2016

So I know I have failed to blog in the last few months, but I thought I would take this opportunity to round up 2016 for me.

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Recently I have been decluttering my live. I started off where probably everyone does, with the physical. The hope was that by decluttering my surroundings I would be able to focus better when needed, relax easier and generally remove some of the unneeded stress. The ultimate goal been of course to be happier in the long run. One day though I had spend a couple of hours decluttering my night stand, and then went on the computer. Before doing anything productive, I thought I would check my emails, after the Great Notification Cull I don’t get notifications around email anymore so I have to check it. I looked at my tidy surroundings and realised my inbox was a mess. We live so much of our lives online now, I thought that maybe I should be embark on a digital declutter as well. Digital media tends to get overlooked, your not going to be crushed to death by your digital clutter, and its easy to turn off the device and ignore it. This digital clutter can effect your mental state though, in the same way as physical clutter.

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I Am Martin - New Logo

A New Logo

Nearly 10 months ago I launched my blog here on iam.martinhaynes.me. In my first post, I set out the aims and topics that I wanted to cover. One such goal was to build a custom theme been creative and a web developer I wanted to stamp my personality on here. Obviously so far this hasn’t happened and as of today 5th Oct I am still using the first theme I installed. There are a few reasons behind this, one I wasn’t sure what visual style I wanted to take with the blog and, two been simply time in order to work on the theme. I have however been working on the visual style and theme in the background and today I wanted to share the new logo. I also thought I would share some of the process of getting it to here.

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Kickstarter

In recent years, crowdfunding has become mainstream. Mainstream news and media regularly report on Crowdfunding hits and more often misses. I am a great lover and supporter of crowdfunding, having backed 75 projects on Kickstarter to date. I have also backed projects on other platforms including a book and a legal case. The growth in the sector has spawned a large number of crowdfunding platforms, ether general like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo or specialist like Fig (Aimed at video games), Crowdjustice (Aimed at supporting legal action), Unbound (Aimed at book publishing) to name but a few.

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This was going to be a blog post about blogs that I love, like and or follow but I added in some Youtube channels and twitter accounts etc, so now its just Cool Stuff. Inspired by one of my friends that did a similar thing recently, I thought I would steal her idea and do one of my own. Prepare for a voyage through my Internet world, and discover the stuff that inspires and interests me.

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Ai Writer

Its no secret that I find writing difficult. It takes me more time than most to write something, and then get it into a state that I am happy with before posting it to my blog. Recently however I have found a tool to help me with my writing, called iA Writer (Website).

iA Writer is a MacOS, iOS and Android writing app with some nifty features to help you write.

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As you have no doubt notice I have taken a short break from blogging for the last two weeks. I plan to post again this week and then start posting weekly again.

I also recently lost my wonderful pussy cat Pepsi (pictured above).

Pepsi 1996 – 2016

So I have a black and white personality, sometimes refered to as an all or nothing personality, I ether succeed or I fail. The issue with this type of personality is live doesn’t work like that there a very few things in the natural world that are binary. It also causes my definition of success to be very narrow increasing the likelihood of failure. While trying to remain humble to a degree, I have an above average intelligence, this causes my expirences of failure to be reduced, the reason that I mention this is that I believe that it’s this lack of expirences handling failure that over the years have caused an all or nothing way of thinking and for me to form a fear of failure. This has had a negative effect on my life, causing a loss of a sense of accomplishment and contributing in part to my depression. This year however I decided to try and change this, and the solution happened kind of by accident.

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Hi I am Martin Haynes (see the domain makes sense) , and I am a Nerd! I am proud of been a Nerd, at the end of the day us nerds are what make the modern world possible. From your smartphone to Facebook its all created and maintained by nerds. I have been inspired by friend Adriana (Runs Kurberry, A Lifestyle Blog) and the writings of Aaron Swartz to start writing a blog. My blog is going to be about my life as a successful 21st Century Nerd. It will cover everything from movies, books, TV shows, Video games and Technology and all facets in between. It is also likely to stray in to the Internet, the single greatest invention of mankind since the printing press, as well as digital rights and privacy. I am passionate about the internet it lets us learn, talk and write about whatever interests us. Its this passion and believe in the internet that drove me to build my career in it. I have been tinkering with the web since the early days of the 90’s first building websites in my spare time, and now leading the web development team at the UK game studio Creative Assembly.  I plan to post something every week, in order to get into the habit of writing so please follow a long, you can also find me on twitter @martinhaynes where you can digest a more regular and shorter stream of consciousness.

For other nerds out there this blog is hosted at Media Temple and build on WordPress, I am planing and working on a complete custom theme for WordPress to make this install my own. For those who wonder about writing, I am currently using Evernote to capture my thoughts and structure blog posts

Update

If you have hit this post direct and are interested in how I am hosting the site please read the post Moving on