If at first you don’t succeed, you fail.
So yeah. This is still MMW(asp) and I’m still your dear narrator. I’m sure I’ve committed numerous nooby errors but as my About page will attest, I’m new to this whole blogging thing.
Reflecting on the whole experience I’d have to say it’s something I wasn’t expecting. Having such a readily available outlet for literary self-expression to a global audience of total strangers is kind of liberating. It goes beyond the whole ‘fear of being accepted’ concept, but that doesn’t hurt, either. I mean, I would never be able to keep anyone interested long enough to listen to me ramble on about whatever nonsense, in person (unless they had a couple of drinks in them).
I can see why people would be drawn to expressing themselves, even socialize with others, via the means of the electron and the Internet.
It’s not just self-expression but also being able to read other people’s blogs could be attractive to other users. Learning the details about other people’s psyche or lives helps satisfy the voyeuristic appetite in an anonymous and relaxed environment.
God, that didn’t sound too creepy, did it?? Let’s back away, slowly, and take another path…
The mechanism of “likes,” “follows” and even comments help stroke the blogger’s ego. If the blogger cares about these things, at all, these metrics would have an impact on the style of the blog. The readers would be molding the blogger into something they find acceptable by either encouraging or discouraging certain behavior. Interesting, but if this happens the blog ceases to be about the blogger and turns into something designed to serve the audience.
I never cared for the number of likes/follows/comments I receive on MMW(asp). Having said that, however, I do appreciate everyone for the likes/follows/comments they have bestowed/left me. Hell, I appreciate it if you even read a single post.
Thanks, you kind people, you!
So like I was saying, I never sought to become an overnight sensation or popular or whatever word you guys and gals have for blogging celebrities, but I’d be lying if I said that these quantifiable trinkets of acceptance didn’t have some sort of impact. Maybe it’s just the fact that you can even appreciate the thoughts I put down on virtual paper that gives me a sense of awesome.
So far the hardest part about blogging has been coming up with a nice, original way of closing out every post. I don’t feel the need to be clever or insightful, but I just hate leaving my readers hanging.
What drives them to be passionate supporters of the products/services they use? I had to think about this for a moment.
I’m one to give people the benefit of the doubt so I’ll say there is a subset of fanboys who champion their preferred platform because it’s legitimately innovative/awesome. These people are probably not vehement fanboys as they’re comfortable with their decision and don’t feel the need to justify their opinion or defend the object of their praise. They would just matter-of-factly state blah-blah-blah does this/leverages that/benefits mankind in this way… and welcome a meaningful, constructive debate.
What you may not hear them say is the word “better” and use it as the entire basis for their logic.
These evangelical fanboy-types are not only to the point of kool-aid fanaticism but they probably live in a world of denial or disillusionment. Maybe it’s me, but every time someone goes off on me with something that sounds like a sales pitch, I get the idea in my head that maybe they’re just trying to justify their decision to themselves more than to me… but they’re in my face because of some casual remark I’ve made so now they’re taking out their pent-up frustration on me.
“Alright, man. You’re going to use that thing until you love it. I gotcha.”
Maybe I’m a fanboy, too, but at least I’m also a reasonable person. If what you have satisfies your needs then there is absolutely no need to go “bigger” or “better”… which are pretty much just marketing terms, anyway.
Hello, all you wonderful people, you!
Did you enjoy your weekend? Did you have a blast at your St Patrick’s Day party, last night? Did you maybe drink too much green beer? Did you put your fate in the hands of total strangers as you let yourself get dragged from bar to bar? Did you wake up this morning duct-taped to the top of your car?
No? Well then it sounds like you didn’t have as much fun as THAT guy!
Nothing like that would ever happen to your dear narrator. I’m much too fragile for that kind of mischief. Hah.
On this day in history the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter was named Pi.
No, not really; though it is 3/14/2013. Ergo: Pi Day!
So whether you’re Math Nerd, Geometry Geek or if you just love mathematical constants, please raise your pint high in the air and give a cheer for π!
We go about our lives, for the most part, in zombie-like autopilot. This is painfully obvious when you’re out running errands. From the coffee shop to the dry cleaners to the convenience store; you may interact with as many as half a dozen people while you’re taking care of the more mundane aspects of your existence.
These people could be replaced with machines and you might even be happy with that because you’re just looking to get everything on your list done quickly and efficiently. Your todo list is a series of transactions, and that’s how we treat them. People? Yeah, we might run into one or two of them along the way, but interacting with people is not the intention.
Maybe it was the snobby setting, but I’ve seen some people totally neglect eye contact with the person who is providing them with a product or service.
I’ve heard the “it’s not my/your job to be your/my friend”, but talk to these people and it may give you a sense of well-being when you realize “hey, this thing is a person, like me!” I’m not saying you need to have a long-winded conversation and walk out with a new bestie, but just a little exchange can go a long way in making you and them feel better.
When I go up to a cash register and the person behind the machine asks me how I am, I give a short, original response and ask them how they are, too. It gets a smile more often than not and hey, maybe that person needed it. See, it doesn’t have to be annoying small-talk, just something sincere.
When was the last time you were late to something? How did it make you feel?
Whether it’s late to a meeting at work, late to a doctor’s appointment or late to catch your flight–being late has a very high potential for creating stress. Stress that can put a serious strain on you and your interpersonal relationships. The good thing is that stressing out over being late is totally optional.
When you realize that you’re running late, your mind may occupy itself with one (or more) of the following counter-productive tasks:
- Frame the possible consequences of being late
- Consider how your hypothetical excuses will be received
- Devise ways to not be too late
Along with everything else you’re trying to keep organized in your head, it’s no surprise that you’re bound to forget something on your way out the door.
Usually, we’re alone when we rush about in our chaotic sphere of impatience. Other times, however, you may not be alone. You never really know how irritable you are until you find that you need to interact with another person while trying to deal with your tardiness. You might snap, curse, ignore them… Basically, you’ll be very disrespectful to them even if they’re just trying to help you out.
The worst comes when you have to drive because being late and stressed out has a direct effect on how much of an ass you are on the road, but it doesn’t stop at general unfriendliness. Your driving could be affected to the point that you will become dangerous. Speeding, spontaneous lane changes, tailgating, and cutting across multiple lanes of traffic are just a few things that can put you or someone else in the hospital, if you’re lucky.
If what I’ve described above sounds like someone you greet in the mirror every morning (and if you want to change your habits), there is hope for you, yet. Here are a few things that might work for you:
- Avoid being late in the first place and give yourself enough time
This one is a no-brainer. Always be sure to give yourself enough time to prepare for and/or commute to your appointment.
- Be on your way before your time is up
From the time you’ve given yourself in step 1, aim to be totally set 10 to 15 minutes before you planned to be ready. The 10-15 is more or less an arbitrary range, so pick a window that’s comfortable and reasonable for you.
- Don’t dawdle!
Say you’re running ahead of schedule. Great! However, just because you have time to spare doesn’t mean you can take a minute or two to do something totally unrelated to your prep. Stay on task and you will stay on time.
- If you’re late, accept that you’re going to be late
This skill guarantees the best results but it’s also the hardest one to master. If you’re already running late you obviously don’t want to waste more time, but stick with your prep routine and take it in stride. If you have to drive, be cognizant of how you’re driving and reiterate to yourself that it’s more important to get there safely than to rush. Also, if you keep your cool you’ll find it easier to be a respectable and respectful human being (and really, who doesn’t appreciate one of those?).
Of course individual results may vary, but I hope some of this stuff sticks with you and helps you live longer and live happy 🙂
Ladies and gentlemen, as I type there is an unspeakable horror being perpetrated by the candy industry at large.
Every single day companies produce chocolate bars like Milky Way, Snickers and Charleston Chews that are packed with ingredients like caramel, peanuts, toffee, almonds and nougat. However, there is a grave fact that has eluded the general public for decades:
Nougat actually comes from an animal.
That’s correct. Nougat, that stuff you thought was a concoction of honey, sugar and nuts is actually of bio-organic origin. If this is the first time the shocking truth has been revealed to you, you are not alone. The chocolate bar companies spend billions of dollars every year to keep the truth from coming out. Their efforts result in the fire-bombings, vandalism and destruction of scientific laboratories where state and federal health service agencies like the FDA conduct testing of food products to verify their safety and ensure they are suitable for public consumption.
The origin of nougat, worldwide, is the creature called the Noogit: a small, flightless bird that is only found on a handful of islands in Micronesia. The average, adult noogit is no larger than a softball, covered with dark brown feathers and has a bright yellow-orange, flat bill.
These creatures are completely harmless, yet they are brutally hunted and captured by the hundreds to feed the global demand for “nougat”. Local wildlife authorities have been monitoring the noogit for years and, according to their latest report, the noogit population has been on the decline, annually, for the last 4 years. The local government has even sought to make hunting of the noogit illegal but it remains doubtful that such laws will stop multinational companies like Mars from continuing to carry out their operations to capture and kill as many noogits as they can.
Please help stop the mass slaughter of these poor, innocent creatures. Share the truth with your families, your friends, your readers, anyone willing to listen. Tell them to join the rest of us in the fight to stop these heartless, greedy companies from wiping another precious creature off the face of the Earth!