Five Original Must-Read Articles by Liz Strauss

From the Thinker Himself

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My friend, Ilker, has sent me a challenge as a writer. It’s one that appeals, because not too long ago Lisa Gates remarked at how my writing style has changed over time. The challenge Ilker sent was to select five original must-read articles that I wrote throughout history (so to speak).

Five Original Must-Read Articles by Liz . . . um, er, . . . me

Ilker’s challenge meant spending a while digging through the 2000 posts on this old blog. It was reliving the time I grew up here. I saw faces of the people who’ve passed through these posts and the so many others I considered including.

Who knows how and why I chose these that I did? I guess it was a bit sentiment, a bit practicality, and a bit of “oh why not?”

Without further ado, here they are.

  1. February 16, 2006 . . . Why Pete Townshend Doesn’t Need to Do Promotion From his days with The Who, it was clear Pete marched to a different drummer. When it comes to blog marketing and promotion, it seems the same way. As far as I can tell, Pete didn’t follow any of the recommended wisdom.
  2. March 16, 2006 . . . The 10 Skills Most Critical to Your Future Intellectual property–content–is an asset that not only gets produced, but reproduced, reconfigured, and repurposed for variety of media. Those who produce intellectual property are builders of wealth. An original idea that solves a problem or presents an opportunity is worth more now than it ever has
  3. been. Those who develop and mold original ideas are the new “killer app.”

  4. June 24, 2006 . . . 9 + 1 Things Every Reader Wants from a Writer My experience is that beginners and experts are not that different when they read. They might choose to read different things, but we all do. Beyond that difference of content, beginners, experts, and those of us in the middle — all readers — want the same things from a writer.
  5. July 31, 2006 . . . 10 Reasons Creative Folks Make Us Crazy What are the traits that creative folks have in common? Are we all creative? Is there anyone who’s not? Can I boost my creativity? Am I a creative freak? Questions follow creativity — what is it, how does it work, and how do we access our Creativity at Work to make our brand and business stronger?
  6. January 26, 2007 . . . The Top 10 Ways to Start Living Your Life We don’t measure life in hours and minutes. We measure life in memories and moments. What do you think of when you read this sentence? It was the time of my life. We don’t say that often enough.

So there they are. Every one from over six months ago — a look into the past. Now I’m wondering what’s in your past? Are you still saying the same things? Will you share too?

Kirk, CK, Mike, Ann, Dave, Rick, Jeff, Chris B., Susan, Seth, and everyone else reading, which five posts would you pick from your history to share today?

–ME “Liz” Strauss
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  1. says

    Oooh! A history lesson! Thank you for thinking of Shards, Liz. Thank goodness I don’ have 2000 posts to dig through. :)

    I never read the post on Pete Townshend. I went looking for his blog. It’s still there, but he’s taken everything off it.

  2. says

    Hi Rick!
    What fun it was to find the old posts to bring foward again for folks to notice. Poor Pete, I wonder whether his book ever sold. :)

    I hope you do the same thing. I’d love to see what you choose. :)

  3. says

    Hey Liz, thanks for involving me ;-). I’m still saying the same things insofar as core lessons (e.g. listen/share/build trust/etc.). But I think that our writing grows much as we do–and I think that’s one of the best parts of blogging.

    But now you’ve given me a lot to think about…yet another one of the great things about blogging and bloggers…you folks make me think ;-).

    Looking forward to digging through your “history” of posts up there. Sending good vibes to you.

  4. says

    Hi CK!
    Great to see you. Great to hear about the fabulous things you have going on in NYC! I sure miss that Chocolate Bar and the wonderful conversation. I need to get back to see you!

    Blogging does make some great thinking and even better friendships. :)

  5. says

    Hi Liz,

    Oh my goodness! I’ve been historically tagged! okay, but it’s going to take a bit to thrash through all the posts to come up with the the right(?) choices. I’ll need a bit to go through your past 5 and then dig up five of my own. Sounds like a heck of a lot of fun. Then I’ll run up a post for mine this weekend.

    Thanks for the nice surprise and including me! 😀

  6. says

    It never ceases to amaze me how few people are willing to take responsibility for their choices in life. Most Americans voluntarily give up the gift that their ancestors gave them. The freedom to choose. So many people have stopped thinking, and stopped taking responsibility for their daily choices. They are living unhappy lives and not taking responsibility for their own happiness. Freedom of choice is a gift and we should use it wisely! Deb

  7. says

    Hi Deb!
    Choosing usually means standing up for something, doesn’t it? Yeah. And standing up makes us a target. Whoa that can be scary. Some folks just don’t know how to stand up anymore. It’s sad. I agree.

    Thanks for saying what you think. Thanks for reminding me.

  8. says

    Hi Liz!

    Thanks for the tag – that was so much fun! I would probably write 4 of the 5 posts I selected very differently if I wrote them today – although, I think the concepts are still relevant. Now I have to read your five!!!


  9. says

    Read your posts I did.

    And I thoroughly enjoyed them. Now I’m going to have to plow through my own random, wandering mess and see if I can manage to haul out 5 decent posts of my own. Probably the only posts worth reading don’t ya’ know… 😀

    I’ll let you know…

  10. says


    Here is my effort. I’m also thinking of starting a “5 Most Regrettable Posts That Still Take Up Space on the Blog” project, because I think that’s instructive, too. LOL

    Thanks for thinking of me!


  11. says

    Hi Mike!
    Only you would think up a companion set of most regrettable. I can’t believe that you have such a list on your blog — spooky, terrifying, and death-defying, but regrettable. Nah. I don’t think so. :)

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