The reading list: Week 6

It’s that time again when we let you know what journalists, journals and online articles have been the focus of our hack-ttention.

Please let us know of any other interesting blogs/sites/articles by commenting below, emailing us at or tweeting us (@wannabehacks). Here goes…

First up is The Signs That You’re Ready To Start Freelancing; a kind of personality test for potential freelancers . Although it’s written with web designers in mind, the advice it gives is not specific to tech types and should be heeded by anyone who is thinking about writing, subbing and doing anything for themselves. Note the need to cost effectively and accurately, The Freelancer will testify to this.

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Next up is The Telegraph’s map of the tech scene in London which notes how the capital’s digital industries are thriving and lists a whole host of digital start up companies which have done well in the capital in recent years.

Our third link is an uplifting blog from Men with Pens why you should write when life sucks. It’s layed on a bit thick but the message is a good one: that writing when the chips are down is a good escape and can make what you produce particularly vivid.

Then we have a page that you should definitely bookmark – 100 smart ways to use LinkedIn. It’s a resource to dip in and out of rather than consume all at once but effectively is a long list of good ways to use LinkedIn to benefit your business and career.

Finally, we have the Guardian interview with Malcolm Gladwell, the author of best-selling book The Tipping Point, in which it’s suggested that online social networks don’t actually represent the future of protest as some people think and actually doesn’t promote any passionate engagement that results in social change. It’s controversial to say the least.

Anything we have missed? Pop it in the comments.


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Ben is Communities Editor at The Times

3 Responses to The reading list: Week 6

  1. Catherine Wylie says:

    Loved the Gladwell piece…right up my street!

  2. Peter Demain says:

    …writing when the chips are down is a good escape and can make what you produce particularly vivid.

    This is absolutely correct. I arrived home from the Monte Carlo chip shop one night when my badly-wrapped bag of chips split; grease-ridden potato lumps went down upon on my floor, strewn and infested with dust mites.

    Mournful, hungry, and needing comfort I took to the keyboard. Unlike 95% of bloggers I did not rush to record the incident in itself, instead writing about declining donkey numbers in England thanks to importation regulations. This gave me the energy to call up a local takeaway which was including a ‘muel-like’ meat in kebabs so the kind man of Eastern promise said.

    I escaped from despair that night; it’s vital that others read those pen-armed males’ insights to join with me in exodus from the woes life throws at us all.

    Pete, editor at Dirty Garnet.

  3. Matt Wiggins says:

    Good list guys, liked the LinkedIn tips. Its something I know of rather than about and I found the link to be quite handy.

    I have just put up my own set of links at NCTJ and Beyond if anyone fancies some more time reading.

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