Tell Me To Keep Calm One More Time…

Keep Calm and Carry On

Seriously, do it. See what happens.

Despite my personal aversion to the “Keep Calm and Carry On” memes, they do have quite the interesting origin.

“Keep Calm and Carry On,” is a catchphrase from a WWII British safety poster that was commissioned in 1939 by the provisional Ministry of Information in England following two other inspirational posters including “Freedom Is In Peril, Defend It With All Your Might” and “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory.” After one of the few original posters was miraculously recovered and placed in a British bookshop in 2000, the motivational message was shared online and ended up inspiring a series of memes that have taken over the internet and t-shirts all over the globe.

For more on “Keep Calm and Carry On”, and many other memes, go to knowyourmeme.com.

In Defense of the Listicle

Listicle

While out and about one evening, I mentioned to a person I had just struck up a conversation with that I was a writer. He then asked me if I was one of those writers who put together those “stupid list style articles.”

Those “stupid list style articles” he was referring to are actually known as listicles, a style of writing that employs the characteristics of a list within an article, and they are everywhere. These articles are particularly popular among the millennial generation. Scroll through any of your social media feeds, and you are almost guaranteed to stumble across one.

As gathered from my new friend’s response, not everyone is a fan of the listicle. Listicles have been denounced as fluff and critics scoff at their simplicity. I do acknowledge that their structure could be perceived as superficial, as well as some of the topics covered (for example, one might provide you with 17 signs you’re actually Beyonce). However, others do provide an outlet for a quick, enlightening read that we can absorb quickly at some point during our busy days.

A guest writer for Forbes, millennial Stephanie Denning, recently wrote about her take on the millennial love of listicles. She references psychological reasons why listicles can actually be great reading material, as long as they’re done well.

As a personal fan of listicles, I have a ton bookmarked on my computer so I can reference them later when I need a little inspiration. To me, any writing that inspires has done its job.

Know Your Memes

Grumpy Cat Meme Mashup

Ever wondered how Grumpy Cat became so big? Where Troll Face came from or who first thought to add a movie and TV series quote to a screenshot? Who found it so funny that they shared their very strange Google search results and 5 second videos with the world?

Then you should really check out all things memes at knowyourmeme.com.

They have everything from origin stories and a description of the meme itself to how it spread and notable examples. They even note where you can find the series on the Internet and who owns copyright. On this site, you’ll surely find some truly fascinating things about memes you never thought twice about—until now.

Get Up, Stand Up

standing desk

As I was setting up my desk a few weeks ago, I realized that I had forgotten to pack a chair. As a writer, my desk is my sacred place. I have it adorned  with objects that will inspire me and have it in the perfect corner of my room (right by the window). Needless to say, the thought of sitting at the kitchen table wasn’t exactly enticing after I pictured myself writing in my little nook every day.

It turns out that I might not have to migrate, however, as Time just released a piece advocating for standing at work (even if it’s a desk job). The benefits of working while standing are plentiful, so I guess I won’t need my chair after all. Read more about it here.