An afternoon at The Word on the Street
September 26, 2010 2 Comments
Yesterday I made it out to my first Word on the Street festival with the girlfriend and her cousin. I’ve intended to go every year, but for some reason or another haven’t made it out.
I would’ve liked to have seen more books to choose from, but I understand it’s more for Canadian authors and magazines to showcase their works, where they wouldn’t normally have that opportunity. Much of the time I wasn’t into the subject matter of the books I was reading, so I guess that’s where I was disappointed. That being said, I was still able to find a few tents with subject matter I could enjoy, though everyone else must have had the same taste because those tents were packed.
It sounds like I’m making it out to be a terrible day, but it really wasn’t. It was nice being out in the great weather with a bunch of bookworms looking for good reads. I also had the chance to listen in on Neil Pasricha, the writer of the blog 1000awesomethings.com. He was talking about how his blog began as a way to cope with a friend’s suicide to now sitting on the best seller’s list as The Book of Awesome. Any blogger who enjoys what they do would’ve found his session interesting. One of the tidbits I took away from his talk was how he separates his week (168 hours) into four buckets:
Bucket 1 – Sleep: Sleep takes up 42 hours, or 6 hours a night on average.
Bucket 2 – Work: He accounts for his trips to/from Mississauga; again another 42 hours.
Bucket 3 – Life: Everyday activities like hanging with friends, cooking, etc.
Bucket 4 – Blogging: 15 hours of his week is spent working on his own blog, the rest is spent taking in other people’s content.
Obviously this is a bit of a stretch to ever think it would work out like this, but it’s a good framework to show how much time you need to spend to be great at your craft, for it to succeed.
Next up in the highlight reel was meeting a childhood idol of mine. I grew up watching Polka Dot Door on TVO, so seeing Polkaroo was all kinds of awesome. It was also great to see a bunch of kids still interested in this crazy muppet creature that’s much older than I am. It’s pretty sad but getting my picture taken with Polkaroo was probably the highlight of my day. We had to be really quick with it, so that’s why it’s a bit blurry and overexposed.
Original Polka Dot Door intro: