Frrrrriday Rrrrroundup!

tiny toy cowboy figure with lasso

While I enjoy spreading the small-biz love via Referral Friday, I've been itching to create some other feature that both collects the fantabulous things I find stumbling around the web during the week here, rather than on third-party sites, and rustles up a little friendly P.R. for the deserving people who make them.

Of course, you can always track all the crazy stuff I bookmark, Stumble, Tumble, Facebook, star or tweet at any of those locations. Or all of 'em in one horrifying deluge of a fell swoop at FriendFeed. But, you know, only so many hours in the day, right?

Note! I am, uh, noting the original notation at the end of each item for two reasons.

  • First, as a way of externalizing my thought process in bookmarking shared content. Why does one thing get posted to delicious while another gets retweeted on Twitter? Beats me! No, actually, I do have a semi-sorta strategy that I should probably outline at some point. But seeing things in action is (i.e. having examples to look at) is often more useful than plain, old telling.
  • Second, as a rather shameless and transparent attempt to get you to connect with me in one of these other places. Because empire-building is all the rage these days, at least, it is here

Finally, the only three links I don't share anywhere else first are the ones that occasionally make it into the "little presents" column of my monthly newsletter. For those, you must subscribe! But as subscribing will make you thin, rich and happy beyond your wildest dreams, frankly, I'm baffled as to why you haven't signed on already.

Okay, then. Excelsior!

There are many, many reasons to follow Nathan Bransford, the generous literary agent who shares all kinds of nifty insider info to make writers smarter (and hopefully, keep the eager riff-raff from further beleaguering an already battle-weary publishing industry). But this odd one-off on why idiot writers might not know they are made my week. [delicious-ed]

Do you think Apple's iPad, debuting tomorrow, will revolutionize the publishing/computing/other industry? Or is it all just a bunch of hype and expensive nerdery? Either way, you must not miss my friend Alissa Walker's brilliant "unboxing" post. Delicious! [but not delicioused, tweeted!]

I've been enjoying the blog of one of my new, met-at-SXSW friends, Rogue Amoeba founder Paul Kafasis, since I got back from Austin, but this post on postmarks made me laugh out loud. Which is kind of annoying, because last I checked you were not supposed to be successful, good-looking, smart, nice AND funny. Especially (decades) before you turn 40. Hmph. [Stumbled]

This was passed around Twitter like a doob at a Dead concert, but on the off chance you missed it, Frank Rich wrote a brilliant and insightful opinion piece for the New York Times on the real roots of Tea Party rage. [Facebooked]

Last, but almost foremost, I would be staggeringly remiss if I did not point you to the inspiration for Frrrrriday Rrrrroundup!, my online pal, the London-based writer Delia Lloyd. Her own brilliantly curated Friday Pix feature is a guaranteed curation of timesucking awesomeness week after week, damn her eyes. Here are all the back issues; before you wave "bye-bye" to your weekend, you might want to subscribe to her blog so you don't miss another. [Not bookmarked this week, but HEY, she's the inspiration, fer cryin' out loud: she gets a slot!]


Image by via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.