha! [Thinking Inside the Blog]. Hey, one minute please! I may be crazy but not as crazy as you, perhaps, think I am right now. :D What I mean is that the fact that I’ve a blog itself helps me think (better) because that’s the way I’ve defined my blog. Without the blog, for example, I may have just made an observation which would be stored in my brain in its undisturbed and raw state till the time it was actually required for application. But, the fact that I’ve got into the habit of blogging makes me elaborate and introspect on the observation irrespective of whether I need to apply it immediately or not. Without a blog, one needs another (and mostly practical) reason to elaborate and introspect. With a blog that one is serious about, one just gets into the habit of thinking. Thinking hard and better. Also, another view is that when I go back to some of those old posts that I’ve churned out, I am sometimes surprised about my own thought-processes. And I think about what I thought, why I thought so and how my views have undergone an evolution since then. I enjoy going back to the ‘good’ thoughts to savor them and like laughing at and learning from the ‘weak’ ones. So, there. Makes sense? Think about it. :D

PS: I am leaving out Blogs from Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and other such publications from this meme for obvious reasons.


ilker said...

My brain cells are stimulated!

Nimmy said...