Project 313 – Post No. 013

It seems like every day a new blogger (meaning, someone new to blogging) stops by to check out my humble offerings. Some even subscribe to my blog (I then never hear from them again).

On those occasions when I find the courage to check out their newly-formed blogs, I find they invariably aspire to large followings. Most aspire to make their blogs valuable resources to other readers about (enter subject here); to eventually be icons of the blogging world. 

I wish them all luck. Certainly, some will “make it” (whatever that means), but the reality is the majority of these new blogs will be forgotten within a brief span of time (even by their owners). By far the greatest culprit is competition from the sheer amount of information available on the Web, but often it’s because of the authors themselves; they don’t follow through.

One sure indicator for such a fate is this: an incomplete “About” page. 

Here’s the scenario: I see a new subscriber and think “here’s a kindred spirit” and go check out their blog. Before looking at anything else, I want to read about who they are. I mean, they might be broccoli lovers and haters of Spam, and one needs not that kind of negativity in one’s life, right? 

I open the “About” page and I see the notice from WordPress explaining this is where you (the author) introduce yourself to your readers . . . except they haven’t. They spend a lot of time making the blog look pretty (there are a lot of flashy themes out there) and adding links and widgets and animations and sometimes even music . . . but they spent no time in telling something about themselves and spent even less time on content. Often, the content seems at best slopped together or a link to the content by someone else; something someone else did. The first post includes a quote about aspiration, dedication, and perseverance . . . and it then becomes an ironic monument to their failure on all three accounts. 

This isn’t very humorous, is it? Well, probably not, but it perhaps it will help others rethink their idea to blog and help make my blog the definitive place to visit for life-changing advice. 

And now, the photo:

What better way to mark the transition into the Project 313 transition into the teens by showing a timepiece? If it were at 13:00 hour, that’s what! But, alas, it’s not.

Half of the very bottom quasi-fleur-de-lis was obscured by a piece of another artifact and — full disclosure — I had to recreate it by first erasing the other object and then reflecting the part you could see and adding the appropriate shadow. I thought it turned out OK. 

I’ve been listening to a number of podcasts (philosophy, literature, etc.) and all eventually touch on the subject of time and how people throughout human history have come to regard it and the coming to term with the implications of its assumed nature. 

Interesting stuff . . . if I have the time, I’ll do a post on my own views about time, what it might be, and the practical considerations when thinking about it with respect to the human existence. 

Meanwhile, a cartoon.

People underestimate the difficulty of figuring out the limits of what we can do and overestimate the utility and brilliance of what we can do. But, that too is a topic for another post. 

Meanwhile, I said I would name the doodles I present here . . . easier said than done, I tell you. This next one, for instance, was a poser, alright. 

Waiting For Pollinators

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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13 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 013

  1. I hate those blank “About” pages. Intentional or not. Like getting all dressed up for the party and not putting on the underpinnings

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    • disperser says:

      To be fair, some people don’t wear underpinnings; commando is a way of life for some.

      That said, in blogs, it makes a bad first impression. Or, at least, it does for me.

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      • True. Should have clarified I was talking about architecture and building solid structure – either a foundation or pier and beam construction supporting everything else.
        With all the spam out there, iffy if it’s a real blog without an about page. Sometimes I will wander through posts anyway – if there are some and if they aren’t just the same one repeated over and over so it looks like lots of posts …

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  2. Many blogs are like a firework, they burn fiercely for a short time and quickly fizzle out. I want to tell these people that it is about perseverance but by the time I get to tell them then they are gone already. Spot on point regarding the ‘About Me’ page. Very important.
    I thought you did a good job with the picture. I like the texture.

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks.

      I think a part of the reason blogs come and go is because people expect recognition and fame and accolades to easily come their way. They don’t last once they realize that it’s not easy and especially not quick.

      I contend they also fail to take into account just how much competition is out there. Not just from other blogs, but the InterWeb in general. People who persevere do so because first and foremost they like what they are doing; any attention is welcomed but it’s not the primary driver for what they do. At least, I don’t think so.

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  3. HA! I love broccoli! Will you forgive me?! I like SPAM, too. So you must forgive me!

    I think some people are blog-receivers…they want to get many readers, ,many “likes”, and many comments, etc, but they don’t want to give anything in return. No reciprocating. Oh well. It’s their loss.

    That clock photo is so texture-y and vintage looking! It’s great!

    HA! A head-slapper!

    The doodle is bee-u-tiful and has a great name! It’s like the pretty posy is posing and hoping to be pollinated!

    HUGS!!!

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    • disperser says:

      It’s difficult watching (or even thinking about) people eating broccoli, but I don’t fault them or judge them for it. I don’t trust them, of course (they eat broccoli), but for you, I’ll make an exception.

      And, thanks.

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      • Oh! Thanks! I like broccoli raw and steamed. :-)
        What do you think of kale?!
        And, you’re welcome!

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        • disperser says:

          Kale is one of those things I eat when I run out of cardboard.

          Actually, there are two salads we regularly buy at Costco. One, our favorite, is a Mediterranean mix. When they don’t have that one, we buy a mix that has kale in it.

          Like I said, a good substitute for cardboard . . . As long as you drown it with dressing.

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  4. AnnMarie says:

    Lovely clock, background and your photo of them. And mother agrees.

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