I don’t know about you but I am a learn-by-doing kind of guy. If I watch you do something a few times I’ll probably pick it up, but I am rarely satisfied unless I try doing it myself.
Don’t know if it is because of an independent streak that makes me prefer not to rely upon others or an inquisitive nature that pushes me to find out how things work and to explore what happens when I push the envelope.
Whatever it is that combination is probably to blame for the number of times I have blown up the blog or created issues for myself by messing around with plugins and design without always knowing what I was doing.
It is definitely played a significant role in my finding a way to accidentally turn off the RSS feed here for a significant chunk of time.
Or in other words it was an excellent way to try andÂ killÂ some of the traffic here.
Had it not been for messages from some of the readers who wondered if I had finally given on blogging I still might not be aware that technical difficulties were impacting things here.
Another Social Media Experiment
In an effort to avoid taking that kind of hit again I am going to request that you consider subscribing to the blog. You can do so by using the subscribe bar that lies under the word discussion or by clicking on the large link in bold below:
There is no obligation to do so nor any promise of rewards for doing so other than the opportunity to stay in the know about what is going on here.
If that works for you that is great and if it doesn’t that is cool too. I have told more than a few people no one is obligated to read anything I write nor am I obligated to explain your misunderstanding anything I have written.
Why Are You Grumpy Jack?
I am glad you asked. I am irritated with the misbehavior, misunderstanding, mischaracterization and mishegoss that some people have forced me to deal with.
I am irritated with some people trying to apply their perspectives, fear and uncertainty upon me.
I am frustrated with having to deal with a bunch of unnecessary crap from people who think they have more influence over my choices and decisions than they do.
That being said I follow the same advice I give my children as outlined in the Emerson quote above.
Confession: A few hours ago circumstances proved to me that I am indeed not 20 anymore.
A disagreement with someone infuriated me and there was a moment where the idea of tearing the doors off of the hinges and putting my fist through every wall I could find sounded like a good idea.
The difference between then and now was I took a deep breath and thought about a saying I read on Pinterest, Not My Monkeys, Not My Circus.
And then I thought about that Emerson quote above and decided it was my choice to give them the power to irk me and I could take it back.
Does that mean I wasn’t angry or hurt anymore?
No, because I was but I didn’t have to react or do anything stupid.
Instead,Â I chose to set it aside and think about what bothered me about it and then I could decide if it merited more attention.
Why Do People Follow You On Social Media?
The obvious reasons are because you educate, inform and or entertain them.
There are lots of different ways to do that but this post isn’t about any one of them. This post is just me sharing some thoughts and ideas with you.
It is me saying that sometimes I think the misunderstandings between people occur because of a communication breakdown.
Sometimes we get frustrated because we feel like our words are intentionally twisted or because we feel like we have been lied to.
I tend to think the truth might lie somewhere in between those two points and that maybe if the parties got a chance to really flesh things out they come to a place where they understood each other.
That might not mean they ever agree but they would at least feel like they had been heard. Sometimes that is all people really need.
The more I read online the more I think the reason some of us are out here writing is because it is the only place we feel like we are heard.
Did I mention:
â€œA little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.â€
â€• Stephen King
â€œI write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. â€
â€• Joss Whedon
â€œSome things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it, or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to.â€
â€• Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath