Reading and writing

Never underestimate the power of a good story

Storytelling is a lot more than just a recitation of facts and events. A good story grabs your attention and doesn't let go until the end. Never underestimate the power of a good story. It has the power to:...

The Overstory is the best book I have read recently

Somehow I never really got around to reading books in recent years. Now I try to read fifteen minutes every day before going to bed. And on weekends or days off, I try to take some extra time to...

Writer’s block is your chance to evolve as a writer

Don't get too frustrated when you experience writer's block. It is not a problem but an opportunity. Your brain pulls the emergency brake and tells you to change things and try a different track. Yes: writer's block is a...

Reeder 4 for iOS review

The legendary Google Reader was discontinued in 2013. That was a year before I discovered the power of using RSS newsreaders. I started using the Feedly newsreader and was quite happy with that. But when I stopped using Feedly...

Real books will always beat e-books

Have you ever seen a beautiful old e-book? Guess not. For me the only real books are the printed, bound books. Especially old ones. They really come to life in your hands when you are reading them. Despite my...

Where the Crawdads Sing – book review

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I picked up this book simply for the reason it has been in the New York Times Bestseller list for quite a while now. That made me curious. Is this bestseller also...

My Year of Rest and Relaxation – book review

My Year of Rest and Relaxation. I have to admit, the title is the main reason I picked it up. Wondering what it was about I started reading the summary on the back of the book. What I read...

Stop scrolling and start reading again

I used to be a reader. When the internet entered my life the digital screen replaced the paper book. Now I scroll, scan headlines, look at pictures and read short snippets of text on my device. I am having...

Five benefits of keeping a daily journal

One of the habits I try to develop is keeping a daily journal. Not a ‘dear diary’ but just a short record of my day with a few details. I have been doing that now for about six weeks....

Warning! Read this before you start a blog

Are you thinking about starting a blog? Great idea! But read this blog first. You may change your mind. In my blog I give you the five questions you should ask yourself before you start a blog. If you...

Mr. Kaor and his mysterious letters

This morning I read the best article I have read all year. A bizarre and fascinating story about extreme focus and dedication. The story about the mysterious letters of Mr. Kaor combines: plain silliness, uselessness, focus and true dedication. It...

How to write a successful blog

A successful blog adds value to someone's day. It has to magically click with the right audience at exactly the right moment. I believe that all bloggers are lucky. But some are more lucky than others. How come? How do...

Do you recognize these five types of bloggers?

Everybody can start a blog these days. Which is a good thing since it is perfect for training that focus muscle. After reading many of these blogs I discovered that there are basically five types of bloggers. And that...

Why all students should be blogging

Whenever I really want to understand a certain subject, I sit down and write a blog about it. Blogging is great for learning, practicing writing and participating in a network of other learners. I believe it should be part...