5 Articles that Inspire Me (And Might Do The Same for You)

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I am a writer by trade and definition. Trade because, well, that’s what I’m doing right now; and definition because there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing. Most of the things that I write about are inspired by happenings in my daily life that evoke some sort of emotional response from within, and other times I’m inspired by the writings of others. I’d say I rely more heavily on the former than the latter for content ideas, mostly because I don’t really like writing news, but every once in a while there’s a groundbreaking piece that completely changes my perspective and encourages me to rethink my approach to writing (and life). Here’s five articles from my collection of bookmarks. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you as much as they did me:

1. Dustin Curtis: The Best

    Dustin Curtis, creator of the minimalist blogging platform: Svbtle, describes planning a three month trip to Southeast Asia. Knowing that he would have to live exclusively out of a backpack for an extended period of time, Dustin decides to stuff his bag with the best of every essential item. Upon returning home, he comes to the realization that he will conduct the same research on every product that he buys. 

    2. Matt Haughey: Why I Love Twitter and Barely Tolerate Facebook

      Matt Haughey, founder of Metafilter and professional geek, has always had very negative feelings about Facebook. Yet, he absolutely loves Twitter. The reasons have always been intangible. In this article, Haughey attempts to articulate exactly why he doesn’t like Twitter. Be careful, you might find that you feel the same way.

      3. Paul Miller: Offline (series)

      Paul Miller, current journalist at The Verge and former editor of Engadget, embarks on a life change of epic proportions: he decides to go a whole year without the Internet. If you like the first article, it just happens to be part of a series.

      4. Robert Safian: Generation Flux

      Robert Safian, editor of Fast Company, identifies a cultural shift in America’s working class. “Generation Flux,” is the moniker of a young working class that easily shifts to new, seemingly different, roles. The article purports that people no longer spend their lives with the same company, switching to new professions and companies whenever they see fit. Safian’s thesis is backed up by in-depth profiles of several people who do exactly that.

      5. John Gruber: Universe Dented, Grass Underfoot

      John Gruber, better known as Daring Fireball, speaks of the last time he saw Steve Jobs onstage before his passing. Without giving too much away, the article tells of Jobs accepting his fate. To this day, this article still chokes me up a bit.

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