Hard Questions Need Simple Answers

The Guardian Lion

There is a half formed idea floating around in the back of my head. I can feel it shifting around back there, not quite baked but close enough to prick my conscious and demand attention.

It is making me a bit crazy, this unfinished thought or idea. I want to take a spoon and start scooping away. I want to clear away the clutter and blow off the dust so that I can see clearly, but it is just not possible.

And we move on to the poem:

“I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.
Ozymandias-Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sometimes the best way to figure out what lies beneath the surface is to stop poking around and to think about other things so I am trying to figure out what sort of metric to use to determine what posts here are the most important.

Do I base it upon which ones I am most proud of or do I pick those that have generated the most pageviews/comments?

And if I do that do I need to try and account for which ones have received the most promotion?

There Is A Difference Between Best & Most Popular but we already covered that now didn’t we. Maybe it is best to focus on How To Give The Gift of Gratitude

and to just ignore this other stuff.

Maybe it is time to stop with posts like How I Used Bad Headlines and Jedi Mind Tricks To Make A Billion From Blogging or maybe not.

What does it all mean and does any of it matter.

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6 Comments

  1. Stan Faryna April 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I face the same questions as you, my friend. Every week. At times, every day.

  2. Bill Dorman April 19, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Big scheme of things? Nope, it really doesn’t matter.

    However, if you are trying to ‘commercialize’ your presence then I think you have to run with the ones which drew the most eyeballs and promotion. Whatever that them or presence was, capitalize on it.

    If you are doing something really well, then keep doing it and just keep getting better.

    • Jack April 20, 2013 at 8:08 am

      There is merit and joy in the effort that comes with working to improve and become better at whatever it is we are doing.

      And if we can have a little fun while doing it, so much the better.

  3. Julie Barrett April 19, 2013 at 3:24 am

    That’s funny, that’s the exact same mental state I’ve been in since last last week. Maybe it is catching. Hope I didn’t give it to you.

    • Jack April 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Nah, you didn’t pass it along. Just one of those moments where things momentarily align.

      I think it is good to be forced to slow down occasionally.

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