I’ve added a few new links to the sidebar, one under the Friends & Family rubric and the other under a new one The Thoughtful Grotto.
The first is the Knitterguy blog of Ted, who I know through K (the spousal unit 😉 — you can see her blogging/podcasting efforts under the Wabi Sabi Universe rubric in the sidebar) — they know each other through their shared interest in the fibre arts.
Ted’s currently working in the employment counselling arena and has provided me some useful tips and suggestions for my job search — thanks, Ted! Even if you’re not particularly “fibre-ey”, his writing is still interesting and worth a look.
The second is the Solent Dreams blog of Alex, who has left a couple of comments here at Unconventional Wisdom. He’s also conducting a job search, although in his case it’s as a result of a personal choice (read about it here) rather than forced by Circumstances Beyond Control (i.e. a company re-org in my case — or as I like to call it “the executive-management musical chairs game”; when the music stopped, my chair was no longer there…).
His posts and comments are thoughtful, which has led me to create a new category in the sidebar for links to places on the web that are havens for quiet reflection: The Thoughtful Grotto.
And then there’s the Angry 365 Days a Year blog by “Mr. Angry” from Down Under (as in Oz, mate…). About this blog: I turned it up while searching for some information on the relationship between contract rates vs “permanent employee” (is that an oxymoron these days?) rates — I had an inquiry from a recruiting firm about a 6-month contract position and they wanted to know what hourly rate I expected; not having done contract work for some time, I wasn’t sure what would be appropriate so I did a little research before answering.
So, Mr. Angry’s blog turned up in the search; he posts fairly often about work. He’s in the IT field and works as a contractor, which is how he ended up in the search results. His information about contracting was interesting and useful in helping me come up with a response to the recruiter’s question (BTW the opportunity did not materialize into a contract, unfortunately).
Beyond that, I have found him to be an intelligent and thoughtful blogger — but be advised that true to his stated persona, his posts often do reflect a degree of anger, not to mention “explicit language”. For me, that’s no big deal — though I don’t generally use that sort of language in a public forum, those who know me can attest that I have no problem using it in conversation.
For the moment, I’ll put his blog in The Thoughtful Grotto — I’m thinking of adding another category for links that might suit this and others, but haven’t quite made up my mind about it yet.
BTW if you’ve left a comment to any of my posts, but haven’t seen it appear — I’m not ignoring you; it’s possible that it was eaten by the Akismet comment anti-spam filter that WordPress.com uses, as related in their support blog.
Thanks go to Solent Dreams for noting this on his blog, which alerted me to the problem — I did notice that Akisment claimed to have dealt with 6 spam comments, although I hadn’t seen anything quarantined so it’s possible that some comments were eaten as false-positives. I had one real spam caught, but now I’m concerned that some bona fide comments may have disappeared into the void…