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Meeting wonderful people is luck; keeping them in your life takes thought, care, forgiveness and devotion. Friendship is an art and a gift, and some people are brilliant at it. (Julia Baird, Phosphorescence, p. 154).

So true! One element I would add is effort. The year of 2020 has provided the opportunity to strengthen wonderful friendships, ignite those just forming, and develop new ones. Whether through a brief text, a phone call, a Bitmoji message, or a parcel sent overseas, friendship requires effort. Baird suggests to be purposeful regarding friendships. Acquaintances becomes friends with consistent effort and care. Value your friendships, irrespective of the effort being reciprocated. Meeting, conversing and connecting with people, simply fills my bucket. An introvert, I am not.

I have been thinking a lot about Baird’s statement on friendship since you posted it on Twitter. I feel I too often overlook the importance of the small stuff.
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Do you mean someone that you have not had the chance to meet IRL before?
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It’s fun to look at these kinds of connections and to think about how easy it is now to self-publish and to share thoughts and ideas with the world… and while I’m mostly sharing my thoughts and ideas with North Americans, it seems that even a small daily blog can get around a bit.

Bookmarked Opinion | Don’t Trust Facebook With Your Love Life (

Happiness, brought to you by the company that gave you the Cambridge Analytica Scandal™!

First Facebook flagged its own currency, now they are trying to capture our deep connections. The further this all goes, the more I think about The Circle and the platform as a social utility.

via Ian O’Byrne

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The strangest thing was when the connections started to break without the shared sense of experience and belonging. Although that might also be on me too 🤷‍♂️
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Currently, my main blog serves as a space for me to narrate my work, or think out loud. I see it as a machine where I consume, curate, and archive materials on my breadcrumbs site, synthesize each week in my newsletter, and then perhaps pull together the loose threads (as I see them) in posts on my blog…or elsewhere. All of these ideas are half-formed at best. They may go on to other things or spaces. As an example, bookmarks saved in the breadcrumbs often turn into blog posts. A series of blog posts have turned into keynotes or lectures. A collection are currently morphing into a book or two. But, all of these ideas are raw, and serve as pre-prints to work that may live later on, or always exist in their current format. When content turns into an article, publication, or other content outside of my main website, I usually bring it back to my spaces by providing a “Director’s Cut” version of my work that includes the Google Doc of the original draft or other insights.

There are times Ian when I wonder why I post what I do. Then there are moments like this, and also recently with another post, where the comments and interaction have really stretched my thinking.

I also really like your point about little beginnings leading to greater things. I have found that the more deliberate approach of using my blog for more, rather than social media, has led to more connections. Reminds me of Amy Burvall’s point about ‘gathering dust for stars.’

Liked Seth’s Blog: Justice and dignity, the endless shortage (

Today, value isn’t created by filling a slot, it’s created by connection. By the combinations created by people. By the magic that comes from diversity of opinion, background and motivation. Connection leads to ideas, to solutions, to breakthroughs.