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I'm an introvert, and I'm okay

I read an article that really resonated with me a while back, that was written a few years ago. It was entitled "Caring for Your Introvert", written by Jonathan Rauch in The Atlantic.

In the article, he clearly defines what an introvert is, and how we are perceived by extroverts. Yes, I am most definitely an introvert. But that doesn't mean I'm antisocial or unpleasant. It just means that I and other introverts are energized by being alone, instead of by interacting with other people.

Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially "on," we introverts need to turn off and recharge.

So very true. I enjoy spending time with friends and attending conferences and such, but tend to hang back and observe rather than directly interact, and even so I feel drained afterwards, exhausted by the social interactions.

People who don't know me or other introverts well might be concerned that I'm suffering in some way, perhaps feeling left out... but it's really the way I prefer things.

We tend to think before talking, whereas extroverts tend to think by talking, which is why their meetings never last less than six hours.

Amusing, but not much of an exaggeration. Which is one reason why I prefer to communicate with clients and others via email, rather than phone conversations. I want to think through my response in peace and quiet, without meaningless niceties filling in the dead air.

So if you're an extrovert and you see a quiet person, don't be concerned. We're just fine, thanks.

Better living

With US Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, I thought I'd take this opportunity to reflect briefly on ways to improve one's life.

Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't start off by plugging my own contribution to this goal: Dejal Time Out, my handy Mac app that reminds you to take regular breaks, featuring both micro-breaks for a quick breath and longer breaks to get up, move about and stretch. If you're not already using Time Out, I really recommend it. Lots of people have written to tell me how much it has helped them. And it's completely free! Check it out.

But I also wanted to mention a couple of other things. Firstly is a blog posting sent to me by a fan of Time Out, listing 50 video games for physical therapy and rehab. These are games for the Wii and other gaming systems, plus other options, that make physical activity and recovery from injuries fun and easy. That seems like a great way to motivate people to exercise more, or help those who have limited options.

While physical well-being is important, a major area of stress for many people is financial worries — especially in these troubled economic times. An Australian friend of mine, Jason Anderson, has recently started a blog aimed to help people get this area of their lives under control: Live To Budget. The site has budgeting tips, money-saving recipes, and more. If money worries are getting you down, or you just think you could be spending your money more wisely, I recommend taking a look at this site.

Finally, back to the Thanksgiving theme, I just wanted to say that I am very thankful for my great customers. Spending money on Dejal software is always wise. :) Dejal has enjoyed significant growth this year, so thank you to those who have purchased my products, have donated for Time Out and my other free products, or who have provided feedback to help improve them. I have big plans for the coming year, so stay tuned!

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Turkey Day, if you're celebrating it.

Wakoopa

I recently came across an interesting new website: wakoopa.

Similar to iusethis.com, it tracks usage of applications. But it has an advantage: you can download a tracker application that will watch what applications you use, and report them to the server. Thus it automatically keeps track of the applications you actually use, rather than relying on you hunting them out to manually report them occasionally.

All of my products are listed, of course (plus some internal tools).

The site design is quite attractive, with some social-site features, to organize into "teams", post and read reviews of products, and suggest software that you might like, based on what you currently use:

Two interesting links, two great apps

Here are a couple interesting links I came across today:

The Oscars in 60 seconds, via Mahalo Daily.

The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 - 2007, via Jason Kottke and Daring Fireball.

And a couple of third-party products I've recently bought and highly recommend:

A while ago I bought Flying Meat's Acorn, which has just seen a 1.1 update. It isn't perfect, but for many image editing tasks it is a better solution than the heavyweight Photoshop (which I also own). The 1.1 update has some welcome improvements, like percentage scaling.

Yesterday I bought a new screencasting tool, ScreenFlow. It's a Leopard-only app, and very impressive. I plan to use it to add screencasts for some of my products, over time.

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