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How Many Is Too Many?

How Many Is Too Many?

“212 Blog Post Ideas” – That’s the title on a link I just clicked. Clicking it drops me on a landing page where, guess what? They want my email address and then I will be able to download the file with two-hundred-twelve things I might consider before writing my next blog post.

Well, this is my next blog post and I can tell you I did not download that file. Who has time for 212 anything anymore? Seriously, if someone is giving me more than a dozen new things I am to consider, I seriously consider skipping it altogether. Depending on what they are offering and how much I think I do or don’t need whatever that is, anything more than a handful may be too many.
Pausing to go through some of my bookmarks to see how many things have a number of things I’m to get from the pages….

Looking in just the first two bookmarks folders I’ve created, I find:
•    Ten basic android terminal commands….
•    10 ways to make your content more fun….
•    7 Old post revival techniques….
•    54 Things Everyone Needs To Know How….
•    63 Blogging Tools That Will Make You Insanely Productive….
•    10 Effective Steps to Amazingly Inspirational Writing….
•    100+ Blog Post Title Templates That Grabs Attention….

I could have made each of those lines live links, to prove they are real, but I won’t. You can select any one of those lines and Google that text for yourself. You’ll find many things to consider. Insanely productive I will not be, if I spend the time it takes to go through 63 Blogging Tools. Or, maybe I’m wrong and I’ll look at the first few, to see why I am not insane.

So, I’ll never have time to get through all of the stuff I’ve saved that supposed to make me better at what I’m doing right here! Do you create content that has numbers of things people are supposed to do? Are you one of the many consumers of this content?

Comments, please.

And, thank you.

Stumble Upon – Part Two

Most often, I post on Facebook links back to this blog. In this case, I’m going the other direction. 

You may know how much I enjoy writing. If you don’t know, I REALLY do! 

So, when I find good writing, I feel compelled to take notice and share. Here is some of that: 

Something I stumbled upon, while poking around on this website:
On being alone:
http://thenzeebzsays.blogspot.com/2014/06/i-was-not-loved-but-i-was-glad.html
And, this story, that speaks for itself:
http://thenzeebzsays.blogspot.com/2014/06/write-about-writer-writing.html
Some people have a gift. It moves me.

I’ll end it here.
Except to say, perhaps there should be a subsection of my blog for writing about writers writing.
Enjoy!

Stumble Upon Stuff – July

Things you happen to find while searching for answers sometimes provide great fodder for an article on this topic. This is one of those.

While reading through material on SEO and content marketing (one and the same, these days), I came upon this question: “Does your blog matter?” That’s not verbatim, but it was the import. Maybe the question was more like: “Is your blog useful?” Whatever it was, it gave me pause.

“Ouch!”, was my first response.
“I doubt it.”, was my second thought.
Then, I remembered a couple of comments, where people said they liked (or found an answer in) one or two of my posts. So, maybe there is some value here.

Here’s one thing I found today. Later, I’ll post updates to this, with links to that first article I mentioned. 

OK, it’s later and I could not find the original article. Here’s one that explores the topic: http://www.businessesgrow.com/2014/07/16/does-blogging-matter/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamihlapinatapai

This I found while looking for a way to disable comments on WordPress sites. The author of a plugin built for exactly this purpose is named, Samir. Here is his website: http://rayofsolaris.net/ – which I like, because of its minimalistic nature.

I’m pretty sure “Mamihlapinatapai” will not be the word of the day anytime soon at Toastmasters. But it is nice to know there’s a word for, “having a moment.”

Now, back to that question. Is there something useful in this blog. Going one level deeper, does or will my life serve a purpose? How will I know if I ever get to the point where I’ve done all I was intended to do – having accomplished everything that was in the “grand plan” for me?

I know not the answer. So, I’ll continue to explore the questions. Thanks for reading me. 

Feel free to comment.

BR

 

The Pursuit of Happiness

One of the few unalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. Search that phrase and you’ll find links to a movie by the same name. Here is the Wiki article on it.

Why am I writing on this? Because it comes up sometimes. Like when SquareSpace has a place where I’m supposed to add my Bio. That makes me think of the past, which I don’t want to rehash here. Then I’m reminded of a quote from the Spike Jonez movie, “Her.”

“The past is just a story we tell ourselves.”

Prone to going off to search such things, I find this website: http://thoughtcatalog.com/jeremy-sheeler/2014/02/the-past-is-just-a-story-we-tell-ourselves/

Backing up to the root of that site, I find this: http://thoughtcatalog.com/kelly-joyce/2014/07/5-things-you-can-do-to-feel-happier-with-each-passing-day/

And, so it goes. Much is written about how to be happier these days. It makes me wonder how many people need this information and how sad a place is the world today.

The universe is a friendly place. That’s my answer. Thank you for that question, Albert.