Tiktok is a virtual dance bar I am addicted to.

I had given up! I thought I was only interested in deep meaningful content and stories on the internet. It has been years since I have watched anything lightheaded. I don’t like Netflix, I think the content is rubbish. I don’t like movies. It takes me several sittings to complete a movie. I was so frustrated. I declared on social that I had reached “Peak Content”.

I thought there was nothing which could hold my attention. I cannot have long meetings with friends IRL ( In real life). I have a problem with boredom. Real life meetings can be very boring.

Addicted to Twitter

Twitter is a place full of interesting people talking about interesting thing. Instagram is a place with interesting people talking dumb thing. Facebook is for old people.

My Tiktok weekly time has crossed Twitter

I spend humungous amount of time on twitter. It could be somedays 8 hours but on an average at-least 3 hours a day. It is the place I throw my ideas around to watch for reactions. I also listen to lot of people and I collect the good intelligent people.

Twitter is very bad for the nervous system.

The content on twitter alternates between highly insightful  to completely biased and sometime ludicrous cat and dog videos. It is like driving a Ferrari ( your mind) constantly shifting gears and braking like hell. You feel you taking two steps forward and one step back or the other way around sometimes.

Here comes Tiktok

Tiktok is not listed as a social network in the apple store. This is a bit surprising and relieving. I am happy that they are not another social network. It is listed as a creative app. The categorisation is true. I tried making a video and couldn’t. I cannot act to save my life.

Why do I call it a virtual dance bar?

Mostly it about pop songs. The app was known as musical.ly and it has transformed now in to Tiktok. Boy and girls are enacting some viral song and dance moves. There is some dialogues and sher-shayri also.

Out of the 1000 or 10000 videos I watched last 3 days. I think i saw 70% videos of girls. Most of the girls were very pretty and very good actors. I was attracted to some of them. So I decided to check if others also had similar feelings in the comment section. The comment section had some 50 to 150 “cute”, “ Beautiful” and other nice adjectives. Note – This app is used by mostly (perhaps 85%) people come from small towns. They are not able to articulate anything beyond their lust on the comment section. I believe there is strict moderation by Tiktok as I didn’t find any obscenities in the comment section.

What is an old uncle doing on Tiktok ?

I don’t know. For me it is entertainment in the purest form. No one is trying to sell anything ( a couple are selling makeup tips and dance tutorials). I like the fact there is no blatant commerce there. I haven’t seen any advertisements yet. There seems to be some micro-payments thingy, but I haven’t explored it yet. It is just 3 days for me on tiktok.

My Writing Apps

Yesterday I declared I am some kind of a writer. Today I need to flaunt my writing tools. These are writing apps I use. I have outlining and editing tools which I will need another blogpost to write about.

For really long form writing like a novella, screenplay or a novel. (These are dream projects which I might never finish or undertake.) I think scrivener is the best tool out there. For outlined writing like a blogpost I mostly use Highland 2 . I also have rightmargin which is great for planning a blogpost. But I never get time to plan a blogpost. Most of the blogposts are ideas and is written down in 15/30 minutes like this one.

For my personal blog I am using Author which is my new love. It can publish automatically to wordpress and is just super neat. It also helps you insert citations and links with keyboard shortcuts.

Some other tools I like for writing

Focused is a great tool if you want to go on a marathon writing session. It really helps you focussed. There is Ulysses which is also pretty good.

Do you have any favourite writing apps?

A meditation on Focus

Doing deep meaningful focussed work brings you joy

Man, I just cannot focus. The joy of doing deep focussed work also know as “flow” is lost for me. Up until now, I just didn’t think I had the tools to focus deep work.

But recently I have discovered some wonderful productivity tools like taskheat which helps me plan my projects by breaking it down in to a flow chart. But before you can focus, you need to know what the hell should you focus on. It shouldn’t happen that you focus on some project and then after wasting years you regret it. I am using Airfous for prioritisation.

Once I am decided on the one task I need to accomplish, I use one of the most simplistic app called Flowlist. This app is just amazing to just focus on that one thing you need to dig deep into.

I am an advanced app user. I have never been able to use a paper to jot down my ideas. I am a digital first inspite of belonging to Zen X. If you have been doing this on paper, you are miles ahead of me. But I am catching up soon on getting focussed and experiencing the joy of deep meaningful work.

Meet Clara, my new assistant

ClaraSo this week, I met Clara and isn’t she lovely. She said she would work for you free for 14 days. Now, who gives you that kind of offer, right? Clara has scheduled for me about five meetings and two calls in last 7 days.
She is super efficient after all she has artificial intelligence. Clara is an AI-powered email bot, once you send her an email, asking her to fix a meeting or a call on your calendar with a particular person, she will take over the mundane task of follow-up and stuff.
Why don’t you give it try! Check Clara here
Psst – If you sign up using the above link, she will work an additional week without cost for me 🙂

The next big social network is here – Anchor

I had predicted that Twitter was the next big social network in 2007 when I joined, so had a million others. But now, today i discovered Anchor, no one is saying this is the next FB or twitter, but I think, this is the deal big deal in a social network.

So if you are not on anchor, get you ass here or rather you voice on it.

Listen to a few of my waves (updates) on Anchor.fm below