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Thursday
Mar072013

Changes

The sharp-eyed among this site’s readers will have noticed that I’ve taken the opportunity* to make a couple of changes to the website.

First I’ve removed the author’s description and photo. This is part of a move on my part to reduce the “cult of personality”. Of course I’m not going to succeed entirely on a site named “markforster.net”, but it reflects the increasingly small part that time management (as a subject for study) plays in my life now.

Secondly I’ve removed the subscription box for the newsletter. My plans for the newsletter never came to fruition (I just got interested in too many other things), yet it costs me quite a considerable sum of money to maintain a subscription list of this size. If I don’t stop new subscribers I shall soon be into the next price bracket.

* This is actually a good example of rationalization after the event. The truth is that I deleted both by accident (by clicking on “Remove” instead of “Disable”) and can’t be bothered to go through the hassle of reinstating them - besides, I rather like it this way.

Reader Comments (14)

Removing the cult of personality is a great move. I do appreciate all of the work you've been willing to share during all these years. Any of the systems you produced have either born fruit in my life, or not, and I know which ones do and which ones don't, for trying all of them. This website still contains lots of useful information. Thank you.
March 7, 2013 at 11:11 | Unregistered CommenterLaurent
Thanks for relenting Mark. I was worried that without this site to browse through I might have to do some actual work!
March 7, 2013 at 11:19 | Registered CommenterCaibre65
Personally I feel that the removal of the photo is an impairment. I like to see pictures of people on their websites.
March 7, 2013 at 12:09 | Registered CommenterRainer
Mark, I do hope you are okay. I am not sure what happened overall with you yesterday, but you have many, many friends here that are quite worried about your "FV only" discussion mandate yesterday. And I am perplexed by your "SMEMA is only for me and not recommended to others". As I had previously posted on your blog, I have been using it for days now in my complex, busy professional life and it is working quite well.

At any rate...all the best to you.

-David
March 7, 2013 at 14:12 | Registered CommenterDavid Drake
I completely understand and accept that this site is no longer your main focus. Thanks for all you've provided to date, and thanks for maintaining this discussion forum. If my recent comments offended, I apologize. I did not intend to offend.
March 7, 2013 at 14:37 | Registered CommenterAlan Baljeu
Mark, thank you for reinstating most of the site. There is a wealth of valuable information here, and it would be a shame to lose it.

As far as the photo goes, I thought it made the site more interesting, though I liked the photo of you at the computer better.

As for the newsletter, that doesn't seem to be much of a loss, but can you repost the two emails from the archive as articles or blog posts, so that the FV instructions are available for anyone interested in using it?
March 7, 2013 at 15:38 | Registered CommenterDeven
Deven, there's a link to the FV instructions / newsletter archives on the home page
March 7, 2013 at 15:53 | Unregistered CommenterLillian
Ah, so there is. I didn't see it, because it used to be on the sidebar with the signup box.

Still, wouldn't reposting the content allow him to shut down the mailing list entirely and save the money it's evidently costing him now?
March 7, 2013 at 16:22 | Registered CommenterDeven
I've no idea about the mailing list costs. But the link does take you to the FV instructions, it's not a link to sign up for the list.
March 7, 2013 at 16:33 | Unregistered CommenterLillian
David Drake:

<< And I am perplexed by your "SMEMA is only for me and not recommended to others". As I had previously posted on your blog, I have been using it for days now in my complex, busy professional life and it is working quite well. >>

There's nothing to stop you or anyone else using it of course. It's just that it's not recommended by me. I felt that the discussion that the original post caused was far from helpful, and that it would be better to repost it in a more simple and clear-cut way without any of the accompanying baggage.

I have no objection by the way to anyone starting up a discussion of it on the General Forum, but I don't intend to take part in it myself.
March 7, 2013 at 17:44 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Thanks, Mark. As I said previously...I find SMEMA to be absolutely brilliant! I am so happy that you came up with this. I cannot believe how productive I have been and it is good training for my mind, which is a great thing as we get older!

All best wishes,
-David
March 7, 2013 at 19:32 | Registered CommenterDavid Drake
Mark, when it comes down to it, what matters in life is the love we share with those that matter to us.

We are your community, we love you, and we enjoy sharing our time with you. And we hope that you will not leave us, and that you will continue enriching our lives and sharing with us your passion for discovery and improving our capacity to get everything done.

Because when we can get everything done, we have more time to spend on the joys of life that matter. And we are sharing that special journey with you.
March 8, 2013 at 14:18 | Unregistered CommenterReaSon
I'd like to comment on the "personality cult" aspect of the URL of this site.

IMHO, naming your URL after your civil name is just an old internet tradition. Even our names themselves are not something we invent out of "cultish" or marketing reasons, but they are given to us by our parents and by our society. Usually we have no say in that!

When the forerunners of the world wide web matured enough, system administrators would use the civil names of the users, reduce them to a string short enough for the computers of that time to handle and create so-called home directories for each one.

Later files in these directories would become the "homepages" of "netizens". So you got a lot of URLs like ://edu.time-mgmt.everything-online.gov/focus/src/focus/~mforster/.

There are many websites online, that derive their name from such ~tildeplusname directories. Example: zeldman.com used to be blahlhlh/kjkj/~zeldman in the olden days.

So, naming your site after your name is just the traditional concept of a homepage and perfectly fine geek culture and not cultish at all. It is a very egalitarian concept I think. You know, http://America/~democracy and so on.

Having your name on your house is just the generic, modest, identifier. It is nice in the way that it is agnostic in it's formulation in regards to the content behind it. So changing the emphasize of the content never breaks the concept of the name.

I anything, the slogan "get everything done" is resembling those "cult heros" who market their seminars etc pp, because it is a promise and formulated in a catchy way. But I do not think that promise is unwarranted, it is the experience of many people who gave Mark's materials a serious try. It is also an apt pointer to what to expect from this site.

It is also subtly funny, specially when one is acquainted with some of the other brandings in the time management arena. I still giggle from time to time like a Ford Prefect, when I think of how "do it tomorrow" turns into "did" it already, somewhat.
March 25, 2013 at 5:05 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher
Hi Mark,

Try Google's Feedburner service to deliver email updates to your subscribers for free feedburner.com.

Cheers,
Corl
March 29, 2013 at 0:22 | Unregistered CommenterCorl

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