Welcome!

Article

Citizen Journalist Alert: Beware the Kryptonite

Warnings for Super- journalists

Clark Kent, the mild-mannered crime reporter for the Daily Planet who often appeared as Superman, spent his career avoiding kryptonite, the radio-active element from Superman's home planet, Krypton. Even the slightest exposure to kryptonite would drain Superman of his strength and leave him as vulnerable as any normal human being.

KryptoniteIf you want to be a super citizen journalist and "leap tall buildings with a single bound" in your career, you too must beware of kryptonite. In your career as a citizen journalist, kryptonite can come in many dangerous and nearly invisible forms.

Beware the kryptonite of instant gratification.

Citizen journalists want to make a difference. They want to see the world informed and even changed because of their reporting - and they are impatient! They expect their feature article in a magazine, their news item picked up by a widely-read news website or their video posted on YouTube to be seen by millions to launch their career from an unknown citizen journalist to the latest version of Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein.

Problem is there is little instant gratification in being a citizen journalist. The antidote to the kryptonite of instant gratification is steady reporting, constant interviewing and ample writing. A super citizen journalist knows that it's not what you do once in a while, but what you do every day that makes you successful.

Beware the kryptonite of fleeting innovation.

New ideas can kill you. One writer called it "the idea avalanche." There's no easier way to get me off track than to start brainstorming some problem or ask me to chase after some beguiling idea. I love new things, new ideas and novel techniques, but they can easily be the kryptonite that takes you away from the fundamentals of your writing career.

Anything that relentlessly distracts you from creative and productive activity must be avoided. Just today someone tweeted, "10 Ways to Get More Re-Tweets." I almost clicked on it, but I knew it would be one more kryptonite moment that would weaken my writing agenda for the day.

Beware the kryptonite of perpetual procrastination.

"I'll finish it tomorrow" are the words of a procrastinator. We put off things because we don't want to do them or because we have other projects or assignments that are more pressing or more fun to do.

Writing takes time. You can't finish a 500-word story without investing significant, uninterrupted time seated in front of your computer actually composing meaningful sentences into complete and well-ordered paragraphs resulting in a useful and readable story. Write when the words are hot. If they are not hot, write until they become hot, but don't put it off until tomorrow. Someone once said, "Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder."

Beware the kryptonite of habitual accommodation.

Citizen journalists can suffer from the kryptonite of always saying YES when they should say no. Super-achievers and super-reporters know their limitations and when they must say "no." You know what is important to your writing career, but you must work to keep the main thing, in fact, the main thing.

When someone asks you to do something, don't be afraid to say, "Thank you for the opportunity, but my writing agenda for this week will not allow me to accept your offer." Or in much simpler terms, "No."

SupermanBeware the kryptonite of unreasonable interruption.

Things happen throughout a day to compete for your immediate attention. I used to have my email client set so whenever a new email came in a little screen would pop-up on my computer. It seemed like it always happened right in the middle of a creative moment.  Finally I shut it off and my focus improved dramatically.

When things distract you, always ask:  "Is this urgent or important?" Just because it's urgent does not mean it is important. Think about all the totally unimportant, useless and even stupid emails, texts, telephone calls and drop-by interruptions that yank you away from doing what you do best. Those unimportant, yet seemingly urgent, interruptions are kryptonite to your high-value priorities. Resist them.

Being Superman is an important role to play in society. Being a super-reporter is also important. Clark Kent, crime reporter for the Daily Planet, knew enough to avoid kryptonite. So must you.

More Stories By Ron Ross

Dr. Ron Ross is a publisher, author, speaker, radio personality residing in Loveland, Colorado. He is the author of two published books and several e-books. He is the host of Tidbits Radio on 1310KFKA-AM and on CastleRockRadio.com. He writes a weekly motivational and inspirational column that is published in a variety of newspapers.

Latest Stories
"We are an IT services solution provider and we sell software to support those solutions. Our focus and key areas are around security, enterprise monitoring, and continuous delivery optimization," noted John Balsavage, President of A&I Solutions, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We provide IoT solutions. We provide the most compatible solutions for many applications. Our solutions are industry agnostic and also protocol agnostic," explained Richard Han, Head of Sales and Marketing and Engineering at Systena America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"DivvyCloud as a company set out to help customers automate solutions to the most common cloud problems," noted Jeremy Snyder, VP of Business Development at DivvyCloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We want to show that our solution is far less expensive with a much better total cost of ownership so we announced several key features. One is called geo-distributed erasure coding, another is support for KVM and we introduced a new capability called Multi-Part," explained Tim Desai, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Hitachi Data Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
There is a huge demand for responsive, real-time mobile and web experiences, but current architectural patterns do not easily accommodate applications that respond to events in real time. Common solutions using message queues or HTTP long-polling quickly lead to resiliency, scalability and development velocity challenges. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ryland Degnan, a Senior Software Engineer on the Netflix Edge Platform team, will discuss how by leveraging a reactive stream-based protocol,...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Calligo, an innovative cloud service provider offering mid-sized companies the highest levels of data privacy and security, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Calligo offers unparalleled application performance guarantees, commercial flexibility and a personalised support service from its globally located cloud plat...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to w...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...
"The Striim platform is a full end-to-end streaming integration and analytics platform that is middleware that covers a lot of different use cases," explained Steve Wilkes, Founder and CTO at Striim, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"With Digital Experience Monitoring what used to be a simple visit to a web page has exploded into app on phones, data from social media feeds, competitive benchmarking - these are all components that are only available because of some type of digital asset," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Me...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DXWorldExpo has been named “Global Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation is the key issue driving the global enterprise IT business. Digital Transformation is most prominent among Global 2000 enterprises and government institutions.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datera, that offers a radically new data management architecture, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Datera is transforming the traditional datacenter model through modern cloud simplicity. The technology industry is at another major inflection point. The rise of mobile, the Internet of Things, data storage and Big...
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
"Outscale was founded in 2010, is based in France, is a strategic partner to Dassault Systémes and has done quite a bit of work with divisions of Dassault," explained Jackie Funk, Digital Marketing exec at Outscale, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.